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Pt. Yogesh Samsi
October 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm$20
FATHER-SON JUGALBANDI OF TABLA AND WESTERN DRUMS.
Date: October 7 (Saturday)
Venue: Sri Krishna Vrundavan Auditorium, 10251 Synott Road, Houston
Time: 5 Pm – 7PM
PT Yogesh Sami
The son of the renowned vocalist Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and Shashikala Kaikini, Yogesh Ji was initiated into tabla by his father at the tender age of four under PT Taranath. Later he received intensive guidance for 25 years under one of the Greatest Tabla Maesrtos Ustaad Allah Rakha Saheb, maturing into one of the most sought after Tabla Artists in India today.
Yogesh Ji has played with many of the top ranking classical instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers of India. He has also had the privilege of accompanying Ustad Allah Rakha and his son the great maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain in their solo performances, and has performed duets with Ustad Zakir Hussain. Outside of the authentic tradition that he carries forward, he has performed with artists including Taufiq Qureshi, Ranjit Barot, Louis Banks, Karsh Kale, Kayhan Kalhor, and many more.
Besides performing, Yogesh Ji is very committed to educating students and listeners about his art and the rich legacy of his style of tabla playing, the Punjab Gharana. Yogesh has continued efforts to revive old compositions of both the Punjab tradition as well as the compositions of Pandit Sushil Kumar Jain.
Yogesh has been appointed as a Guru along with other Gurus like Pt Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt Suresh Talwalkar, Smt N.Rajam and Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia at the Indian Classical Music Gurukul run by the M.I.T group of Institutes In Pune(Loni) which aims at developing professional musicians in the future.
In recognition of his talents, Yogesh Ji was awarded the Most Prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award which is the highest national recognition given to practicing artists, gurus and scholars.
He began his training on tabla under his father Pandit Yogesh Samsi Ji and later from globally renowned music director and percussionist Maestro Ranjit Barot. Shravan has brought about a perfect balance between his roots in Indian and passion for Western Rhythm, converging multiple schools of thought and incorporating nuances and aesthetics of repertoire throughout his performance and production.
His captivating stage presence and command over his instrument in his performances has led him to perform at venues all across India and abroad. He has played at prestigious musical gatherings such as the Taal Chakra Music Festival, International Jazz Day at Antisocial, NCPA Mumbai, Covelong Surf Festival, Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham, ACC World Music Festival in South Korea.
His unique outlook on music has sparked many moments of musical explorations alongside stalwarts of the Indian Music scene namely; Ustad Fazal Qureshi, Pandit Ravindra Chary, Padmashree Soma Ghosh and his father, Pandit Yogesh Samsi, to name but a few. He has also shared the stage with some of the greatest Musicians in India, Gino Banks, Viveick Rajagopalan, Harmeet Manseta, ChandaBala Kalyan, Sanjay Divecha, Joe Alvarez, Darshan Doshi, Manas Kumar, Abhay Nayampally to name a few.
Hardeep Chana – On Harmonium
Indian American Hardeep Chana was raised in a musical atmosphere – first began learning from his family. Later, he sought guidance for accompaniment from Professor Ranjit Singh, learning Taus or Mayoori Veena. Today, he continues his studies as a harmonium accompanist under Tanmay Deochake. During his musical journey, Hardeep has enjoyed the good fortune of accompanying many great artists including Pandit Yogesh Samsi, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari – popularly called “Pinky” , to name a few.
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