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Here you will find some of the announcements for past concerts presented by the Ali Akbar College of Music – Switzerland


Ken Zuckerman & Swapan Chaudhuri, Nov. 15th in Basel

Ken and Swapan Jethu Event November 15 2019 v4
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We are happy to announce the annual concert of Ken Zuckerman & Swapan Chaudhuri that will take place on November 15, 2019 in the Grosser Saal of the Musik Akademie, Basel. Ken & Swapan have been performing together for over 36 years and their music is also greatly influenced by their long association with the master of sarod, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Wir freuen uns, Sie über das alljährliche Konzert von Ken Zuckerman – Sarod & Swapan Chaudhuri – Tabla informieren zu können, das am 15. November 2019 im Großen Saal der Musik Akademie, Basel stattfinden wird. Ken & Swapan treten seit über 36 Jahren zusammen auf und ihre Musik ist u.a. stark durch die langjährige Verbindung mit dem Meister der Sarod, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, beeinflusst und geprägt.

To watch one of Ken & Swapans’ videos please click here.

For more about Ken Zuckerman visit his Website.

For more about Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri visit his Website.


Rudra Veena Recital with Carsten Wicke & Mohan Shyam Sharma

Dear Friends, we are happy to inform you about an extraordinary concert, which will take place in the Salon de Musique on June 23rd, 2018. Carsten Wicke is a master of the rare instrument Rudra Veena and will perform ragas on this seldom heard instrument in the ancient “Dhrupad style” of performing Indian classical music. He will be accompanied by Mohan Shyam Sharma, a master of the Pakawaj.

Liebe Freunde, wir freuen uns, Sie über ein außergewöhnliches Konzert zu informieren, das am 23. Juni 2018 im „Salon de Musique“ stattfinden wird. Carsten Wicke ist ein Meister des seltenen Instrumentes Rudra Veena und wird auf diesem selten gehörten Instrument Ragas spielen der alte “Dhrupad-Stil” der indischen klassischen Musik. Er wird von einem Meister des Pakawaj begleitet werden.

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass Sie jetzt im Voraus reservieren und Billette kaufen können, indem Sie auf den folgenden Link klicken. Dies ist besonders empfehlenswert für Konzerte im “Salon de Musique”, wo die Sitzplatzkapazität sehr begrenzt ist.

We are also happy to announce that you can now make reservations and purchase tickets in advance by clicking the following link. This is especially recommended for concerts taking place in the “Salon de Musique”, which has very limited seating capacity.

Please click here to make reservations and purchase tickets!

We look forward to welcoming you in the Salon on June 23rd!

Dhrupad Event June 23 2018 v9

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For more about Carsten Wicke and samples of his music visit Carsten Wicke’s Website.


Ustad Shujaat Khan – Sitar, September 27th, in the Salon de Musique

It is a pleasure to announce this unique concert of one of India’s premier Sitar maestros, Ustad Shujaat Khan, accompanied by Nihar Mehta on Tabla. Shujaat Khan is the son of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, one of the great Sitar virtuoso’s of the 20th Century.

It will be a rare treat to listen to this incredible musician in the intimate setting of the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College in Basel. As the concert will be sold out, please reserve your tickets very soon, either by email: info@aliakbarcollege.org or by the telephone reservation line: 061 273 93 02. The concert will begin at 19.30, Sunday, September 27th, 2015.

Gundecha Concert

For more information about Shujaat Khan, please visit his website.

For more information about Nihar Mehta, please visit his website.

E-Mail Reservations: info@aliakbarcollege.org


Improvisations – Ken Zuckerman & Swapan Chaudhuri

November 22, 2014, 8 PM at the Music Academy of Basel Switzerland

Ken Zuckerman – Sarod, and Swapan Chaudhuri – Tabla, will present an evening of improvisations in the classical ragas and talas of North India.

Gundecha Concert

For more information about Ken Zuckerman, please visit his website.

For more information about Swapan Chaudhuri, please visit his website.


Bansuri flute recital featuring Rupak Kulkarni – October 25th, 2014

Gundecha Concert

We are very happy to welcome these fine artists for a recital in the Salon de Musique.

For more information about Rupak Kulkarni, please visit his website.

For more information about Shrirang Mirajkar, please visit his website.


Sitar Concert with Josh Feinberg & Harprit Singh – Tabla

April 4, 2014, 8:00 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

We are happy to announce that Josh Feinberg, a highly gifted artist trained at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, will present a sitar recital. He will be accompanied by Harprit Singh, our assistant tabla teacher at the Ali Akbar College in Basel.

Gundecha Concert

Josh Feinberg ist ein junger und hochbegabter Sitar Spieler. Er wurde in den USA geboren und hat seine Studien sowohl im Jazz wie auch in der klassischen indischen Musik betrieben. Er hat Sitar am Ali Akbar College of Music in Kalifornien studiert. Nach dem Tod von Ali Akbar Khan in 2009 hat er seine Studien mit den Söhnen von Maestro Khan (Ashish Khan und Alam Khan) weitergeführt. Er hat schon zahlreiche Konzerte gemacht, sowie 2 CD Produktionen mit den Tabla Virtuosen Swapan Chaudhuri und Anindo Chatterjee. Er unterrichtet indische Musik am Lewis and Clark College und am Reed College in Oregon. Er hat auch ein Lehrbuch “Sitar method“ mit einem der wichtigsten Musik-Verlage (Hal Leonard Corporation) veröffentlicht. Mehr Informationen über Josh Feinberg findet man auf seiner Webseite www.joshfeinbergmusic.com .


Recital: George Ruckert – sarod & Daniel Bradley – sitar

November 20, 2013, 8:15 PM at the Music Academy of Basel Switzerland

It is a pleasure that this years’ seminar will also include a recital of our special guest teachers, Professor George Ruckert – Sarod and Daniel Bradley – Sitar. The recital will also include an opening piece by one of our youngest sarod students, Parthiv Kangsabanik.

Gundecha Concert


Student Concert

June 29, 2013, 5:30 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

We are happy to announce that students of the College will present a recital. Everyone is welcome to come and see their progress!

Gundecha Concert


Abir Singh Khangura – Esraj Recital on May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013, 8 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

Abir Singh Khangura, Apurba Mukherjee – Tabla will present an evening program of North Indian classical music.

Gundecha Concert

Abir Singh Khangura belongs to the musical lineage of his Father Prof. Mohan Singh Khangura, disciple of Pandit Dhruvatara Joshi of Agra Gharana and Pandit Asesh Bandopadhyay of Vishnupur Gharana and his Mother Smt Suchismita Singh. Born in Shantiniketan, Abir began his Esraj training from Sri Ranadhir Roy, disciple of Pandit Asesh Bandopadhyay. After the untimely demise of his guru, Abir continued with Sri Buddhadev Das of the same tradition. Later he had the good fortune to receive training from Dr. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury, disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan of the Maihar Gharana. Along with receiving a national scholarship from Governement of India, Abir has received many awards including the junior fellowship in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. Abir has travelled extensively in India, Bangladesh, Europe and U.S.A, with his music and teaching.

Apurba Mukherjee is a bright and talented Tabla player in the world of Indian Classical Music. As a disciple of Pandit Shankar Ghosh, he has performed widely in India and abroad, accompanying well known musicians of the country including Ustad Saiuddin Dagar, Smt Purnima Sen, Smt Sanjukta Ghosh, Sri Sanjoy Banerjee, Sri Kaivalya Kumar Gurav, Sri Partho Sarothi, Sri Kushal Das, Sri Partha Bose and others. Besides performing in important concerts in India, he has also performed in major festivals and concerts abroad including the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The Esraj

The Esraj (Israj), a stringed instrument played with bow, is hardly known outside Bengal (Vishnupur and Santiniketan). In the 17th this instrument was referred to as the ‘BALASARASWATHI’ in South India, although the construction of the instrument and bow was a little different from Esraj.

In 19th century Baba Allauddin Khansahib used Esraj in his famous Orchestra in Maihar. The construction of the instrument was same but there was no peacock ornament on the peg box. In late 19th Century Sri Surendra Chandra Bondopadhyaya, uncle of the famous Esraj player of Visnupur Gharana Pandit Ashesh Chandra Bondopadyaya, brought about the major changes in holding the instrument. Now the instrument was played in a straight position on the lap instead of a tilted one. Also he brought about some major changes in holding and playing with the bow.

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