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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.


Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan – Vocal Recital on May 11, 2013

May 11, 2013, 8 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan – Vocal, Sankar P. Choudhury – Tabla, and Hares Khan – Harmonium will present a program of Indian classical and Sufi vocal music of North India.

Gundecha Concert

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan ist der Sohn, Meisterschüler und Nachfolger des legendären, verstorbenen Altmeisters Ustad Salamat AIi Khan. Er repräsentiert die elfte Generation der Gesangstradition der Sham Chaurasia Gharana. Die im Panjab beheimatete Tradition führt bis in die Zeiten des Mogul Kaisers Akbar zurück, welcher durch grosszügige Förderung der Künste an seinem Hof der klassischen Musik Nord-Indiens eine Blütezeit ermöglichte.

Nach der Unabhängigkeit und Teilung lndiens zog die Familie wie Millionen andere ins neu entstandene Pakistan und liess sich in Multan, Stadt der zahlreichen Sufi Schreine nieder. Ustad Salamat und Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan wurden zum Starduo der pakistanischen Klassik Szene. Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan stand bereits als Kind auf der Bühne, sang vor grossem Publikum auf Festivals, im Radio und TV. Er wurde mit dem Amir Kushro Award, dem “Pride of Performance Award” (eine Art pakistanischer Nobelpreis) ausgezeichnet.

Das Konzertprogramm besteht Klassischer Indischer Musik und dem Sufi Gesang.

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan wird von Sankar P. Chowdhury (Tabla) und Hares Khan ( Harmonium) begleitet.

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan is one of the leading vocalists of lndian and Pakistani classical music. He is considered a treasure of Pakistan
and lndian musical culture and perpetuates a disappearing musical tradition. He belongs to the Sham Chaurasi Gharana) from East Punjab, that
dates back to the times of Mughal Emperor Akbar, 500 years ago.

He received his musical education from his father, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and uncle, Ustad Nazaqat Ali Khan, both internationally acclaimed
maestros of classical singing. During his concerts, Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan reveals not only the spectacular technicalities of Hindustani classical singing, but also an outstanding sensibility in his way of interpreting Sufi poetry. His voice is intense and full of emotion.

The concert program contains Classical Indian music and Sufi songs.

Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan will be accompanied by Sankar P. Chowdhury (Tabla) and Hares Khan (Harmonium).


Sankar P. Chowdhury – Tabla Solo, July 16, 2012

Gundecha Concert

Sankar P. Chowdhury, born to a musical family in 1959, is one of India’s most respected tabla virtuosos and teachers. He is a disciple of the great master, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, a representative of the “Lucknow” gharana (school) of tabla playing. In addition to his concerts as an accompanist and soloist, Sankar spends two months each year in Basel, as a guest teacher at the Ali Akbar College of Music.

In addition to the Tabla solo performance, Frank Fischer will also present a sarod recital, accompanied by Harprit Singh on Tabla. Frank Fischer is a performer and teacher of classical guitar and has also been studying sarod at the Ali Akbar College for a number of years. Harprit Singh is a young and talented student of tabla and sarod.

Sankar P. Chowdhury, geboren 1959, wuchs in einer musikalischen Familie auf und begann im Alter von sieben Jahren Tabla zu spielen. Er erlernte die Grundlagen seines Spiels unter der Führung von Tarapada Chatterjee aus dem “Farukkabad Gharana” (Stil, Schule), und steht jetzt unter der Obhut des weltberühmten Tabla-Maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri aus dem “Lucknow Gharana”. Sankar ist heute als einer der führenden Tabla-Spieler anerkannt. Er ist in Indien und im Ausland sowohl als Solist als auch als Begleiter von bekannten Sängern, Instrumentalisten und Tänzern aufgetreten und spielt regelmässig für All India Radio. Sankar unterrichtet auch Musik an der Rabindra Bharati University in Kalkutta und wird als gewissenhafter und geduldiger Lehrer geschätzt.


Sitar / Sarod Duet with Kushal Das & Ken Zuckerman

May 6, 2011, 11 AM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

Kushal Das – Sitar, Ken Zuckerman – Sarod, and Florian Schiertz – Tabla, will present a morning duet program of improvisations in the classical ragas and talas of North India.

Gundecha Concert

For more information about Kushal Das, please visit his website.

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

For more information about Florian Schiertz, please visit his website.


Sitar Recital with Kushal Das

May 5, 2011, 8 PM in the Salon de Musique of the Ali Akbar College

Kushal Das – Sitar, and Florian Schiertz – Tabla, will present an evening of improvisations in the classical ragas and talas of North India.

Gundecha Concert

For more information about Kushal Das, please visit his website.

For more information about Florian Schiertz, please visit his website.

Kushal Das wurde 1959 in Kalkutta geboren und begann bereits im Alter von 5 Jahren mit dem Sitar-Unterricht. Sein Großvater, Bismal C. Das, war ein bekannter Esraj Spieler, sein Vater Sri Sailen Das erlernte das Sitar-Spiel zusammen mit Pandit Lakshman und Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ein weiteres Familienmitglied, sein Onkel Sri Santany Das, war ebenfalls ein bekannter Sitar-Spieler und Schüler von Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Nachdem Kushal Das zunächst durch seinen Vater und seinen Onkel unterrichtet worden war, setzte er seine Ausbildung bei Professor Sanjoy Banerjee und Sri Ajoy Sinha Roy fort. Da sich Kushal Das jedoch nicht nur ausschließlich der Instrumentalmusik widmen wollte, studierte er zusätzlich Gesang – der zu einem wesentlichen Faktor zur stilistischen Ausprägung seines Instrumental-Spiels geworden ist. Der Unterricht bei so verschiedenen Lehrern war seinerzeit noch sehr ungewöhnlich; Kushal Das erklärt das mit seinem Wunsch, „einzigartig“ zu sein. Er bewundert viele Musiker, besonders Ustad Amir Khan und den weltberühmten Sitar-Spieler Nikhil Banerjee. Aufgrund dieser verschiedenartigen Quellen seiner demonstriert Kushal Das eine Darbietung der Musikform und Interpretation des Raga, die einmalig sind. Er hat die höchsten Ehrungen indischer Musikkritiker erhalten und spielt bei allen wichtigen indischen Musikfestivals.

In eine Künstlerfamilie 1973 in Singen geboren, beginnt Florian Schiertz mit 7 Jahren Klavier und mit 14 Schlagzeug zu spielen. 1988 begeistert er sich durch Trilok Gurtu für die Tabla. Zunächst aktiv in verschiedenen Musikrichtungen ist er besonders von Bela Bartok und Ali Akbar Khan angetan. Mit 21 Jahren entscheidet Florian, sich auf die Tabla zu spezialisieren, wobei er bei seinen Lehrern Udai Mazumdar und später bei Sumantra Guha in Basel, Delhi und Kalkutta zeitweise lebt. 1996 beginnt er außerdem an der Musikhochschule in Rotterdam nordindische Klassische Musik mit Hauptfach Tabla zu studieren. Ein Lehrerabschluss und ein DAAD – Stipendium folgen. In 2003 schließt Florian das Aufbaustudium mit Auszeichnung ab. Florian Schiertz ist seither freischaffender Musiker und gibt klassische Konzerte in Indien und Europa sowohl als Solist als auch Begleiter von namhaften Musikern.


Vocal concert with Indrani Mukherjee

It is a great pleasure for the Ali Akbar College to welcome guest artists Indrani Mukherjee and Apurba Mukherjee for an evening recital at the Musik-Akademie on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8 PM. Indrani is a very gifted young singer and we are all looking forward to her recital. She will also be teaching vocal classes at the college on November 18, 19 and 20 (Please see more information on the seminar page).

Gundecha Concert

For more information about Indrani Mukherjee, please visit her website.


Morning Dhrupad Concert with the Gundecha Brothers

Salon de Musique *** 3. Juli 2011 *** 11.00 Uhr *** Dhrupad vocal workshop at 18.00

It is a pleasure to welcome the Gundecha Brothers again to the Salon de Musique for a morning concert and evening workshop. As two of the most important Indian masters of the ancient “Dhrupad” style of singing, their visits have always been memorable occasions.

As space is limited, please be sure to make reservations, either by email (info@aliakbarcollege.org), or by calling the reservation phone line (061 273 93 02).

Gundecha Concert

For more information about Dhrupad and the Gundecha Brothers, please visit their website.


Morning Concert with Shubhendra and Saskia Rao

Sunday, June 19, 2011 *** 11.00 AM *** Salon de Musique *** Duets for Sitar and Cello

We are very happy that these three fine artists will be able to perform for us in Basel. As this is also just near the time (June 18) of the the second anniversary of the passing of the great teacher and founder of our College, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, this concert will also be a chance for both artists and listeners to celebrate the memory of this wonderful teacher and performer, who spent so many years visiting us in Switzerland.

As space is limited, please be sure to make reservations, either by email (info@aliakbarcollege.org), or by calling the reservation phone line (061 273 93 02).

Gundecha Concert

For more information about the artists, please visit their websites:

Shubhendra Rao

Saskia Rao


Concert with master bamboo flutist Ronu Majumdar

Sonntag, 11. April 2010
20.00 Uhr
Grosser Saal der Musik-Akademie Basel

Ronu pic

Ronu Majumdar is one of India’s most virtuosic masters of the bansuri (bamboo flute). He began playing under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, late Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale and finally the revered Vijay Raghav Rao. He was also fortunate to receive training from his grand guru Pandit Ravi Shankar. An inventive and powerful performer, Ronu Majumdar is firmly rooted in the Maihar gharana which has also given riseto to such musical legends as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

To listen to samples and read more about Ronu, visit his website

Ronu will be accompanied on Tabla by Indranil Mallick, a very talented disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.


Student Recital

20. Juni 2009
18.00 Uhr
Salon de Musique

Student Recital

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