Curated by: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture
G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture presents URBAN RAGA: an evening of Hindustani classical raga interlaced with contemporary sounds.
Featuring Arnab Chakrabarty and Talvin Singh performing in India for the first time together, Urban Raga brings a fresh sound to the timelessness of Hindustani instrumental music.
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Both musicians share a deep commitment to enhancing the technology of Indian musical instruments and the way they are heard in amplified settings. While Chakrabarty is a creative classicist steeped in the traditional idiom of the sarod, the world renowned tabla player and composer Talvin Singh brings to the mix a wide palette of flavours and influences, which allow them to present the music in an engaging and accessible format.
The two stellar musicians have teamed up for a series of intimate and rare baithaks around the country, the first edition of which is at G5A.
About the artist
Arnab Chakrabarty is an outstanding exponent of Hindustani classical music and a practitioner on the sarod for nearly thirty years. One of the world’s leading sarod players today, Arnab is a relentlessly self-improving student of music, a teacher of extraordinary ability, and a successful designer of musical instruments. Arnab's performances are noteworthy for a profound understanding of raga forms, deep erudition of both the sarode tradition and of Hindustani music in general, an exquisite, distinctive sound and virtuosity subordinated to the demands of the music.
Trained by the late Dr. Kalyan Mukherjea (1943-2010), a disciple of Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra, the legendary custodian of the Shahjahanpur tradition of sarode music, Arnab is described by his teacher as “the best representative today, of the musical values I had inherited from Pandit Maitra”. In addition to his training under Dr. Mukherjea, Arnab has received several dozen traditional sarode compositions from Khalifa Ustad Irfan Muhammad Khan (b. 1954), of the Lucknow-Shahjahanpur gharana. Arnab received his initial training from maestros Brij Narayan and Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta (1933-2018), and has supplemented his musical education with vocal training from Pandit Yeshwantbua Joshi (1926-2012), and sitar music from Vinayak Chittar, an inimitable sitar maestro.
In the past decade, Arnab has performed across the world to considerable acclaim, and has contributed to several projects, including the First Edition Arts Khayal Rang and Crossroads Festivals (Mumbai/Chennai), Saptak Festival 2016 (Ahmedabad), Bhilwara Sur Sangam 2016 (Delhi), Masters of Indian Music (Trafo, Budapest 2012), Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2013, Silk Road Festival (Damascus, 2010), and the soundtrack of Born Into Brothels, Calcutta's Red Light Children (Oscar winner: 2005).
Talvin Singh is a celebrated Percussionist, Composer, and Producer. He is today the most versatile Tabla player who has given the instrument a contemporary style by amalgamating diverse aspects of the repertoire of Tabla. He has studied and is equally apt in accompanying Ghazal, Folk and Indian Classical Music as well as Contemporary and Modern Music. He has been under the pupillage since the age of 15 with Acharya Lachman Singh Seen learning the Punjab Style of playing and aesthetics.
Talvin has accompanied Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, G.S Sachdev, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pt. Ronu Majumdar and has also celebrated his diversity in the field of music by collaborating with Sun Ra, Terry Riley, Yoko Ono and Bjork.
Singh's Tablatronica sessions brought inspiration to a whole new generation of percussionists through his unconventional approach including contemporary Tabla projects such as Tabla Beat Science. Talvin has always pushed the boundaries of Indian Music and yet has been focused and dedicated to the practice and art of Tabla.
The albums “Together” with Niladri Kumar and “Vira” with Rakesh Chaurasia, have been pivotal in setting the benchmark for Contemporary Indian Music. Singh’s debut album “Ok” won the 1999 Mercury Prize. Singh has been awarded the South Bank Music prize and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for Services to Music.
Singh today composes for films and produces records from his studio facility in Suffolk and continues to perform internationally.
The Black Box
We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
No Late Entries will be allowed
Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers