The WVU World Music Center will presentAn Evening of Indian Classical Music,featuring sitarist Partha Bose and vocalist Esha Bandyopadhyay, at the Creative Arts Center Saturday, Sept. 13.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Recital Hall, formally known as the Choral Recital Hall (Room 200A). The event is free and open to the public.
Bose and Bandyopadhyay, of Calcutta, are husband and wife and both trained in Hindustani classical music of northern India.
Bose is acknowledged as a rising star in Indian classical music. He began playing the sitar at age six, first performed on All India Radio at age eleven, and has regularly performed at classical music festivals and on television since his teens. He went through intensive training in the truest oral traditions of Guru-Shishya Parampara under the tutelage of the renowned Monoj Shankar of the Maihar Gharana school of classical Indian instrumental music. His music represents an imaginative synthesis of the musical heritage of legendary sitar masters Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee, colored by his own creativity.
He has also received international recognition, performing in Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Madagascar, as well as in the United States. He was honored by the government of India when he was invited to lead a cultural delegation to African countries on the historic occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Indias independence.
Bandyopadhyay was trained in the Hindustani classical vocal styles of Khayal and Bhajan under Smt. Krishna Dasgupta , the leading disciple of the legendary vocalist Sangeetacharya Tarapada Chakraborty, and the legendary Ustad Ameer Khan, for the past 20 years. Intensive training in the popular style Nazrulgeeti and the semi-classical genre Ragpradhan enriched her repertoire.
She has performed at a number of classical music concerts for prestigious organizations such as the Sutanuti Parishad, Jhankar Music Circle, Aurobindo Institute of Culture, and Government College of Fine Arts&Craft, as well as on Calcutta television. In June 1999 she was invited by the University of Toronto to perform on the occasion of Bangla Mela, a celebration of Bengali music, and performed a two-month concert tour in Canada. She also was invited by the Consulate General of India to perform during the Independence Festival.
Her success in Canada brought her back to the United States and Canada during the summer of 2000 for performances at the Ali Akbar College of Music (Fremont), Ragamala Music Society of Calgary and the University of Waterloo, among others. She has been invited to an International Music Festival in Munich for International Womens Day as the sole representative of Indian classical vocal music. She is the founder ofShaili,an academy of music, dance, painting and crafts, where she is principal and vocal music teacher.
For more information about the concert, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841 ext. 3108.