Musicians collaborate on performance duet

Internationally acclaimed Indian classical musicians Rajeev Taranath and Partha Chatterjee will perform at the University of Redlands

October 27, 2011—Acclaimed Indian classical instrumentalists Rajeev Taranath on sarod and Partha Chatterjee on sitar will offer a performance on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands.

"It is an honor for us to be able to bring these musicians to our campus. This performance at the University of Redlands contributes further to an understanding of the range of Indian classical music,” says Leela MadhavaRau, Associate Dean of Campus Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Redlands. "It's a rare opportunity not to be missed."

The concert format performed by the brilliant percussionist Abhiman Kaushal, with the addition of the accompanying tabla drums, brings together masters of two different instruments in a recital of raga (melody) and tala (rhythmic cycle). The result of this duo improvisation is one that compliments and supports while creating a range of emotions from the supremely sublime to the viscerally charged - a journey into the beauty of one of the world's major non-western classical music traditions.

This concert is free for University of Redlands students, staff and faculty. Members of the general public are warmly invited to attend. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased only at the door.

About the Performers

"Taranath's sarod pulls heart strings...the audience was moved by the strength and emotional intensity of the music."
Acclaimed instrumentalist Rajeev Taranath is one of India's leading exponents of the sarod, the lyrical and richly textured relative of the lute. His musicianship is distinguished by deep introspection, dazzling technical skill and a highly disciplined approach to the development of a raga or melody.

Since the time Partha Chatterjee was in high school, he was fascinated with the raga music he heard in his family home. He learned vocal music from his mother Smt. Rama Chatterjee who performed regularly on radio and television, giving him a solid foundation of “bandish”, or raag development and structural knowledge. Initially he learned sitar from his father, the late Sri Prabir Kumar Chatterjee, who subsequently took him to the sitar maestro the late Pt. Nikhil Banerjee.

ABHIMAN KAUSHAL, tabla accompaniment
Abhiman Kaushal is an outstanding tabla artist who is much sought after for his sensitive accompaniment and intense solo playing. He represents the Farukkabad and Lucknow styles of tabla.

For Rajeev Taranath, music transforms both musician and audience: “The performer, as T.S.Eliot says, lives at a conscious point where past and future are gathered. He has all the richness of the past, waiting to pass it on to the future.”
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For ticket information for this performance, contact Leela MadhavaRau at 909-748-8285 or at

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