For Immediate Release: April 10th 2004

An Evening of Indian Classical Vocal Music with Smt. Kankana Banerjee (Vocal) accompanied by Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri (Tabla) and Pt. Ramesh Misra (Sarangi)

Surrey, B.C. – Virasat Foundation is proud to present an evening of Indian Classical Vocal Music featuring one of India’s leading classical vocalists Smt. Kankana Banerjee at the Surrey Arts Centre on Friday May 28th at 7:30pm. This concert is part of explorASIAN 2004 and the Asian Heritage Month festival.  Smt. Kankana Banerjee will be accompanied by the world-renowned Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri on tabla and the ever-popular Pandit Ramesh Misra on sarangi.  Virasat Foundation is honoured to be bringing these world-class musicians together in a concert that will give listeners to hear Indian Classical Vocal Music at it’s very best.  Virasat Foundation is known for presenting Indian Classical Music at a  high standard and this will be an evening not to be missed.


Gifted with a sweet and sonorously rich voice, Smt. Kankana Banerjee showed early promise of her marvelous musical abilities and as a child was taken under the wing of the great musical legend Ustad Amir Khan who groomed her with great care and attention as a worthy candidate for passing on the torch of the Indore Gharana. After Ustad Amir Khan’s untimely demise she learnt from Pandit Partap Narayan – elder brother of Pandit Jasraj – who took on the task of furthering her training and maturing her as an artiste aswell as teaching her the intricacies of the Mewati Gharana. Today she is an acknowledged star of the Indian Classical Music scene having been honoured with many awards. She has performed in many concerts worldwide enthralling audiences with her beautiful voice and her exquisite command of Indian classical and light classical music.

Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri is a phenomenon in the arena of Indian Classical Music. Musicians all over the world honour him as one of the most highly respected tabla players worthy of the highest regard. It is through his clarity and elegance of performance, both as an accompanist and as a soloist, that he has achieved such fame throughout the world as a true master of Tabla. As a soloist and accompanist he has traveled throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia accompanying maestros such as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee as well as other eminent artists. He is the Director of Percussion at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California and in Basil, Switzerland where students from all over the world receive intensive training in Tabla.

Pandit Ramesh Misra is among the very few high ranking and gifted sarangi players of India. He was initiated into sarangi playing at the age of five by his father Pandit Ramnath Misra. He acquired further knowledge and training from Pandit Hanuman Prasad Mishra, Pandit Gopal Mishra and presently the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. He is one of the most sought after sarangi accompanists, having accompanied all the top Indian artists in concerts worldwide. He is also a fine soloist and has several recordings to his credit.


Tickets will be available from Surrey Arts Centre Box Office at 604 501 5566.  There will also be available a wide selection of Indian Classical CD’s for purchase at the concert.


About Virasat Foundation:

Virasat Foundation is an organisation dedicated to preserve and promote the rich culture, traditions and heritage of India. Virasat means what belongs to all of us, what has been handed over to us by earlier generations and that which we have to hold on to and pass on to the next generations. It is this Virasat, that makes us what we are and will contribute to our next generation what they are. Our mission is to preserve, promote and develop what is best in Virasat in its full grandeur and hand over to our coming generations a treasure greater than what our last generations handed over to us. This includes providing a climate for holding concerts and various social activities, perpetuating the cultural aspects such as Indian classical music, folk music, fine arts, etc., conducting educational programs, promoting Indian languages and traditional medicines and other services to the people.


For Further Information:

Ranjit S. Kalsi 604 562 4122 or Jaspal S. Randhawa 604 897 4512



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