For Immediate Release: May 19th 2008
Virasat Foundation Presents a Special Concert of Indian Classical Music
Surrey, B.C. – Virasat Foundation is proud to announce their upcoming concert of Indian Classical Music on Sunday June 1st 2008 at 6pm at Panorama Ridge Secondary School Theatre, 13220 64 Ave, Surrey, BC. The concert will be featuring Pandit Ronu Majumdar (bansuri), Mohan Singh (vocal), Partha Sarathi Mukherjee (tabla) and Mohan Bhide (harmonium).
Pt. Ronu Majumdar is considered one of the foremost exponents of the bansuri in the world. Having played to audiences worldwide to great acclaim and by virtue of his phenomenal talent, Pt. Ronu Majumdar’s name and the bansuri have become literally synonymous. He began playing the bansuri – North Indian bamboo flute – under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar and then learnt from Pt. Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale and finally from the revered Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao. His versatility and musicianship is an inspiration to his numerous followers. A powerhouse performer, Pt. Ronu Majumdar is solidly rooted in the Maihar Gharana, which has produced musicians of the eminence of Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Mohan Singh is an outstanding vocalist from Punjab. With the blessings of Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji he became a disciple of the eminent vocalists Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra at the young age of 12 after having initially learnt from Ustad Mohinder Singh and Ustad Harbhajan Singh. Sri Satguru Ji blessed him and taught him many traditional and rare compositions of the Talwandi Gharana. In addition he also had the opportunity to learn many “gayaki” compositions from the great sitar legend Ustad Vilayat Khan. Mohan Singh has performed in many concerts and festivals worldwide such as Harballabh in Jalandhar to the enjoyment of his many followers. He is currently being sponsored by Namdhari Sangat and is teaching the art of Indian Classical Music to students in Surrey, BC.
Partha Sarathi Mukherjee is a popular and brilliant tabla player from India who has played extensively all over the world. He received his initial training from his father Sri Ashok Kumar Mukherjee and then became the disciple of the legendary tabla maestro and doyen of the Benares Gharana, Pandit Samta Prasad. A versatile and highly skilled musician, Partha Sarathi has traveled extensively within India and abroad performing in major festivals with an array of internationally reputed artists such as Begum Parveen Sultana, Ustad Imrat Khan, Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra to name a few.
Mohan Bhide will be accompanying Mohan Singh on harmonium. Mohan Bhide is settled in the Lower Mainland and has accompanied many top musicians. He learnt Indian Classical Music from Sri Balasaheb Mate and Sri Govindrao Patwardhan.
Virasat Foundation is delighted to be presenting this concert and welcomes everyone to attend. This will be an opportunity for everyone to listen to Indian Classical Music at it’s finest in what will be a truly memorable concert. There will also be available a fine selection of Indian Classical Music 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 will be. 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