WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER PRESENTS INDIAN CLASSICALS AN EVENING OF SEMI-CLASSICAL AND LIGHT HINDUSTANI MUSIC
The Watchung Arts Center is proud to present Indian Classicals Spring Concert featuring Smt. Astha Shukla (vocals), Dr. Amod Dandawate (tabla) and Shri Rohan Prabhudesai (harmonium) on Friday April 19th at 8 PM. Reception and refreshments from 7:30 – 8 p.m.The event begins with an homage to Spring. Opening with a brief introduction to Spring Ragas through semi-classical selections that continue to celebrate Spring and the festival of Holi and concluding with Astha ji’s dulcet renditions of her favorite bhajans and ghazals.
Ms. Astha Shukla started receiving training in Hindustani Classical music at a very early age from her mother Smt Veena Pani Shukla, who has a doctorate in music from Banaras Hindu University. Astha also received training from. Pt. Kashinath Shankar and Dr. Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe. These teachers together have helped Astha shape her distinct style. Astha has performed at various venues in the USA like IAPA, Marathi Vishwa and ePrasaran (live radio in CA). Apart from being a gifted performer, Astha is the founder of Swar Veena school of music in New Jersey which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The school is devoted to preserving and propagating the rich legacy of Hindustani music through classes, workshops, and presentations.
Dr. Amod Dandawate was born and brought up in Hyderabad, where he was initiated into tabla-playing by his father Dr. Vasant Dandawate. Later he received training from Shafaatullah Khan on the art of accompaniment. He has also been learning from the well-known tabla nawaaz Shri Zakir Hussain. Recently, Amod has been under the guidance of his second guru Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Amod holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering. He regularly accompanies renowned local and visiting artists from India.
Rohan Prabhudesai has been actively studying music for the past 11 years. He began his training in Hindustani classical music on the harmonium on one of his trips to India with Sri.Gokuldas Rasaikar. He continued this musical pursuit under the guidance of Dr. Kedar Naphade, a senior disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar. He has also periodically had the privilege of learning from Pt. Borkar. Aside from Indian classical music, Rohan also draws interest from Western classical and as been taking regular piano lessons for about 10 years from Mr.Edwin Lopez. He has given numerous recitals and fundraising concerts on the piano. Rohan is currently attending NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Tickets are $18 for non-members, $16 for WAC members, $8 for students.
Advanced price tickets can be purchased though the website at wathungartscenter.eventbrite.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact:
Stacy Gannon, Executive Director