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EVENT Hindustani vocalist Arijit Mahalanabis performs in New Delhi for the first time

The Kumud Diwan Foundation of Classical Music and Dance has organised a concert of Hindustani vocal music by Arijit Mahalanabis this coming Sunday. Mahalanabis, who lives in Seattle in the U.S., will be performing in India for the first time.

Trained in the Dagar bani of Dhrupad and the Agra gharana of Khayal, he has emerged as a leading exponent of Hindustani music in the U.S.

He is the founder and first director of one of the largest schools of Indian music outside of India, the Seattle Indian Music Academy (SIMA), which has over 80 students.

Arijit received his early training from Shahana Banerjee of New Delhi. In recent years he has received guidance from Shantha Benegal (a student of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Ustad Yunus Khan) as well as briefly from Ramesh Gangolli (a student of Pandit K.G. Ginde and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini). Among those who have influenced Mahalanabis’ musical approach are prominent artistes such as Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, Uday Bhawalkar, Samir Chatterjee and Neela Bhagwat.

The recital takes place on Sunday, February 3, at 6.30 p.m. at the India International Centre Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi. He is the founder director of the Seattle Indian Music Academy. For information contact Kumud Diwan - 9811456949/ EGP Haran - 9899404123

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