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Jugalbandi of sitar and sarod

READY FOR THE EVENT: Indrajit Banerjee and Shankar Bhattacharya will play sitar and sarod at Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore on Tuesday. Gowri Shankar Karmakar (centre) will accompany them on tabla.

READY FOR THE EVENT: Indrajit Banerjee and Shankar Bhattacharya will play sitar and sarod at Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore on Tuesday. Gowri Shankar Karmakar (centre) will accompany them on tabla.  

Staff Correspondent

Indrajit Banerjee and Shankar Bhattacharya to perform today

MYSORE: "Raag Milan" will organise a unique Jugalbandi programme of sitar and sarod, and Odissi dance at the Jaganmohana Palace Auditorium here on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The event will begin with Odissi dance by 10-year-old Prithvi Nayak from Mysore. Prithvi is a disciple of Sharmila Mukharjee, well-known Odissi exponent. This will be followed by a Jugalbandi concert by Indrajit Banerjee (sitar) and Shankar Bhattacharya (sarod).

Mr. Banerjee, who hails from Kolkota, is an "A" grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan and also an approved artiste of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He hails from a family of artistes, including Barunkumar Pal, Pandit Karthik Kumar and Niladhri Kumar.

He was greatly influenced by his mother, who was a disciple of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. He has toured the U.S., Europe and other countries. He has received many prestigious awards. Pandit Bhattacharya is another artiste of high order in Indian Classical music.

A disciple of Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, he has given performances and lecture demonstrations in the U.S., the United Kingdom, France and other countries. He has created a fusion band, "Paisley Connection", and has published many articles on sarod.

Pandit Bhattacharya is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas, U.S., and is a renowned researcher in the field of control therapy.

Gowri Shankar Karmakar from Kolkota will accompany them. He is an "A" grade artiste and teaches tabala in India and the U.S.

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