Traditional instruments combine with innovative techniques in this intimate evening of music featuring sitar, tabla and digital tanpura.
Arjun Verma has emerged as a unique voice on sitar—both within the tradition of North Indian classical music, and through his innovative cross-genre collaborations. Arjun is joined by Indranil Mallick, a promising tabla player of rare skill. Throughout the concert, Arjun will share details about the structure, cultural associations, artistic intent, and history of North Indian classical music as well as his own background in learning and performing this music.
This enriching and immersive musical experience offers insight into the creative journey of an artist and an exploration of the art form, delivering a transformative and exhilarating evening of music sure to leave listeners with a deeper understanding and appreciation for North Indian classical music.
This event is part of the Haresh and Joan Shah Lecture and Performance Series. All events in this series are available to CIIS students, staff, and faculty free of charge.
Arjun Verma is a student of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. As a child, Arjun began his training with his father, sitarist Roop Verma, himself a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. As a teenager, Arjun was very fortunate to study with Ali Akbar Khan for eight years, and since the Maestro’s passing in 2009, with his son Alam Khan.
Arjun’s playing primarily combines the musical approach of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan with the sitar style of Nikhil Banerjee. In addition, Arjun incorporates his own innovations as well as musical elements drawn from his father’s style. The combination of these influences results in a style encompassing the profound as well as exhilarating aspects of North Indian Classical Music.
Arjun has performed around the world, including noteworthy performances with St. Louis Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and at Prague Castle, Pattee Arena, the Fillmore, and at the United Nations in Geneva.
Indranil Mallick was born to a family of genuine music connoisseurs, receiving his initial training in tabla when he was only five from his uncle, Sri Montu Mallick. Later he was trained by Prof. Dhabol Bandyapadhaya. From 1985 he was under the guidance of Sri Uttam Chakraborty, senior disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Now he is under the guidance of Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri. Indranil belongs to the Luckhnow Gharana style of tabla.
Among his numerous awards and distinctions in tabla performance he stood first in the Yuva Utsav organized by the state Government of West Bengal. In 1997 he stood first in the prestigious Dover Lane Music Competition and earned "The Best Talent Of The Year" for 1996-97, trophy awarded by the H.M.V Music Corporation. Indranil holds a "Sangeet Visarad", Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music focused on tabla, from the University of Chandigarh, which he earned in 1999. He also earned "Sangeet Kala Ratna" in 2006.
Indranil is a grade 'A' artist of All India Radio, Kolkata where he is featured regularly on programs aired throughout India.