18th of April, 2020
Trafó, Budapest 20.00
Songs of Khyal
Khyal means imagination, a kind of relationship of vocal and instrumental music. Indian classical music is as contemporary as it is traditional. While retaining its fundamental essence, it has always evolved and grown with time. Same goes with vocal music. This is where Abhisek Lahiri decided to explore and present the connection between strings of his instrument, the Sarod and the human voice.
Abhisek Lahiri – Sarod
Partha Sarathi Mukherjee – Tabla
from 19.15 showing Samta Prasad – the legendary tabla maestro of Benares – a documentary in English
Abhisek started performing in public at an early age of 11 years though he got his first break in national level in 1997 when he was invited by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to play at Saath Saath Festival and in the very same year he also gave a performance in Holland at the World Kinder Festival where he was named as an Wonder Kid.
Abhisek Lahiri, one of the youngest President Award Winning Sarod artist of Prasar Bharati and Doordarshan has created his own unique style of playing the Sarod. He has been thoroughly trained under his eminent father and guru Pandit Alok Lahiri primarily in Maihar Gharana with the confluence of other gharanas from a very tender age in the Gurukul system.
Partha Sarathi Mukherjee
A disciple of the doyen of Benaras Gharana Padmabhusan Pandit Samta Prasad. He initially trained under the expert guidance of his father Late Pandit Ashok Kumar Mukherjee who was himself a disciple of Panditji. At present under the Guidance of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri , the doyen of Lucknow Gharana.
He has worked with composer Ross Daly (Greece) also in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens in August 2004. He has associated with flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla (Spain), double bass player Achim Tang (Austria), jazz giutarist Giorgio Serci (Sardinia, Italy), percussionist Ronny Barrac (Lebanon) & composer Deepak Ram (South Africa/USA) to name just a few.