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MAJOR EVENTS 2003

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CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA
AND 
BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN, USA
(INSTITUTE OF INDIAN CULTURE)
Cordially invite you to

A Program in Honor of The
55TH Anniversary of

MAHATMA GANDHI'S PUNYA TITHI

on Thursday, January 30, 2003; 6:30 p.m.

at NEW INDIA HOUSE
3 East 64th Street, NYC
(between Madison & 5th Avenue)

THE PROGRAM WILL CONSIST OF SPEECHES,
DEVOTIONAL MUSIC AND POETRY READING

For more information call Bhavan at 212.989.8383

 


Upcoming Baithak Concert
PARAMPARA : The Musical Tradition of India

Santoor by Young & Talented Rahul Sharma,
son of Legendary Santoor Player Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma,
accompanied on Tabla by
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee

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Rahul Sharma is truly making his presence felt in the world of Music. At the age of 29 he has established himself as a classical Musician with more than 12 releases (CD's) and has his hands full with many other projects. Talented and exceptionally creative, Rahul is the son and the youngest disciple of the legendary Santoor maestro Pt. Shivkumar Sharma.

Rahul started learning the Santoor when he was twelve years old, and gave his first performance at the age of 24. In less than a two-year span he became one of the most sought after young musicians, not only in India, but also across the globe. Rahul has absorbed the ever-enriching depths of Indian classical music, inner calm and a mature detachment from his illustrious father. Under his touch, the ragas unfold in all their rich complexities and soulful stirrings. Rahul is all set to take the santoor to greater heights in the twenty-first century by adding new dimensions to it with his creativity. He is a maestro in the making.

March 28,2003 - 6:30 p.m.
at Bhavan's Romanti Auditorium
305, Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor, NYC

Tickets: $20
For tickets call Bhavan at 212-989-8383

Refreshment will be served


3 Day Conference on Indian Literature - September 25, 26, 27, 2003

3 Day Conference on Indian Literature - September 25, 26, 27, 2003, at Manhattan Center, NYC - Indian Prime Minister will inaugurate -14 Modern Indian languages will be represented - Gulzar, among other eminent literary participants from India.


Upcoming Concert

Sitar by Joya Biswas
accompanied on Tabla by
Pandit Samir Chatterjee


Joya Biswas


Acclaimed as the Tirst Lady of Sitar' Joya Biswas is one of the outstanding lady musicians of India, whose position has remained unchallenged for the last three decades in the field of Instrumental music. With a rich cultural backcground Joya, born in an aristocratic Bose family of Calcutta was encouraged by her Engineer father and painter mother to leam music. She won numerous prizes during her school and college days as a brilliant sitarist. Joya left her academic career to study under Ravishankar with a Government cultural scholarship and after rigorous training under her Guru she emerged as a sitarist of outstanding merit during sixties, performing all over the country and abroad.

A pioneer in her field, which is dominated by male sitarist of senior age, Joya soon carved a niche for herself in the music world by her virtuosity as a sitarist of rare talent.

During her numerous concert tours abroad since 1959, the most remarkable was her triumphant tour in Russia, Poland, East Germany in 1968, sponsored by Govt of India, in 1980 tour of W. Germany, France and UX, followed by Festival of India Programme in Russia during 1988. In this tour Joya was invited by the French TV to telecast sitar recital on 21 st June'88, the International Music Day. BBC invited her to perform in the coveted "THIRD PROGRAMME"in 1965, followed by a broadcast from BBC. during 1980 and finally in 1996 B.B.C Ch annel 4, interviewed her as India's First Lady of Sitar. Her memorable performance in 1996 in Nehru Centre of London in a packed Hall and an exclusive recital in Washington in the presence of Indian Ambassador S.S Roy and few senate members are worth mentioning. Her recent tour in Sri Lanka, sponsored by Govt of India to inaugurate a Cultural Centre in the golden Jubilee Year of Indian freedom, has brought fresh laurel for her from press and public of Sri Lanka.

Joya, a graduate in History and Economics, with a diploma in Journalism, is attached to Radio, Television, different Universities and high power cultural committees of both Govt. of India and West Bengal as member and advisor. She has given lecture recital and conducted workshop in various Universities of India and abroad. She has been honoured by Calcutta High court being selected as a Judge of Peoples court. Mother Teresa honoured her with Mahila Navaratna Award in 1993 in Calcutta. Joya has many L.P. and cassettes to her credit. A brilliant sitarist of this country, Joya's music touches the very heart string of her listeners, which is full of sweetness, creativity as well as technical brilliance.

October 18 , 2003 - 6:00 p.m.
at Bhavan's Romanti Auditorium
305, Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor, NYC

Tickets: $12
For tickets call Bhavan at 212-989-8383

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