Bollywood music fans are no doubt awaiting the upcoming concerts by Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Shreya Ghosal, but what about the rasikas in New England? Thanks to local organizations, such as MITHAS, and concerts by New England-based artists, even the classical arts connoisseur has much to look forward to this fall.
Sept. 14: Concerts by leading Indian classical dancers are rare enough in this part of the world that when one of India's foremost Odissi dancers is set to perform, aficionados take notice. Padmashri recipient and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award-winner Madhavi Mudgal will present "Vistaar - Rhythm and Melody in Classical Odissi Dance" on Sept. 14 at National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass. The concert, a collaboration between The Meru Education Foundation and the American India Foundation, will raise funds for Uttarakhand Relief efforts. The event will begin at 6 p.m.
Sept. 15: A name that's almost synonymous with the sarod, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan will perform at Berklee Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. His sons Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan will accompany him at the concert. With The New York Times calling him "remarkable and compelling," you can expect nothing short of world class from the maestro.
Sept. 15: If you are in the mood for Carnatic music instead, then head over to Stata Center at MIT, where Akkarai Sisters Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha are scheduled to perform, with MITHAS hosting. Trained under P. S. Narayanaswami and Chitraveena Ravikiran, the sisters have been garnering attention at India's Carnatic music circuit for their skills as vocalists as well as violinists.
Sept. 29: MITHAS continues its fall series with a Lalgudi G. Jayaraman memorial concert at Wong Auditorium in MIT. Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, children of the late violin maestro, have received great reviews in their own right as violinists. Expect them to recapture the famed Lalgudi magic at the concert, which will coincide with a biography book release.
Oct. 5: Mouli Pal, Director of New England-based Upasana, will perform Odissi to live music at the Jewett Art Center Auditorium in Wellesley College. A disciple of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Mouli Pal is collaborating with New Mexico-based percussionist Phillip Hollenbeck, New England-based Hindustani classical singer Ujjawal Parikh, flutist Gopi Shanker and violinist Sahana Srinivasan for the performance. This event marks the first time Pal will present Odissi set to live music in the New England area.
Nov. 17: MITHAS will host renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Sanhita Nandi at Wong Auditorium at MIT. Endowed with a "resplendent and melodious voice," as The Indian Express puts it, Nandi's training is in the Kirana style, having learned from gurus such as Pandit A. Kanan. Based in New Jersey, Nandi is nevertheless a well-traveled artist who performs often in India.