Friday, April 29 @ 1:15 pm, Reverberation Stage
Gourisankar, a leading tabla maestro of the present generation, studied tabla under the able guidance of his father, Pandit Shib Sankar Karmakar. Since 1979, he has been under the tutelage of the tabla Maestro Pandit Sankha Chatteriee.
Gourisankar is an “A” grade Artist of All India Radio and Television. His talent and creativity are manifest in classical performances, experimental East-West World Music collaboration, and North- South musical interactions. He has performed with most of India’s eminent artists, as well as many famous artists from around the world.
In 2008, Gourisankar established the “School of Indian Percussion & Music” in Austin, Texas. Many of his students have benefited from his teaching expertise, and perform regularly. He has recently joined University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) as a music faculty.
Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading soloists of the Maihar Gharana, and world renowned teacher of sitar. He is a disciple of Pandit Kartick Kumar, and comes from a long lineage of eminent musicians. He is an A-grade artist of All India Radio and Television (AIR) and an approved artist of ICCR (Government of India). He has received many national and international awards, including Gokul Nag Memorial Award, “Sur Mani”, Avinav Kala Samman, Parangotsava, Award for exceptional contribution by Sapna (Consulate General of India, Chicago). He has performed in many musical festivals in India and abroad (USA, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Middle East, Martinique Islands).
Apart from playing classical music, Indrajit has collaborated with many Western musicians, such as Sting, Fareed Haque, Yaron Herman, Atash, Gypsy All Stars, Craig Pruess, Abbos Kosimov, etc.