4901 Keller Springs Rd #103
Addison, TX 75001
Ananda Dallas is blessed to present and share an evening of ragas by master flutist Pandit Rupak Kulkarni, accompanied by Maestro Hindole Majumdar on Tabla. Don’t miss this touring act from India when they visit Dallas! It will be an extroardinary night of musical bliss from these reknown Indian artists! For more information on the artists, please visit www.rupakkulkarni.com and www.hindolemajumdar.com
RUPAK KULKARNI: The “Classical” Rupak, with music blown into his breath by father Late Pt. Malhar Kulkarni, Rupak has blossomed under the finest tutelage of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to become an outstanding exponent of “Maihar Gharana”. As a “Ganda Bandh” shagird of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia since the tender age of 12, Rupak with arduous training and hard work, has mastered “Dhrupad, Khayal and Tantrakari ang” (style) equally well. In fact, his recital is always a rare treat combining Dhrupad and Khayal gayaki, melodious alap and scintillating “Tatkar” (tounging technique used for Jhala) innovative improvisation with mesmerising “Layakari”, superb breath control and dexterous finger work.
Rupak has had the rare distinction of having connoisseurs and music maestros such as Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in his audience, who have lauded his music.
With concerts across the globe in countries such as Australia, America, Russia, Japan, Africa, England, France and others, Rupak has acquired a dignified maturity in his playing at an enviably early age. His concert at “Asian Super Flautist Festival” in Japan is particularly a memorable one.
In India, Rupak has performed at almost all prestigious music conferences. Be it, Sawai Gandharva, Pune; Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior; Vishnu Digamber Paluskar Samaroh, New Delhi; Times of India 150 years celebration concerts and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkatta; Hirabai Badodekar Smruti Samaroh and Gunidas Sammelan, Mumbai.
The “Filmi” Rupak: Rupak has lent his musical prowess to many melodies hitting the chart busters. Has worked with renowned music directors from Bollywood. Films such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam (K3G), Fiza, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer etc. have him playing in not just the main songs but also in the background scores, arousing emotions varying from pathos to exuberance.
The “Fusion” Rupak: Rupak has collaborated with many renowned musicians from the West to create scintillating music. Some of them being…
Piano – C. C. Kreusch (Germany); Oola Melander (Sweden)
Drums – Trilok Gurtu; Taufiq Qureshi; Reto Weber and Stephen Rigert (Switzerland)
Guitar – Marc Liebeskind (Switzerland)
Saxophone – Philip Harpen (France)
Djembe – Adama Drame (West Africa)
“Monsoon Magic” and “Unwind” are Rupak’s bold and successful endeavours with fusion music. Besides, he has composed and performed along with his own fusion group “Sonakshi”.
HINDOLE MAJUMDAR occupies a commendable position amongst the young tabla players of his generation. Inspired by his maternal grandfather, Late Sri Chittaranjan Roy, an ardent music lover, and his mother, Late Sunanda Majumdar, a teacher by profession and a Kathak dancer disciple of Pandit RamgopalMishra of the Jaipur gharana, Hindole started learning tabla at the tender age of 5. In his very first performance at the age of 10, he completely enthralled the audience.
He received his first formal training from Shri Shibshankar Karmakar, a disciple of Ustad KaramatullahKhan, Farukkhabad Gharana. He continues to receive training from the great tabla maestro Pandit SankhaChatterjee (of the Punjab and Farukkhabad Gharana) in a guru-shishya parampara.He has also had the opportunity to learn South Indian Rhythm style from the Mridangam exponent Pandit S.Shekhar.
Hindole now performs all over the globe accompanying various artists, and his work and experiment is critically acclaimed by music enthusiasts all over the globe. He has accompanied illustrious musicians of Indian Classical music like Ustad Shahid Parvez, Dr. N. Rajam, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Pandit VishwamohanBhatt, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Pandit Rupak Kulkarni, Pandit Rakesh Chaurasia, Vidwan ShashankSubramanium, Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, Pandit Jayteerth Mevundi, Vidwan Lalgudi Krishnan, VidwanGanesh Rajgopalan to name a few. He has collaborated with world music percussionists like Doyra player Abbos Kosimov, four time Grammy award winner Glenn Velez, and world renowned Mridangam exponent Legendary Trichy Sankaran.
Hindole has founded the Hindole Majumdar School of Music and Dance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in USA where he teaches Tabla and Indian Rhythm on a regular basis. He has also numerous CD’s audio and video albums released by various record companies including his own record label Sunanda Records.