The Carnegie Arts Center will present “Melodies of Peace,” an evening of classical Northern Indian music performed by musicians and educators Pandit Debasis Chakroborty, Lovely Sharma and Pandit Gourisankar on Oct. 12.
Chakroborty is a well-known Indian classical slide guitar virtuoso of the Senia-Maihar musical tradition and an Associate Professor in the Department of Music at Mangalayatan University, India. His research is published in national and international books and journals, and his repertoire of Hindustani classical music attracts students and scholars throughout India and abroad. He is a frequent artist-in-residence and conductor/performer at universities outside of India, and has performed throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, U.S.A. and Europe at international music festivals and received numerous appreciations and honors.
Sharma is an academician, music therapist and the first woman to receive the Doctor of Letters in Sitar. She is a professor in the department of music in Dayalbagh University in Agra. Throughout her career, she has earned laurels for her research work, and has authored eight books on musicology. Sharma is an empaneled artist of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs of India and a member of various international academic and cultural organizations. She has performed throughout India as well as in U.A.E., Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia, Italy, Argentina and the U.S.A.
Gaurisankar, a leading tabla maestro of the present generation, is the grandson of the famed dhrupadiya (vocalist) Jotindra Mohan Karmakar. His father, Pt. Shib Shankar Karmakar, is the disciple of the famed tabla maestro, the late Ustad Keramatulla Khan. Since 1979, he has been under tutelage of tabla maestro Pt. Sankha Chatterjee – the only tabla artist who has studied with three legendary masters. He is an A grade artist of All India Radio and Television. He has toured internationally for the last 24 years and has performed with many eminent musicians. In 2008, he established the School of Indian Percussion and Music in Austin, Texas where he teaches.
The show is set for 6 p.m. and admission is free. The show will be at the Carnegie Arts Center at 250 N. Broadway in Turlock.