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Unique ‘East Meets West’ concert

May 05
00:25 2012

NEW YORK: In a unique treat to eclectic music lovers’ senses, the Indian Consulate in New York in association with Salon de Virtuosi organized an ‘East Meets West’ concert April 24 at the Consulate Ballroom.
The first part of the concert, representing the West, featured the Amphion String Quartet (ASQ) artistes of prominence – Katie Hyunand David Southorn on Violin, Wei-Yang Lin on Viola and Mihai Marica on Cello. Their performance drew instant applause from the audience for the vigor and immaculate coordination.
Hailed by the New York Times for the “precision, assertiveness and vigor”, the Amphion String Quartet won the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and was awarded the First Prize in both Hugo Kauder and Plowman Competitions. The Quartet has recently been selected to join for a three year residence at the Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society.
The East was represented by Anirban Dasgupta on sarod, with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla, who mesmerized and enthralled the audience with their melodious Hindustani Ragas.
Dasgupta is the youngest son and disciple of renowned Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta. He won the first prize in the All India Radio Competition and has performed widely in India, UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United States. His first CD was released in 2002 and has four CDs to his credit.
Dibyarka Chatterjee, the young tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, is the son and disciple of Pandit Samir Chatterjee. He has performed with many renowned musicians, including Pandit Jasraj, Lakshmi Shankar, Mashkoor Ali Khan, Ramesh Mishra, Shubhra Guha, Partha Bose, Tripti Mukherjee, Suman Ghosh and Hidayat Khan, to name a few, besides collaborating with music groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Battery Dance Co. He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the UN General Assembly, Lincoln Center and Asia Society in NYC.
The concert came to an end with a scintillating performance of Kathak dance by Brinda Anonya Guha, who has been learning this classical north Indian dance form for seventeen years from Kalamandir of NJ Dance School under the guidance of her mother Malabika Guha. Her performance invigorated the atmosphere and delighted the entire audience.
Co-founder and a principal dancer of the contemporary Indian Dance Ensemble, Kalamandir Dance Company, Brinda has been invited to perform throughout the US, England and India. In 2005, she wrote and directed her own dance production entitled “RISE,” based on the poems of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes.
The function was attended by 130 persons, who gave all artistes a standing ovation.
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