Concert of Indian Music Colours of Raga
Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
Indian classical music will return to San Giorgio on 11 April. The Intercultural Institute for
Comparative Music Studies (IISMC) has in fact organised a concert of classical music from
The guest artist is internationally renowned singer Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, an
authoritative performer of the khyal classical singing genre and a member of one of the most
important family traditions of Calcutta musicians.
Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay is particularly welcome in Venice since it is a return visit: she also performed and gave lessons at the IISMC in the 1990s. Moreover, Sangeeta is the daughter of leading tabla player Sankha Chatterjee. For over thirty years he held tabla cour at the Institute, which were greatly valued by his students, some of whom went on to become professionals. The Bandyopadyay family divide their time between Berlin and India, and give many international concerts. The khyal style, in which Sangeeta is specialised, is one the most important genres of classical music in North India and requires great technical skills on the part of the singers, who must have a special bent for improvisation. Sangeeta Bandopadhyay, one of the leading contemporary performers of khyal, has studied with masters from the schools of Lucknow, Patiala and Indore, developing her own unique style, a synthesis of these three schools, as she
seamlessly moves between all the subtleties of the raga, the melodic formula of Indian classical music blending expressiveness, originality and skill in the variations. Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay will be
accompanied by Saibal Bandyopadhyay on harmonium and Nihar Mehta on tabla.