A Summer’s Evening of Ragas
Saturday August 5th, 7:30 to 9:30PM
Join us in Sonoma (town of) for another concert in the series. Manik Khan (son of the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) and Arjun Verma will perform evening ragas on sarod and sitar. Nilan Chaudhuri, (son of the tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri) will accompany them on tabla.
Manik Khan is the youngest son of the late maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He began his training on the sarod with his father at the age of 13. He is currently teaching, performing and working to keep this tradition of India’s rich cultural history alive and flourishing. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he continues his musical studies with his elder brother, Alam Khan.
Arjun Verma began learning North Indian Classical Music with his father, Pandit Roop Verma, a disciple of Maestros Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. Arjun continued his studies with Maestro Ali Akbar Khan directly for 8 years. He has emerged as a unique voice on sitar—both within the tradition of North Indian Classical Music and through his innovative cross-genre collaborations. Arjun has received critical acclaim for his performances throughout the United States, Europe, and India
Nilan Chaudhuri has been learning tabla from his father, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, since the age of five. He teaches, performs, and records regularly in an array of styles ranging from Indian Classical to Electronic. Currently, he resides in the Bay Area where he continues to study under the guidance of his father.
About the Project – Supporting the Artists
A small select group of musicians are invited to perform in front of a live audience in an intimate setting and are videoed. The finished concerts are streamed free of charge. The artists get a copy of the audio tracks and can use the video for their promotion. All door proceeds are given to the artists.The Sacred Music Sessions is supported by a corporate grant.
The concerts take place in the town of Sonoma in Northern California.