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Maestros of Indian classical music to give Maharishi Gandharva Veda concert - live webcast 25 April from Holland
by Global Good News staff writer

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20 April 2011

World-renowned musicians from the tradition of Indian classical music will perform in a special Maharishi Gandharva Veda concert in Holland on 25 April 2011.

The concert, to be held at the TheaterHotel de Oranjerie in Roermond, will also be webcast live globally from the theatre. Featured in the concert will be:

∙ The legendary Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, flautist extraordinaire. A world-renowned legend of the bansuri—the Indian bamboo flute—Pandit Chaurasia has delighted and enthralled audiences around the world with his unique mastery, versatility, and inimitable style. His unparalleled mastery of the flute has won him the highest acclaim across the globe, including Padma Vibhushan by the government of India—the second-highest civilian honour in the nation.

He has been honoured by the Dutch royal family; the title 'Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau' ('officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau') was conferred on him and he was honoured by Princess Maxima herself.

Pandit Chaurasia is Artistic Director of the Indian Music department of the Rotterdam World Music Academy. On 9 November 2010, the Ministry of Culture of France conferred upon him the highest civilian award in France, 'Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters ('Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres') for his contribution to music.

∙ Accompanying Pandit Chaurasia will be the virtuoso Pandit Vijay Ghate, recognized as one of today's most brilliant and exciting tabla players. He has been accompanying many well-known artists including Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat, and many others all over the world.

He has been recognized for his forays into fusion in the world of music with well-known artists from the west including great maestros in jazz such as George Dukes, Alwin 'Al' Jarreau, and Ravi Coltrane. Pandit Vijay Ghate is known for clarity, dexterity, accuracy, and purity of various complicated tabla compositions.

∙ The Raga-Pianist Utsav Lal has been honoured with the distinction of 'Young Steinway Artist' and named on their worldwide artist roster; he also features in the Indian Limca Book of Records. He is the youngest winner of Ireland's individual MAMA (Metro Eireann Media and Multicultural Awards), for championing multiculturalism in music. He has performed over 100 solo concerts at worldwide venues and festivals, including in 2010-2011 in England, Italy, Scotland, and at the Maximum India Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, this March.

Utsav's creative expression of feelings and emotions of Ragas in the soulful sound of his piano has been critically acclaimed. The spell-binding rendition of his music is described as flowing from within, naturally and spontaneously.

Live webcast 25 April
The concert begins at 8:00pm Central Europe Time (CET)—1:00pm US Central Time—and will be webcast live globally from the theatre.

Register to view the concert
live online.

For those who cannot watch the live concert performance, it will be archived to allow viewing in one's own time.

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