First Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 5-7pm
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Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 7-10pm
Kalakendra Presents Violin & Sitar Lalgudi Krishnan & Shahid Parvez with Amit Kavthekar on Tabla & Shriram Brahmanandan on Mridangam Adults: $20 ($25 at door), Children (3-12 yrs): $10.00 ($12:50 at door) Students (with ID): $15 In the sphere of Carnatic music, the name Lalgudi G J R Krishnan is instantly associated with melody, rhythm, masterly technique on the violin and overall musical excellence. Born in the lineage of the great Saint and Composer Shri Thyagaraja, he was meticulously groomed by his father and Guru, the great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman. Raised in an atmosphere redolent of sublime, divine music, Krishnan has metamorphosed into an outstanding musician. Krishnan began his musical training at the age of five under the watchful guidance of his illustrious grandfather Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and has been honed to perfection by his illustrious father. His innate talent and the natural brilliance and musical ability combined with focused training and disciplined approach, has elevated him to a much sought after artiste and over the years he has carved an elevated niche for himself as a top-ranking violinist. The Lalgudi Bani is unique in the sense that it comes closest to the gayaki style of musical expression with the sahitya and the emotions embedded in the composition emerging loud and clear. Krishnan has creditably internalized this exquisite quality of violin playing and is recognized by the lay and cognoscenti as an artiste of remarkable merit. He maintains a judicious balance of aesthetics and grammar, not sacrificing one at the altar of the other. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan descends from six generations of sitarists. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or "family" committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. He was trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan. Ustadji's music is novel and evolving, but his influences are numerous and easily recognizable to a knowing ear. The fine balance of traditionalism and innovation of an Ustad Vilayat Khan, the palatial structure and spiritual depth of an Ustad Amir Khan, and the dazzling brilliance and musical imperatives of an Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan are all marvelously present in Ustadji's performances. Ustadji also remains open to good music wherever he hears it. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Government of India's 'Padma Shri' and the 'Sangeet Natak Academy Award Young and talented Amit Kavthekar has rhythm running in his veins. At the early age of six, when most the children of his age were playing about, he was being groomed in the art of tabla playing by Maestro Ustad Allarakha. Since 1991, he was fortunate to be taught tabla intricacies by Ustad Zakir Hussain, a master maestro in tabla, whos loyal fan base extends far beyond India and includes music lovers worldwide. Recently awarded the "Taal Mani" by Sur Singar Sansad, Amit is presently learning intricacies of Delhi Gharana from Guru Pandit Sudhir Mainkar Shriram Brahmanandam is one of the most sought after accompanists in the United States, having also performed at prestigious venues all around USA, including the annual Cleveland Carnatic festival and at the Lincoln Center in New York. A prolific composer, Shriram zealously looks for opportunities to create new rhythmic compositions. Shriram translates his passion for the mridangam in articulate, riveting lecture and demonstration sessions in various centers around the country. Links: Kalakendra, Society for the Performing Arts of India, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt arts organization founded in February 1987 to promote and increase awareness of performing arts of the Indian subcontinent in the Portland Metropolitan area Web site: Facebook/Twiter: / Phone: 503-308-1050
Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 7:30-10:30pm
Qawwali Concert by Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi QawwaliParty Presented by Kalakendra, TICKETS: A taste of their live show: