TaalKraman | ताल क्रमण
A Journey of Tabla from Accompaniment to Solo
Featuring Mukta Raste - Tabla and Vocals
Sampada Bhalerao - Sitar
Anjali Joshi - Harmonium
Yogesh Ratnaparkhi - Emcee and Vocals
Chinmay Upadhye - Misc Percussion
Mukta Raste represents one of the most versatile young tabla artists in India making music today. Shehails from a family with remarkable musical roots. Mukta began learning classical vocal music, harmonium and transferred her passion to one of the world's most complex percussion instrument the Tabla. She was first introduced to Tabla and many other percussion instruments by her Uncle Shri Sanjay Karandikar at the age of five. Mukta is fortunate to receive tutelage of nuances of six gharanas of the Tabla at intimate quarters from one of the most eminent and renowned masters Shri. Amod Dandage and Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar and Hindustani classical vocal by Smt. Shashi Achawal (Gwalior Gharana) Ust. Aslam Hussain Khan (Agra Gharana), Dhrupad Maestro Ust. Bahauddin Dagar and Light Music from eminent music director Pt. Yashwant Deo. She has also attended Ust.
Zakir Hussain’s Tabla workshop held in California in the year 2016. The constant inspiration of all the gurus compels her not only to dedicate herself to the study of Indian classical music but also to extend the reach of the Tabla into an ever-growing variety of musical genres and cultural contexts. Mukta has participated in various competitions right from her schooling days and has won many awards. She has been bestowed with the prestigious Ministry of Culture Music Scholarship for the year 2010-13 by the Government of India and The Joan Memorial Trust has awarded her scholarship under 'The young and talented artists of Hindustani Music' for the year 2013-2015. Mukta is an alumni of ‘OneBeat 2016’ Music Exchange Program which is an initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Found Sound Nation. Mukta has also formed a follow on project to OneBeat namely 'Sadhana: Music for Social Change’ with fellow OneBeat musicians. She has performed several times as guest artist
at U. S Consulate, Mumbai for Women Empowerment Contest. Mukta has performed in many television shows such as 'Saam Marathi Gurukul' competition for Tabla and has been interviewed in DD Sahyadri's 'Hello Sakhi' for Tabla Accompaniment with various vocal forms. She has imparted Tabla lessons to famous actor of Bollywood industry Sonam Kapoor and has worked with music director Amit Trivedi for the movie PadMan. She
also nurtures upcoming talents at her institute 'Taal Matrix School of Music and Dance', Mumbai.
Anjali Joshi is well known in the Seattle area as a solo Santoor artist; as the founder of the Music School where she teaches different instruments to adults and children; as an accompanist on Harmonium to vocal and tabla artists; as the founder and lead of her music group Vadya Vrinda; and as the music director of the children's orchestra, Yuva Mehfil. She has given numerous workshops on music theme; worked as a judge on musical competitions and has published her album series "Instrumental Melodies". Anjali is a software engineer by profession. Music is her passion.
Sampada Bhalerao started her Hindustani classical vocal and Sitar training at an early age with her mother, Mrs. Sarita Mitragotri and later on with Mrs. Sulabha Pishwikar (disciple of Mrs. Kishori Amonkar) in India. Her mother learned sitar from Ustad Rahim Khan (disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan). Also, She also had opportunity to take lessons from renowned sitarists Ustad Shujaat Khan and Pandit Nayan Ghosh. Currently she is learning vocal music with Dr. Vikas Kashalkar and learning sitar with Dr. Ravindra Gadgil. Sampada has an M. S. degree in Information Systems Management from Seattle Pacific University, USA, and a B. E. in Computer Engineering from Shivaji University, India. Sampada has performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival, EMP, BMM Chicago, and at various functions conducted by the India Association of Western Washington and the Seattle Maharashtra Mandal.
Yogesh Ratnaparkhi started his training in Hindustani classical music at the age of eight and at 16 earned the title of Sangeet Visharad from the Gandharva. Later, he advanced his learning under the able guidance of Pandit. Yashwantbuwa Joshi and Shree.Ram Deshpande of the Gwalior gharana. He is currently under the tutelage of Shree Prasad Khaparde, a senior disciple of Ustad Rashid Khan. Endowed with a rich and mellifluous voice, Yogesh sings Gazals, Bhavgeet, and Bhakti Sangeet with equal ease and proficiency as he would deliver a Khayaal. Yogesh has performed at various music platforms across India and the United States and actively contributes to the Seattle musical community.
Chinmay Upadhye started learning tabla from Shri Manoj Biswas & later continued learning with Shri Kuntal Roy, a senior disciple of Pandit Shankar Ghosh. Along with some classical tabla solo performances, Chinmay has participated in various local groups such as Teen Taal and Pratidhwani as an accompanist. Currently Chinmay is a senior in college and president of the group UW Unplugged.
Tabla, one of the most versatile percussion instruments from India, has been around for a few centuries. With a wide range of sounds and rhythmic patterns, Tabla is also one of the main
accompanying instruments for North Indian Classical Music, Folk, Devotional, Film Music, Kathak Dance and can also collaborate with Carnatic, Western Classical ensembles and Jazz. During Tabla's history, Various maestros have contributed to the effort to elevate Tabla as an instrument to be performed in solo recitals. Various poetic compositions, also sometime with complex rhythmic structures are presented during a tabla solo recital & many compositions are passed on from a
generation to the next as a musical heritage. Solo tabla playing is a constantly evolving art, with new compositions created by various tabla players around the world.
Mukta, with her foundation of rich training by various maestros and with the help of her experience with fellow musicians, will be explaining the journey of tabla from accompaniment to a solo instrument during this program. Along with a brief demonstration of various musical forms, she will also be presenting sitar accompaniment with Smt Sampada Bhalerao and will be accompanied on Harmonium for Tabla solo by Smt Anjali Joshi.