Ticket: $10 for both of these programs.
1. "Chena Sur Chena Gaan" | Shri Sougata Banerjee
September 27, Saturday | 7:45 PM
Sri.Sougata Banerjee comes of a family that overflows with talented performers of Hindustani Sangeet. The doyen of Vishnupur Gharana Sangeetaacharya Satya Kinkar Bandyopadhyay being his grand father,Sougata’s father Prof.Sri Nihar Ranjan Bandyopadhyay is a well known Hindustani Musician. Sougata’s family has kept alive the rich Vishnupur style of Hindustani Sangeet; his father’s elder brother being the well known musician Pt.Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay.
In 1993 Sougata came in contact with his present guru Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasrajji found in Sougata a disciple already well-groomed in Hindustani music from his experience received in his family.
Sougata received an "All India Senior National Scholarship" in 1997. Sougata was fortunate to receive "Sri, Jadu Bhatta Award" from the Salt lake Music Circle in 2008. He has completed his M.A in classical music from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata and from this very year his professional life flowered with his becoming a graded artist of A.I.R & T.V.
Sougata was also fortunate to perform in front of Pt.Ravi Shankarji in U.S. Pt. Ravi Sankarji sat with Sougata performing more than an hour & Panditji was visibly delighted to hear that Sougata is the grandson of Sangeetacharya Satya Kinkar Bandyopadhyay the doyen of Vishnupur Gharana. At the end of the concert Pt. Ravi Shankarji had exclaimed in delight "Aaj ka Shaam(Evening) Ban Gaya" .
In the segment - "Chena Sur Chena Gaan", Sougata will primarily focus on light and semi classical songs. Even though he is primarily a classical artist , he is equally adept in other light and semi classical genres e.g Gazhal, Manna Dey, Puratoni, Nazrul Geeti and Modern songs. Through the segment, "Chena Sur Chena Gaan", Sougata will present a bouquet of such unforgettable songs that we all grew up with listening. With a deep baritone voice, his singing is characterized by a fine balance of virtuosity, intellectual rigor and aesthetic sensibility. His solid classical training sparkles and shimmers in whatever he chooses to sing - be it light or classical.
2."Bollywood Entertainment" | Gungun Kapoor
September 27, Saturday | 9:30 PM
Gungun Kapoor is one of the most popular entertainers of the SF Bay Area. People cannot stop raving about her high energy. From high profile weddings at the Ritz Carlton to small sangeets or birthday paries at home, she creates a riveting atmosphere of high energy and fun. Gungun Kapoor was born in Jalandhar, Punjab and started singing when she was just 3 years old. People say that there is something different about Gungun; and when she starts performing, you feel some kind of amazing joy inside. You can see more at her website, yelp and facebook pages.