In their Jugalbandhi concert for the festival, Ronu Majumdar and J A Jayanth will take you on a journey of ragas and compositions from both forms of Indian classical music, Hindustani and Carnatic, in an attempt to blend and produce in unison, the finest experience of listening to a flute highlighting the musical melody. They will be accompanied on the mridangam by K. Murugaboopathi and on the tabla by Ajinkya Joshi.
Ronu Majumdar Ranendra Majumdar, popularly known as Ronu Majumdar is a famous flute player in the classical Hindustani style. He is force to reckon with, both as a thinking musician and a scintillating performer. Ronu Majumdar began playing the flute under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar. He was also fortunate to receive training from esteemed sitar player, Ravi Shankar.
Ronu Majumdar is considered one of the most respected names in the field of Indian flute playing of this era. His playing has a good mixture of ‘Drupad Gayaki’ which is a voice-like style with ‘Laykari’, which is an instrumental style. Ronu Majumdar is credited for making the flute, a popular musical instrument amongst the youngsters of this era all over the globe. He has created an enviable niche for himself in the field of contemporary popular music. He has many awards to his credit including a Grammy Nomination in 1996 and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award for the year 2014.
J A Jayanth J A. Jayanth, affectionately called flute Jayanth by thousands, is a young musician of national and international repute. Born into a musical family, he was naturally drawn into very early training on the bamboo flute at the tender age of five, from his grandfather and guru, late Kalaimamani flute T. S. Sankaran.
Jayanth gave his maiden solo concert when he was just seven years old. His ability to play the rAgam-thAnam-pallavi in three speeds (or, thrikAlam) at that age, surprised many senior musicians, co-artistes and audience alike. He has a unique, refined fingering and flute blowing technique, which enables him to present his music beautifully even in the very difficult lower octaves on bass and double-bass, thick-walled bamboo flutes, all the while simultaneously maintaining tonal quality. As a result, Flute Jayanth’s over 1500 solo concerts in India and all over the world, have consistently won him lasting appreciation from one and all. He is currently under the tutelage of Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. Sanjay Subrahmanyam. He has won numerous awards including Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial award, The Best Instrumentalist seven times from The Madras Music Academy, and the Dr. M. S. Subbalakshmi Fellowship.
Vidwan Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi Vidwan Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi is one of the leading mridangam players of today. His technique and creative ability in accompaniment, solo renditions, and jugalbandhi collaborations with his North Indian brethren have earned him critical acclaim around the world. Hailing from a family of musicians and artists, Sri Murugaboopathi had his initial training from Vidwan Sri T R Srinivasan. He later trained in the rare gurukula tradition (of living with one’s guru) for more than ten years with the Mridagnam maestro Sri Tanjore Upendran. Sri Murugaboopathi regularly plays with virtuosos in Carnatic music, including Sri M. Balamuralikrishna, Sri T. V. Sankaranarayanan, Sri T. N. Seshagopalan, Sri P.S. Narayanswamy, and others. Prominent instrumentalists include Dr. N. Ramani, Sri V.V. Subramaniam, Mandolin Sri U. Srinivas, and others. He has also collaborated with several Hindustani musicians including Ustad Sultan Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, and Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He has performed widely in several prestigious venues, in India and abroad. Additionally, he has conducted educational outreach programs though lecture demonstrations, music conferences, and seminars. Sri Murugaboopathi has also been instrumental in providing support, direction, and guidance to several arts organizations and young artists in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. Sri Murgaboopathi has been honored with many awards, including the Best Artiste Award and the Pazhani Subramania Pillai Award from the Music Academy in Chennai, India.
Ajinkya Joshi Ajinkya Joshi is a talented and established Tabla player of the younger generation of Indian Classical Music. He started his initial training at a tender age of 7 from Pt. Shantilal Shah. At the age of of 16 he moved to Mumbai and underwent intensive training with Taal-Yogi Padmashree Pt. Suresh Talwalkar in the Guru-Shishya Parampara tradition. Exceptionally sweet tonal quality, a perfect balance between Daaya-Bayan, clarity of compositions in Tabla solo and the precise Vajan of his strokes are some highlights of his playing. He possesses a highly disciplined sound technique. Ajinkya is the recipient of Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Award in 1999. He has been Awarded the National Scolarship for young artists by the Goverment of India. Ajinkya has accompanied various artists from all strings of the Indian Classical Music such as Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Smt.Shama Bhate, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar, Pt Sanjeev Abhyankar, Smt.Arati Anklikar, Smt.Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande and a galaxy of others. Ajinkya has performed in major Classical Festivals in India such as Sawai Gandharva Festival,Pune and Harivallabh Sangeet Samaroh,Jalandhar. He has performed Tabla Solo in the biggest classical music festival in the world, The Bengal Classical Music Festival, Dhaka. He has toured the world for performances including U.S.A., Canada, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong and England.