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Wonderful India Festival: Triveni
Wonderful India Festival: Triveni

Thu, Apr 25



Wonderful India Festival: Triveni

An eclectic, classical music experience that combines vocal, dance, and percussion forms of Indian music. The program highlights each musician’s unique artistry through solo performances, and culminates in two unique creative collaborations.

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Time & Location

Apr 25, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Austin, 3806 Cherrywood Rd, Austin, TX 78722, USA

About the event

Presented by The Kotasthanes: Sameer, a versatile musician employs various genres of music such as tarana, and bhajan to express the musical styles of legendary vocalists Ustad Amir Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, and Pt. Kumar Gandharva. Alap, a young tabla player performs complex compositions set to a variety of rhythmic cycles (7 beats, 12 beats, 16 beats) invoking the distinctive styles of Ustad Keramatullah Khan, Ustad Alla Rakha, and his own guru, Pandit Gourisankar. Arohi, a young classical dancer showcases the elegant North Indian dance form, Kathak through intricate footwork, and graceful movement.

The three artists will combine vocal music, percussion and dance in two renditions, one showcasing powerful, complex patterns, and the other depicting the love between a playful, young Lord Krishna and his mother Yashoda.

RSVP required to attend, with pay-what-you-can donations accepted to support additional and ongoing programs celebrating the work of local artists specializing in Indian arts, music, and cultural traditions. Please reserve free tickets for community members who cannot afford to attend otherwise.


About the Performers

Over 25 years, Sameer Kotasthane has immersed himself in Indian classical vocal music, guided by luminaries like Pt. Vijay Koparkar, Dr. Ram Deshpande, and Mrs. Sangeeta Pandharpurkar. Their teachings introduced him to legends like Ustad Amir Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Kumar Gandharva, and Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki, profoundly influencing his vocal style. He’s received the National Cultural Talent Scholarship and garnered numerous awards in India. His performances have aired on All India Radio and National Television. As an educator, he’s conducted lecture demonstrations for several Central Texas organizations, and taught more than fifty students in Austin, nurturing the next generation of musicians. Collaborating with world-renowned musicians in the ‘World Music Unleashed’ ensemble has been enriching, while accompanying distinguished artists like Dr. Prabha Atre and Pt. Ajay Pohankar has been a great blessing.

Alap Kotasthane is a 14 year old 8th grader at Walsh Middle school. He has been learning Tabla from Guru. Pt. Gourisankar for almost a decade. Alap loves building and tearing apart gadgets, and reading. His music interests span the keyboard, and violin in addition to the tabla. He won the second prize at a national level percussion competition when he was 12.

Arohi Kotasthane is a 12 year old 6th grader at Walsh Middle school. For 7 years, she has been learning Kathak from Guru Smt. Akhila Rao, the founder of Kathak Rhythms, a premier Kathak dance school based in Plano, Texas, and Miss Anayaa Kashikar, who is also a senior disciple of Smt. Rao. Arohi loves dancing, art and crafts, baking and music. Her troupe won first prize at ‘Diwali at the domain’ for two consecutive years.

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