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Sitar Maestro Pt Subhendra Rao, Kathak exponent Pt Rajendra Gangani to feature in ‘Virasat’ series of SPIC MACAY Odisha

Sitar Maestro Pt Subhendra Rao, Kathak exponent Pt Rajendra Gangani to feature in ‘Virasat’ series of SPIC MACAY Odisha

ELogo BlueBhubaneswar, 21/9 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )- : SPIC MACAY Odisha is fortunate to host renowned Sitar Maestro Pt Subhendra Rao and Kathak guru Pt Rajendra Gangani during the ongoing Virasat series of activities in the State.

 During their visit, the artistes are schedules to perform at a number of chapters in Bhubaneswar. Guru Rajendra Gangani will also give a 5-day Kathak workshop at Sai International School as part of the ‘Guru in Residence’ program. They will perform at several Government Schools and Colleges made possible by the RiksKonsertene of Concerts Norway as well as HDF School of Management, KMBB College of Engineering, Technology and Synergy Institute of Technology and University of Culture as well as Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalay.
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The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY), started as a voluntary youth movement to promote Indian classical music, Indian classical dance, and other aspects of Indian culture. SPIC MACAY was established by Dr. Kiran Seth in 1977 at IIT Delhi and now has grown into a worldwide movement with chapters in over 300 towns and cities all over the world. SPIC MACAY has awaken the love of the Indian classical arts among Indian youth, and the youth of many countries for all that is beautiful, lofty and wholesome, of the sensitive, kind and gentle human being who is inspired and in turn inspires.

Guru Rajendra Gangani is a renowned Kathak dancer trained in the Jaipur Gharana, notable for his innovative style. He completed his Kathak training at the Delhi Kathak Kendra in early eighties. He belongs to a family of Kathak performers for generations and has travelled widely in India and abroad. He is also an exponent of the Tabla. For his outstanding contribution to Kathak, Gangani received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2003 from A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (the President of India at that time), the highest award for contribution
to Indian performing arts.

Composer and Sitar Maestro Pandit Shubhendra Rao is ranked amongst the top soloists of India. The press describes him as “a musical bridge to many cultures” and “a thinking musician, constantly endeavoring to carry his instrument beyond conventional boundaries”. His music is “an experience that is not aimed at titillating the senses, but to seize the soul”. A protégé of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar, critics and connoisseurs alike acknowledge him as a worthy successor to his Guru’s tradition. He has carved a unique niche for himself both as a classical musician as well as an ardent collaborator, working with musicians from different genres across the world. He has performed at prestigious venues and festival like Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and on Broadway, Sydney Opera House, National Arts Festival, Theatre de la Ville, Dover Lane Music Conference to name a few.

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