Pankaj Mishra and his group will perform with ancient Indian acoustic instruments such as sarangi, santoor and tabla, and vocals and saxophone with a pure Indian musical touch. Their presentation will cover the flavours of northern India and present a piece of pure classical composition belonging to Indian classical music called Gharana. This is followed by a Krishna bhajan, where they will pray to lord Krishna, a great musician.
About Pankaj Mishra
For an Indian classical musician, there is no more tremendous blessing than to be born into a great lineage. Being the great-grandson of Sarangi virtuoso late Pt. Saraju Prasad Mishra, Pankaj was bestowed that great opportunity. Trained from an early age by the renowned Sarangi player of the famous Banaras Gharana, the late Pt. Mahesh Prasad Mishra, Pankaj has received the mantle of his musical forebears with the greatest respect and humility while working diligently to earn the reputation of an accomplished representative of an impressive and unique musical family.
His performances also include prestigious festivals and concerts in Europe, and many prestigious institutions have hosted his music, including the Ali Akbar College of Music, Ragmala Organization, Indian Embassy concerts (in Berlin and Austria), the Gandharva Music Festival in the Netherlands and Cal Arts at the World Music Festival. In 2002, he established a school for Indian Classical Music in Germany, where he visits to teach and perform regularly.
About Andrew Kay
Andrew Kay is an acclaimed saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist musician from Toronto, Canada. He is known for his captivating performances in Indo-Jazz, world music, Indian Classical Raga, contemporary jazz and improvised music. He is among the first musicians in the world to perform Northern Indian Classical music on the saxophone and singing bowls. Kay spent a decade learning vocal and instrumental raga music under respected vocalist and Guru Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya in the traditional Guru-shishya parampara while living in Kolkata. Performing throughout India, he has taken the stage at prodigious festivals such as Ballygunge Maitreyee (2015), All Bengal Conference (2013), Salt Lake Music Conference (2012), All India Festival Kolkata (2012), as well as many other feature concerts in Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. He is a seasoned performer with dozens of feature concerts around the globe with world-renowned maestros, including Bickram Ghosh, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Dhruba Ghosh, Subhankar Banerjee, Ronu Majumdar, Rashid Khan and Shantanu Bhattacharyya. Kay is also the leader and co-leader of many successful creative musical projects with numerous award-nominated albums released to the world.
About Hardayal Kalla
Hardayal Kalla started his musical journey in vocal music at the age of five under the tutelage of his grandmother Shri Narinder Kaur Ji. With the blessings of His Holiness Sri Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji, he became a disciple of Shri Harjinderpal Singh Ji (senior disciple of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma) at the age of nine and started learning the santoor. After migrating to Canada, Kalla continues to be guided in his music by Shri Praful Dave, Shri Ramneek Singh and his father Shri Harpal Singh. In 2014, he became a disciple of Smt. Kankana Bannerjee to further pursue his passion in music. Kalla has performed all over North America as an individual performer and accompanist. He has introduced a new dimension in santoor playing by accompanying leading vocalists in Indian classical music and performing as a supporting instrumentalist in various Ghazal and Bollywood programs. He has taught classical music in greater Toronto for the last five years. He is one of the founders and music instructors at Sangeet Parampara Music Academy.
About Kavita Mishra
For an Indian musician, there is no greater blessing than to be born into a great lineage. Being the great-granddaughter of Pt. Kashinath Mishra and Father Pt Vidya Bhushan Mishra. She was trained from an early age by the renowned Sarangi player of the famous Banaras Gharana, the late Pt. Kashi nath Mishra.
Mishra is a gold medalist from Ranchi University. Her singing quality is Ghazal-Bhajan, old Bollywood songs, folk songs of UP and Bihar.
Travelling many cities in India and performing, Mishra recently moved to Toronto, Canada. She has already sung in many online shows and live shows in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.
About Parag Dhadphale
Parag Dhadphale started learning tabla at seven from a knowledgeable and respected teacher, Dr. Sandhya Chandrakant Kale, a Late Ustad Ghulam Rasool Khan and Pandit Bhanudas Pawar disciple. From 14, Dhadphale further enhanced this art under the expert guidance of the great Pandit Sureshji Samant of Delhi Gharana and the respected late Pandit Sudhirji Mainkar, a musicologist from Delhi and Ajrada Gharana. He has performed many solos and jugalbandi concerts in India and UAE. He has accompanied many veteran and young vocalists, instrumentalists and Kathak dance performances in India, UAE, the UK and Canada, a rare achievement for any percussionist. In Dubai, he conducted a series of workshops with Shri Vikas Katre regarding the appreciation of Hindustani classical music, giving an insight into crucial topics such as Khayal rendering, familiarity with popular Raagas, Taals, instrumental music, percussion, Gharanas and many more.
Dates & Times
12pm – 1pm
A performance stage on our West Lawn
Outdoors; No formal seating
235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8