Concerts - Celebrating the Flute

We were extremely proud and delighted to bring together two internationally renowned artists in Rakesh Chaurasia (bamboo flute – ‘bansuri’) and Kousic Sen (tabla) in what was a profound yet soulful evening of music of the highest order.

About the Artists

A famous name attached to this musician, Rakesh Chaurasia is the nephew and child prodigy of the living legend flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.  The most accomplished of ‘Hari ji’s’ disciples he shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights.
Rakesh has already globe trotted many times over, enthralling audiences at classical and semi-classical concerts in Japan, Australia, Europe, South Africa and USA.  He is also an accomplished musician having recorded with most of the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry. And just like his illustrious uncle, he has composed music and worked with artists such as the Spanish guitarist Marco Salaun, Indian jazz pianist Louis Banks, percussionist Taufiq Qureshi and he also played to a worldwide audience alongside Talvin Singh on BBC radio celebrating Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee.

Despite his experimental work, Rakesh has never deviated from his main goal of becoming a full-fledged classical musician.  The winner of “Surmani” (Mumbai) in 1998, he has regularly appeared in prominent festivals like St. Xavier’s in Mumbai and ‘Festivals of India’ in Russia, Japan and the USA.  His growing maturity and status have brought him invitations to perform at major events within India and abroad such as the Festival of Saint-Denis in Paris with Talvin Singh, Leicester International Music Festival, ‘Ashirwadh Sangeet Samaroh’ in Varanasi, ‘Anubhuti’ in Mumbai where history was made when, for the first time ever, Rakesh, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt Shivkumar Sharma and his son, Rahul, all performed together on stage accompanied by the legendary Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Kousic Sen was born in a Musical Family in Kolkata (India) and was initiated into tabla playing at a very young age.  He showed tremendous progress within a short time which led to his status as a child prodigy.
 
Kousic began his learning from the tabla maestro of the Banaras style Prof. Biswanath Bose, later becoming the disciple of ‘tabla wizard’ Pandit Kumar Bose.  Kousic belongs to the Banaras Gharana (house or style).  He is an accomplished solo artist as well as accompanist, who has played with many notable personalities in the world of Indian classical music.  He has also worked with many musicians from other traditions such as tap musicians & Dancers in the USA and work with musicians from Persia, Indonesia to name a few.  Over the years, Kousic’s skills have taken him worldwide clocking up many performances in the UK and Europe, Canada and USA.  Kousic is now resident in Leeds.

For further information about this performance contact SAA-UK on 0113 244 5523 or email info@saa-uk.org


Review

"I did not have an idea of a person can produce such a sweet, enchanted sound of a piece of bamboo. Allah blesses him & gives him long live so he can make the people to swim with the wave of music."

"Wonderful! I love the range of sounds, the interplay between the players & the humour mixed in with profound seriousness,  I also liked the slow build-up compared with most ‘western ‘ music , e.g. Jazz & the lach of egotistical behaviour  ( which as a musician myself – a refreshing change.)"

"It is the first time I have heard a bamboo flute – the sound was amazing – full of moving mists & soul. I particularly liked the dialogue between tabla & flute."

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