Sitar and Vina Jugalbandi - Gaurav Majumdar and Nirmala Rajasekar

Artists:

Sitar: Gaurav Majumdar
Vina: Nirmala Rajasekar
Tabla: Vishal Nagar
Mridangam : Thanjavur K.Murugaboopathi

Profile - Gaurav Majumder

As one of the most sought-after and versatile musicians today, Gaurav Majumdar hails from a family of well-known musicians of Allahabad (India). His early career in music began with vocal music followed by the violin, under the tutelage of his uncle, J.D.Majumdar , his cousins Kamala Bose and Jayashree Roy, his father Dulal Majumdar and Guru Pt. Nandkishore Vishwakarma.

As one of the most sought-after and versatile musicians today, Gaurav Majumdar hails from a family of well-known musicians of Allahabad (India). His early career in music began with vocal music followed by the violin, under the tutelage of his uncle, J.D.Majumdar , his cousins Kamala Bose and Jayashree Roy, his father Dulal Majumdar and Guru Pt. Nandkishore Vishwakarma.

Gaurav is renowned for his solo recitals as also his jugalbandis (duets) with some of the best-known musicians of India from both the North-Indian (Hindustani) and South-Indian (Carnatic) tradition. Gaurav has had numerous collaborations with western musicians such as Daniel Hope, Philip Glass and Kenny Werner. He has also composed for and performed with the English Chamber Orchestra. Composed music for the Ballet Siddhartha – a book by Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse and a score titled 'Akanksha' for his concert at the Vatican to celebrate the new Millennium - being the first Indian musician to perform at the Vatican.

Gaurav's collaborations with a wide range of artists from varied genres of music and dance demonstrate his versatality and genius that has acquired him a unique place in the field of Indian and World Music.

Gaurav has several albums featuring his classical, collaborative and compositional works such as ‘Echoes from India', 'In Search of Peace', 'Neemrana', 'Soul Strings', 'Grammy nominated', 'East Meets West', 'Orion' recorded live at the historic concert in the Acropolis in Greece to commemorate the Olympics 2004, ‘Gaurav Majumdar', “Offerings”, ‘Strings in Harmony', ‘Walking Together', ‘Shambala' - a historic sitar/violin double concerto, 'Colours from the Rainbow' - composition for western orchestra and most recent 'Hesse'.

Profile - Nirmala Rajasekar

Nirmala Rajasekar began her training in Veena at age 6 in Chennai from well known practitioners such as Sri Deva Kottai Narayana Iyengar and Smt. Kamala Aswathama. After moving to Bangalore, she learned at the Gana Mandira School in Basavangudi Smt. G Chennama and Smt. E. P. Alamelu.

At this time, the violin Vidwan Sri A. D. Zachariah guided her, and she began her career as a soloist at age 13. Later in Chennai, she was guided by the revered veena vidushi Smt. Kalpakam Swaminathan with whom she continues to study. Her vocal Gurus are Sri B.Sitarama Sarma and Sri T.R. Subramanyam.

Rajasekar has performed in many prestigious venues such as the United Nations and Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA; Northrope Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN; BBC, London, England; Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland; Musee Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland; Bali, Indonesia; Music Academy, Chennai, India; Naradha Gana Sabha, Chennai, India; Chembur Fine Arts, Mumbai, India; Bangalore Gayana Samaja, India and the Ravindra Kalakshethra, Bangalore, India.

Nirmala is the artistic director of the school Naadha Rasa, Center for Music. The words 'Naadha Rasa' means the 'essence of tone.' Her school brings Carnatic Music around the entire state of Minnesota, from the famous Minnesota State Fair to the local libraries.

Nirmala also teaches Carnatic Music in many schools and colleges around the world. She has judged numerous music contests around America.

Nirmala has received much recognition for her contributions to the music world, for not only performing and teaching Carnatic Music, but also for introducing it to other art forms in the world. Today, she is one of the leading veena artists.

Source: http://www.gauravmazumdar.com/profile.htm
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirmala_Rajasekar