Pandit Rajeev Taranath In
An Evening of North Indian Classical
Pt. Rajeev Taranath - sarod
Abhiman Kaushal - tabla
April 19th, 2003
Saturday 8:00 PM, Berkeley, California
Golden Horn Productions is proud to present an evening of North
Indian Classical Music with sarod master Pandit Rajeev Taranath.
Pt. Rajeev Taranath
pulls heart strings... - Express, New Delhi
luminous" - The Los Angeles Times
"profound musical skills" - Sydney Morning Herald
"a thrilling presentation" - The Daily, Bombay
Internationally acclaimed performer, Rajeev Taranath
is today one of the leading exponents of the sarod. His performances
masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani
classical music with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity.
A distinguished disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Rajeev Taranath
was first trained as a child in Hindustani vocal music by his father
and other eminent musicians and was a concert and radio artist before
he was twenty.
Rajeev has toured extensively as a performer in India, Australia,
Europe, Yemen and throughout the U.S. He is the recipient of the
Indian Government's highest award in the arts, the Sangeet Natak
Academi Award for 1999-2000, given in recognition of outstanding
achievement in the field of Hindustani Instrumental music. In 1998
he received the prestigious national Award, 'Chowdiah Award for
Music' from the Government of Karnataka in India for excellence
in the field of instrumental music. He has also received awards
from the Indian State Government of Karnataka for his contribution
to music, - the Sangeet Nritya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Karnataka
Rajya Prashasti in 1996.
In 1980 he was the subject of a documentary made for the television
in Eden, Yemen, entitled Finnan Min-Al-Hind (Artist from India).
He has also composed music for several nationally and internationally
honored Indian films.
Rajeev Taranath's distinctive musicianship demonstrates striking
imaginative power, technical excellence and emotional range. He
is respected for the clarity of musical understanding which he brings
to the unfolding of a raga and the beauty of the tone he evokes
from the sarod.
The New York Times (April 14, 1982) described his music by commenting
with great enthusiasm about the exuberance and versatility of his
playing, which ranged from the "spiritual to the spirited".
Rajeev was a Ford Foundation scholar (1989 to 1992) and researched
during this period on the Teaching Techniques of the Maihar-Allauddin
Gharana. Rajeev has also received guidance from Pandit Ravi Shankar
and Shrimati Annapurna Devi.
He is currently a faculty member in the Indian music department
at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, California
and divides his time between teaching and performing.
Abhiman Kaushal was initiated in the art of tabla by his father,
R.M. Kaushal, who learned under the legendary Ustad Amir Hussain
Khan. Abhiman also studied under Ustad Shiekh Dawood and Shri B.
Nand Kumar. Abhiman is well known for his proficiency in the art
of solo tabla as well as his sensitive accompaniment. His speciality
lies in his rich tone and clarity. Mr. Kaushal has accompanied most
of the leading musicians of North Indian classical music including
Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia,
Pandit Rajeev Taranath and Ustad Rais Khan. Abhiman Kaushal has
toured throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and
This concert is a presentation of Golden Horn, a San Francisco Bay
Area based recording and production company. Please visit us at
our website (www.goldenhorn.com) to find out about our recordings
and upcoming events.
Concert Date, Location & Ticket Information:
April 19th, 2003 Saturday, 8:00 PM
Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
2640 College Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets: Adults $ 22, Seniors/Students $ 18.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Community Box Office Network
at (925) 798-1300