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Performers

Panflute & Vocal
Bansuri & Arrangements
Keyboard

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 11 Apr 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

The project “SUFLET – Soundscapes from the Carpathians and the Himalayas” is an international music collaboration which aims to create a cultural bridge between Romania and India. Through the confluence of traditional wind instruments panflute and bansuri, with the accompaniment of tabla and keyboard, the artists present modern reinterpretations of Romanian folklore masterpieces as well as new compositions which bring together Romanian and Indian music.

The concert illustrates the beauty and musical diversity of the two cultures, from doina to dhun, from hora to hori, from sârba to raga, inviting the audience on a fascinating sound journey across two continents. “Suflet” refers to both “breath” and “soul”. Combining their creativity, the four musicians create an exceptional music which speaks to the heart and transcends all boundaries.

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Performers

Narcisa Baleanu

Panflute & Vocal

Narcisa Băleanu is a performer and promoter of folk music from the region of Mehedinți, on the banks of the Danube river, an artist with a special involvement in the preservation of traditional Romanian music, dedicated to art, communication and poetry.

Narcisa is a graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest, Faculty of Music Interpretation, Panflute Department and holder of a master’s degree specializing in “Art of Dramatic Character Interpretation and Performing Arts” from “Lucian Blaga University” in Sibiu.

Her musical debut took place at the age of 7 when she sang at the “Floarea din Grădină” contest, at Sala Radio, Bucharest, accompanied by the Folk Music Radio Orchestra, conducted by maestro Paraschiv Oprea. Narcisa has won over 25 prizes in music competitions. With her beautiful voice, her masterful panflute playing and her singing, she is highly appreciated both in Romania and abroad. She has presented her music internationally in places such as Serbia, France, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Italy, USA and England.

Bhaskar Das

Bansuri & Arrangements

Bhaskar is one of the finest Bansuri players of the youngest generation of Indian musicians. His journey in the world of music started at an early age, under the guidance of his father and guru, Pt. Gopal Das, one of the pioneers of Indian classical music on the clarinet. He was fortunate to receive his first flute lesson at the age of three years old from Pt. Bholanath Prasanna, guru of the celebrated bansuri player Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Bhaskar presented his first concert at the age of eight at the prestigious Prayag Sangeet Samiti’s conference in Allahabad and until date, he has performed extensively in India and abroad.

He is an “A” grade artist by All India Radio & Door Darshan and an ICCR empanelled artist. Bhaskar has received multiple awards, such as “Young Talent” Award by Allahabad Museum, President Award in the All India Radio Competition, Sangeet Natak Academy Music Competition, Sangeet Samiti Music Competition, Sahara International Music Competition, Girnar Ratna Award (Gujarat), Abhinav Kala Samman (Bhopal), etc. Bhaskar is also the recipient of a national scholarship offered by the Government of India, which allowed him to complete his Master’s degree from Banaras Hindu University with distinction.

Bhaskar had the great privilege of performing for an event hosted by Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi for His Majesty, the King Philippe of Belgium. His international performances include concerts in in Switzerland, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Romania, UK, Spain, Slovenia, Dubai, Thailand and South Africa. Based in Mumbai, Bhaskar presents the essence of Indian classical music’s rich heritage in his various collaborations. He has performed on stage with well-known musicians such as Ravindra Jian, Suresh Vadekar, Roop Kumar Rathod, Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udas, Armaan and Amal Mallik etc.

Amit Mishra

Tabla

Amit was born into the famous Mishra family of Banaras known for its numerous generations of musicians including sarangi players, tabla players and vocalists. He developed a keen interest in tabla playing at the age of 6 and started learning it under the guidance of his father, Pt. Kishor Kumar Mishra and uncle Pt. Pramod Kumar Mishra. As he began to devote himself entirely to tabla playing, he was both inspired and blessed by his maternal grandfather, the late Tabla Samrat Pt. Samta Prasad Mishra. He then received advanced instruction from his Guru, the internationally acclaimed late Pt. Sharda Sahai (a direct descendant of Pt. Ram Sahai ji, the  founder of the Banaras Gharana style of playing the tabla) in the traditional guru-shishya parampara of India.

He gave his first performance as a tabla soloist, at the age of 8 in a concert organized by UNICEF. Thereafter he performed extensively in India as well as internationally in countries such as France, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Spain, UK, USA, Singapore, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Peru, Argentina, Thailand, Nepal, Hong Kong for concerts, workshops and collaboration with musicians of these countries.

Azhar Warsi

Keyboard

Azhar represents a new generation of keyboard players, having trained under his father Ustad Akhlak Hussain Warsi and other masters of the art. Azhar has collaborated extensively with many Bollywood composers and renowned artists such as Jaggjit Singh, Roop Kumar Rathod, Hariharan, Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan, Anup Jalota, Richa Sharma, Ghulam Ali Khan to name a few.