The Asian Art Museum and the Society for Art and Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI) present a classical North Indian flute concert in celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. Join us for an afternoon of melodic music by two acclaimed maestros, G. S. Sachdev and Swapan Chaudhuri. Get into the spirit of the day in the galleries beforehand with two Diwali-inspired tales, Lakshmi and the Clever Washerwoman, and Savitri, by the museum’s talented storytellers. Storytelling begins at 1 pm.
G. S. Sachdev is recognized worldwide as a master of the North Indian flute (bansuri). He brings the spontaneity, perception and musical sensitivity of a master musician to his performance of classical ragas.
He began playing the bansuri at age 14. Throughout his illustrious career, Sachdev resisted fusion, finding joy in exploring infinitely within the realm of emotion that carries listeners to tranquil meditative states.
Swapan Chaudhuri, an internationally respected tabla player, began training at the age of five with the late Pandit Santosh Krishna Biswas of Calcutta, a leading exponent of the Lucknow lineage of music. As soloist and accompanist,Chaudhuri has travelled and performed worldwide, accompanying many of the leading musicians of India. His career spanned years of performance with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Swapan Chaudhuri is a recipient of the 2011 National Lifetime Achievement Award by the Art & Cultural Trust of India, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the American Academy of Artists Award. Esteemed for purity of sound, depth of knowledge, rhythmic creativity and dedication to teaching, Swapan Chaudhuri is considered one of the great tabla virtuosos of our time.