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Flute Maestro Deepak Ram and Sarod virtuoso Arnab Chakrabarty on a Jugalbandi Tour

USA – Hampshire Media Ventures will produce a most unique Indian concert tour
in 2004-05.

Deepak Ram
(a la Buddha Bar and Matrix Revolutions), one of the brightest
exponents of Indian classical flute (bansuri) with
Arnab
Chakrabarty
, a masterful performer on the sarod. They will be accompanied by
Mayookh Bhaumik on the tabla.

Deepak is a delightful performer and a two-time recipient of the South African
Music Awards for the Best Instrumental Album. Arnab, dubbed a “peerless
virtuoso at 24
” by Calcutta’s leading daily, The Telegraph, is one of the
front-ranking representatives of the Gwalior baaj of sarod playing.The duo started touring together in 2002, and have built an inspiring duet
format which will be presented, along with their respective solo performances at
each concert on this tour. Stay tuned for more news on this tour. USA and Canada
in Mid-March, April and May. UK between April 24 and May 6.

Mayookh Bhaumik, arguably the most innovative technician on the tabla, will
accompany Deepak and Arnab. He is a disciple of Ustad Sabir Khan of Calcutta,
and has toured globally with top-ranking artists for seven years.

Bookings:
concerts@hampshiremedia.com
.

[Photo of Arnab Chakrabarty].

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Hampshire Media launches Sarod virtuoso Arnab Chakrabarty\’s website

USA – Hampshire Media Ventures has launched the new official website of
Indian sarod virtuoso Arnab Chakrabarty.

http://www.hampshiremedia.com/arnab

The website contains a detailed biography of this uniquely gifted performer
and composer, as well as touring schedules, photographs, a recording section
where you’ll soon get to hear Arnab’s music in the mp3 format, as well as his
contact information. Chakrabarty, a widely-traveled artist, is one of the rapidly emerging
ambassadors of Indian art music.

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Sarod player Arnab Chakrabarty – USA 2003

USA- On the heels of the release of his debut Album Another Blue Moon, Indian classical sarod player Arnab Chakrabarty will be touring in the US in September and October 2003. He will tour with tabla virtuoso Mayookh Bhaumik.

Bookings are still open for six available dates. Please contact concerts@hampshiremedia.com for more information. Twenty-three year old Arnab, who describes himself as an “eclectic mix of the old and the new”, is a disciple of Buddhadev Dasgupta, one of the legends of this fretless instrument that instantly reminds one of the banjo. He also says he is “deeply influenced” by the music of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

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Another Blue Moon, a tribute to a hallowed tradition of the Sarod

Arnab Chakrabarty, a young Indian sarod virtuoso, has released his debut album of Hindustani sarod music. Another Blue Moon, produced by Indian Ocean Records, a Hampshire Media Ventures company, features ragas Bihag and Zilha Kafi. Arnab has played a 27-minute alap, followed by three gats in teentaal, the 16-beat time cycle. The opening sequence of Zilha Kafi is borrowed from the tappa vocal form native to the Punjab, and two gats are presented.

Twenty-three year old Arnab, who describes himself as an “eclectic mix of the old and the new“, is a disciple of Buddhadev Dasgupta, one of the legends of this fretless instrument that instantly reminds one of the banjo. He also says he is “deeply influenced” by the music of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The International Relations graduate from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, now lives in Calcutta, and is pursuing his music as a full-time career now.

On this recording, Arnab is accompanied on the tabla by Debasish Sarkar who is the most distinguished disciple of the late Kanai Dutt, who appeared frequently in the 1970s with Ravi Shankar, and on the tanpura by Piyush Unnithan, a vocalist and disciple of Dr. Girija Devi.

This CD will be available soon with most music retailers in India, or by electronic mail-order at www.hampshiremedia.com. It is priced at Rs. 220 in the Indian market and internationally, US $10.

Hampshire Media Ventures is a progressive media company with interests in global music, independent film, and digital delivery of content. HMV is particularly interested in music of the subcontinent, and wishes to identify with the avant garde in Indian classical music.

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