Immerse yourself into meditative tones of hindustani ragas which are based on ancient teachings of body-mind harmonization using sound vibrations – discover beauty and power of Indian classical music. Sitarist Arjun Verma (USA) is one of its top-class young performers, disciple of legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. Arjun will be accompanied on tabla by another excellent player, tablist Florian Schiertz (Germany).
Arjun Verma is a sitarist trained by Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. As a child, Arjun learned from his father, sitarist Roop Verma, himself a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. As a teenager, Arjun was very fortunate to study with Ali Akbar Khan for eight years, and since the Maestro’s passing in 2009, with his son Alam Khan. The combination of these influences results in a style encompassing the profound as well as exhilarating aspects of North Indian classical music.
Arjun has performed around the world, including noteworthy performances with St. Louis Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and at Prague Castle, Pattee Arena, the Fillmore, and at the United Nations in Geneva.
Arjun has performed with renowned musicians in many genres, including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Alam Khan, Bob Weir, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Nitin Mitta, Kai Eckhardt, Krishna Das, Anirban Roy Chowdhury, and Salar Nader.
Arjun’s music has received critical acclaim from leading publications, including the New York Times, Sruti Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Rag Nat Bhairav, is a variation of principal rag Bhairav, one of the six male ragas family. It is played in a devotional mood in the early morning hours.
Arjun Verma plays Jor and Jhala in Raag Nat Bhairav
Videography by Renick Turley
“One can never master Indian classical music” – Times of India, March 2014
“Tabla is his soul” – Indian Express, March 2011
“Soul of music can cross boundaries” – The Hindu, INDIA, April 2010
Raag Chandranandan, composed by Ali Akbar Khan is based on combinations of four evening ragas, Malkauns, Chandrakauns, Nandakauns and Kaushi Kanada.
Recorded 21.11.2015 at Deutsch Indische Kulturgesellschaft Tuebingen
Govinda Schlegel – sarod, sitar
Florian Schiertz – tabla
Date: 19-21 April 2019
Location: Škola jógy Bašť, Dlouhá 180, Bašť
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