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.

Arjun Verma Prague concert

When

April 2019
19:30 – 22:00

Where

Will be specified.

Who

Sitar – Arjun Verma
Tabla – Florian Schiertz
Tampura – Eva Hlinková

Arjun Verma – sitar

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

Florian Schiertz – Tabla

Born in 1973 in Germany Florian Schiertz postgraduated in performance at the Rotterdam Conservatoire in the fields of tabla and North Indian classical music. He is a disciple of Sumantra Guha of the Farukhabad gharana and has recently returned from his 17th studying and performing sojourn in India. Florian accompanied sitar player Pandit Kushal Das in Europe and in India. With Kolkata based musician Kalyan Mukherjee he gave about 100 sarod concerts. His performance with western-classical percussionist Wolfram Winkel at the tabla festival in Munich has been broadcasted on BR-Klassik on 11.01.2014 with the comment: “A meeting of cultures: breathtaking and full of suspense.”

“Path breaking: German Tabla Vadak holds audience spellbound” – The Hitavada, M.P., INDIA, 15.02.2009 Newspaper Clippings”The BEAT SCIENTISTS – German percussionists Florian Schiertz and Wolfram Winkel script a new musical language” – The Hindu, February 26, 2015

“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