Soul to Soul with Niladri Kumar

The Art of Living Academy of Performing Arts (ALAP) and Udupa Foundation bring to you "Soul to Soul" – an evening of soulful sitar rendition by the musical prodigy, Niladri Kumar. Set in the tranquil International Center of The Art of Living, the concert will be a perfect blend of classical Indian and fusion music. Padma Shri awardee Pt. Vijay Ghate will also enthrall the audience with his tabla performance.

"Soul to Soul" is the first concert in the hallmark series of benefit music performances that intend to support the “Gift a Smile” initiative of The Art of Living. Currently this initiative supports the education of 51061 underprivileged children across 425 free schools in rural and tribal India; and aims to reach out to 60,000 children by the end of 2016. Read more about our free schools here.

About Niladri Kumar

Blessed with a lineage of five generations of Sitar Players, Niladri Kumar is a world renowned and global icon to reckon with. Under the guidance, and numerous years of training from his father and Guru Pandit Kartick Kumar, Niladri after gaining an in depth, profound, and sound understanding of Indian classical music, went on to nationally revolutionize the style of Sitar playing and further invent his own instrument, the fiery red electric Sitar, which he coined as the Zitar. He was the first to go electric. Furthermore, is hailed as one of the serious exponents of Indian music and has an uncanny prodigious style in making this music appealing to the youth and the masses at large. He is one of the leading icons that have been able to strike a balance between the classical space on one hand and the contemporary Modern/World music space on the other. It has been his constant endeavor to infuse interest and respect for this traditional art form in the hearts, minds and play-lists of the younger generation, by making it accessible to them in a form they are more familiar with and better attuned to.

Today, critiques state that he has an unmatchable effortless mastery over the instrument and it is indeed a unique treat to witness his swift, agile, and magical fingers produce soul stirring brilliant compositions. This maverick leaves every music lover, orthodox or progressive, spellbound with his flashes of unparalleled brilliance and his slick ability to strike an instant rapport with audiences transcending all age and cultural barriers. He has inspired many to learn the Sitar and through his illustrious career has emerged as a one of a kind national pride. He has been bestowed and recognized with several prestigious awards, valued titles and in addition has contributed immensely to the Indian film industry.

He was most recently seen endorsing the popular brand Taj Tea. Niladri Kumar is the first Indian and first Non-Guitar player to make it to the international brand - Seymour Duncan’s Artist Endorsee list which features the likes of Slash, Tom Hamilton, Mik Thompson and so on.

Video Gallery

Niladri Kumar with Madhuri Dixit at Taj Mahal Tea's E-baithak

Niladri Kumar and Subhankar Banerjee at Darbar Festival

Niladri Kumar and Ustad Zakir Hussain at Kennedy Center

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About Pt. Vijay Ghate

Pt. Vijay Ghate is a tabla player who started learning his art at the age of three. He has accompanied Indian classical musicians such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Amjad Ali Khan, Birju Maharaj and others. In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honor.

Program Details

Date June 11, 2016
Timing 6:30 pm IST onwards
Venue The Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru, India
Contact +91 9739098030, +91 80 67262626/ 27/ 28

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