Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2013-2014

MAY 6, 2016, Noon, No Tickets Required

Soumya Chakraverty
Devapriya Nayak

Whittall Pavilion

The Sarod is a fretless stringed instrument with a skin head like a banjo and an extended air chamber under the fingerboard. These features give the Sarod a unique and clearly identifiable depth of sound. The Sarod is believed to have its origins in the Afghan Rabab, a smaller stringed, lute-style instrument played while marching or riding into battle. The tabla is the best known classical Indian percussion instrument, consisting of a pair of hand drums capable of a wide variety of sounds.

Soumya Chakraverty’s musical training began with lessons on the tabla as a child. He took up playing the sarod when he was eleven under the tutelage of Pt. Samarendranath Sikdar, a senior disciple of the late Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra of the Shahjahanpur Gharana. For nearly thirty years he has received extensive training in a multitude of north Indian ragas, some of which are very rare. Soumya played frequently on All India Radio Calcutta between 1990 and 1995. While pursuing his education in Australia, he began to collaborate with other forms of world music, and performed live with a flamenco dancer in a production that combined the Gypsy roots of the dance with Latin American percussion, Middle Eastern vocals, and Indian classical instrumental music. For more than a decade, Soumya has been performing throughout the US and neighboring countries. His focus remains on traditional Hindustani instrumental music, and he continues to work with other music genres such Classical Carnatic (south Indian), compositions of Rabindranath and Nazrul, flamenco, jazz, and Latin American percussion.

Devapriya Nayak (Debu) was born in West Bengal, India, and began learning tabla at the age of three from his grandfather, Chaudhury Kausalya Nandan, an accomplished tabla player of the Punjab Gharana. Later, Debu became a disciple of Pt. Radhakanta Nandi of the Benares Gharana. In 1981, Debu continued his tabla training in the US from Maestros Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Anindo Chatergee and Pt. Samir Chaterjee. His performance at the Kennedy Center with Gaurav Majumdar earned him wide accolades in Washington music circles. Debu is the Director of the DC Chapter of Chhandayan, a tabla school dedicated to the promotion of tabla and Indian Classical Music. With over 30 years of performance experience, he is a much sought after accompanist on the East Coast in Indian classical music.

Cosponsored with the Library of Congress Asian American Association in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.