A Cricket in the Court of Akbar features in-depth
interviews with a number of prominent musicians and
experts from India and the United States, each contributing
insight into Indian classical music and the cultural
context within which it exists today. The film also
includes music from legendary sitarist Pandit Nikhil
Banerjee, as well as previously unreleased recordings
of Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Vishwa Mohan
Bhatt, Pandit Manilal Nag, Steve Gorn, Pandit Samir
Chatterjee and many others.
Pt. Krishna Bhatt -
Krishna Bhatt’s performances of Hindustani ragas
have won the admiration of audiences in India, Asia,
Europe and North America. His innovative style of
music combines a rich blend of Gayaki (vocal) and
Tantrakari (instrumental) techniques and musical compositions.
His music is noted for its virtuosity, originality
and depth of feeling that is conveyed to the listeners.
He has performed in major festivals on three continents.
In India, his concerts include appearances in the
prestigious Saptak Music Festival in Ahmedabad, Haridas
Sangeet Sammelan in Bombay and the Desert Festival
in Jaiselmer. His performances in Europe include concerts
in Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels, Luxembourg, and
appearances at the Venice Bienale, Lugano Music Festival,
Zurich’s Reitberg Museum, Guitarra International
in Cordoba, Spain and I Suoni Del Tempo in Cesena,
Italy. He recently had the honor of being the first
Indian musician invited to participate in the avant-garde
Music of Extended Duration Festival in Prague Castle
in the Czech Republic. In America, his performances
include concerts at the Herbst Theater and the Great
American Music Hall, San Francisco; Carnegie Hall,
Symphony Space and the Cathedral of Saint John the
Divine in New York.
A prolific composer and cultural ambassador who bridges
the gap between East and West, Krishna has collaborated
with Western and Indian musicians since the early
1980s. He has recorded with Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir
Hussain, the Kronos String Quartet, and Rajasthani
folk musicians among others.
His performances are broadcast regularly on Indian
radio and television and he is the recipient of several
awards and titles including the Sur-Mani (Gem of Melody),
AIIS Senior Fellowship Award, and honors by the Rajasthan
Sangeet Natak Academy. His collaborative work with
saxophonist George Brooks and Zakir Hussain, “Lasting
Impression”, a CD of Indo-Jazz fusion, was nominated
for a Grammy.
In recognition of his pioneering research into the
folk origins of North Indian classical music, the
Rajasthan Tourism Ministry sponsored several gala
concerts featuring Krishna Bhatt with Manganiyar folk
musicians in Rajasthan and Gujarat. In addition, Krishna
has discovered previously unrecognized Rajasthani
ragas and established their structures.
For more information on Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt,
Pt. Sameer Chatterjee
- Tabla Player
Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He
travels widely across the world throughout the year
performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with
other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western
traditions. His compositions are widely acclaimed
as well as his writings. Chatterjee began his studies
early with Pt. Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee,
Pt. Rathin Dhar and Md. Salim, tabla maestros in India.
His later formation as a musician occurred under the
guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and
Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir’s
teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school)
of Tabla playing, which he now represents.
The national radio of India maintains Samir Chatterjee
as an A-rated artist. He can be heard on numerous
recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many
of India’s greatest musicians and in collaboration
with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In
concert Chatterjee has accompanied many of India’s
greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud.
Vilayat Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. Jasraj and
Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, to name only a few.
Samir Chatterjee lives in New Jersey and has become
a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music
in the New York City metro area, performing with Pauline
Oliveros, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford,
Steve Gorn, William Parker, Dance Theater of Harlem,
Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and
other jazz and avant garde groups. He is a member
of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris.
He is the composer and director of Nacho Nacho
- Gypsy Storyteller and Chhand-Anand,
World percussion Ensemble. He performs with Sanjay
Mishra on his CD Blue Incantation featuring Jerry
Garcia as guest artist. He is the Founder-Director
of CHHANDAYAN, not-for-profit organization dedicated
to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture.
Samir Chatterjee has also had a career as a musicologist
and journalist. He has two masters degrees to his
credit, in English and History. Samir Chatterjee is
currently on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music
For more information, please visit the Chhandayan
website at http://tabla.org.
Steve Gorn - Bansuri
Gorn, whose flute is featured on the 2004 Academy
Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels,
has performed Indian Classical Music and new American
Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano
saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout
the world. Well known to audiences in India and the
west, he has been praised by critics and leading Indian
musicians as one of the few westerners recognized
to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian
music. As an innovator in the field of contemporary
world music, he is featured on Paul Simon's CD, You're
The One, and has toured and recorded with Jack DeJohnette,
Coleman Barks, Glen Velez, Krishna Das, Alessandra
Belloni, and Layne Redmond. He has composed the score
for the play, "The Tibetan Book of the Dead,"
Ranjabati Sircar's dance, "Cassandra," and
numerous other spoken work dramas.
His most recent recordings are Colors of the
Mind, and Priyageeta, and are available
Suphala - Tabla Artist,
Composer, and Producer
was always music in Suphala’s life; she began
studying classical piano at age four. But then she
found her calling in the tabla, which won her over
with its beautiful sound and the freedom of its improvisatory
nature. Suphala is a protégé of the
great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir
Hussain, who are a constant source of inspiration
In Feb. 2005, Suphala made history when she became
the first musician to play in public since the fall
of the Taliban. According to the New York Times, "Kabul's
badly depleted music scene received a welcome injection
of excitement last week with the arrival of Suphala,
the New York-based tabla player and composer…
Suphala certainly brought brightness… her touch
and rhythm are sure." It caused a sensation in
the war-torn country. "I have not played with
a woman before," one Afghan tabla master said.
"Our grandfathers do not even know of it."
Blueprint (Suphala Productions, released
2007), now available worldwide (2008), is Suphala's
stunning new album. She builds from the base of her
world- renowned tabla knowledge, with infusions of
modern electronic sounds, and top-flight songwriting.
Suphala features such notables as vocalist Edie Brickell
(on two songs), heavyweight producer King Britt, guitar
legend Vernon Reid, as well as bansuri player Rakesh
Chaurasia, Vikter Duplaix, Harper Simon, Mazz Swift,
David Gotay and others on her third and most adventurous
Her previous album, The Now, (Rasa/ Tommy
Boy Records, released 2005) featured contributions
from such stellar guests as Norah Jones, Vernon Reid,
and even Antonio Banderas, and was featured from the
New York Times to the Times of India. While her first
album, Instru Mental, (Suphala Productions,
released 2000) offers music for those who love beats
mutated and transformed into futuristic combinations.
Adding production chops to her many talents, Suphala
produces primarily in her home based studio with her
tabla, a computer, a keyboard, and microphone. Yet
from this barebones beginning, she fleshes the songs
out with rich melodies, harmonies, and a virtuosic
display of tabla playing and programmed beats.
Suphala has also been sought after for performance
and recording by a wide range of talented artists
including Sean Lennon, Perry Ferrell (Jane’s
Addiction), hip- hop producer Timbaland, Lady Ms.
Kier (Dee-Lite), 4Hero, Yoko Ono, Vijay Iyer, DJ Logic,
Gingger Shankar, Michael Bland (Prince), and Jeff
Dehejia - Economist
Dehejia received a B.A. with highest honors from Carleton
University (Ontario, Canada) in 1992 and a Ph.D. in
Economics from Harvard in 1997. Before joining Tufts
he served as Associate Professor at the Department
of Economics and at the School of International and
Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University. He is
a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of
Economic Research (NBER), and held visiting professorships
at Harvard, New York University, and Princeton. Professor
Dehejia has produced contributions to several areas
of economic research, including applied econometrics,
labor economics, development economics, and the economic
analysis of microfinance. His widely-cited work has
been published in top academic journals, such as the
Journal of the American Statistical Association, the
Review of Economics and Statistics, the Quarterly
Journal of Economics, the Journal of Econometrics,
the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Development
Economics, and others. He has developed new methods
for program evaluation, and provided important insights
on the evaluation of job training and work-to-welfare
programs, right-to-work laws, child health and child
labor issues, financial development and growth, microcredit
and saving, the welfare effects of religious organizations,
and other topics of major relevance from a public
policy and social perspective.
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