Classical Indian Music and Dance Festival

February 23 - 26, 2015


G.S. Sachdev

G.S. Sachdev is recognized worldwide as a master of the bansuri (North Indian flute). He is one of the premier performers on this traditional instrument. His pure and classical approach instills tranquility and carries listeners beyond the mind into deep meditation.

Swapan Chaudhuri

Swapan Chaudhuri is considered one of the top masters of tabla in the world. He is the Director of Percussion at Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. He developed his skill through years of accompanying Ali Akbar Khan and other leading musicians of India.

K. Sridhar

K. Sridhar was trained from infancy in South Indian classical music by his mother, a renowned Carnatic vocalist who performed before all the great swamis of her day. Her teacher, Swami Sivananda, initiated K. Sridhar in the practice of yoga, which he has done since childhood. K. Sridhar also trained in North Indian classical music and, at the age of 12, became the youngest member of Ravi Shankar’s orchestral group. He maintains an active performing and teaching calendar in Europe and the US, returning to India each year for inner work.

Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe

Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe is one of the leading disciples of renowned vocalist Smt Veena Sahasrabuddhe. She has performed in hundreds of concerts across India, North America, and Europe and has won many awards, including the National Scholarship of Music by the Government of India. She shares her passion and dedication to Indian Classical music by teaching aspiring students in Davis and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shambhavi Dandekar

Shambhavi Dandekar is an Indian classical Kathak dancer who has performed throughout the world to wide acclaim. Her foundational training was with her mother as well as Guru Maneesha Sathé, and tabla virtuoso Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. She holds degrees in dance, French, and Sanskrit and brings a modern vision to traditional Kathak dance. Shambhavi is the founder and teacher-trainer for Shambhavi’s International School of Kathak, with five branches in India and the US, and offers workshops and master classes worldwide.

Nitin Mitta

Nitin Mitta is one of the most accomplished and distinctive tabla players of his generation. Born in Hyderabad, India and now based in New York City, he is a dynamic soloist, as well as a highly sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians. Nitin has also made a mark as a versatile collaborator in other spheres, recently joining forces with 2010 Grammy Nominee Pianist Vijay Iyer and electric guitarist R. Prasanna to produce a studio album titled Tirtha.