Stichting NAAD and Studio MOMO in Amsterdam present:

Darshan Kumari

Sandip Bhattacharya


Studio MOMO Amsterdam

Saturday 14

January 2012

Darshan Kumari

Darshan Kumari is a sitar player with an extensive body of works on classical ragas and semi-classical compositions in her repertoire.Darshan Kumari got her first sitar lessons from Raj Kumar Bali and continued her education at SH Jamaluddin Bhartiya, and as an advanced student of Pandit Ravi Shankar. She has also taken classes at the famous Veena player Ustad Zia Moinuddin Dagar.In India she performed regularly on All India Radio in the program Yuv Vani. She is academically educated (Master of Arts, music) at the University of Punjab.Darshan Kumari debuted on Dutch television in the program “Young people on the concert stage” and played for the Royal Family. She has worked on several films and the musical accompaniment is a welcome guest at several Dutch television programs.

In 1974 Darshan Kumari was the driving force behind the creation of Tritantri Vidaya Peeth, a then unique in the Netherlands music. They also organized regular concert tours for famous musicians in Europe.

In 1980 she established RIPA School for Indian arts in Amsterdam.

Darshan Kumari received valuable instruction from Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pandit Budhaditya Mukhersi.

Sandip Bhattacharya

Sandip Bhattacharya is a prominent name among Indian music lovers. He was born and raised in India’s oldest cultural and holy center, Benares.Sandip has performed and recorded Indian classical music alongside many of its greatest exponents, including Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Prabha Atre, Pandit V.G. Jog, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Lakshmi Shankar, Shujaat Hussain Khan, Buddhaditya Mukherjee, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Sruti Sadolikar, Tarun Bhattacharya, Ustad Hafiz khan, Meeta Pandit, Pandit Ulhas Bapat, Ashok Pathak and many others.Outstanding characteristics of Sandip’s style are the distinct tonal quality and clear expression in each single detail of the rhythm pattern he plays. He makes the tabla sing and talk. Each individual ‘bol’ (syllable, such as dha, dhin, terekete, dhere-dhere etc.) seems to be alive with joy. His playing captivates listeners, driving them with the pulse and flow of the rhythm, and his inventiveness always leads to surprises.Thanks to his confident approach he is a valued solo performer and collaborator in any conceivable musical field.

Ottelien Buvana Gerlach

In the field of arts and entertainment Buvana has much to offer; she sings, plays guitar, harp and Indian tampura and sometimes also drum and flute. Besides this she is familiar with several (world) dances such as Indian classical dance, belly dance, derwish dance, and also with free spirit dance and the five rhythm dance of Gabrielle Roth.