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Purabayan & Gayatri Concert
Ames City Auditorium
Ames, IA
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Purabayan & Gayatri Concert
Purbayan Chatterjee is considered as one of the finest Sitar players in Indian Classical music
and is known for fusing Indian classical music with contemporary world music genres. Purbayan is considered as one of the finest Sitar players in Indian Classical music and has
attained a very special place for himself among the musicians and music lovers around the world.
Purbayan is a multifaceted musician. Along with his concerts of North Indian raga music, he also performs with musicians from the South Indian raga tradition and participates in various fusion projects with jazz (His music has been appreciated by jazz greats, such as Chick Corea, Bella Fleck, and Pat Metheney). and world musicians all over the globe. Purbayan is also an astounding vocalist and has lent his soulful voice to many mellifluous compositions. He has performed in duet with Shankar Mahadevan (Dwo - from the album Stringstruck).
Purbayan belongs to the famous Senia Maihar Gharana.
Awards and accolades came his way early in life. Purbayan was a recipient of the President of
India Award for being the Best Instrumentalist of the country at the age of 15. He has also
received the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Award for excellence and contributions to the field. He has been awarded the highest artist-grade by the All India Radio.
In his international career spanning 26 years, Purbayan has performed in esteemed venues like London Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sydney Opera House etc. In addition, Purbayan has performed in many prestigious music festivals like Bath International Music Festival, Brighton Festival etc.

Gayatri Asokan is a trained Carnatic and Hindustani vocalist who has sung songs for
Malayalam films and several jingles. She has even won the Kerala State Film Award for Best
Singer in 2003.
Whether it is ghazals, Hindustani classical, film music, bhajans, Gayatri Asokan is a forceful
presence in Indian music world. She was trained in Carnatic by Nedumangad Sasidharan Nair,
Mangat Natesan and Vamanan Namboodiri. During her school days and college days, she won
several competitions in light music and also western music. While she was doing her B.A. in
literature she developed a keen interest in Hindustani music and decided to go to Pune and got trained under renowned Hindustani classical artist Alka Marulkar.
Gayatris first break in playback was with the legendary composer Ravindran Master. It was for the movie Araynnangalude Veedu, a beautiful duet with Maestro K.J. Yesudas. Gayathri
recorded film songs for Ilayaraja, Vidyasagar, Ousepachan, Johnson, Ramesh Narayan, Deepak Dev and so on. She won the State Award for the best playback singer in 2003 for the song "Enthe nee kanna" in the movie Sasneham Sumitra, the Amrita-FEFKA Award for best playback singer 2011 for her solo Kinavile in Pranjiyettan & the Saint.
Gayatri is presently getting trained under Pt.Vinayak Torvi (student of Pt Bhimsen Joshi) in
Bengaluru since five years. She has performed for prestigious sabhas like the Surya, Taalam,
Thyagaraja Sabha, and lots more. Her repertoire also includes Ghazals. She goes all the way to Mumbai to get trained in ghazal gayki under Smt Subha Joshi who is the disciple of Pandita
Sobha Gurtu. She has Four solo spiritual albums to her credit - Anahata, Vishuddhi, Smaran, and Sankirtan. In Vishuddhi she has composed four songs too. The royalty from all these albums goes to charity projects.
Recently she has been experimenting in other genres like fusion music and jugalbandis and has been widely appreciated in major platforms like the Nishagandhi festival. Gayatri has performed on stage with senior artists like K.J. Yesudas, S. Janaki, Hariharan, K.S. Chitra, SPB, Shankar Mahadevan etc. in India and abroad. She has also done classical concerts in London, Europe, Middle East. She regularly appears on all Malayalam television channels. She has appeared as a jury in many competitions including Super Star Global, Munch Star Singer. She has recorded for North Indian records like EMI with eminent classical singers like Pandit Jasraj and Pt.Hariprasad Chaurasia.


Ames City Auditorium (View)
515 Clark Ave
Ames, IA 50010
United States


Music > Classical
Music > Global
Music > World

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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