Z Space and Chhandam in association with Leela Dance Collective Present:
An Electric Festival of North Indian Classical Dance & Music
Sunday, April 21st, 6:00PM
Jayanta Banerjee Sitar Solo & Seibi Lee Kathak Solo
**New Years Discounts** - all tickets and passes are 20% off through Thursday, January 31. After 1/31 receive 10% off purchases of 10 or more tickets (discounts applied automatically at checkout).
Festival Pass - $152 through 1/31 ($190 after 1/31) - Get premium seats for the entire festival! To purchase simply put premium tickets (the dark purple ones) for every show in the festival into your cart and purchase at once. The discount should apply automatically at checkout. Multiple pass purchases are OK, but make sure you have the same number of seats for each show.
Day Pass - $52 through 1/31 (Saturday or Sunday) $65 after 1/31 - See an entire day of music for one low price. To purchase simply put premium tickets (the dark purple ones) for both shows during either Saturday or Sunday in to your cart and purchase at once. The discount should apply automatically at checkout. Multiple pass purchases are OK, but make sure you have the same number of seats for each show.
If you run into any trouble purchasing, please call Z Space’s box office at 415-659-8132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Jayanta Banerjee was born into a musical family, and started learning sitar from the late Amit Prosonno Mukherjee, and later with Pandit Santosh Banerjee and Pandit Robi Chakroborty through the Rampur and Maihar Gharanas. Among his many achievements, Jayanta won India’s National Youth Festival competition in 1997, which paved the way for further opportunities. He has performed as a soloist and accompanist extensively in over 13 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. He has accompanied some of the world’s greatest Indian classical dancers and musicians including Pandit Chitresh Das, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Dr. L Subramanium, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Bhawani Shankar, and Pandit Ramesh Mishra. Jayanta is also a successful composer and arranger, and has worked extensively with the Chitresh Das Dance Company and Leela Dance Collective.
Seibi Lee is a dynamic Kathak artist known for the exceptional range and depth of her mastery, sophisticated musicality, and dramatic brilliance in character portrayal. Seibi is a leading disciple of the iconic Kathak legend Pandit Chitresh Das. She is a Co-Founder of the Leela Dance Collective and Dean of the Chhandam School of Kathak.
Seibi has toured worldwide earning accolades and deep respect for her artistry. She received an Isadora Duncan Dance Special Award for Pandit Chitresh Das as part of the performing ensemble for East As Center and received two subsequent nominations for performances in Das'Pancha JatiandShabd. Seibi has gone on to evolve her own distinct voice through the development of virtuosic character roles in Das’ critically acclaimed works: the scheming maidservant Mantara in Ramayana, the dual roles of the tormented demon Marich and beloved tribal prince Hanuman in Sita Haran, the belligerent General inDarbarand in Das' final work - the electrifying Guru inShiva. Her outstanding portrayal of Hanuman became the inspiration for the central character and creation of Leela Dance Collective'sSon of the Wind -the full length dance drama bringing to life Hanuman’s rarely told heroic and valorous adventures from the epicRamayana.Son of the Windpremiered at the Green Center in Sonoma in 2017 and is premiering internationally at the prestigious Royal Opera House in Mumbai, India January 2019.Seibi has a deep and abiding passion for the art of Kathak and for continuing the legacy of Pandit Das. As Senior teacher at Chhandam, she has mentored many generations of dancers and in 2016, she was recognized by The Alliance of California Traditional Arts as a Master Artist. She has produced several featured shows including Pacific Pathways, Aarambh and Harvest Moon Festival. Seibi continues to forge her own unique path within the artistic tradition and has created, with the support of the Haas foundation and a 2 year Artist in Residence with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, the mesmerizing solo choreography for Houyi and Chang’e, a heart-rending tale of great heroism and of tragically star crossed lovers.