“The beautiful thing about this art form is that you don’t need to know anything about it to feel the power of the music.”

“The classical music brings out the emotions of these bhajans, it brings a whole aura to the experience of devotion.”

“Come with an open heart, because this music, this fragrance, will stay with you.”

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The Drive East Festival

Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe: Colors of Divine Love

A Musical Journey with Poet-Saints of India

Saturday, August 17th
8:40pm - 10:00pm

Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe presents Colors of Divine Love: A Musical Journey with Poet-Saints of India. This concert explores the work of these saints through different musical compositions, celebrating the diversity in language and raag of Hindustani vocal music. Through english narration by Aravind Kansal and music by collaborators Vivek Datar (harmonium) and Tanmay Bichu (tabla), we travel to the different parts of India to understand the context of the music, the stories behind these poet saints, and the era they lived in to make them come alive

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Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe is an accomplished Hindustani Classical vocalist. Trained in the ancient Indian tradition of the Gurukul method of education, she is one of the leading disciples and also daughter-in-law of renowned vocalist Vidushi Veena Sahasrabuddhe.  Born in a music loving family in Mumbai, Jayanti began her musical training on the harmonium under Shri Purushottam Walawalkar. Subsequently she started her vocal training with Smt. Tulika Ghosh, daughter of Pt. Nikhil Ghosh. Jayanti has won awards such as a two year national scholarship for Hindustani Classical Music from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Culture, Government of India and from Ganavardhan, Pune. She also has a Masters in Music, Masters in Sociology & Anthropology for which she ranked first in Bombay University.

Vivek Datar is a well known Harmonium player based in the Bay Area. He has learnt from late Pandit Vinayakrao Kale from Gwalior Gharana and currently learns from Vidushi Seema Shirodkar. He has been performing solo concerts and accompanying on the Harmonium for more than 25 years. 

Vivek has accompanied several renowned musicians from India. His interests lie in the field of tuning theory and application. He has created a changeable reedset Harmonium with Hinge brothers from India.This unique harmonium allows the same Harmonium to be used for any reedset, with each reedset tuned to Gandhaar tuning, which is what is used in Indian Classical Music.

Tanmay Bichu began learning tabla since the age of 6, under Shree Manohar Pimpalaskar. He has been taking advanced training under Pt. Ramdas Palsule for more than 10 years and is now learning under Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music. He has also received guidance from eminent tabla maestros like Pt. Arup Chattopadhyay and Ustaad Zakir Hussain. He is an active performer in various Indian Classical and World Music concerts in India and the US. He has performed several Tabla solos in India and the US and is a sought after accompanist for all formats of Indian Classical Music - vocal, instrumental and dance. Tanmay holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and works as a research engineer at Nikon in the Bay area.

Arvind Kansai — His passion is poetry — all poetry, but especially Urdu poetry. Arvind has emceed music and poetry programs in India and the US. And many of Jayanti’s concerts in Bay Area, Davis, Pasadena and Mumbai. While living in San Francisco Bay Area, Arvind has hosted music programs and interviews on the public access TV channel. He has interviewed Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia on stage, hosted a weekly show on Radio Zindagi, and done many music and poetry programs for Calaa and ePrasaran internet radio. By profession Arvind is a chip developer and works for the technology giant Cisco.