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District of Raga: Jake Charkey

11/26/2019 at 6:00 PM

Jake Charkey is an acclaimed cellist with a strong background in both Western classical music and Hindustani music. He is also an eclectic improviser, drawing from his extensive training in both Eastern and Western musical traditions.

Monir Hossain (accompanist) hails from a musical family, grandson of researcher and performer of well-known Ustad Kader Buksh of Murshidabad, West Bengal, India.  Born in Bangladesh, and migrated to US with his family at a very early age, Monir was musically influenced at an early age by his father, vocalist Ustad Hafiz Hossain, a regular classical vocalist at All India Radio in Calcutta. His long term guru is Pandit Samar Saha of Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta.  Though trained in Benaras style, Monir expanded to other styles and also received brief but extensive talim from tabla stalwarts such as Pandit Nayan Ghosh, Pandit Anup Ghosh, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee as well as (late) Ustad Shawkat Ali Khan. Monir played tabla and appeared in person in Hollywood film American Chai and has been performing since his teen years.  Some of the notable musicians includes well-known musicians such as Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Smt. Anupama Bhagwat,  Guitarist Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya  the late Smt. Laxmi Shankar and many others.  He has released CDs with sarod maestro late Pt. Budhadev Das Gupta, Pt. Debojyoti Bose and sitar maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez.   Monir continues to explore creative ways to infuse his traditional training with his evolving style of accompaniment as he continues to mature musically.   Monir lives in Northern Virginia area and currently teaches and performs all over continental USA and Canada, India and Bangladesh. 

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