Kathak: A Dance Concert Featuring Labonee Mohanta 

Labonee MohantaSPIC MACAY - Syracuse University in collaboration with Syracuse University’s South Asia Center, Syracuse University’s Humanities Center, Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University’s Department of Art and Music Histories, GSO, and the School of Education has planned an exquisite night of dance and music at their annual spring concert: KATHAK A Dance Concert. The event will feature Labonee Mohanta, a Kathak dancer, who will be accompanied by, Indradeep Ghosh on the violin, Jay Gandhi on the flute, and Indranil Mallick on the tabla. Kathak performances depict stories from Indian mythology, and also include abstract dance elements which focus on footwork set to complex rhythmic patterns. Her performance will be an immersive experience that will include storytelling, mythology, and will showcase technical aspects of Kathak. The performance will be held on March 25th from 7-9 PM in the Marshall Auditorium, SUNY ESF. The performance is free and open to all. 

Labonee Mohanta, trained by the late Kathak maestro Chitresh Das since the age of eight, proves to light the stage with her speed, grace, and flare. She brings mesmerizing movements, fiery footwork, and rhythmic exploration to the stage, and is well-known to amaze audiences with her lightning speed spins. As one of the most energetic dancers of her generation, Labonee Mohanta has performed powerful displays of both dance & music to great acclaim in dance festivals throughout the US, Canada, and India. In addition to dancing as a Kathak soloist, Labonee tours internationally in award-winning productions with the Chitresh Das Dance Company and serves as guest faculty at the Chhandam School of Kathak at San Francisco, CA.

Indradeep Ghosh is a violin virtuoso from India and a torch bearer for the Seni-Maihar lineage of Hindustani music, that is, the North Indian idiom of Indian art music. He initially started playing violin at the tender age of six under the guidance of Sri Anamitra Mustafi. He has been under the tutelage of Professor Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury since 1991. He has also had the privilege of training with different maestros of Hindustani music such as   V. G. Jog and Kumar Bose. Indradeep regularly tours USA, Europe, and India and has received numerous music awards from the Government of India. His artistry ranges from sweet and soothing to fascinating and thrilling, while showcasing virtuosic bowing techniques. His performances integrate many different styles and techniques of Western Classical and Middle Eastern music. He currently serves as guest faculty at the School of Indian Percussion and Music in Austin, Texas, USA.

Jay Gandhi plays the North Indian bamboo flute called the Bansuri. Shaped by years of intensive training under legendary bansuri maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jay's music is reflective of his devotion to his Guru and a diverse range of other musical influences. Jay initially trained in vocal music under Kum Kum Sanyal, and later learned to play the bansuri under maestros Ronu Majumdar and Raghunath Seth. His musical journey led him to delve deep into diverse genres of music, notably the music of the African diaspora and Jazz. While studying at the Oberlin College/Conservatory of Music (Ohio), he trained under jazz luminaries such as saxophonist Gary Bartz and trumpetist Marcus Belgrave. A recipient of the prestigious AIIS Performing Arts Fellowship, Jay maintains a busy schedule performing to critical acclaim and enthralling audiences across India, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. He currently is based mainly out of New York City, where he is active both, as a teacher, and a performer. He is a founding member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a prominent Indian art music collective.

Indranil Mallick is a leading Tabla player of his generation. He has received intensive training since the age of 5 under several eminent masters, and is currently a protégé of Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri.  His diverse training has helped shape a rich repertoire in the art of the tabla, and has positioned him as an artist of international repute. Indranil has distinguished himself in cross-over collaborations with western musicians including a recent project with Miles Davis Electric Band. Lauded by connoisseurs & critics for his solo performances and accompaniment with renowned musicians, Indranil was the first Tabla player to receive the prestigious Pandit Bhimsen Joshi award in 2015.

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