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Chinmaya Mission &

Indian Academy of Performing Arts (IAPA)

presents a Hindustani afternoon concert featuring

Pandit Nirmalya Dey – Dhrupad Vocal

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Pandit Mohan Shaym Sharma – Pakhawaj

Sunday, 21st October, 2018  3.30 pm

Chinmaya Vrindavan

95 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512

Members of Chinmaya & IAPA $20 Others $25

Info – Gajanan 609-915-4330, Krishna 732-429-9144


Nirmalya Dey

Nirmalya Dey is a renowned dhrupad vocalist and teacher in the tradition of Dagarvani.   He started his initial dhrupad training with Prof. Nimaichand Boral, who was a disciple of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. From 1988, Nirmalya Dey learned in the true tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara, spending extended time with another celebrated dhrupad master, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar. Nirmalya  continued to take advanced training and also regularly performed on the stage with Ustad’s passing.  While meticulously maintaining the traditional musical form and its nuances he imbibed from his teacher, who represented the 19th unbroken generation of dhrupad performing family, Nirmalya also evolved his own distinctive style and approach to dhrupad.

Nirmalya Dey is a regular performer in all prestigious festivals and concerts in India and in few international festivals. Beside his solo performances, Nirmalya has adopted the tradition of “Jugalbandi”, the musical dialogue between two musicians of the same genre, and sang with Rudra Veena Maestro Ustad Baha’ud-din Dagar for several concerts.

Despite the demands placed on his schedule as a performer, Nirmalya Dey is a devoted teacher, grooming and initiating the next generation of artists in dhrupad. He has taught at the University of Delhi and Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (Delhi) and conducted workshops around the world, including in Europe and North America. When not performing, Nirmalya teaches at the Dhrupad Gurukul in Delhi, India.

Mohan Shyam Sharma

Mohan Shyam Sharma is one of the leading Pakhawaj players of India.  He learnt the pakhawaj from Pandit Tota Ram Sharma of Mathura. He also had the opportunity of learning pakhawaj from Pandit Prem Vallabh of delhi.

Mohan Shyam Sharma is ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio . He started his career as an accompanist with the Dagar brothers and toured with them, and with Ustad Asad Ali Khan and Zia Mohiuddin Dagar extensively in India and abroad. He is a much sought-after accompanist for all the most eminent exponents of dhrupad, vocal and instrumental indian classical music. He also accompanied darbhanga gharana exponents- Pandit Vidhur Malika and Pandit Siya Ram Tiwari and accompanied world famous musicians of other styles as well including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and Kishori Amonkar. He has also performed solo in abroad countries like France, Italy, Belgium, Japan , Singapore, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria, Russia, United Kingdom, U.S.A and some neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Honkong.

The specificity of his playing lies in his handling of the techniques of accompaniment. It is marked by his imaginative variations anticipating on the singers variations while keeping up the required coordination and respecting the mood of the raga. He has also made a name for himself as a very talented teacher in the guru-shishya parampara style of teaching and has many students, Indian and foreigners. He has appeared on a number of CD recordings in India, Europe, England, and the USA. At present he is associated with Cambridge school in Noida (Uttar pardesh) as a pakhawaj teacher.