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Aruna Narayan Kalle
Born in Mumbai, India, Aruna Narayan Kalle is the daughter of the renowned sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan. An ancient North Indian bowed instrument considered exceptionally difficult to master, the sarangi long remained physically undeveloped, and confined to a supporting role as an accompaniment to singers. Aruna’s father emerged as its messiah: due to his efforts the sarangi is now firmly ensconced in the mainstream of the Indian performing arts.
Although Aruna began her music training at the rather late age of eighteen, she made fast progress, studying intensively with her father for several years. She has fully captured her father’s disciplined, serious style, while developing a unique voice for her instrument, through her warm and generous musical temperament. Her playing is prized for its subtlety, precision and grace, as well as its powerful and weighty bowing. Aruna also carries on Pandit Ram Narayan’s musical legacy by maintaining a highly respectable profile for her instrument.
Her impressive concert schedule takes her regularly to Europe, the US and Canada, often in innovative projects. She was a featured soloist in a unique presentation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – a project with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra that has toured in Canada, the US, China and the Far East. An hour-long documentary film about this project has aired several times on the CBC and Bravo. Aruna has been a featured soloist with the Endymion Ensemble of The UK, performing the works of new composers, and has performed in the legendary BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Her music has been featured in several international and Hollywood films and she regularly teaches in the school system, introducing young people to Indian music and the sarangi. Her recordings are available on the Nimbus (UK) and Zig-Zag (France) labels, and she frequently appears in the National Programme of Music on Doordarshan (TV) and other networks in India. She currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Jasmeet's love for music started at a very young age. Although his training began later on (due to a lack of teachers in his area), his interest in learning the Sikh religious music (Kirtan) triggered him to slowly pursue his passion. He began his musical journey at the age of twelve by learning both the Tabla and Jori from Ustad Avtarjit Singh Honey Ji, an impeccable Tabla Vadak of the Punjab Gharana (school of music). Sadly, shortly after Jasmeet began his training Honey Ji fell ill and passed away. Ustad Ranjit Singh Ji (one of Honey Ji's teachers and his father) saw the dedication and potential in Jasmeet and decided to continue his education himself. Currently, Jasmeet has been studying under none other than the legendary Ustad Sukhvinder Singh Pinky Ji of the Punjab and Benaras Gharanas.
Jasmeet has also been fortunate to spend time in workshops with different masters over the years such as Pandit Yogesh Samsi, Pandit Kumar Bose, and Pandit Nayan Ghosh to name a few.
Jasmeet has toured extensively throughout North America and the United Kingdom and currently lives in Brampton, Ontario (Canada) where he also passes on his knowledge to his students.
Anuroop Kalle, who will supply the supporting drone for today’s performance, demonstrates the oft-noted co-incidence of musical and mathematical talent. As a professional drummer, he has performed in numerous musical ensembles in a variety of genres, especially jazz. Holder of a degree in mathematics, he currently works in the hi-tech industry.