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About Ravi Naimpally:
Ravi Naimpally  began his study of tabla under the guidance of his uncle the late Padmabushan Pandit Nikhil Ghosh in Mumbai, India. In 1990 he had his 'gandabandhan' ceremony and officially became an exponent of the Farukkabad style. Since then Ravi has continued to study with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in Calcutta. After gaining a solid foundation in Hindustani classical music, Ravi has gone on to explore numerous other world music traditions. Ravi has performed in a wide variety of contexts including Iranian music with Saeid Shambazadhe's Bousheri group, Turkish and Macedonian music with Brenna MacCrimmon'a Altin Yildez Orkestar, world-jazz with Hugh Marsh, and New Music with The Esprit Orchestra. Ravi has also performed and recorded with Loreena McKennit.

About Samidha Joglekar:
Samidha began her vocal training in Western Classical music at the age of 10. She developed a deep appreciation for Hindustani vocal music soon after and has studied with many Indian master vocalists. Samidha’s background in cross-cultural experimentation makes her singing a vital contribution to this performance. She is a featured vocalist with the Canadian world/fusion music ensemble Tasa.

About George Koller:
George Koller is a bassist, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist that has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career.  A prolific composer and producer, yet recognized primarily as a bass player, George also plays a variety of instruments; many featured on his award-winning (HMV “fresh blood” grand prize) solo CD, Music for Plants, Animals, and Humans.

Now & Then: Music from South Asia featuring Classical India 3



Now & Then: Music from South Asian begins with an afternoon performance of pure, traditional ragas (classical Indian melodies) performed by the masters of the voice, tabla and dilruba: Samidha Joglekar (classical Indian vocalist), Ravi Naimpally (classical Indian tabla) and George Koller (dilruba).

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