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SEASON ONE / EPISODE ONE
We aired our first episode in December of 2012. The launch date had been in the books for months, we were hesitant to go live as news of the great Pandit Ravi Shankar's passing the day before was all over the news. After talking it over, we moved forward, dedicating our maiden voyage to Ravi-ji and the music he shared. Our first episode features the great sitar maestros of the Vishnupur style, Pandit Manilal Nag and his daughter, Mita Nag.
PANDIT KRISHNA BHATT - SITAR / PANDIT ANINDO CHATTERJEE - TABLA
Pandit Krishna Bhatt's performances of Hindustani ragas have won the admiration of audiences in India, Asia, Europe and North America. Receiving his training from his father Pt. Shashi Mohan Bhatt and subsequently from Pandit Ravi Shankar, his innovative style of music combines a rich blend of Gayaki (vocal) and Tantrakari (instrumental) techniques and musical compositions. His music is noted for its virtuosity, originality and depth of feeling that is conveyed to the listeners.
A rare luminary of Indian classical music, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee has attained new heights in the art of tabla playing. Trained from his early childhood by Guru Padmabhusan Jnan Prakash Gosh, Anindo has developed a unique style expanding upon his vast knowledge of the tradition. Both technically and artistically, he is a milestone for future generations to follow.
Accompaniment on Tanpura - Andrew Mendelson
Produced by The Biryani Boys on location at Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, 2013. All Rights Reserved.
Raga Misra Kafi
USTAD ALI AKBAR KHAN - SAROD / PANDIT MAHAPURUSH MISHRA - TABLA / USTAD AASHISH KHAN - TANPURA
It's always been a dream of ours to collaborate with the Ali Akbar College of Music. So you can imagine how thrilled we were when both Mary Khan and Alam Khan agreed to collaborate with us on our fourth season. At that time, we had our tickets booked for a trip to India so we decided to shoot the stand ups for these episodes in Kolkata. The episodes in Season 4 features the great Khan Sahib, his son Alam, the great tabla player Pandit Swampan Chaudhuri and the inspiring student music ensembles at AACM.
Produced by The Biryani Boys on location in Kolkata, India , 2015. All Rights Reserved.
MITA NAG - SITAR / UDAY KUMAR - TABLA
For us, a typical day in Kolkata consists of music lessons in the morning, running around the streets with video cameras in the afternoon and at night, checking out one, two, maybe three of the many concerts taking place throughout the city. There's is plenty of chai tea in between to keep us going. Here is a full length performance we shot one afternoon with our close friends and musical mentors.
One of the leading female sitar players in India, Mita claims her role as torch bearer of the sitar style of the Vishnupur Gharana championed by both her father Pandit Manilal Nag and grandfather, Gokul Nag.
Uday Kumar is a senior disciple of the great tabla maestro Ustad Shabbir Nisar of Hyderabad, India, guardian the rarest and most historic tabla compositions stewarded by his father, the great Tabla Nawaz Ustad Shaik Dawood Khan Saab.
Produced by The Biryani Boys on location at the Nag residence in Kolkata, India, 2015. All rights reserved.
Record Store Day
PANDIT RAVI SHANKAR - SITAR / USTAD ALLA RAKHA - TABLA
The Biryani Boys celebrate Record Store Day 2016 with an exclusive release from Northern Spy Records. Ravi Shankar - Live in Hollywood, 1971; a double LP that captures the music performed by acclaimed sitar player, Pandit Ravi Shankar at his home in Hollywood California. Joining us on the Riyaz Mat is our close friend and Brooklyn Raga Massive co-founder, Sameer Gupta. It's always good times when Sameer stops by.