Pandit Nayan Ghosh, one of India’s foremost musicians, is playing a return engagement Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Palace Theater. Artistic brilliance, a rich repertoire and magnificence of tone are the hallmarks of Ghosh, who is recognized as the only maestro with superlative command of both the sitar and the tabla.
Son and disciple of the 20th century Tabla wizard Nikhil Ghosh and nephew of Pannalal Ghosh, “the father of Indian classical flute,” Nayan has inherited the rich and learned legacy from his five or six predecessors and carries it with a dignity and grace that is rare.
His sitar recitals sparkle with intense melodiousness and rich delineations, bringing out the depth and the true spirit of the raga. He has played at some of the most prestigious International Music Festivals and at Universities around the world.
Ghosh will be playing sitar, accompanied by his 12-year-old son, the prodigy Ishaan Ghosh on tabla.
The evening’s musical program will include a father-son tabla duet accompanied by Pandit Parashuram Bhandari on sarangi. Born in Nepal and educated in India, Parashuram Bhandari is a master musician of the sarangi. Both a sensitive accompanist and a dynamic soloist, Parashuram has played sarangi for over twenty-five years. As an independent artist, Parashuram is revered and well-lauded. He has published the only textbook on sarangi and has received National musical awards in Nepal. He has performed in numerous countries including India, Thailand, and Singapore. Parashuram’s most recent solo CD, “Shringara Nepal,” was recorded in Hawaii.
Tickets for the concert, a presentation of the Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii and the Palace Theater, are $30 advance, $35 door for orchestra seating, and $20 advance, $25 door for general admission. Children 12 and under are $10. Tickets are on sale at the Palace Theater box office 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays. Call 934-7010 to purchase tickets by phone with a credit card.