Hindustani Classical Sarod by Abhishek Borkar with Yashwant Vaishnav on Tabla
A Shadaj Baithak event
supported by Mass Cultural Council
First Half: Yashwant Vaishnav (Tabla Solo)
Second Half: Abhishek Borkar (Sarod) with Yashwant Vaishnav (Tabla)
When: Saturday October 5 2024, 5-9 pm
Venue: Pilgrim Congregational Church, 55 Coolidge Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421
Tickets: $30, FREE for members (Become a Shadaj Member!)
Ketki Purandare Limaye: 716-907-2084
Milind Ranade: 409-201-7110
Abhishek Borkar is a prodigy sarodist from a musical dynasty, captivating audiences with a fusion of Indian classical and Western music. With a sound that melds the sitar, sarangi, and Hindustani vocal styles, Borkar’s melodies are an ethereal, otherworldly experience. A true master of his craft, he weaves intricate rhythms and melodies with the finesse of a seasoned conductor. He received his initial training from his father Pt Shekhar Borkar who trained him in his own ‘tarankaar baaz’ playing style, which mixes the Maihar gharana of Ustad Allauddin Khan with ideas from across khayal vocal music, notably including intricate ornamentation of taans. Today, Borkar’s heartfelt renditions draw inspiration from the legends of the genre, including Ustad Allauddin Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and of course his father.
Yashwant Vaishnav is widely hailed as a tabla prodigy, a once in a generation musician. His initial training began with his father Rajendra Sachdev and later from Shri Hemant Sachdev and Pandit Mukund Bhale. He had the fortune to study under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. Currently he is a disciple of legendary Tabla Maestro Pandit Yogesh Samsi. Yashwant’s Tabla playing is marked with clarity and a crisp tonality which stays uncompromised at high octane speeds as well. His creative approach to rhythmic distribution and progression is a treat to listen to in his riveting solos. His approach to accompaniment on the other hand is subtle, supportive and supplementary. Yashwant takes a keen interest in collaborating with different forms of music and is influenced by different genres and assimilates all of this in his playing.