Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute)

Hindustani Classical Concert by Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute) and Amit Kavthekar (Tabla)

A Shadaj Baithak event
in memory of late Dr Mahesh Lachyankar


When:  Saturday, May 13th 2023, 6-9 pm 

Venue: First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Rd, Weston, MA 02493
Tickets$30, FREE for members (Become a Shadaj Member!)


Music appreciation session:
When: Friday, May 12th 2023,  8 pm
Venue: 6 Tewksbury Street, Lexington, MA 02421.
TicketsFREE for members and concert ticket holders



  • Please allow sufficient time to park, register and to be seated 15 mins before the start time.
  • We will follow the regulations of the MA state government wrt covid-19 mask and vaccination requirements.


781-532-4460  /  tickets@shadaj.org 
Rajesh Godbole: 781-605-9399 (shadajmusic@yahoo.com)
Milind Ranade: 409-201-7110 (milindmranade@gmail.com)


Rakesh Chaurasia, the nephew of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and child prodigy, has a famous name to live up to. Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself as an accomplished flautist. Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle and infusing his personal style, he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too. Rakesh’s flute has matched note and rhythm with wind instruments of other cultures as well as having performed ‘jugalbandis’ with Carnatic and world famous instrumentalists . Rakesh’s forte is in blending his flute without really losing its identity in mixed instruments’ concerts. Rakesh has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He received the Indian Music Academy Award, presented by the Honorable President Of India, Dr..A.P.J Abdul Kalam in 2007, the Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar in 2008, the Guru Shishya Award in 2011, IWAP-Pandit Jasraj Sangeet Ratna Award in 2013 and the Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar 2013.


Amit Kavthekar, became a ganda-bandhan (ordained) disciple of Allarakha at age 11. After Khansaheb's death in 2000, Kavthekar continued his training exclusively with Utd. Zakir Hussain, though he had been learning with him since age 7. He has also studied the nuances of tabla with Deepak Nerurkar and Pt. Sudhir Mainkar. Amit's playing style is based on the Punjab baaj with influences from Delhi baaj and contemporary tabla players, particularly Zakir Hussain.

As an accompanist, Kavthekar has performed with prominent musicians like Ronu Majumdar, Shahid Parvez, Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Ashwini Bhide etc. In 2022, Amit made his debuts at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, accompanying Amjad Ali Khan, and at the prestigious Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, accompanying Anupama Bhagwat.