An Evening of Music

Welcome to our first AACM concert of the summer!

This event will feature a tabla solo by the great Pandit Arvind Kumar Azad, and the evening will begin with a vocal performance by Rohan Upamaka, with tabla accompaniment by Sudhakar Vaidyanathan.

Meet the Artists

Pandit Arvind Kumar Azad

The Pune-based, renowned tabla player is one of the senior-most disciples of tabla maestro Kishan Maharaj of the Benares gharana. Azad has won recognition among the stalwarts of the music circle for the control, balance, and quality of tone of his tabla renditions.

He is a sought-after accompanist for vocal and instrumental music, as well as for classical dance forms like Kathak. He has provided accompaniment to leading performers at prestigious music festivals held across India. Prominent among them are Ram Narayan, M.S. Gopalakrishnan, Girija Devi, Rohini Bhate, Birju Maharaj, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, D.K. Datar, Dr N. Rajam, Shahid Parvez, and Rashid Khan. He is equally known for his solo recitals and has travelled extensively in India and abroad for performances. He has also conducted lectures, tabla demonstrations, and seminars.

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Rohan Upamaka

A 19-year-old student of Indian classical music from the Bay Area, Upamaka initially began his study of tabla under Shri Satish Tare, whom he trained with for ten years. He is now learning from his current guru, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. His vocal training began from Shri Archana and Manoj Tamhakar, and for the last few years he has studied under Pandit Vijay Koparkar.

Upamaka is also an incoming junior at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Sudhakar Vaidyanathan

American-born Asian musician Sudhakar Vaidyanathan has been training under tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri for many years. Vaidyanathan is currently living and studying in the Bay Area.