Sitarist Ravindra Goswami and tablaist Ramchandra Pandit

Hartwick Welcomes Renowned Indian Classical Musicians

October 12, 2011

Two of the best known North Indian classical musicians of Banaras will be performing at Hartwick College on their Banaras Soul Music tour.

Sitarist Ravindra Goswami and tablaist Ramchandra Pandit will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus. All are invited to enjoy this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian classical music by two of its finest exponents. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sitarist Ravindra Goswami has been a professional musician for 40 years and is recognized as a senior artist in his musically rich city of Banaras, India. Unlike many of the Indian classical musicians who have become well known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga. Goswami is a disciple of the late Smt. Amiya Devi, and also studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra.

Later in life, he studied the advanced intricacies of raga with the great Dr. Balchandra Patekar of Bombay and Banaras. He has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an "A level" Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). Goswami is also one of Banaras's foremost sitar teachers.

Tablaist Ramchandra Pandit is a long-time professional performer of classical, semi-classical, folk, and popular music. A life-long disciple of Pandit Sharda Sahai, he is a colorful performer and experienced educator who specializes in demonstrating and explaining Indian music to Western audiences. A Master of Music, he has also performed for All India Radio, and played percussion on film soundtracks in Bombay for the legendary composer S.D. Burman.

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