Mechanics Hall

Friday, April 13 2018

JoyGuru Humanitarian Services
Founders Dr. Satya & Mrs. Sheena Mitra present

A Unique Classical Music Program

Where East Meets West

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan
Pandit Anindo Chatterjee
Pandit K.U. Jaychandra Rao
Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra

With a special appearance from the Natyamani School of Dance

Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:00 pm

TICKETS: Reserved Seating
$100, $50, and $25

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Special Reception for sponsors, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

About the Performers:

USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN is privileged with both belonging to an illustrious musical family, and for achieving success in not only preserving the tradition but in pushing its boundaries to even greater heights of aesthetic beauty. He is one of the most brilliant musical gems of the famous Etawah Gharana and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. His family has produced the most revered and influential figures in Hindusthani Classical Music including the likes of Sahabdad Khansahab, Imdad Khansahab, Enayet Khansahab, Waheed Khansahab and Vilayat Khansahab.
A very young Shahid Parvez was initiated into the rich music of the Gharana by his illustrious father and Guru Ustad Aziz Khan, a famous musician and a noted composer and the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar virtuoso Ustad Waheed Khansahab.

As is the custom, Ustad Aziz Khan first initiated his son into vocal music and tabla, before training him on the Sitar over many years with all the intensity and rigor that had made this Gharana famous. The young Shahid Parvez was recognized as a child prodigy and had started performing in public by the time he was only eight years of age. Dogged perseverance and hard work over the years have been rewarded with an extra-ordinary technical prowess and a mastery over 'Layakari'. One of the numerous achievements of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is to have mastered both Vocal Music and the 'Tantrakari Baaj' and then fuse them in such a way as to bring this complex amalgam within the easy reach of all. Few instrumentalists have enjoyed so much of love and admiration as Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan has, from the music loving fraternity worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Government of India's 'Padma Shri' and the 'Sangeet Natak Academy Award.' He has performed in all major musical festivals in India and abroad including the Festival of India held in the US, Europe, USSR, Canada, Middle East, Africa and Australia, enthralling the audience everywhere. With numerous audio and video recordings, a substantial global following online, and a distinguished performance career in India and around the world, he is widely recognized as one of the greatest sitar-players of the world.

For Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, the Sitar and Self are identical entities, and music is not just a discipline but life itself – vibrating and pulsating and full of color. The power of his music is most immediately encountered in the highly charged sound quality he conjures from his Sitar and the sparkling intelligence that is the hallmark of his improvisatory music. By sheer precision and an astute artistic sense he has made for himself a place in the limitless, infinite universe of Indian Classical Music.

PANDIT ANINDO CHATTERJEE is a rare phenomenon in the art of tabla playing. Throughout history, a few artists stand out in each generation. They preserve their heritage while defining it anew, marking its evolution in time. Pandit ji is one of those rare few, his power/ speed combined with total clarity and sweetness is unparalleled and speaks of years of backbreaking practice. His vast knowledge of repertoire and ability to improvise in every style of tabla playing make him invaluable to Indian music. The spontaneity and intuitiveness of both his accompaniment and his solo improvisations speak of the depth of his artistry and leave his audiences speechless. Pandit ji personally oversees and delegates all activities of MATRA along with his disciple and son Anubrata Chatterjee.

PANDIT K.V. JAYACHANDRA RAO is a well-known Carnatic classical musician specializing in percussion and plays the "mrudangam" (The south Indian classical drum). He performs extensively with all the leading musicians in India and has performed at most of the prestigious music festivals across India. He is known for his unique style of playing mrudangam that blends aesthetics and precision in a manner that seamlessly compliments and exemplifies the music of the vocal or instrumental artist. He is known for his rich melodious sound as well as his versatility and creativity on stage making him one of the most sought after percussionist who belongs to the rare group of left handed mrudangam artists. He has directed and performed exclusive percussion ensembles and solos that bring together a variety of percussion instruments focussing on the blend of rhythm, aesthetics and presentation. His Jugalbandhi performances (confluence of different genres of music) are a delightful experience and he has collaborated with leading musicians of India.

Mr. Jayachandra Rao (Jay) as he is fondly addressed, is equally at ease with musicians from across the world and has collaborated extensively with renowned musicians such as Dillon Fowler, Peter Stacey, Andrew Weichman and Rajesh Mehta. Some of the International bands and music festivals that he has performed include Beches Indian Brew, First Line-Celtic Music, Rümlingen music festival Switzerland, Poland drum festival, Rainforest world music festival, Scotland music festival to name a few.

A most sought after guru, he teaches numerous students in India and abroad. He currently resides in Bangalore, India and also runs a not for profit organization that is dedicated to the selfless propagation of music through workshops, lecture demonstrations, musical events and talent promotion concerts.

THE MASSACHUSETTS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has accompanied such legendary artists as Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli at Worcester's DCU Center and has also performed with child singing sensation Jackie Evancho and with Mannheim Steamroller. Presenting approximately a dozen performances throughout the year, the orchestra also owns and operates Worcester's Tuckerman Hall. Conductors of the orchestra include Myron Romanul, John Delorey, Jorge Soto and Kallin Johnson.

In 1951, orchestra founder and conductor Harry Levenson began what is currently known as the "Summer Family Concert Series" in Worcester's Institute Park – a series presented by the orchestra that continues today in Worcester's Cristoforo Colombo Park, Institute Park, and in surrounding towns. Attracting tens of thousands of people each year, these concerts have become the most popular outdoor summer music series in central Massachusetts.

Other presentations during the year by this organization include its immensely popular Duo Piano Concert Gala. Sold-out each year since its inception in 2007, this annual concert features more than a half dozen of this area's finest pianists playing music of the greatest composers arranged for two, four or six pianists on the Orchestra's two Steinway grand pianos. From 2008 to 2016 the Symphony also played for The Hanover Theatre's annual presentation in Worcester of four performances of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet in collaboration with Ballet Arts Worcester. These presentations have enthralled more than 50,000 patrons from across the region.

And since 1980, the Massachusetts Symphony's annual Holiday Pops Concert at Worcester's Mechanics Hall has remained this area's most loved and admired holiday concert. Sold out each year for some three and half decades, this extravaganza features the Symphony and a 150+ member combined chorus of students from Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Clark University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester State University

NATYAMANI SCHOOL OF DANCE is the premiere institution for Bharatanatyam in the Greater Boston area. The school's founder, Sridevi Ajai Thirumalai, is an acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer who has dedicated her efforts to propagating this divine art-form to a diverse range of students.

Founded in 1992, Natyamani School of Dance has built a reputation of imparting rigorous training, while maintaining the rich cultural and spiritual traditions of Bharatanatyam. Natyamani's mission is to instill in students a love for Bharatanatyam, and to provide guidance and encouragement that supports the development of a true dancer's grace, perfection, and perseverance.

Students at Natyamani learn to perfect all facets of dancing: Bhava (expression), Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm). Sridevi, with her passionate and signature teaching style brings out the best in her students both on and off the stage. Under Sridevi's tutelage each student develops a lifelong work ethic that emphasizes a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their lives.

Over 40 students have completed their Arangetram (dance debut) through the school, emerging as dancers who have won awards and acclaim in national and international performances that reflect Natyamani's mission.

Natyamani School of Dance is the recipient of a grant from Southern New England Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. The school has a social mission that includes raising community awareness for traditional arts and raising funds for charitable organizations in New England and India through dance productions. In 2012, the school celebrated its 20th anniversary with Kshetra, a dance production that served as a fund raiser for Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organization that provides mid-day meals to over 1.3 million school children in India every day.

Natyamani School of Dance currently enrolls students from beginner to advanced levels.

About JoyGuru Humanitarian Services
In August, 2016, Dr. Mitra and his wife Sheema established a foundation named JOYGURU HUMANITARIAN SERVICES. This is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to serving the disadvantaged and underprivileged members of our community. For more information please visit

JOYGURU HUMANITARIAN SERVICES aims to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by poverty, homelessness, and other social conditions as well as blindness and visual impairment. It promotes the empowerment of women and girls around the world. And it inspires underprivileged children to realize their inner potential and to make a difference in their communities.

Ever since childhood, Dr. Satya Mitra has wondered about the significance of his birth. He was born many years after his older brother and sister, and his mother lived only until he was three and a half years old. (See Bio). Difficulties and challenges were all around him, but several people helped him in various ways and he never forgot that.

Later, after coming to the USA, Satya Mitra became a disciple of his family priest Sri Sri Mohanananda Maharaj, also known as "GURU". On his Guru's instruction, Satya traded a career in science to become tax and financial advisor. Guru also inspired him to use his professional success in his profession to help poor and underprivileged people, something that Satya has always been passionate about doing.

Now that Satya has established a very successful business and has helped his two sons finish their college education, he and his wife Sheema stepped forward to fulfill their own and their Guru's mission: to help others and provide hope by supporting humanitarian causes.They created the non-profit charitable foundation, "JOYGURU HUMANITARIAN SERVICES," named in honor of their Guru. The organization is a registered under Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501 (c) (3). Through this foundation Dr. Satya Mitra and his wife Sheema will do their best to give back to the community and help underprivileged people in the local community, across the nation and around the world.

Dr. Mitra believes he has ultimately discovered the significance of his being here; to devote the rest of his life to helping others and bringing hope to the hopeless. He says, "We are all born with two packages in our fists, one is the responsibility towards our children and family members and the other is the responsibility to help someone in need". He is certain that this foundation will give him that opportunity to support various humanitarian services that will better the lives of many and ultimately bring a balance to the world.

Through JOY GURU HUMANITARIAN SERVICES he will be able to deliver that second package by being a provider of HELP, a source of HOPE, the ability to HEAL and to touch lives by serving HUMANITY. These four H's offer true purpose and significance to life! After all, what is life if you live it only for yourself?

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