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RobiThakur (A ballet on the life of Tagore)



Producing Company: Chhandayan
Director: Pandit Samir Chatterjee

RobiThakur – A ballet on the life of Tagore

Tagore’s entire life, starting from early childhood to his matured age, was significantly eventful. Most of it was documented by Tagore himself in his own writings. Some very special moments out of them will be chosen and sequenced in this ballet to create an absorbing story on the life of one of the most creative personality of modern times.

The music and dance in the piece will be an exemplary blend of Indian and western traditions.  New music will be created for the piece to be performed by a live orchestra combining mostly western instruments with the inclusion of a few Indian instruments and voices.  Some of Tagore’s own music will also be used.  In choreography, innovation by Tagore, Uday Shankar and some of the contemporary choreographers will be blended with western ballet.

Producing Company
Chhandayan is constantly in the creative process of developing new and unique productions offering invaluable insight into the scopes and possibilities of Indian music and its relationship with other musical and cultural traditions. One such production is Chhand-Anand, the Bliss of Rhythm, which is an emblem of different percussion instruments from Africa, Arab, Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
Similarly, Indo-Flame is a beautiful blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music. Dawn to Dusk and Beyond depicts the correspondence and influence of music on physiology and environment.
Chhandayan strongly believes in the power of music, particularly that of Indian music, which has helped human civilization to sustain over the past five thousand years.  Chhandayan is committed to create awareness as to the potency of this art-form and thereby help humanity across geographical, racial, cultural and religious barriers.
Since 2008, Chhandayan is taking endeavors to bring some of the shared musical tradition from outside back to Afghanistan so that its own culture can soon revive. This daunting task includes working with local authorities to recruit teachers and in collecting resources such as instruments, books and recorded music. The organization also working with them in the adoption of the musically inclined orphans out of 1.6 million who are waiting to see some positive ray of life.

Director Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway on December 10th, 2007 and the UN General Assembly as a specially invited guest on the UN Day in 2009. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings.

Samir Chatterjee is an A-rated artist of the national radio and television of India. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Ashis Khan, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.

Samir Chatterjee lives in New York-New Jersey area, where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, performing with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon. He is also the composer and director of Nacho Nacho - Gypsy Storyteller and Chhand-Anand, World percussion Ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.

Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 30 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He is the author of a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’ and a guide book to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT.  He is chairperson of India Performing Arts Centers at Rutgers University. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in musical examination (equivalent to B.Mus.). He has two master degrees, in English and History.


Usha gangli
Director Pandit Samir Chatterjee



SATF 2011 will be held at NJPAC, New Jersey on November 12th and 13th, 2011



Venue NJPAC – Victoria Theater
12th November 2011

7:00pm - Door Opens

7:30pm - Event Starts
Chhandayan, New Jersey

13th November 2011

2:30pm - Door Opens

3:00pm - Epic Actors’ Workshop, New Jersey

5:00pm - Post performance discussion




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