Pt. Niladri Kumar & Pt. Vijay Ghate performed live in Shanghai and Beijing during Chaiti Art Festival held in the month of May 2017. This year the festival also featured Bharatnatyam dance performance by noted Chinese artist – Jin Shan Shan.
受到连续五代西塔琴演奏家推崇的Niladri Kumar可谓是真正的全球偶像。他先是在父亲和老师Pandit Kartick Kuma的教导下学习西塔琴，之后师从西塔琴传奇大师Pandit Ravi Shankar。
Hailing from a lineage of five generations of Sitar Players, Niladri Kumar is a true global Icon. He trained under his father and Guru (teacher) Pandit Kartick Kumar, himself a disciple of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar. At the age of 6, Niladri Kumar gave his first public performance, and at the age of 15, released his first album.
Niladri Kumar strikes a balance between the classical and contemporary/ world music space. His prodigious musical style, his mastery over the Sitar, and his agile, magical fingers are a unique treat to behold. He is known as a brilliant and maverick musician, with a crossover appeal to orthodox and experimental music lovers. He strikes an instant rapport with audiences transcending all age and cultural barriers. He is indeed a pride of young India, and has been bestowed with several prestigious international awards. He also contributes tremendously to the Indian Film Industry.
Niladri performed at the 2010 Shanghai Expo at the invitation of China.
Vijay Ghate自3岁起学习演奏塔布拉鼓。他的天赋为他在年轻时便赢得了极富盛名的政府奖学金和学位。16岁起，他开始师从孟买的塔布拉鼓传奇大师Pandit Suresh Talwalkar。
自幼，Vijay Ghate便凭借才华横溢的个人独奏表演而为人所知。对于这一打击伴奏乐器的谙熟与热情使得他在印度古典音乐界内变得炙手可热，在三种主流艺术界（声乐伴奏、器乐表演和舞蹈伴奏）都是如此。Vijay Ghate因他丰富的想象力和创造力而闻名于世。清晰、敏捷和准确是他演奏风格的代名词。
Vijay Ghate曾与诸多古典音乐“名家”同台演出，包括Ustad Bismillah Khan，Ustad Vilayat Khan，Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia，Ustad Amjad Ali Khan，Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma，Pandit Birju Maharaj，Pandit Jasraj和Ustad Shahid Parvez。同时，在世界摇滚和爵士乐界也有他的身影。他曾与许多世界级艺术家或团体同台献艺，如Jethro Tull，George Dukes，Coltrain，并与Egberto Gismonti，Larry Coryell，George Brooks等人保持了密切的合作关系。他曾以客座教师的身份在许多国际学府执教，并经常参加国内外各大音乐节。凭借着来自音乐界或印度政府授予的多种奖励和名号，Vijay Ghate对于古典音乐的贡献广受赞誉。
Vijay Ghate began training in Tabla at the age of 3. His talent earned him prestigious government scholarships and degrees at a young age. When he was 16 he began his discipleship under the legendary Tabla maestro Pandit Suresh Talwalkar of Mumbai.
Vijay Ghate’s solo performances, and his adept percussion accompaniment have made him a favorite in India’s classical music world, and in all three streams of the Arts (Vocal music accompaniment, Instrumental music and Dance accompaniment). He is known for his brilliant imagination and creative mind. Clarity, dexterity and accuracy are the hallmark of his style.
Vijay Ghate has shared the stage with classical ‘Greats’ such as Ustad Bismillah Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Jasraj, and Ustad Shahid Parvez. He has also made his mark in World Music, Rock and Jazz, playing with outstanding international artists and groups – Jethro Tull, George Dukes, Coltrain, and frequently collaborating with Egberto Gismonti, Larry Coryell, George Brooks. He serves as Visiting Faculty at international institutions, and regularly participates in natmusic festivals. He has been honored for his contribution to classical music, including Government of India’s civilian award, Padmashree.
Jin Shanshan is a Bharatnatyam danseuse and scholar of Indology. A member of both the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Association for World Folk Music, she is known as “the first Chinese danseuse for Indian dance”. She has received numerous awards and honors, including personal appreciation from the leaders of China and India. She is a researcher, choreographer, a dedicated teacher, a regular media expert, as well as guest lecturer in several reputed universities.
Since her childhood, Jin Shanshan received training in Kathak and Odissi from two classical dance maestros in China Oriental Performing Arts Group: Zhang Jun and Su Baohua. After graduating from Peking University, she went to India to continue her training under Bharatnatyam maestro Leela Samson. In 1998, she held her Arangetram, first solo performance, in India.
Jin has several outstanding choreography and operatic compositions to her credit. Ten years ago, Jin Shanshan established Yue Wu Po Suo Indian Dance and Arts Center in Beijing, to create a cultural platform for Indian classical arts and to prepare the next generation. Jin’s students hail from all over the country, and have won gold awards in various competitions.
She is truly an ambassador for China-India cultural exchange.