LearnQuest Announces Lineup of Key Artists for its 12th Annual Music Conference and Festival

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Anish Khanzode

WALTHAM, MA—LearnQuest Academy of Music, a non-profit institution that provides formal instruction in Indian classical and light music, announced the line of both Hindustani and Carnatic artists for its  flagship 12 Annual Music Conference and Festival, which will he held April 14, 15 and 16th at Regis College in Weston, MA.

“As in previous years, this year too we are excited to bring to the music lovers of the New England area some of the great  maestros of Indian Classical Music of our times,” said Anish Khanzode, Chair of the 12 Annual Music Conference and Festival.

He said artists this year include musicians such as the renowned Carnatic Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, violinist A. Kanyakumari, vocalist O. S. Thiagarajan, and well-known Hindustani musicians Dhrupad singers Gundecha Brothers, vocalist Aarti Ankalikar, and the slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

“In addition to featuring these established masters of Indian Classical music, we plan to feature concerts by several star musicians of the younger generation. One of the highlights of the conference is a number Jugalbandis (duet concerts) which

Pradeep Shukla

include Trichur Brothers (Carnatic vocal), Iyer Brothers (Carnatic Veena), Ritesh and Rajneesh Mishra (Hindustani vocal), Gundecha Brothers (Dhrupad), and a rare Sitar-Sarangi Jugalbandi by Rajeeb Karmakar, Suhail Khan with Sandeep Das on the Tabla,” said Khanzode.

Pradeep Shukla, President of LearnQuest Academy of Music, said he was excited about all the artists performing this year.

“We are happy that this year’s conference will feature a variety of instruments both ancient and modern, such as Veena, Sarangi, Flute, Sitar, Slide Guitar, Saxophone, Violin, Santoor, Tabla, Pakhawaj and Mridangam,” said Shukla.  “We are especially looking forward to a Sitar-Sarangi jugalbandi by young artists, which has never been presented in our conference before.”


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