Concerts of Nachiketa Yakkundi

 

February 2014

 

o   Sunday the 2nd – Concert of my students for Haridasa Day at Badarikashrama, 15602 Maubert Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94578, 1:00 PM. Note: This concert has FREE admission.

 

o   Saturday the 8th – Gaana Drishti: A Vocal Jugalbandi Concert – a Karnatic-Hindustani concert with Asha Ramesh to benefit Sankara Nethralaya, a chain of charitable eye hospitals in India; McAfee Center, Saratoga High School, 20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070; 4:00 PM; Ravi Gutala (T) and Vivek Datar (H.) Tickets can be purchased at http://www.omtrust.org/gaana_drishti_2014.html.

 

o   Saturday the 15th – Concert of my students for Haridasa Day at the Livermore Temple, 1232 Arrowhead Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551, 3:00 PM. Note: This concert has FREE admission.

 

 

March 2014

 

o   My foray into Telugu literature was initiated and greatly encouraged by Dr. Prasad Saripalli, an avid aficionado of the Telugu language, a refined connoisseur of Indian classical music and a spirited poet himself. The first poem of his that I performed was the much-beloved "Manrang" bandish in Ahir Bhairav, alabelaa sajana aayo ri, for which Dr. Saripalli authored the Telugu lyrics in such a way so as to preserve the original flavour of the bandish as well as convey its essence in an imaginative Telugu context. The song, ala bEla marula svaami raa, was rendered by me and was published in November 2013 in the popular Telugu web magazine Eemaata and the link is here.

 

o   Following the Hindi-to-Telugu bandish was another poem, and this time it was a famous Bengali song by Rabindranath Tagore, aguner poroshmoni, that Dr. Saripalli brilliantly translated to Telugu while maintaining the original song’s purport, style and undercurrent. The song, ogi nee, was rendered by me and was published in March 2014 in Eemaata and the link is here.

 

 

April 2014

 

o   Sunday the 6th – Geet Gita: A musical drama that captures the essence of the mighty Bhagavad Gita and retells it through simple dialogue and glorious song. I will be playing the role of Lord Krishna. The language will be Marathi with supertitles in English. William and Jane Bristol Civic Auditorium, 16600 Civic Center Plaza, Bellflower, CA 90706 (Los Angeles area); 2:00 PM. Details and tickets for the LA area show are here.

 

o   Sunday the 13th – Geet Gita: A musical drama that captures the essence of the mighty Bhagavad Gita and retells it through simple dialogue and glorious song. I will be playing the role of Lord Krishna. The language will be Marathi with supertitles in English. Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA 94583 (San Francisco Bay Area); 12:00 PM. Details and tickets for the SF Bay Area show are here.

 

o   Sunday the 20th – House concert at the Pradeep residence in Folsom, CA; Ravi Gutala (T) and Vivek Datar (H)

 

 

May 2014

 

o   Saturday the 3rd – Concert of vachanas for Basava Jayanti; Livermore Temple, 1232 Arrowhead Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551; 2:45 PM; Amit Rao (T) and Ameya Rao (H)

 

o   Saturday the 10th – Concert in honour of the late Lalgudi G. Jayaraman organised by VRKSHA; my students will be performing as part of a multi-school recital featuring various forms of Indian classical music, with tabla saath by Ibhanan Kulkarni; Sanatan Dharma Kendra, 193 Commercial Street, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

 

o   Thursday the 15th – Lecture and demonstration (to university students, faculty, staff and any interested public) of Hindustani raagas with emphasis on the composition and raaga-interpretation of the bandish; Stanford University; 7:00 PM; introduction and tabla accompaniment by Vikas Yendluri

 

June 2014

 

o   Friday the 13th – Concert organised by Sangeetaanjali at the Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Cultural Center located at 40155 Blacow Road, Fremont, CA 94538, 6:30 PM; Nikhil Pandya (T) and Anand Karve (H) – My section will be preceded by a short recital by my son Rochan Yakkundi, who will be accompanied by Rahul Joshi (T) and Shishir Rao (H). Note: This concert has FREE admission.

 

 

August-September (Labor Day weekend) 2014

 

o   Concert at the 2014 AKKA World Kannada Conference in San Jose, California – Pushparani – a drama by Jnanpith Award winner Chandrashekhar Kambar directed by Vani Dandin and Sadashiv Phadnis; original music composed by me and performed by my team and me

 

o   Concert at the 2014 AKKA World Kannada Conference in San Jose, California – Vikasitaranga – a dynamic orchestra fusing rich musical tradition with vibrant sounds, sparkling talent and irresistible energy; includes original music composed by me and performed by the Vikasitaranga team; directed by Pramod Korwar

 

o   Concert at the 2014 AKKA World Kannada Conference in San Jose, California – Raaga – the Bay Area’s popular Kannada musical band will include a performance by me

 

 

September 2014

 

o   Saturday the 6th through Sunday the 14th – NAATAK presents Amavasya, a grand musical in Hindi written and directed by Sujit Saraf; the play features a unique combination of theatre, music and dance - theatre by NAATAK, live music composed and performed by me and my team, and original dance choreographed by Rasika Kumar and performed by the Abhinaya Dance Company; Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

 

o   Saturday the 20th – Solo Hindustani vocal concert of my son Rochan Yakkundi under the auspices of LOTUS at Sanatan Dharma Kendra, 193 Commercial Street, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; 1:30-2:15 PM; Amit Rao (T) and Pooja Vedam (H.) Note: This concert has FREE admission

 

o   Friday the 26th – Navaraatri house concert at the Sivamani residence, 1055 Lily Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; 7:00 PM; Ravi Gutala (T) and Vivek Datar (H.) Note: This concert has FREE admission.

 

 

October 2014

 

o   Saturday the 4th – Concert of Vachanas – That hallowed tradition of vachanas, which represents centuries of distilled wisdom, will be rendered in a musical interpretation. Sanatan Dharma Kendra, 193 Commercial Street, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; 4:00-5:30 PM; Satish Tare (T) and Manoj Tamhankar (H.) Note: This concert has FREE admission.

 

 

November 2014

 

o   Saturday the 1st – Fundraiser for the Shirdi Sai Parivaar Temple; Shirdi Sai Parivaar, 1221 California Circle, Milpitas, CA 95035; 5:00-6:15 PM; Satish Tare (T), Krishna Parthasarathy (V) and Samir Rao (H)

 

o   Saturday the 22nd – RSV 2014: The annual student concert of our Rajguru Sangeet Vidyaniketan, in which my students will perform along with many other talented musicians. Staying in tune with tradition, I will perform for the finale, with Ravi Gutala and Vivek Datar on the tabla and harmonium respectively. Saratoga Community Center, 19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 starting at 2:00 PMNote: FREE admission.

 

 

December 2014

 

o   Friday the 5th – An evening concert organised by Shri S. N. G. Shankar and Smt. Asha Shankar; The Clubhouse, 121, Sobha Dew Flower, 35th Main, 4th Cross, Sarakki, Bangalore 560078; 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM; Gurumurthy Vaidya (T) and Ashwin Walawalkar (H)

 

 

o   Sunday the 14th – Morning Raagas – a concert of classical and semi-classical music devoted to morning raagas organised by the Kannada Koota of Northern California to raise funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank; Peacock Banquet Hall, 556 South Milpitas Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035; 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM; Ravi Gutala (T) and Vivek Datar (H)

 

 

o   Saturday the 20th – Concert at the Margazhi Utsavam music festival; Sudha and Chandrasekaran residence, 230 Estrella Road, Fremont, CA 94539; 6:00 PM; Vikas Yendluri (T) and Krishna Parthasarathy (V.) Note: This concert has FREE admission.

 

 

 

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