LIAS Online Concert: Music from North India
- Wednesday 24 February 2021
- Online event: please register to receive a link
To provide opportunities for informal LIAS gatherings under pandemic restrictions, all members of the LIAS community are cordially invited to a concert of North Indian music, performed by Satyakam Mohkamsing (violin) and Tarang Poddar (tabla). The concert will take place on Wednesday, 24th February, 16.00-17.00h, and can be followed online via Zoom. Please register via email@example.com to receive a link.
Very early on, Satyakam Mohkamsing showed a keen interest in Indian music and arts. At the age of seven Satyakam travelled with his parents to Varanasi in India, where his father was doing research on the Natya Shastra, an ancient Indian work on the performing arts, including theatre, dance and music. During this prolonged stay of about nine months in Varanasi, he took his first lessons in visual arts and music. Soon he developed a passion for the Indian violin and began his musical training under the guidance of Satyaprakash Mohanti, an advanced student of Dr. N. Rajam, one of India’s leading violinists.
Back in the Netherlands, he became a student of Ms Lenneke van Staalen, herself a Dutch virtuoso student of the renowned Indian violinist Pandit D. K. Datar. In 2004 Satyakam migrated with his parents to Surinam, South America, where he immediately joined the local Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) for musical training. There he studied under highly qualified vocalists such as V.K. Sambyal ‘Rangilewale’ Thakur and Rita Bokil.
In 2006 Satyakam returned to the Netherlands to pursue his formal musical training enrolling in Codarts, the former Rotterdam Music Academy. He studied Indian violin under the guidance and supervision of the legendary Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt. Dhruba Ghosh. In 2010 Satyakam obtained his BA from Codarts and his Masters in 2012.
Tarang Poddar is a young and accomplished tabla player and drummer from Ahmedabad, India. Based in the Netherlands, he has studied the North Indian Classical tradition of the tabla with gurus Pt. Shailendra Mishra and Pt. Rahul Shastri, and recently graduated in the Codarts Conservatory, Rotterdam ( Masters/ Cum Laude), majoring in jazz and Indian music.
He has performed with renowned artists such as Pt. Shailendra Mishra, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Derek Beckvold, Tineke Postma among others over the years, at reputed venues and festivals such as Sound of Europe, Music Meeting Nijmegen, and Delhi Jazz Festival.
His knowledge of traditional North Indian rhythmic concepts informs his own unique modern compositions and performance practice. He is constantly exploring the intersection of musical ideas, cultures, and traditions, and explores what it means to adapt what is in your roots to make it your own.