First ever percussionist award “Taal Ratna” to be awarded at this year’s music festival.
Taalchakra believes in the power of music and a necessity of a platform for performance and appreciation. Taalchakra is a philanthropic touch to the world of music. It is the idea of Pt. Vijay Ghate, who with a group of music enthusiasts has created this platform to promote young and upcoming musicians and to financially support the needy ones.
So far Taalchakra has successfully staged, a rich variety of events encompassing vocal, instrumental performances in different parts of the country to promote this initiative. Besides encouraging young artistes, Taalchakra also plans to start a pension scheme for musicians and music teachers who are not in a position to support themselves due to various reasons and help them lead a dignified life. Music workshops by veteran musicians for the music lovers will also be conducted. Taalchakra mainly promotes classical music through its concerts. Good fusion music will also become part of it in due course of time.
Pandit Vijay Ghate, originally from Jabalpur, has been recognized as a brilliant tabla player of the present generation. Initiating his training at a tender age of 3, he moved to Mumbai and was under the tutelage of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar for over twelve years. At the age of 16 he was renowned for his mesmerising solo performances.
Vijayji is one of the few rare tabla players who are adept and comfortable accompanying all the three streams of Vocal, Instrumental and Dance. Quick fire anticipation fuelled with a very creative mind and imagination, clarity in playing, dexterity and accuracy are his forte.
He has been accompanying many well known artistes like Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat and many others all over the world. He has been very well acknowledged for his forays into fusion with Western musical giants like George Dukes, Aljereu, Ravi Coltarin, and also frequently working with Egberto Gismonti, Larry Coryell, George Brooks, etc. He has also collaborated with Indian musicians namely Louis Banks, Shankar Mahadevan, Shivmani etc.
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