NC Raga Revival is a monthly concert series in Raleigh showcasing the music of the South Asian diaspora and collaborations with other world music artists. In May, these talented artists and musicians are venturing to our beautiful town of New Bern and will host their showcase in Cullman Performance Hall in the North Carolina History Center. Not only will guests to this concert experience the beauty and sacredness that this music expresses, but they will learn much about the musical traditions of those paying homage to South Asia and those who have left their homelands and now call American “home.”
Artists performing that evening include Daniel Chambo (flute), Ajay Dholakia (Tabla), and Michael Griska (Sitar).
A student of music since age 10, Daniel Chambo now specializes in creating music on bamboo flute, saxophone, and voice for ceremonial and intentional settings, where his deeply emotional and highly intuitive approach helps participants move deeper into their own authentic experience.
Michael Griska performs and teaches North Indian Classical Music better known as Hindustani Music on the sitar and surbahar. He is a disciple of world renowned sarod player, K. Sridhar. Michael is currently residing in the Pittsburgh area giving concerts, lectures, and lessons. For more information and future performances visit: michaelgriska.com.
Some of his experiences include: playing the tanpura and keeping tala for his Guruji at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and at the 2012 Stockholm Sangeet Conference in Stockholm, Sweden - performing sitar and surbahar at K. Sridhar concerts in various cities in North Carolina - performing sitar and surbahar at numerous house concerts and temples in India, Israel, Denmark, France, Sweden, and U.K. - performing for Indian weddings at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and William Penn Omni in Pittsburgh PA, at Duke University in Durham NC, and in the Biltmore House in Asheville NC.
Despite all these achievements, Michael’s greatest accomplishment has been learning the rare and dying art of Javari (bridge filing), as this has allowed him to maintain his own instruments and provide the overtones that are the emotional essence of Hindustani Music, the Shruti.
Dr. Ajay Dholakia is a long-time Research Triangle are resident. He comes from a family of Indian Hindustani Classical musicians and has been learning, playing and teaching Tabla in the area for many years. Over the years, he has accompanied many visiting classical vocalists and instrumentalists, as well as gazal and sugam sangeet singers. He continues his tabla learning journey at the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla.