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Date Released: 9/25/2006

Joya Biswa, the “First Lady of Sitar,” premieres a new series of Indian classical music at Purchase College on October 6 with at 7 PM in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. Tickets are $17.50 and can be purchased by calling 914-251-6270. Pandit Samir Chatterjee, faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, will give a pre-concert lecture.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

Ms. Biswas will be joined by Mr. Chatterjee on tabla, along with vocalist Payal Seen and Tasur Seen on tabla.

Ms. Biswas has been one of the most outstanding musicians in India for over three decades and a pioneer in a field dominated by men. A celebrated sitarist since her college years, she has received numerous awards and honors for her work. She has performed around the world, including Russia, France, England, the United States and throughout Asia. She is the head of faculty at the Indian Music School in Calcutta and an executive member of the West Bengal State Academy of Music in India.

Mr. Chatterjee is a virtuoso tabla player. He travels the world performing in numerous festivals as a soloist and with other musicians from Indian and western traditions. He is a celebrated composer and writer as well. His style is of the Farrukhabad Ghrana School of tabla-playing. He is the founder and director of Chhandayan Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture.

Payal Seen is a master performer and teacher of harmonium. She performs throughout the United States and around the world. Her recordings include Inayat, Hemsasar, Bhajan Mala and, most recently, Sri Ram Jai Ram. She received her master’s degree in music from HMV College, Punjab, India. She has appeared regularly on television and radio in India. 

Mr. Seen will be joined on tabla by her son Tasur Seen, who is in the process of recording his first album. He began his music training at the age of five with his parents, and made his first public performance at the age of 14 with his grandfather Acharya Lachman Singh Seen.

This concert series was organized by Julie Broglin, professor of Hatha yoga at Purchase College.