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Live Music Concert & Workshop : Santanu Datta Trio

Alliance Française of Madras with the support of Saint-Gobain as AFM Gold Sponsor, The Park Chennai as Hospitality Partner & Eventjini.com as Online Partner

present a live music concert by

DATE : APRIL 1, 2017

TIME : 7 pm

VENUE : Edouard Michelin Auditorium

Entry free and open to all! Free passes available on eventjini.com

WORKSHOP : APRIL 2, 2017

Time : 10 am – 12 pm

Venue : Edouard Michelin Auditorium

Santanu Datta is a music producer, composer, guitarist, singer and music educator whose musical ventures extend from the Jhumur of Bengal to the contemporary classical music of Europe, in the quest of his personal sound.

Born in a family of doctors in 1988, Santanu grew up in a musical environment in a small town in West Bengal, Purulia. Santanu’s musical journey began very early at the tender age of five, with his mother, a passionate singer of Hindustani Classical music. Santanu’s childhood days were filled with the melodies of Tagore, the rhythms of tabla and the practice of Sargam and the Ragas! Though the fascinating world of Western art music dominates Santanu’s professional space now, the influence of those early days remain omnipresent in all his musical efforts! During his adolescence, Santanu discovered the Classical Guitar by chance and eventually fell in love with it. His teenage tryst with the instrument continued until it became his passion. In 2009, without a teacher, Santanu became the highest scorer among all instrumentalists in the eastern India in ABRSM grade 8 Guitar exam.

After graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology in 2011, Santanu moved to Paris to study Western Art Music and received training in Composition, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Orchestration, Analysis, Guitar and Chamber music from distinguished musicians like Edith Lejet, Stéphane Delplace, Anthony Girard, Narcis Bonet and others. In 2016, Santanu completed the Diplôme Supérieur (Masters) in Composition from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with unanimous voting of the jury. Santanu also studied the Classical Guitar performance extensively and holds Diplôme d’Etude Musicale (D.E.M.) from the Conservatoire de Ville-d’Avray and L.T.C.L. from the Trinity College London. Santanu has received various scholarships for his musical studies and his works have been performed by musicians from all over the world.

He decided then to form his trio to show to the world his music and the arrangement of famous Indian songs and Western classical music he is making along with his musical universe. The trio is composed of Santanu Datta at the voice and the guitar, Pierre-Antoine Lasnier on the bass and Shubasis Bhattacharya on the tabla and other percussion instruments.

WORKSHOP : APRIL 2, 2017

Santanu Datta proposes a 2 hour classical music workshop on April 2nd between 10 am and 12 pm.

The aim of the workshop is to initiate the listener to the “Classical Music” of our day, through an informative presentation of the musical experiments of the twentieth century. In the conclusion, I will include examples from my personal research to show how young Indian composers can also contribute to the experimental music of twenty-first century.

There is no prerequisite for the participants, anyone interested in music or arts in general can participate. This can be particularly helpful for the aspiring music theorists and composers, and in general for any music students and also for music teachers.”

Kindly send an email to culture.madras@af-madras.org to register for the workshop


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