Sacred Arts Research Foundation is honored to welcome back Sitar player KG Westman for an evening of classical Indian music!
KG will be accompanied by Tabla player Mir Naqibul Islam.
These musicians bring their deep understanding of Indian Classical Music to Brooklyn for an evening of high-energy meditative sounds.
K.G. Westman is one of Europe´s foremost sitar players in the field of north Indian classical and semi classical music.
As a senior diciple of Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami he has performed in India, Sri Lanka, Europe, USA and Russia as well as for radio and T.V.
Due to training in both Indian and western music, he also makes an excellent teacher and conductor of workshops regardless of the background of the participants.
K.G. Westman is one of the founders and main organizers of the Stockholm Sangeet Festival, Scandinavias most prestigeous event for Indian classical music and dance, which has run for over a decade.
The interest in Indian music began when his father moved to Kerala in 1996. Already an accomplished guitar player and recording artist, in 2004 he started to learn the basics of sitar technique, raag and taal. First with Stian Grimstad and then with Anil Singh before he was accepted as a student of Goswamiji. He has since then returned to him every year for learning new raagas and to deepen the understanding of the art.
In 2017 the album Sonashish was released on the Kolkata label Bihaan Music. You can learn more about KG here: www.kgwestman.com
Mir Naqibul Islam is a young classical artist of this generation. Mir is a regular performer in the classical music arena of Dhaka and New York both as a soloist and an accompanist.
Though trained in purely traditional style, he is open to any genre of music and love to incorporate those flavors in his playing. He is fortunate to have Shri Ashoke Paul as his guru who is a disciple of Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash ghosh.
Through the past seventeen years and counting, guidance of Shri Ashoke Paul has enabled Mir to learn the technical and aesthetical aspects of Tabla playing. Mir has also learnt from Janab Syed Hafizur Rahman, Shri Madan Gopal Das,Pandit Gopal Mishra and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. At present, Mir is taking talim from Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.