2872 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Arjun Verma and Nilan Chaudhuri present an evening of evocative melodies and intricate rhythms. Combining ancient, traditional elements with on-the-spot musical creations, these performers will present a full recital drawn from the bountiful tradition of North Indian Classical Music.
Arjun Verma is a sitarist trained by Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. As a child, Arjun learned from his father, sitarist Roop Verma, himself a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. As a teenager, Arjun was very fortunate to study with Ali Akbar Khan for eight years, and since the Maestro’s passing in 2009, with his son Alam Khan. The combination of these influences results in a style encompassing the profound as well as exhilarating aspects of North Indian classical music.
Arjun has performed around the world, including noteworthy performances with St. Louis Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and at Prague Castle, Pattee Arena, the Fillmore, and at the United Nations in Geneva.
Arjun has performed with renowned musicians in many genres, including Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Alam Khan, Bob Weir, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Nitin Mitta, Kai Eckhardt, Krishna Das, Anirban Roy Chowdhury, and Salar Nader.
Arjun’s music has received critical acclaim from leading publications, including the New York Times, Sruti Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Nilan Chaudhuri received his first Tabla lesson from his father Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, at the age of five. When he was 11 he performed his first Tabla solo at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California, where he received blessings from Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and that same year becomes Khansahib’s gandabandhan disciple. In 2005, at the age of 16, Nilan made his debut performance in concert with his father in Queens, New York. In 2007 he performed for the momentous occasion of Bay Area based performing arts organization, Basant Bahar’s 25th anniversary, and accompanied his father at the prestigious Sabrang Music Festival in Kolkata the following year. He has also performed for other prestigious organizations dedicated to the preservation of North Indian classical music, such as The Music Circle in Los Angeles, California. Since 2005, Nilan has continued to perform both as a soloist and accompanist. In addition to his Tabla studies, Nilan is formally trained in western drumset theory and performance and was involved in jazz ensembles at San Francisco State University. Currently, Nilan resides in the Bay Area where he continues to study under the guidance of his father. He teaches, performs, and records regularly in an array of styles ranging from Indian Classical to Electronic.