Legendary Indian classical singer Begum Parveen Sultana, who is returning to the U.S. after a hiatus of 34 years, will be performing May 19 at 4 p.m. at Bal Theater in San Leandro, Calif. Ashavari Performing Arts will be presenting the concert.
Revered the world over for her peerless powerful, versatile and melodious voice, she will be accompanied by tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.
Sultana, who was bestowed with the Padma Bhushan in 2014, remains the youngest artist to have received the Padma Shri at 25.
Sultana is also known for singing famous songs in such classical films as “Pakeezah” and “Gadar,” among others.
During her last trip to the U.S., she was invited by late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan to perform at Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, Calif.
The San Francisco Bay Area audience will have an exclusive opportunity to see Sultana as this is the only concert that she will be performing in the U.S. on this tour. Sultana, who is in incredibly high demand, continues to tour throughout the world.
Pandit Srinivas Acharya will be accompanying these two artists on harmonium.
Sultana debuted in a famed music conference in 1962 when she was just twelve-and-a-half years old in front of the great luminaries of Indian classical music. She approached the four octaves of the musical spectrum effortlessly at a time when it was considered a feat, according to a press release. With her matchless voice, virtuosity and tonal clarity, Sultana had those in attendance at the famed Sadarang Music Conference awestruck.
Chaudhuri is considered to be one of the greatest living legends of tabla. With the purity of his sound, virtuosity, and the art of presenting the complex rhythmic patterns with creativity and passion, he is one of the most sought-after tabla soloists both in India and abroad, added the press release.
He is the resident percussion director at Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, Calif. He is also a faculty of percussion at Cal Arts, Los Angeles.
Acharya, who was initiated into music, especially solo harmonium playing at a very early age, is the disciple of veteran musician Pandit Vishwanath Pendharkar and Pandit Purushottam Walalkar. He is a regular performer at All India Radio and Television. He also is a regular accompanist for Sultana.
The tickets for the concert range from $35 to $100. For tickets and more information, visit www.ashavariperformingarts.org.