Sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee, known for his fusion work with Western and Indian classical music, feels that the art form is very much like food and the Indian classical music is not as rigid as it is thought to be. For Purbayan, 43, whose sitar playing is rooted in the Senia Maihar gharana’s blend of dhrupad and khayal, Indian classical music is ever-evolving. “Indian classical music can be compared to a Rubik’s cube made of a gelatinous matrix. There is a complex structure which sits in the midst of infinite elasticity. Hindustani classical music itself is a beautiful amalgam of ancient dhrupad and Persian elements,” said Chatterjee in an interview, recently. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA disciple of his father Parthapratim Chatterjee, the musician has performed as part of the groups Shastriya Syndicate and Stringstruck. He also calls himself “truly privileged and humbled” because the instrument of sitar – that has been in the hands of legendary artistes like Pt Ravishankar, Pt Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Vilayat Khan – has chosen him. “The sitar is my voice. It is an extension of my limbs.” Asked about the World Music Day that fell on June 21, the young musician said that he’d love to have it pronounced “World-Music Day” since the music of the entire world has only three elements – melody, rhythm and harmony. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”The more we respect and recognise that, the more the boundaries will disappear,” he explained. As far as his future projects are concerned, Purbayan said: “I am currently working on expanding my classical repertoire to include lesser-heard ragas in instrumental music like Lalita-Gauri. I am also recording and shooting in 4K compositions of great masters like Ustad Ali Akbar Khansahib and Pt Nikhil Banerjee. “Also being put up on my YouTube channel are some collaborations with whiz-kids of today, like Rhythm Shaw, Shikharnaad Qureshi, Jazim Sharma, Sumedha karmahe, Pratibha Singh Baghel, Rickraj and also with Gayathri – my wife who’s a very versatile artist”. The Kolkata-based instrumentalist, who is also a vocalist and has performed in duet with music director Shankar Mahadevan, was set to perform in a Concert here on June 21, alongside musical artistes Rakesh Chaurasia, Fazal Qureshi and Gino Banks. Answering a question about his taste in fusion music, Purbayan likened music to food. “As a citizen of a rapidly shrinking global village, one constantly craves new flavours and aromas.” “What you put in your mouth has to taste good that’s all. What you put in your ears has to sound good – it’s that simple,” he signed off.
NEW YORK — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure report providing a glimpse into how his hotels, resorts and other businesses fared last year (all times local):2 p.m.President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure form shows revenue held steady last year at several of his major hotels and resorts.His Doral golf course and club in Miami generated about $76 million in revenue last year, about $1 million more than in 2017. Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, took in nearly $23 million, a drop of more than $2 million.Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel near the White House, a magnet for lobbyists and diplomats, generated nearly $41 million, up less than half a million from last year.While Trump has refused to release his tax records, he has been filing the less-specific financial disclosure reports since he began running for president. They list revenues rather than profits, and many figures are in ranges rather than specific dollar amounts.___12:05 a.m.President Donald Trump’s latest financial disclosure report is expected to provide a rare glimpse into whether his presidency has helped or hurt his hotels, golf resorts and other parts of his business empire.The report expected to be released Thursday will be closely studied for changes in revenue at key properties, including his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, his Washington, D.C., hotel and his Doral golf resort in Miami.Experts say the Trump business has taken a hit from the president’s divisive policies and rhetoric, though the Trump Organization says much of the business is fine. One of two Trump sons in charge of the business, Eric Trump, told The Associated Press last year that “Doral is on fire.”The Associated Press