On March 19, Houston was fortunate to have one of the great vocalists of Hindustani Classical Music in town, the legendary Padma Shree Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. Organized by the Indian Music Society of Houston the program was held in the intimate Jones Hall at the University of St. Thomas. He was accompanied by our Guruji, Pandit Shantilal Shah on Tabla.
Here is a full recording of the great vocalists Pts. Rajan and Sajan Mishra ji performing Raag Jaijaivanti at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva music festival in 1992. On haromonium is Pt. Appa Jalgaonkar ji with our Guruji on Tabla.
In 2009, Guruji performed with Padma Vibushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia ji in Austin TX. The concert was organized by the Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin. Here is a glimpse of that program. Prior to this concert, Guruji performed with Pandit ji on KUHF radio in Houston, TX. Below is a recording of that performance.
Guruji accompanied violinist Pt. Milind Raikar along with son Yadnesh Raikar at a concert in Dallas, Texas. The event was organized by the Indian Classical Music Circle of Dallas/Fort Worth. The musicians and audience were blessed by the presence of the great Tabla Maestro, Ustad Tari Khan Saheb. Here are some pictures from the concert.
Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia performs a Thumri for The Front Row on KUHF Radio in Houston, TX, 2009. Accompanied on Tabla by Shantilal Shah, and on bansuri by Rakesh Chaurasia. To listen to the complete audio, including an interview with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, click here.
Pt. Shantilal Shah and senior Tabla students with Ambassador Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (now Foreign Secretary of India) and Indian Consul General Parvathaneni Harish. This following a performance in 2014 celebrating India’s Republic Day. Read the Indo-American article on the event.
In 2015, Houston Public Media ran a story on Pt. Shantilal Shah and bringing the tradition of Tabla and Indian Classical Music to Houston. Read the full article here.
Guruji has known the legendary singers Pts. Rajan and Sajan Mishra since he was very young, and reveres them like Gurus. He has performed many times with them, these clips are recordings of one such concert. The piece above is the first part of Raag Jansamohini. Below is the second part of this beautiful piece: