Sat 1 Jul Sunnybank: Josh Feinberg (sitar -USA) and the Pawars (vocal – Brisbane)

Qld Sangeet Mela Assoc presents an evening of Hindustani classical music featuring renowned US sitar maestro Sri Josh Feinberg. The evening will open with a vocal recital by father-son duo Raghunath and Rugved Pawar.

Sunnybank Church of Christ Hall, 105 Station Rd, Sunnybank

7pm: Vocal Duo – Raghunath and Rugved Pawar, with Joseph Nand (harmonium) and Pankaj Navlekar (tabla)
730pm: Interval – samosas and chai will be served courtesy of Brisbane Indian Times
8pm: Sitar – Josh Feinberg, with Shen Flindell (tabla)


Fri 30 Jun Bangalow:
Sat 1 Jul Sunnybank:
Sun 2 Jul Eumundi:


Josh began his musical training at 4 years old with western classical and jazz on piano and bass in New York City, hailed as a prodigy performing in jazz venues and concert halls. In his teens, Josh fell in love with the music of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and shifted his focus to sitar and Hindustani music. Josh is a student of the Maihar Gharana (school of playing) and has earned the love and respect of connoisseurs of Hindustani music, as well art-music communities around the world. One of the first non-Indian musicians to be accepted as a leading performer, he has learned with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan as well as Ust. Aashish Khan, Sri Alam Khan, Pt. Tejendra Majumdar, Dr. Peter Row, Dr. George Ruckert, Sri James Pomerantz, Sri Warren Senders and Smt. Vijaya Sundaram. Josh has also learned tabla and attended workshops with Pt. Anindo Chatterjee.

Josh has been dazzling audiences around the world for 20 years. In 2019 Josh had 3 international tours including 25 concerts in 28 days for his India tour at some of the leading venues in the country. His other 2019 tours included 77 concerts in the United Kingdom, Australia, and concerts throughout the USA, making him one of the most in-demand sitarists currently performing. Josh is also one of very few young musicians who has performed with most of the top tabla artists in the world including Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Pt Kumar Bose, and others. Josh is a regular at the Chicago World Music Festival and has performed for the Lotus World Music Festival, Harvard University, New England Conservatory, and countless other venues and festivals around the world.

Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by Pt Ashutosh Bhattacharya in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and also performs in fusion groups such as Tibet2Timbuk2. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment. In 2019 Shen instigated the founding of Queensland Sangeet Mela Association (QSMA), to foster the development of Indian classical music in Queensland. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.

Raghunath is born & brought-up Mumbaikar, started learning from his father since the age of 7, being encouraged after winning an inter-school competition back then and by now performed more than 450+ solo and group shows across the world. He is continuing his classical education from Smt Aparna Gurav and also continues spreading the beauty of Indian classical music through 7-Notes Academy.

Rugved is a very passionate musician, having observed his father perform since a very early age. He learnt Tabla for about 8 years. He has been learning classical vocals since the age of 4 and now learns from Smt Aparna Gurav. He also teaches Piano, Tabla and Western drums with 7-Notes. Rugved has performed in various shows in ANZ with local professionals as well as international artists.

Joseph Abhay Nand is a stalwart participant in the Brisbane Indian classical community. Originally from Fiji, he learnt harmonium from Ustad Mohammed Hussein from Pakistan and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri from India. He is also accomplished in both tabla and vocal. He learnt tabla from his elder brother Sri Viveka Nand, Ustad Mubarak Khan, Pt Surendra Bhatt and Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan, and learnt vocal from Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan.

Pankaj Navlekar is a Classical Tabla player of the Hindustani (North Indian) style of playing, and has been a resident of Brisbane since 2011. He was introduced to the classical tradition of Tabla playing at a very early age of 10, in his hometown in India. After learning Tabla for 6 years in a local music school in his hometown of Jabalpore, he was introduced to the ‘Gurukul’ tradition of learning under the tutelage of Pandit Gopalrao Wadegaonkar. Pankaj has received training in the Farookhabaad style of Tabla playing – some famous artistes from which include Ustad Amir Hussein Khan and the legendary Ustad Ahmed Jaan Thirakwa. Pankaj calls Brisbane his home and has been a regular performer in Brisbane’s Classical and Semi-Classical music circles and has accompanied vocal and instrumental artists from within Brisbane and overseas.

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