Sat Jun 18 Nundah: QSMA Indian Classical Concert and 2022 AGM

Nundah Memorial Hall, 1A Bage St, Nundah

Qld Sangeet Mela Association presents an Indian Classical Concert in conjunction with our 2022 Annual General Meeting. This concert is FREE for members, including anyone who joins from now or on the night! As we have been inactive in the last year, all previous memberships have been extended for the duration of 2022.

A key item on the agenda will be the election of a new executive to take QSMA forward into 2023. 

630pm: Tabla solo by Guhanesh Ganesh, accompanied by Shainthra Birabaharan (harmonium)
650pm: Sitar solo by Sri Saikat Bhattacharya (Melbourne), accompanied by Shen Flindell (tabla)
750pm: Break for tea and snacks
815pm: AGM (members only)

Please note this concert was originally scheduled for June 4 but has been rescheduled with a changed artist lineup. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



CONTACT: Shen Flindell 0415106428,

SAIKAT BHATTACHARYA (Sitar – Melbourne):
Saikat Bhattacharya has been playing the Sitar for over twenty four years. Playing the sitar has been his passion and devotion. His motivation to learn came from his parents more particularly his mother. Saikat’s first teaching began in early nineties under the supervision of his first Guru Pandit Manilal Nag of Calcutta, in India. At present, Saikat is a disciple of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. Saikat has made numerous public performances in India and Australia. In Australia, he has regularly performed at the Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Multicultural Music Festival, Queensland Conservatorium, and several other public and private programs. Saikat’s first Guru – Pandit Manilal Nag, a veteran sitar maestro from Calcutta is a world famous name in the world of Indian classical music. The sitar master is the major living exponent of the Vishnupur gharana, a school of classical Indian music coming from the ancient dhrupad style of the aalap, the base of the North Indian ragas. Saikat’s current Guru: Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan descends from six generations of sitarists. He is one of the leading exponents of the Etawah Gharana, a musical tradition or “family” committed to this most famous of Indian instruments. He was trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan. For Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, the Sitar and Self are identical entities, and music is not just a discipline but life itself – vibrating and pulsating and full of colour.

Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by one of the great old masters of the style 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 performs in several fusion groups including Tibet2Timbuk2 and Spirit of Bhakti. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment, and has released 6 CDs ranging from Indian classical bansuri to Tibetan world fusion. 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.

Guhanesh is one of the senior students of Shen Flindell. He recently completed his PRSSV Grade 7 tabla exam, and is the 2022 recipient of the Ashu Babu Memorial Tabla School Scholarship. Currently 16 years old, Guhanesh is very excited about his future in tabla.

Shainthra is one of the senior tabla students of Shen Flindell. At this concert he will be giving harmonium accompaniment for Guhanesh’s tabla solo.

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