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Ken Zuckerman, internationally acclaimed as one of the finest sarod virtuosos performing today, has also been called “…one of the world’s most eclectic masters of improvisation.” He completed thirty-seven years of training under the rigorous discipline of India’s legendary sarod master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, up to the maestro’s passing in June 2009. He also performed with Maestro Khan in numerous concerts in Europe, India, and the United States.

Manish Madankar Manish Madankar is an experienced tabla player who has performed throughout India, in Europe, China, Singapore and Russia. He is a versatile percussionist as a solo performer, as an accompanist for instrumental music, vocals, kathak dance, fusion music and orchestral music, boasting several contributions in the Bollywood film industry and in Indian TV programs such as D.D. National Channel and Indian Classical Music Channel (InSync Channel). Dedicated to the study of the instrument from a very young age, he learned from the main exponents of the tabla including Pandit Sandesh Popatkar of Nagpur and the famous Pandit Yogesh Samsi of Mumbai. In 2007 he obtained a Master’s degree in tabla at the Music Department of the Indira Kala Sangit University of Khairagarah and in 2010 a post-master’s degree in instrument at the same university. Following the recognition by the Indian government as an “Approved Artist” among the artists of All India Radio (2016), from 2017 he became an examining member for Masters in tabla and music at the aforementioned university, and external professor of music theory and tabla at the music department of the University of Mumbai. Currently stabilized in Italy, Rome, he has already held several masterclasses in Hindustani tabla and rhythms at the Nirmal Arts Academy in Cabella Ligure (Alessandria). Lately he collaborated with the highly esteemed Sarod Maestro Ken Zuckerman in Switzerland. Since October 2020 he has held the position of tabla teacher in the Department of Traditional Music at the ‘Arrigo Pedrollo’ Conservatory of Music in Vicenza.

With the presence of

Neena Malhotra Ambassador, Indian Embassy, Rome

Andrea Luchesini  Artistic director Accademia Filarmonica Romana

Adriano Valerio Rossi President ISMEO

Riccardo Biadene Artistic director of the Alain Daniélou Foundation, KAMA Productions


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