Arjun Verma

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    This show was on Mar 15th, 2015 | 6 people watched
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Arjun Verma is a sitarist trained by the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.

Arjun has spent his entire life steeped in the tradition of North Indian Classical Music. The son of internationally performing sitarist Roop Verma, a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar, Arjun began learning sitar from his father at age five.

As a teenager, Arjun was deeply inspired by the... more

Arjun Verma is a sitarist trained by the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan.

Arjun has spent his entire life steeped in the tradition of North Indian Classical Music. The son of internationally performing sitarist Roop Verma, a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar, Arjun began learning sitar from his father at age five.

As a teenager, Arjun was deeply inspired by the preeminent sarode maestro, Ali Akbar Khan, and he ultimately moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to study directly with Ali Akbar Khan for eight years. In 2007, Arjun was awarded a Shenson Fellowship by the San Francisco Foundation to support his continued study at the Ali Akbar College of Music. Since the Maestro’s passing in 2009, Arjun has continued his training under the able guidance of Ali Akbar Khan’s son, Alam Khan. Arjun has also received guidance from Smt. Annapurna Devi.

Arjun’s playing is based on the musical approach of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. He has developed innovative sitar techniques inspired by the Maestro’s style, and is also influenced by sitarist Nikhil Banerjee. Arjun’s playing also incorporates musical elements drawn from his long apprenticeship with his father, Roop Verma. The combination of these influences results in a style encompassing the deeply contemplative as well as the exciting aspects of Indian Music.

In addition, Arjun has experimented with using the sitar in other musical genres, such as Western Classical, Celtic, and Jazz. In 2014, Arjun performed with Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Jack Perla’s River of Light. This groundbreaking work combined Indian Classical Music with Western Classical Opera, and presented a story about carrying on ancient traditions in the modern world.

Arjun began performing at the age of seven, and has played concerts in the United States, Europe, and India, including noteworthy performances with his father at Prague Castle in the Czech Republic, and at the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. Arjun has performed with Alam Khan, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Fareed Haque, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Kai Eckhardt, Krishna Das, Maya Kherani, Michael Sumuel, Salar Nader, and many others.

In addition to performing, Arjun teaches sitar and North Indian Classical Music at the Ali Akbar College of Music and the California Jazz Conservatory.

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