Music lovers in Colombo will get a rare chance of hearing two world class musicians give a concert of Indian classical music when Pradeep Ratnayake and Nitin Mitta perform at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on January 6 at 7 p.m.
Pradeep’s and Nitin’s collaboration on the sitar and tabla began during Pradeep’s tenure as a Fulbright student at Colombia University, New York from 2008 – 2010. They have previously given performances at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC and the Markham Theatre of Performing Arts in Canada.
The concert on the 6th titled “Ragas from New York”, sponsored by the United States – Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission and the American Center, Colombo, is the first of a two part series held to celebrate Pradeep Ratnayake’s return to Sri Lanka after a two year absence while he was a Fulbrighter at Columbia.
The second concert, sponsored by HNB Assurance will be held on January 22 at the Lionel Wendt and will feature his innovative compositions played by some of the leading musicians in Sri Lanka. In the first concert Pradeep will focus on classical music with one of the best accompanists currently performing in the USA.
Nitin Mitta has a reputation as a tablist with a rare combination of technical virtuosity, spontaneity, clarity of tone, and sensitivity to melodic nuance.
Tickets to ‘Ragas from New York” are available at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.