June - July 2019
Anandi Bhattacharya performs material from her acclaimed debut album Joys Abound.
Indian singer Anandi Bhattacharya released her debut album Joys Abound in 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. A contemporary exploration of her musical roots, its accomplishment and inventiveness has impressed everyone who’s heard it. The Guardian described it as a ‘refreshing debut’ and Songlines selected it as one of their top albums of 2018.
For these special concerts, she will be accompanied by her father Debashish Bhattacharya on slide guitar as well as one of the world’s leading tabla players, Tanmoy Bose. Bose has toured with Pandit Ravi Shankar and has also collaborated with his daughter Anoushka Shankar.
Anandi was a child prodigy in a family filled with illustrious musicians and singers. Her father, slide guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya, has been her constant guide, teaching her to hone her musical skills. Anandi began training under her aunt Sutapa Bhattacharya at the age of three before training under Vidushi Shubhra Guha at the age of twelve. Her singing is a mixed style of Agra, Patiala and Maihar schooling.
Alongside her father and other great Indian musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar and Lata Mangeshkar, Anandi sites influences as diverse as Thom Yorke, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell. This outward looking approach coupled with the years of dedication and nurturing of her voice, when she also trained under the renowned Indian female singer Vidushi Shubhra Guha, allows Anandi to explore new musical directions with grounded musical excellence.