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Sutanu Sur

Tabla artist

Sutanu Sur
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 Sutanu has been living in Fox Valley, in Wisconsin, USA, for nearly a decade.  Santanu ji performed whenever he got the chance, he is keen to have a proactive role in taking Indian music to the world. “Indian classical music concerts happen in the big cities. Sutanu sur ji lives live three hours from Chicago, in a town where everything is available, including a prestigious concert hall. But there is hardly any focus on Indian music,” Sutanu tells Global Indian.
Kevin considers himself a global citizen and is interested in different cultures and forms of music.
he recalls how this collaboration happened.
He chose the Esmail piece because he wanted to show a blend of cultures. They decided to include the tabla section without knowing how hard it would be to find a tabla player.” By then, Sutanu had performed in several concerts in the area and Sütterlin tracked him down. “It was the first time I received the scores of a composition,” Sutanu ji said.
The concept was so novel to the audience that Sutanu had to start out with a demonstration. What’s more, the orchestra had managed only three rehearsals with their tabla player. “They are world class musicians who could adapt to the different kinds of compositions and the nature of the instrument,” Sutanu explains.
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Sutanu Sur -Tabla player
Sutanu Sur -Tabla player
Sutanu Sur performing in program
Sutanu Sur performing in program
Sutanu Sur performing in concert
Sutanu Sur performing in concert
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Sutanu ji performed even as a child, taking part in competitions and winning nearly all of them. “The tabla was my main focus then. I was doing my riyaz for six to eight hours a day.
When Sutanu moved out to Fox Valley to work, around a decade ago, there weren’t too many Indians around. “Nobody really focused on presenting Indian culture to the community,” he says. He began performing with IndUS of Fox Valley organization, which is dedicated to promoting Indian culture. “I have been performing there for the last seven years,” he says.
A tabla player joining a symphony orchestra is rare and Sutanu takes pride in it, “as an Indian,” he says. “The audience was surprised to learn all the nuances of the tabla. The only way to promote something to is to get people to learn about it,” he says.
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