Arjun Verma – Friday, June 14 at 8 pm

Arjun Verma – Friday, June 14 at 8 pm

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Arjun K. Verma and Eman Hashimi return to San Francisco for a very special evening of thrilling rhythms and gorgeous melodies on sitar and tabla. Verma—whose music has been featured in The New York Times, The Times of India, Songlines Magazine, The Hindu, and Popmatters—weaves together the ancient and modern aspects of Indian classical music in the style of the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

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Arjun Verma, sitar
Eman Hashimi, tabla

Arjun K. Verma and Eman Hashimi return to San Francisco for a very special evening of thrilling rhythms and gorgeous melodies on sitar and tabla. Verma—whose music has been featured in The New York Times, The Times of India, Songlines Magazine, The Hindu, and Popmatters— weaves together the ancient and modern aspects of Indian classical music in the style of the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Hashimi is a protege of the world-renowned Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He hails from an Afghan musical family, learning first with his father, Ustad Tooryalai Hashimi, from whom he also gained a unique expertise in the traditional rhythms of Afghanistan. Indian classical music has its roots in the sacred, ancient traditions of India, and has evolved today into a sophisticated and powerful art music, performed and enjoyed by people the world over.

Arjun K. Verma, sitarist, was trained by the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. With over three decades of performance experience, at venues including the United Nations (Geneva), the Fillmore (San Francisco), Fox Theater (Oakland), Pattee Arena (Monterey), the New School (New York), Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham), Prague Castle (Prague), and NBC Bay Area television (San Jose), Arjun has emerged with a unique voice on the sitar—both within the tradition of North Indian Classical Music, and through his innovative cross-genre collaborations.

​Arjun has spent his entire life steeped in the tradition of North Indian Classical Music. The son of internationally performing sitarist Roop Verma, who was 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. 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.

​As a musician of the Maihar Gharana (style) of Hindustani classical music, Arjun’s playing is based on the music 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 exhilarating elements of Indian Music.

​Arjun began performing at the age of seven, and has played concerts in the United States, Europe, and India, including performances with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Sri Alam Khan, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Bob Weir, Salar Nader, George Brooks, Nilan Chaudhuri, Indranil Mallick, Anirban Roy Chowdhury, and members of the Houston and St. Louis Symphonies. Arjun has performed in front of dignitaries including former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and spiritual leader Morari Bapu, and has been awarded a Mosaic Silicon Valley commissioning grant to compose for Philharmonia Baroque (2020—Sangam Arts), a Creative Work Fund grant (2018—Haas Foundation), and a Shenson Fellowship (2007—San Francisco Foundation) to support his work.

​In 2022, Arjun collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, Chinese composer Yu-Peng Chen, HOYO-MiX and an international team of musicians to record as a featured soloist for the soundtrack to Genshin Impact – Sumeru. Arjun was also the featured sitar soloist for the world premieres of Jack Perla’s River of Light (2014—Houston Grand Opera), Shalimar the Clown (2016—Opera Theatre St. Louis), and Arjun’s own Bach in Bengal (2022—Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra).

​As a composer, Arjun has written commissioned works for documentary film, opera, and live performing arts, and has arranged numerous works of Indian classical music for ensembles of both Indian and non-Indian instrumentation. In 2021, Arjun released a solo album, Epiphanies, exploring his very personal relationship with the sitar and Indian classical music. Recorded with cutting-edge studio technology, this album was released in HD and Ambisonic (surround) formats, raising the bar for the sound of the sitar. Arjun has also recorded with GRAMMY-winning jazz arranger & pianist John Beasley, in addition to numerous recordings for Disney television.

​In 2023, Arjun collaborated with Alam Khan on composing and recording a crossover album rooted in Indian classical and European classical music: The Resonance Between, featuring Del Sol String Quartet and tabla players Ojas Adhiya, Ishaan Ghosh, and Nilan Chaudhuri. This work, created in collaboration with composer Jack Perla, endeavors to express the search for identity as multi-ethnic musicians, employing both South Asian and Western musical influences in a contemporary style. Arjun’s music has received critical acclaim from leading publications, including The New York Times, Times of India, Sruti Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

In addition to performing, Arjun teaches sitar and North Indian Classical Music at the Ali Akbar College of Music and the East-West School of Music.

Eman Hashimi is a US based tabla player who comes from an afghan musical family. He began his tabla studies at the age of 8 under his father Ustad Tooryalai Hashimi of the Punjab Gharana and he has also been under the guidance of Padmashree Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri since 2008. In addition to being an accomplished soloist, he has also accompanied numerous artists globally. He currently works in IT and teaches and performs regularly.