‘Duet’ a small word but has its big canvass to draw the musical imagination of two artistes in a single frame. Rather it’s a musical conversation between two artistes. May be those two are with different minds, thoughts and opinions but inspite of all differences they have to synchronize a common musical expression if they want to make it a Duet. In fact Duet is something that is not only a combination of two musical mediums but also a confluence of two souls, two minds, two thoughts and opinions.
There are plenty of excellent presentations of ‘Duet’ in Western Classical and Jazz.music. But as it’s the matter of improvisation of abstract musical consequences there is a very few in Indian Classical music like “Ustad Salamat Ali and Nazakat Ali Khan” in vocal and the great “Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan” in instruments. Because to make a ‘Duet’ the artistes need more than their practical skills.
However, almost all the “Jugalbandis” (the Indian term of ‘Duet’) in Indian Classical music are with same genre of expression either of two vocalists or of two instrumentalists. But Debapriya and Samanwaya, these two young artistes have made it possible to present their ‘Duet’ in a different way where Debapriya is a vocalist and Samanwaya plays Sitar. In the ‘Jugalbandi’ of this new couple there belongs a common composition based on an Indian Raga where they improvise complementing each other’s style and presentation. In fact in the ‘Duet’ recital on stage they are made for each other and are confident about their exceptional musical presentation.
The musical ventures of these two are related to man and nature, divine and earthly with complete reflection of Indian Classical music with different approaches but preserving the tradition and nuances of ‘Ragas and Talas’.
They are two of the country's foremost young musicians spreading Indian Classical Music at it's best. Their music presents divinity of sound which riches heights narrative, basically refers to the meditative dimension of this art at the same time giving ultimate visual and audio entertainment. They create a music that rises as well, alongside the heavens.
They have directed the documentary film on their mentor the legendary Dr. Girija Devi named Girija " A Lifetime In Music"
They have also composed original music for an Australian ''The Sleeping Warrior''.
Performances : DEBAPRIYA & SAMANWAYA
International Music Festivals
PARRAMASALA for South Asian Arts Australia, 2015
WOMAD UK 2013
High Peace Festival Augsburg, Germany 2013
High Peace Festival Augsburg, Germany 2013
They were the first ever Indian Musicians to be invited toNational Theatre of Operas and Ballet, Tirana, Albania. 2010 to commemorate Mother Teresa’s Birth Centenary.
Festival Les Orientales, Saint-Florent le Vieil, France, 2010
Festival Autres Rivages, Uzes, France, 2010
Festival in Evora, Portugal, 2010
Learnquest Music Festival, Boston, USA 2010
Voix d'été en Creuse, France, 2009
Deia International Festival of Music, Spain, 2009
Festival International de Musique d'Uzerche, France 2009
National Multicultural Festival of Australia. Australia 2008
Mananan International Festival for Music and Arts, Isle of Man, British Isles. 2008
Others Concert Aboard
Theatre De La Ville (Abbesses), Paris, France 2013.
Le Rocher De Palmer, Cenon France,2013.
Ragamala Calgary and Edmonton, Canada 2013.
SIA of Victoria, UVIC, Canada 2013.
Learnquest Music Festival, Boston USA,2012.
Indian Music Society, Houston,USA. 2012.
Swaradhana , Tampa, USA,2012.
Hindu Temple of South Florida, Fort Myers, USA.2012.
Holi Mahotsav, Bharaiya Vidya Bhavan Sydney, Australia.2011.
Kulcha Arts Perth, Australia.2011.
Nexus Multicultural Arts. Adeliade, Australia 2011.
Boite, Melbourne, Australia.2011.
Theo Notaras Multicultural Arts. Canberra, Australia.2011.
HarmonyOm’s First Anniversary celebration, in collaboration with World Music Institute and WKCR. 89.9 FM. New York, USA.2010
Basant Bahar, San Jose, USA.2010
Ragamala, Calgary, Canada, 2010
Indian Music Society, Bloomington, 2010.
Vedanta Society, Providence, USA. 2010
Vedanta Society, Chicago, USA.2010.
Vgedanta Society, Seattle, USA.2010.
Jhankar, Cincinnati, USA. 2010.
Basant Sandhya,New Jersey.2010.
World of Sounds by CASC and ISAH, Connecticut, USA.2010.
Palau Marche Summer Concert Series, Spain, 2009
Summer Concerts at Andratx Cultural Center, Spain. 2009
MilapFestival for South Asian Music and Art, London and Liverpool,UK.2009
Tara Arts, London, UK 2008
Indian Association of Manchester, UK 2008
Vedanta Society, Sydney, Australia. 2008
Bengali Cultural Society, Brisbane, Australia 2008
Bengali Association of Canberra, Australia.2008
World Peace Day at Sydney Olympic Park of New South Wales in Australia by Sokka Gokai
International and Bharaiya Vidya Bhavan. Sydney, Australia.2009
South Indian Fine Arts Association in Australia, Canberra.2009
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Sydney, Australia.2009
Seminar at Box Hill Institute of Melbourne. Australia2009
Indian High Commision , Canberra, Australia by the invitation of Her Excellency Mrs. Sujata Singh.2009
In Byron by Ku Promotions. 2009
Concerts in India
Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, Pune.
Srimath Dagru Seth Halwai Ganpati Sangeet Mahotsav. Pune
Pune Festival, Pune
Mahamrityunjay Mahotsav , Varanasi
West Bengal Rajya Sangeet Music Festival, Kolkata
Sakhti Sardotsav, Shaktinagar UP.
Swathi Tirunal Sangeetotsav, Trivandrum.
Pt.Ram Sahai Foundation, Varanasi.
Pt. Mallikarjun Music Festival DHWANI, Bangalore.
Institute of Culture, Ramkrishna Mission, Kolkata.
Laxmi Devi Lalit Kala Academy, Kanpur.
Sindri Officer’s Club. FCIL Sindri, Dhanbad.
Samrat Sangeet Sammelan, Goa.
Chaturang Chaitrapallavi Sangeet Mahotsav by Chatugarang, Dombivalli.
Chawlkowa Music College Sangeet Sammelan, Dibrugarh.
National Centre Performing Arts, Mumbai.
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Shadaj, New Delhi
Swargiya Vasantrao Chandorkar Smriti Pratisthan, Jalgaon.
Acharya DevSarmaFoundation, Lonavla.
Srjan( An institution founded by Guru Keluchran Mahapatra) Bhuvaneswar
Swar –Sudha & Kalasri Sangeet Sansthan, Jodhpur.
Mehraangad Fort Trust, Jodhpur.