Artists Teachers and Affiliations
Bina Kalavant, a sitarist and staff member at the Kalavant Center for Music and Dance, began her music and dance studies at age three at the Shreyes Foundation, a progressive, experimental school in Ahmedabad, India. She is trained in the Manpuri and Kathak dance traditions, and more extensively has studied sitar under such distinguished teachers as Ustad Ghulam Rasool Khan, and Shri Sukhraj Singh Jhalla. From 1982 to 1990, Bina served as a director for the Naad Niket Musical Academy in Ahmedabad where she also taught sitar and music theory. Bina has given numerous concerts and assisted in lecture/demonstrations for the American Museum of Natural History, City Lore of New York, Columbia University, and the University of Connecticut at Hartford. Bina's soft and delicate style coupled with the precision, clarity, and consistency of tabla playing embodies the true virtuosity of a talented musician.