Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions including such luminaries as Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Yoko Ono Lenon, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Junoon and orchestras and jazz ensembles.
Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.
He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture.
Flutist Pamela Whitman performs classical, world music and original meditation music on a collection of rare flutes from around the world, incorporating multiple creative genres. She has performed throughout the world in collaboration with musicians of
varying cultures and genres. Her three-year cultural exchange project with the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal was the subject of two “Young Asia” (YATV) television documentaries which aired in seventeen Asian countries. Artists For A Better World honored Pamela in an international award ceremony in Hollywood for her humanitarian work as an artist. Pamela earned her degree in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan. She has been the Principal Flutist of The Ocean City Pops Orchestra since 1989. She is an active recording artist with numerous original recordings for relaxation.
The Season for Nonviolence is a movement that seeks to bring people together to promote peace and nonviolence in their communities. It was established by Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as a way to honor the legacies of his grandfather and Martin Luther King Jr.
Pamela and Samir perform world and original music for Gandhi, Martin Luther King Junior, Cesar Chavez, the Dalai Lama and Lakota Flutist and Peace Advocate Kevin Locke interwoven with video and the teachings of these peace leaders. Their goal is to inspire audiences to the transformative power of peace that dwells within their own being.
The program is available for General Audience or students from March 13 - April 4 , 2024.