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ITC-SRA Seminar, 29 & 30 August 2006

Hindustani Raga Music - Future Responsibilities
ITC-SRA Seminar, 29 & 30 August 2006
Panelists


Amit Mukerjee

Amit Mukerjee

Amit Mukerjee represents the famous tradition of the Kirana gharana and Ustad Amir Khan's individualistic school of khayal singing. He was trained under Shri Shankar Mazumdar, a senior disciple of the Late Ustad. Shri Mukerjee has been a geologist by profession but has also had a successful record of performances and lecture-demonstrations in India, Europe and the US. At present, Shri Mukerjee is the Executive Director of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. With a combination of conceptual clarity coupled with excellent teamwork, he was able to inspire and contribute significantly to the development of the ITC SRA website in 2001.

 

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

One of the foremost vocalists of India now, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande began her training at the age of five, under the guidance of Pandit Narayanrao Datar. Later, she received extensive talim from her mother Smt Manik Bhide. Ashwini has inherited all that was best in her mother's style and has been able to add a lot to her repertoire with great sensitivity and intellect, making every concert an aesthetically pleasing experience. Presently, she is receiving guidance from Pandit Ratnakar Pai, the veteran of the Jaipur gharana. She belongs to the rare category of "thinking musicians" and is well known for her oratory skills.

 

Anuja Chakravarty

Anuja Chakravarty

A Post Graduate in Sanskrit Philosophy from Delhi University, Anuja Chakravarty has been with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations since 1987 and is currently the Regional Director in Kolkata. She has trained in Indian Classical music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi and also has a diploma in German language. She has been nominated on the Advisory Board of SPIC MACAY, Kolkata chapter.

 

Bikram Ghosh

Bikram Ghosh

As a percussionist, Bikram Ghosh figures prominently amongst the best in the world today. The worthy son and disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Bikram has also studied Carnatic taal systems under the eminent mridangam exponent, Shri S Sekhar. Equally at ease in both Hindustani and Carnatic concerts, he has collaborated with many pop, jazz and western classical artistes too. Rhythmscape, his maiden project as a composer, showcases the fertile imagination of this brilliant artiste. Bikram is known for his oratory skills and is a fluent speaker on various topics on music.

 

Buddhadev Das Gupta

Buddhadev Das Gupta

Buddhadev Das Gupta is the senior most exponent of one of the most authentic sarode gharanas today. He received rigorous training from the sarode maestro, Sangeetacharya Radhika Mohan Maitra for nearly 40 years. A veteran performer at all the major festivals for over five decades, he has been honoured with many awards including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and ITC Award. He has done considerable research work on sarode and music in general, and is known for his lucid articles and lectures. At present, he is attached to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a Guru of the instrumental division and is also a member of its Experts Committee.

 

Dipali Nag

Dipali Nag

This grand old lady of Hindustani music has been well known in the music world for more than six decades now. Her activities have ranged from being a concert performer, teacher, writer, orator to being an advisor to the Scientific Research Department, ITC Sangeet Research Academy. She has been fortunate to have received extensive talim from three doyens of the Agra gharana namely, Ustad Tassaduq Hussain Khan, Ustad Fayyaz Khan and Ustad Bashir Khan. In addition, she has a diploma on voice from the Trinity College, London. She has featured regularly at seminars all over the world. With considerable command over several languages, she has authored a book on Ustad Fayyaz Khan and has written numerous articles on music

 

Falguni Mitra

Falguni Mitra

A foremost vocalist of the country, Falguni Mitra is well versed in various classical and semi-classical forms of Hindustani music, but has chosen to specialize in the field of alaap, dhrupad and dhamar. From a very tender age, he trained under his father, Pandit Shib Mitra, a worthy disciple of Pandit Bholanath Pathak, the doyen of the Betia gharana. He is an educated and thoughtful musician who is eager to spread the message of our great heritage amongst music lovers. He has been honoured with various awards and titles including ‘Dhrupad Ratna’. He is currently associated with ITC Sangeet Research Academy as Guru and Prefect.

 

Geeta Sahai

Geeta Sahai

Having vast experience as a freelance writer, documentary film-maker& a Radio professional, Geeta Sahai is presently the Programme Director of Radio Gandharv— a 24-hr Hindustani Classical music channel on Worldspace Satellite Radio. She is deeply grounded in the arena of media and art, and has written extensively on media & culture for various national dailies and was Art Critic for The Financial Express, Editor, (Expressions Page) Newslead (daily). She has worked with television channels and has made documentaries on various social issues. Her tryst with Radio and music started with AIR in 1984. This opened up the possibilities of using the twin functions of radio as an agent of social change and entertainment medium.

As the Programme Director of HMV-SAREGAMA(1999-2002), she was involved in selection, creation and production of an array of musical shows relating to different genres and catering to different listenership. She has produced a commissioned series on RAAG SAMPADA for AIR, Delhi on stalwarts of Hindustani Classical music.

She also presents programmes on Radio Gandharv like Face to Face (interview with maestros), Gandharv Sabha (musical journey of doyens of Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet) and Theme Hour (feature on issues relating to Classical music).

She is also guest faculty for Radio at School of Convergence, JIMS and Kamala Nehru College.

 

Girija Devi

Girija Devi

Girija Devi, the prima donna of the Benaras tradition, has an amazing proficiency in all the vocal forms of Northern India - Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, Tappa, Kajri, Hori, Chaiti and Bhajan. She was initiated into music by Pandit Sarju Prasad Mishra and later on trained by Pandit Shree Chandra Mishra. For fifty-five years, she has been performing in public, with unsurpassable agility. There is not a dais left in the country and abroad where she has not regaled audiences. A Padmashree and the Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, she has been a Guru for over a decade at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

 

Mala Mukherjee

Mala Mukherjee

An M Phil in Regional Development from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mala Mukerjee has been involved in Career Counselling and Guidance with The Institute for Career Studies, Lucknow for the last 15 years and is in constant touch with major schools of the country. The scope of her work has also included Teachers’ Training, Personality Development programmes and Parents’ Counselling. She has been a research associate with the Indian Institute of Mangement and Institute of Management Development in Lucknow. She has also participated in global experience sharing on Community Participation in London and Bangladesh.

 

Purbayan Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee

Acclaimed as a promising young sitariya, Purbayan Chatterjee is a perfomer of remarkable merit. He began his musical tutelage under his father Parthapratim Chatterjee, a disciple of two of the stalwarts of the Seni-Maihar Gharana – Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. For the last few years, Purbayan has also been receiving taalim from Khansahib. He has performed in major music conferences in India and has traveled far and wide, featuring in prestigious international festivals. He has of late been experimenting with several genres of music - both within the traditions of Indian Classical music and also crossovers to other types of music.

 

Ranjan Mitter

Ranjan Mitter

Ranjan Mitter is the Principal of The Future Foundation School, Kolkata. He has been a member of the ICSE Standing Committee on Examinations for four years and a faculty member of the Management Centre for Human values at the IIM, Calcutta. He has designed courses on Business Ethics and led training initiatives for NGO managers and programme leaders. He is closely associated with the Fair Trade Movement and was a member of the “Corporate Social Responsibility Sub-Committee” of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2003 and 2004. Last but not the least, he has now also been appointed Member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the ICCR.

 

Ratnottama Sengupta

Ratnottama Sengupta

Brought up in a family of writers, filmmakers, cinematographers, musicians, dancers and artists, Ratnottama Sengupta did her masters in English and American Literature and has been writing for newspapers and journals; participating in discussions on the electronic media; teaching mass communication students and curating art exhibitions. She is the daughter of Nabendu Ghosh, a leading name in Bengali literature. She has written on Hindi films for the Encyclopedia Britannica; served on the National Film Awards jury and has won a National award herself. Widely traveled through Europe, Asia and Australia, she is currently the Arts Editor with The Times of India.

 

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is a well known sitar player and presently the Chair-Professor at the Department of Instrumental Music of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. After his initial training from his father Shri Peeyush Prasanna Bandopadhyay he received talim under Sangeetacharya Radhika Mohan Maitra, and Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee. He has also received guidance from Pandit Manas Chakravarty, Pandit Ajoy Sinha Roy and Dr. M. R. Gautam. Besides recitals, his academic participation includes his presentations at numerous seminars all over the world.

 

Dr. Suvarnalata Rao

Dr. Suvarnalata Rao

Dr. Suvarnalata Rao is a senior disciple of the sitar maestro Pandit Arvind Parikh. She obtained a Ph. D in music from the S.N.D.T Women’s University and is now a Research Scientist and Coordinator for Music Programs at the NCPA, Mumbai. She has been a senior visiting fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies and the University of Amsterdam and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands. Her publications include ‘Acoustical Perspective on Raga-Rasa Theory’ and ‘Raga Guide’, an audio-literary production by the Nimbus Records, U. K. Since 2000, she has been editing the monographs based on the proceedings of ITC-SRA annual seminars held in Mumbai.

 

S Sekhar

S Sekhar

S. Sekhar, the renowned mridangam player from Calcutta started learning at the early age of six from the respected late L V Vaidyanathan. It will not be out of place to say that he has single-handedly kept alive the best Carnatic percussive traditions in Calcutta. His influence has been such that even many tabla players find it mandatory to train under him. A widely-traveled artiste, he has accompanied most of the prominent musicians from the south and is extremely well known for his keen musicianship in North-South jugalbandhis as well as indo-western concerts. Many awards including the ‘Isai Peraringar’ and the ‘Jadu Bhatta’ award have come his way.

 

Shankar Ghosh

Shankar Ghosh

Shankar Ghosh has regaled audiences all over the world with his unique ‘baaj’ of tabla for more than four decades. His chief mentor was Padmabhushan Jnan Prakash Ghosh. His other teachers include Ustad Feroz Khan, Pandit Anath Nath Bose and Pandit Sudarshan Adhikari. Besides countless concerts with maestros of Hindustani music, he has made a mark for himself as a soloist and has also worked with many legends of western music. One of his most important forays into experimental music has been the Music of the Drums. He is acclaimed as a great Guru who has produced performers of high caliber. Last but not the least, he is an eloquent speaker and constantly features in various workshops, lecture-demonstrations and seminars.

 

Satish Vyas

Satish Vyas

Renowned santoor exponent, Satish Vyas was blessed with a formidable musical background and training, thanks to both his father Pandit C R Vyas and his guru, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. Together with being a highly acclaimed musician all over the world, he is equally successful as a significant organizer of classical music festivals and as Artistic Director of Navras Records in India. He has a number of recordings to his credit with many international labels. The Government of India has honoured him with Padmashree in 2003.

 

Susmita Chakrabarthy

Susmita Chakrabarthy

Susmita Chakrabarthy is a post-graduate in English Literature from the Calcutta University. She has been teaching in La Martinere for Boys for the last thirteen years and has a great interest in the performing arts. She has been a part of a theatre group and has participated in many workshops. Moreover, she has learnt ballet and tap dance and has a great interest in various dance forms especially Kathak, Odissi, Latino dance and Jazz.

 

Tanmoy Bose

Tanmoy Bose

Tanmoy Bose was exposed to the subtle nuances of music and rhythm since childhood. He mastered the art of tabla playing under the guidance of late Kanai Dutta and Pandit Shankar Ghosh. In addition, he received vocal talim from Shri Maharaj Banerjee and learnt harmonium from late Montu Banerjee. Aided by this supportive knowledge of different kinds of music, Tanmoy has developed a balanced technique which does not restrain itself within the framework of any gharana or school. He has carved a niche for himself among the top ranking musicians of the country as a highly sought after tabla accompanist and a soloist. He has also made a mark with his ventures in experimental music.

 

Vijay Kumar Kichlu

Vijay Kumar Kichlu

An erudite musician and a very fluent speaker, Vijay Kichlu is a well known name in musicological circles. His initial training in music commenced at the tender age of 7 with Pandit Nathuram Sharma. While in college at Varanasi, he became the disciple of the senior Dagar brothers and Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan. With an impressive record of performances all over the world, he was at the helm of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy since its inception till 2001. Recently, he has formed Sangeet Ashram that aims at the propagation of Hindustani Raag Sangeet.

 
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