Born in 1963, Sugato has expertly blended the intricacies of the Sitar baj of the Etawah gharana and the Rabab-based Sarod baj of the Senia Shahjahanpore gharana. His imaginative synthesis of the gayaki style and the intricate bol patterns of the Sarod has resulted in the development of a unique style.
At the behest of Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, Sugato started taking sitar lessons from the late Shri Anil Roy Chowdhury. After his passing away, Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra adopted Sugato as his own disciple. Radhika Mohan Maitra was a strict disciplinarian, a purist and perfectionist and it was under his long and arduous training in all aspects of Sitar playing that Sugato emerged as a mature and sensitive artist, while still in his teens.
Having learnt also from the eminent musician and musicologist, Shri Ajoy Sinha Roy, Sugato has imbibed talim of the Maihar Gharana too. Sugato continued and is presently under the tutelage of Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, the senior-most disciple of Radhika Mohan Maitra and one of the finest sarode players in the country today.
A Sangeet Prabhakar (B.A., Music) from the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, Sugato has a number of prestigious awards to his credit. He has topped the annual music competition of the Dover Lane Music Conference and has also been a recipient of the National Talent Search Scholarship for instrumental music.
Sugato has performed in numerous music festivals including the Salt Lake City Music Festival, ITC Sangeet Research Academy, The Dover Lane Music Conference, Ramakrishna Mission Music Festival, ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan, Sangeet Natak Academy, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Sangeet Mahabharti, Mumbai and various other institutions of music have been acclaimed greatly by critics and connoisseurs.
Sugato has toured the US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Holland and Japan, playing in University circuits as well as in Music Conferences and holding the audience in sway with his scintillating and exquisite performances. He is a regular performing artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan (National Television).