Kushal Das: ITCSRA Artist of the month September, 2015

Artist of the month

With a profound musical understanding and knowledge of raga improvisation, Kushal Das, sitarist par excellence, is considered to be a worthy successor of his idol, the late maestro Pandit Nikhil Bandyopadhyay.

Kushal was born in 1959, into a highly regarded musical family of Kolkata: his grandfather, Late Bimal Chandra Das was a renowned Esraj player while his father Shri Sailen Das and uncle Shri Santanu Das are sitarists of repute. Kushal started his talim from the age of five and has learnt from several great musicians –Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Professor Sanjoy Banerjee, Pandit Ramkrishna Basu and the Late Pandit Ajoy Sinha Roy.

He was awarded the “Top-grade” by All India Radio and Television. Pandit Kushal Das has participated in most of the major music festivals in India and abroad. Some of the prominent conferences, he has performed at are Doverlane Music Conference, ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan, Indo Occidental Symbiosis, Tansen Music Conference and Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth.

Following is an excerpt of his performance at ITC SRA where he was accompanied by Pandit Abhijeet Banerjee on tabla.


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Bilaskhani Todi 58.5
Artist of the month - September, 2015 : Kushal Das

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