The Annual Sammelan 2015, organised by ITC Sangeet Research Academy witnessed Pandit Subhankar Banerjee on the tabla, Vidwan Sridar Parthasarathy on mridangam, and Pandit Gopal Barman on the sreekhol presenting a brilliant percussion ensemble. With a combination of sounds and rhythmic compositions that came from the repertoires of the three musicians of three different genres, they created magic with their beats.
Listen to their performance where they have been accompanied by Pandit Hiranmay Mitra on the harmonium.
Subhankar Banerjee, Gopal Barman and Sridhar Parthasarathy
Subhankar Banerjee - Tabla
At the age of five, Subhankar was placed under the tutelage of Shri Swapan Shiva of the Farukhabad Gharana of Tabla playing. Training in vocal music from an early childhood also made him a competent vocalist too. In addition to being a reputed soloist Subhankar is the preferred accompanist for most prominent musicians of our country such as the late Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. Vidwan L.Subramaniam, Dr.M.Balamuralikrishnan, and many others. For the last two decades he has been presenting his music all over the world. Subhankar has performed at the prestigious “NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT” in Oslo in 1999 in a duet played by Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Gopal Barman - Sreekhole
Gopal Barman, was introduced to Indian Classical Music at a very young age of four by his father Late Barendra Mohan Barman. After imbibing initial training in Sreekhole and Tabla, Gopal decided to specialize in Sreekhole and started learning the intricacies of Sreekhole under the tutelage of Prof. Sanatan Saha, after which he received taalim under tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh.
Having accompanied Pandit Shankar Ghosh’s "Music of The Drums" all over India and abroad, Gopal soon became instrumental in giving Sreekhole an independent identity as a classical percussion instrument. He is a Sangeet Visharad and regular artist of All India Radio and Television.
His improvisation in the field of Sreekhole playing has paved the way for development of a new event in the world of Indian Classical Music. He has performed along with his brother Madhusudhan as a Jugalbandi duo, popularly known as "Barman Brothers" in USA, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Japan, Bangladesh, Bangkok, Hong Kong and in many more countries.
Sridar Parthasarathy - Mridangam
Disciple of Vidwan Shri. K. R. Chandramouli, he started learning mridangam at the of six. He has accompanied renowned carnatic classical artistes like Smt D K Pattamal, Shri. Madurai G. S. Mani, Shri T. N Seshagopalan, Dr. M. Balamurali Krishna, Shri R K Shrikantan, Smt Soumya, Smt Jayashree, Shri U Shrinivas & U Rajesh, Shri Surya Prakash, Shri Abhishek Raghuram etc.
He has also featured in Carnatic – Hindustani Jugalbandhis with Shri. Shankar Mahadevan, Shri Rattan Mohan Sharma, Shri. Sanjeeve Abhyankar, Shri. Niladri Kumar etc. He accompanies Pt. Jasraj in the bhajan section of his concerts. He has taken part Taal – Vadya Kutcheris with Ustaad Zakir Hussain, Vidwan Shri. T. H Vinayakaram, Shri Selva Ganesh, Shri. Suresh Talwakar,i Subhankar Banerjee, Fazal Qureshi, Yogesh Samsi, Vijay Ghate etc.
He has also been a part of jazz-fusion bands like Band Divya, Swedish band – Mynta, Silk(Louiz Banks), Bodhisatva (Ranjit Barot). He has also been a part of Taufique And Friends (Taufique Qureshi), Ghazala (Fazal Qureshi, Roopkumar Rathod).