Padma Awards 2012

On January 25, 2012, the eve of India's 63rd Republic Day , the Government of India announced the prestigious Padma Awards for 2012. Of the five Padma Vibhushan, 27 Padma Bhushan and 77 Padma Shri Awards for achievers from various walks of life, our revered Guru, sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta was selected for the Padma Bhushan.

ITC SRA is proud to announce that at a glittering ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 26th, Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta has been conferred the prestigious Padma Bhushan award for 2012 by the President of India, Smt Pratibha Patil.

Sangeet Natak Akademi's Tagore Samman

As a part of the ongoing commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the Sangeet Natak Akademi decided to institute a one-time honour of Tagore Samman to be awarded to 100 personalities of the age of 75 years and above who had made significant contribution in the field of performing arts. In December 2011, the Sangeet Natak Akademi unanimously selected 50 eminent personalities in the field of performing arts for the Tagore Akademi Ratna and 50 eminent personalities for the Tagore Akademi Puraskar. We are proud to announce that our revered Guru, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta has been cited for the Tagore Akademi Ratna for 2011.

Honour for Pandit Arun Bhaduri awards in 2011

Pandit Arun Bhaduri has been awarded 2 awards in 2011. The first , Murshidabad Zilla Ratna was conferred on him on September 26, 2011 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Salt Lake Cultural Association on December 10, 2011.

Padma Awards 2011

The Government of India conferred the prestigious Padma Awards on March 24, 2011. At a dignified ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, ITC Chairman, Shri Y C Deveshwar was conferred the Padma Bhushan and ITC-SRA Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, the Padma Shri Award (for Arts) by the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil.

The Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India was awarded to Shri Deveshwar in recognition of his distinguished service of a high order to the nation, in trade and industry, while the Padma Shri recognises Pandit Chakrabarty's exceptional and distinguished contribution to the field of Hindustani Classical Music.

President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the recipients of Padma Awards 2011 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dover Lane Music Conference Talent Search

ITC SRA Junior Scholar, Sayani Palit has stood third in the Dover Lane Music Conference’s Talent Search Contest for vocalists, 2010-2011. This is a matter of great joy for all of us. Congratulations, Sayani !

Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, 2010 for our esteemed Guru Vidushi Girija Devi

It is with great pride that we announce that the General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, New Delhi at its meeting held on 19 January 2011 elected two eminent personalities in the field of performing arts, namely Girija Devi and Nataraj Ramakrishna as Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellows (Akademi Ratna). The Fellowship of the Akademi is the most prestigious and rare honour, which is restricted to a very limited number at a given time. Presently there are only 34 Fellows of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Selcted for the Sangeet Natak Purashkar (Awards) in HIndustani classical music are Chhannu Lal Mishra, Yashpal , Budhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar) and Nityanand Haldipur (Flute).

Bhuwalka Award 2010

It is with great pride that we announce that the Saurabh Academy of Music and Dance's selection committee headed by the renowned musician, Meera Banerjee has unanimously selected ITC SRA Guru, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan as the recipient for the prestigious 35th All India Bhuwalka Award of 2010 for his rich and valued contribution in the field of Indian Classical Vocal Music.

At 103 years of age, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, who has recently been interviewed by the well-known national daily, The Indian Express, is perhaps, the oldest living performer of Hindustani Classical Music. Born into a family of great musicians who could be traced back to Ustad Behram Khan, he was initially trained by his grandfather, Ustad Bade Yusuf Khan. Further training followed from his elders who had imbibed the Gwalior gayakee. By dint of sheer merit and extraordinary skill, Khan sahib has further developed this gayakee according to his own artistic sensitivities within the Gwalior framework. Apart from khayal, Abdul Rashid Khan sings dhrupad, dhamar and thumri with equal ease and verve.

Khan sahab has been a regular performer on AIR and Doordarshan in Lucknow for many decades. He has participated in innumerable music conferences and has received many awards and felicitations from recognised institutions, including the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Banaras Hindu University. He received the ITC Award in 1994. He has also been a member of the Audition Committee of All India Radio, New Delhi. Abdul Rashid Khan is also a prolific writer and an inspired poet, writing under the pseudonym of ‘Rasan Piya’. Many of the 'bandishes' that he sings are his own compositions. He has trained a large number of students.

National Scholarships

Congratulations to our scholars Dwaipayan Roy, Manali Bose, Sourav Ganguly, Sucheta Ganguly and Kaustav Kanti Ganguly on receiving the National Scholarship awarded by the Department of Culture, Government of India for 2010 and to Mallar Rakshit for the renewal of his scholarship. Congratulations also to Riddhidev Banerjee, general student of the Academy, for winning this scholarship. Well done!

Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar

The prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi honours artistes below the age of 35 years, to give them national recognition early in their lives and encourage young talents in diverse fields. The Puraskar was introduced in 2006 and carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000. The winners for 2009 were recently announced (July 2010) by the Akademi and we are proud to announce that winner selected in the field of music (Hindustani Vocal) is ITC SRA's past scholar, Omkar Shrikant Dadarkar.

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Jnana Pravaha Scholarship

Deborshee Bhattacharjee has been awarded the Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in Hindustani classical vocal music from Pandit Vijay Kumar Kichlu’s Sangeet Ashram. He received his award from the Governor of West Bengal, the Honourable Governor of West Bengal, Shri M K Narayanan on 13th May 2010 at a function held at the G D Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata

Bharatiya Sanskriti Samsad Best Vocalist Award

ITC SRA Scholar, Arshad Ali Khan was awarded the Bharatiya Sanskriti Samsad Best Vocalist Award on May 9, 2010. The ceremony took place at the Samsad Sabhaghar, Kolkata. At the concert held after the ceremony, Arshad performed Raga Marwa and Shahana. He was accompanied by Gopal Mishra on tabla and Sarwar Hussain on sarangi. Congratulations Arshad!

Padma Shri Awards - 2010

On March 31, 2010, ITC-SRA Guru Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar was awarded the 2010 Padma Shri Awards (for Arts) by the Government of India, in recognition of his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the field of Hindustani Classical Music. The award was presented to him by the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil..

Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards - 2009

Our academy is proud and honoured that in two years in a row, two of our senior gurus have been awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Purashkar , the highest national honour conferred on practising artists, gurus and scholars. For 2008, it was Pt Ulhas Kashalkar and this year, for 2009, the oldest guru in our Academy, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan will be the proud recipient. The other awardees for Hindustani Music are Vasundhara Komkali (vocal), Lachman Singh Seen (tabla) and Ali Ahmad Hussain (shehnai). For carnatic music, the awardees are Parassala B Ponnammal (vocal), Dandamudi Sumathi Rama Mohan Rao (mridangam) and U Srinivas (mandolin).

Sangeet Natak Ratna Purashkar 2009

The Sangeet Natak Ratna Purashkar (fellowships) for 2009 have been awarded to Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, Pandit Jasraj, Kishori Amonkar and danseuse, Yamini Krishnamurti.

ITC SRA Guru, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta

ITC SRA Guru, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta has been conferred with the Degree of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, in recognition of his brilliant contribution in the field of Music, Literature and Academics in India. Pandit Dasgupta received the degree at the University's 12th convocation held on February 16, 2010.

ITC SRA Scholar, Mallar Rakshit

ITC SRA Scholar, Mallar Rakshit has been awarded the 2nd prize in Sarod in the All India Radio Music Competition, 2009. This now makes him a B graded artiste. Congratulations, Mallar!

Late Sitaram & Malti Dixit Classical Award

Late Sitaram & Malti Dixit Classical Award On January 31, 2010, ITC SRA scholar, Deborshee Bhattacharjee has been awarded the First prize in the Classical Vocal competition organized by the Gaanwardhan Institute, Pune, which has been promoting classical music for the last 31 years. The Award of Rs.11,000/- is named after the Late Sitaram & Malti Dixit Classical Award (for this year) and is sponsored by Dr. Sharadkumar Dixit of New York & Mrs Prabha Thakar of Pune. This is the first time that any body from Kolkata has received this award.

Deborshee was also invited to perform at Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune on February 2 and received a lot of appreciation for his recital.

Kala Kiran Award

The Aditya Vikram Birla Committee bestows the Kala Kiran Award, award every year to upcoming talent in art forms like Painting, Music, Sculpture etc. It is presented annually to two contemporary artists (between the ages of 25 & 40) who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the chosen field of the performing and visual arts. The Puraskar comprises of two cash awards of Rs. 50000/- each, a memento and a scroll of honour. The award for 2009 for was given to Hindustani Classical Music exponents Omkar Dadarkar, past ITC SRA scholar and Jayateerth Mevundi, Kirana Gharana Vocalist while Pt. Jasraj received the Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar Award for his contribution to Hindustani Classical Music. The Award Ceremony was held at the Tata Theatre, Mumbai on 21st November 2009. The Governer Of Maharashtra, Mr. S.C. Jamir, presented the awards.


Omkar Dadarkar receives the award


From Left : Jayateerth Mevundi, Rajashree Birla wife of late Aditya Birla, Governer Of Maharashtra Mr.S.C.Jamir, Mrs. Neerja Birla, Pt. Jasraj and Omkar

Our Scholars Shine!

Recently, Abhijit Apastambh, a Scholar of our Academy made us proud by standing first class first in MA music, (vocal) from RTM Nagpur University. He received 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and a cash prize from His Excellency Mr S.C.Jamir, Governor of Maharashtra at the 96th convocation ceremony of the University on 25th July 2009. Abhiit was initiated into music by his father Ratnakar Apastambh and after learning at his hometown Nanded (Maharashtra) and Mumbai, he joined the Academy in September 2008 as a scholar under Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

   Abhijit Apastambh


On 23rd June 2009, Saket Sahu, who joined the Academy as a scholar in May 2009 to learn the Gayaki ang in violin from Pt Ajoy Chakrabarty, was awarded the title KAL KE KALAKAR by Abhinav Kala Parishad, Bhopal(MP) at its 39th Yuva Khoj Samaroh. The award ceremony was followed by Saket’s recital in Raga Bihag.

The month of July saw Saket adding another feather to his cap when he stood first in M.A Music (Violin) at Indra Kala Music University, Khairagarh (MP).

   Saket Sahu


On February 7th 2009, scholar Sucheta Ganguly received a gold medal from Mrs Pratibha Patil, President of India for standing first in B.A. (Music) at SNDT Women’s University, Pune. Sucheta impressed everyone with her brilliant performance during her vocal examination. Initiated into the world of Hindustani music by her father, Bhajan Krishna Ganguly, at the age of seven, she subsequently joined the Academy as a general class student in 2000 and qualified as a scholar in 2003. She is guru Arun Bhaduri’s shishya.

   Sucheta Ganguly

Sangeet Natak Academi Award

Our academy is proud and honoured that one of its senior gurus, Pt Ulhas Kashalkar has been awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar, the highest national honour conferred on practising artists, gurus and scholars, for the year 2008. This award was presented to Ulhasji for his contribution to Hindustani Classical vocal music by the President of India, Smt Pratibha Patil, on the 14thof July, 2009 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The other awardees for Hindustani Music are Pandit M R Gautam (vocal), Ramesh Mishra - Hindustani Instrumental (Sarangi) and Krishna Ram Chaudhary - Hindustani Instrumental (Shehnai). The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, Prithviraj Chavan and the Akademi Chairman, Ram Niwas Mirdha, were present at the occasion along with other eminent personalities and previous awardees. Ulhasji and a few other awardees were also specially invited by the Sangeet Natak Akademi to perform after the award ceremony.


Ulhasji receving the Sangeet Natak Academy award


Western Region Awards, 2008

The ITC-SRA Western Region Awards for 2008 were distributed by Mr Hans Ramakar, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mumbai, on January 10, 2009, during the Seminar ‘Reconsidering Fundamental Issues in Art Music’ held at NCPA, Mumbai. Senior musicians Dinkar Panshikar and Suresh Talwalkar were presented the ITC Sangeet Research Academy awards for their dedicated service to music.

 Pandit Dinkar Panshikar

Dinkar Panshikar hails from an illustrious family of Sanskrit scholars of national repute, though he chose a career in music. With a scholarship from Mumbai University, he started training from Pandit Nivruttibua Sarnaik, a direct disciple of Sawai Gandharva and Ustad Alladiya Khan of Kirana and Jaipur traditions respectively, continuing the tutelage with Nivruttibua with a scholarship from the ITC Sangeet Research Academy. Later, he refined and nurtured his music under the able guidance of Pandit Gajananbua Joshi and Pandit Manikrao Thakurdas. A top grade artiste of All India Radio, Dinkarji is regarded as one of the finest exponents of the Jaipur and Kirana gharana and has performed in major cultural venues in India and overseas. A visiting Professor of the Universities of Dharwad and Khairagarh, he has several commercial releases to his credit. A book and CD with 80 compositions will be released soon.



Pandit Suresh Talwalkar


Hailing from an illustrious family of famous kirtankar Dholebua, Suresh Talwalkar was initiated at a very young age by his father, Shri Dattatrey Talwalkar, himself a noted pakhawaj player. Later, Sureshji was trained by veterans like Pandit Pandharinath Nageshkar and Pandit Vinayakrao Ghangrekar. Besides this, he also received training in layashastra from Pandit Ramnad Ishwaran, a renowned mridangam player and vidwan from South India. This diverse training enabled him to imbibe the intricacies of both North and South Indian music. Since a very young age Sureshji had the privilege of accompanying some of the great vocalists, instrumentalists and dancers. Through numerous commercial albums, public performances and lecture-demonstrations, Sureshji is well known all over India and overseas. Besides this he has also coordinated and conceptualized seminars and music discussions organized by eminent institutions. His unique contribution is the introduction of vocal accompaniment to tabla solo which has given a new dimension and direction to tabla. An innovative and creative composer, he is also a revered and passionate guru. A recipient of numerous awards including the Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, he has also been conferred titles including Taal Yogi by His Holiness Shankaracharya.

Kumari Noopur A. Kashid


Ganesh Papal

The awards for promising artistes went to selected prizewinners of the 2008 Music competition organised by All India Radio. The winner for Hindustani Music (Vocal – Khayal) Noopur Avinash Kashid is a disciple of Pandit Madhukar Joshi. She has won several other accolades including the Pandit V D Paluskar Award and the Late Kamal Tambe Scholarship. Ganesh Bhivdas Papal received the award for Hindustani Music (Instruments – Percussion Pakhawaj). He has had training in both tabla and Pakhawaj from several teachers like Mridangacaharya Tukaramji Bhumkar, Shri Dattatray Chorge, Shri Ramdas Palsule and Dr. Vinod Deulkar. The winner for Carnatic Music (Vocal), S. Sriranjani, is the daughter and disciple of the renowned vocalist Neyveli R. Santhangopalan. As a prodigy she has won many accolades since the age of 4 and has an equally impressive academic record. Mailai R. Mahendran received the award for Carnatic Music – Instrumental (Nagaswaram). An accomplished Nagaswaram player who has played for various prestigious venues including the Thiruvaiyaru Festival, he also has a commercial album to his credit.


Mailai R.Mahendran



Sangeet Natak Academy National Awards, 2007

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards, the highest national honour conferred on practicing artistes, were presented by the President of India, Hon'ble Smt. Pratibha Patil on 26th February 2008 in New Delhi.  Pt. Vidyadhar Vyas, Executive Director ITC-Sangeet Research Academy receives the Akademi Puraskar for Hindustani Music, as the Chairman of the Akademi, Ram Niwas Mirdha looks on.


Western Region Awards, 2007

The ITC SRA Western Region Awards for 2007, were distributed by Professor R.C.Mehta, Honorary General Secretary, Indian Musicological Society.

Senior musicians Pandit Manohar Chimote and Pandit Shrikrishna (Babbanrao) Haldankar were presented the awards for their dedicated service to music. The credit of elevating the harmonium to the level of a solo concert instrument and its transformation into samvadini, a new instrument, goes to Pandit Chimote. He has re-engineered the instrument by replacing the tempered scale tuning to Gandhar tuning and introducing strings near the sound box to sustain the tone. He has also revolutionized the style and technique of playing samvadini by adapting sitar-ang repertoire and facilitating continuity between two notes. Pandit Haldankar is an ‘A’ grade vocalist of All India Radio whose style is basically Agra with a delightful moulding of Jaipur. Trained by such greats as Ganatapaswini Mogubai Kurdikar and Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan, he has several commercial albums to his credit and is a prolific composer, musicologist and teacher.

The awards for promising artistes went to selected prize winners of the 2007 Music competition organized by All India Radio. The winner for Hindustani Music (Dhrupad) was Shri Nishant Kumar Mallick of Darbhanga. Shri Javed Khan, a sarangi player from Bhopal won the award for Hindustani classical instrumental music. The award for Carnatic vocal classical music went to Shri Kottakkal Ranjith Varier. Kumari K.P.Nandini, a violinist, was the winner for Carnatic classical instrumental music.

Pandit Manohar Chimote


Pandit Babban Rao Haldankar


Nishant Kumar Mallick


Javed Khan


Kottakkal Ranjith Varier



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