18th ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan Kolkata on November 12-14, 2010

Abdul Rashid Khan

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, the centenarian guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, was born in 1910 into a family of great musicians who could be traced back to Ustad Behram Khan. His grandfather, Ustad Bade Yusuf Khan, initially trained him. Further training followed from his elders who had imbibed the Gwalior gayakee. By dint of sheer merit and extraordinary skill, Khan sahab 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.

During the last several decades, Khan sahab has been a regular performer on AIR and Doordarshan in Lucknow. He has also participated in many music conferences in different parts of the country. He 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.


Ajoy Chakrabarty

One of the most popular vocalists of India today, Ajoy Chakrabarty joined ITC Sangeet Research Academy (ITC-SRA) in 1978 as its first scholar. He later became one of the youngest Gurus of this academy, an honour that he cherishes. He stands today, internationally acclaimed, as an extraordinary artiste who holds sway over the various forms of Hindustani Classical Music, equally at home with other genres of Indian vocal music.

Pandit Chakrabarty was initiated into music by his father Shri Ajit Chakrabarty. He was later trained by the likes of Kanaidas Bairagi, Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and Ustad Munawar Ali Khan. His prodigious list of awards includes the "Kumar Gandharva Award" in 1993 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for 1999-2000, among a whole host of others. He is the first classical vocalist of India to have received the President’s Award for the best male playback singer in 1990 and he was the first Indian classical vocalist who was invited to perform by the Government of Pakistan. He is the author of several books.

Pandit Chakrabarty has been proving with a good measure of success that Indian classical music, if understood and practiced properly, can contribute to international amity and understanding. Through his innumerable albums and CDs and his extensive musical tours, he has attempted to bridge the cultural chasm between India and the West. Committed to sharing his research and immense knowledge with future generations, his numerous students have been doing extremely well, foremost among them being his daughter, Kaushiki.


Arun Bhaduri

An artiste of great depth and vision, Arun Bhaduri is gifted with a deep and sonorous voice, a brilliant range and a rare fluency. Born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, on October 7, 1943, he was initially tutored by Mohammed A. Daud. He thereafter acquired a wealth of learning from Mohammed Sagiruddin Khan on the finer points, nuances and embellishments of Hindustani Classical Music. His talent won him a place at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a Musician Scholar.

At ITC-SRA, Bhaduri received training from the Late Ustad Ishtiaq Hussain Khan of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana. Padmashree Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh subsequently taught him both classical and light classical music, and made him aware of the nuances in lyrics. In his pursuit of musical excellence, he has also been greatly influenced by Ustad Ameer Khan and has imbibed the late Ustad’s aesthetic qualities. Arun Bhaduri has fused all these styles beautifully to create an inimitable style of his own. He also renders Bengali songs and Bhajans with equal ease.

Bhaduri has been a Guru of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy for more than a decade now. He is also a top grade radio and television artiste and has made his mark in the world of music with his effective blending of imagination and organised demonstration. He has performed at numerous national concerts and sammelans in India and abroad. He has to his credit a number of cassettes and CDs, including those on Music Lessons released by the West Bengal State Music Academy. This outstanding artiste, with magic in his music, is also a remarkable composer.


Bickram Ghosh

As a percussionist, Bickram Ghosh figures prominently amongst the best in the world today. Son and disciple of tabla maestro Shankar Ghosh, Bickram has also studied Carnatic taal systems under the eminent mridangam exponent, Pandit S Sekhar. At a very young age, he has performed at some of the best-known venues of the world such as the Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre and Kennedy Centre and has played with great maestros like Ravi Shankar, the late Ali Akbar Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr. Balamurlikrishna and others. Widely lauded for his incredible range on the tabla, he has for many years, been Ravi Shankar’s prime accompanist and is one of the very few tabla players who is equally at ease in both the Hindusthani and Carnatic music traditions.

Bickram has over 72 CD releases worldwide. Internationally, he has also collaborated with many pop, jazz and western classical artistes including the likes of George Harrison, Yosi Levy, Ilan Salem and Mstilav Rostropovich.


Bombay Jayashri

Born into a family of musicians with rich lineage and steeped in pedigree music, Bombay Jayashri Ramnath represents the fourth generation of music practitioners in her family. Jayashri has been groomed under the guidance of the legend Shri Lalgudi G Jayaraman and Smt T R Balamani. Jayashri, today not only bears the torch of the Lalgudi tradition, but has also evolved a distinct style of her own.

With a career extending over two decades, Jayashri is today among the most sought after Carnatic musicians. Her work has won her the acclaim of prestigious institutions in the form of prestigious awards such as the Sangeetha Choodamani and Nadabhooshanam.

Jayashri’s repertoire of meditative music and rare poetry are best experienced through her compositions in her albums. She has also composed music for dance ballets and documentaries. Jayashri has deployed the essence of the classical idiom most effectively in her search for avenues beyond the concert format. More recently she has harnessed her skills towards composing music.

Jayashri has performed extensively in India and abroad in the most prestigious fora, drawing critical acclaim wherever she performed. Jayashri has the rare privilege of being the first Carnatic classical performer in the Opera House in Durban and the Russian Opera House in Helsinki, Finland.

Her training in Hindustani Classical system has further helped her in this musical odyssey. Her researches into music are unending, and besides her musical performances, she continues to deliver workshops all over the world on the subject of World Music. Her contribution and involvement with schools where she has conducted workshops and interactive sessions to kindle interest amongst school children into our rich tradition of music is her way of giving back something of what she has gained. Her very limited foray into film music has won her the Filmfare award for the popular 'Vaseegara' that has drawn a new class of listeners into the world of classical music.

A skillful blend of uncompromising adherence to the core tradition of classical carnatic music as well as a ceaseless quest for quality music in any form is what personifies Jayashri best.


Buddhadev Dasgupta

Buddhadev Das Gupta is the senior-most exponent of one of the most authentic sarod gharanas today. He is a true genius with numerous achievements. He is also one of the best-known cultural ambassadors of our country. Born in 1933 at Bhagalpur, he started his music training from the age of 10 from the sarod maestro Radhika Mohan Maitra. The training continued for 38 years till the demise of his teacher. This is the longest and most intensive training imparted by the great maestro to any disciple.

Radhika Mohan took his talim from Mohammed. Ameer Khan, whose gharana’s forte was the rabab-style of playing. He also trained under Mohammed. Dabir Khan of the Rampur--Senia gharana. Naturally Buddhadev’s style is based largely on that of his teacher’s -- emerging from a synthesis of the two gharanas. However, it is his unique musical personality that has shaped his distinctive style, a style that is completely his own. His music tellingly demonstrates a deep understanding of the raga, a rare accuracy in the rendering of the swaras, a superb balance between gayakee and tantrakari, together with powerful bol patterns and fluent ekhara taans that he has pioneered.

Buddhadev started broadcasting at the age of 16. He has featured in over 20 National concerts and Radio Sangeet Sammelans. He has been a veteran performer in all the major musical and cultural festivals for over 50 years. He also has a number of commercial recordings to his credit. He has done considerable research on the sarod and music in general. He is famous for his lucid articles and lectures. He has held Bengali audiences spellbound by his 'bandishes' based on Rabindranath Tagore’s songs, a unique musical performance format that he himself has pioneered.

He has been honoured with many awards including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1993), Shiromani Award (1989), ITC Award (2002), Ustad Chand Khan Memorial Award (2006), Bhuwalka Award (2006), Legends of India Lifetime Achievement Award (2007) and Pracheen Kala Kendra Award (2007). In 2010, he was conferred a of D.Sc Degree by the Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, in recognition of his brilliant contributions in the field of Science, Technology and Fine Arts in India. Buddhadev Das Gupta is an accomplished teacher. His education, articulation and communicative abilities have combined with intelligent teaching techniques to bring some of his students of high order on to the performing stage.

He is currently a Guru of the Academy’s newly formed instrumental division, which imparts advanced training on the sitar and sarod. He has also been a long standing Member of ITC-SRA's Experts Committee.


Madhusudan Burman & Gopal Burman

For the Barman Brothers, Madhusudan and Gopal, inspiration came early at the age of four, from their father, Late Barendra Mohan Barman, who established their foundation as percussionists on the tabla and sreekhol. The boys displayed amazing dexterity and could hold the audience spellbound even at that young age. Gopal Barman, the younger of the two, went on to specialize in the intricacies of the Sreekhol from Prof. Sanatan Saha of Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. It was finally the experienced guidance of Pandit Shankar Ghosh, the tabla maestro of international repute, that gave the Barman Brothers the confidence to perform on the world stage. There has been no looking back ever since.

The music produced by the Barman Brothers is a novel jugalbandi of the popular tabla played by Madhusudan and the Sreekhol mastered by Gopal. The lesser-known sreekhol is used primarily in devotional songs. The two brothers recognized the beauty of the combined sounds and created a series of novel blends. As pioneers of this dramatic new sound, the dynamic young duo has not only been able to take Indian classical music to a new dimension, they have also been able to reach out to a much larger audience, far beyond the Classical milieu. The new combination has already left a powerful yet refreshingly different impact on music lovers, both in India and abroad.

Madhu went on to receive the prestigious National Scholarship in 1986-88 from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, for his remarkable mastery of the tabla. Both Madhu and Gopal were bestowed the honourary title of Sangeet Visharad’ by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. The brothers have also mastered the art of other percussion instruments like the Dholak as well as the Spanish Guitar, Harmonium, Keyboards etc. The young Barman Brothers have received welcome support as accompanists to renowned classical artists of India. Their prolonged association with AIR and TV has also given them an opportunity to prove their mettle as rhythm artists in non-classical items also.

Their recent performances abroad include a tremendously successful tour of select cities in the USA, France and Spain. The brothers have recently been awarded the Savitri Shree Award by Savitri Bikash Samity Delhi, for their contribution and creative activity as young artistes. Another feather was added to their caps when they were invited to compose a song for the recently conducted Commonwealth Games, 2010.


Mashkoor Ali Khan

With a blue-blooded musical lineage, Mashkoor Ali Khan descends from a distinguished line of elders who reigned supreme in the world of music. He is the direct descendant of the great Abdul Karim Khan and the legendary Sartaj-e-Mousiqui, Abdul Wahid Khan, the founders of the famous Kirana gharana. His father, the great sarangi-nawaz, Shakoor Khan was the grand nephew of Bande Ali, Beenkar, while Mehboob Baksh Khan and Aajiz Pia were Mashkoor’s great grandfathers.

Mashkoor was initiated into music and trained by his father for fifteen years and secured a place in the world of music very early in life. After his father’s demise, he joined the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy as a scholar, to polish and hone his undiluted style of Kirana gayakee. Now, as a Guru of the Academy, he nurtures several scholars under his able wings. His recitals reveal great imagination and vocal agility. An erudite musician, he possesses a keen understanding of the various "angs" of Kirana gayakee, emphasising the numerous permutations of 'Khandmeru'.

With his celebrated lineage, Mashkoor has inherited a veritable treasure trove of 'bandishes' and an insight into rare ragas that few musicians can boast of. A true heir of his renowned forefathers, Mashkoor still continues to collect rare compositions with passion.

An A-grade artiste of All India Radio (AIR), Mashkoor has performed in National Programmes on All India Radio and Doordarshan, as well as in Radio Sangeet Sammelans. He has taken part in numerous festivals and conferences of classical music all over India. His superb performances have kept his audiences enthralled in Canada, USA and Europe.

Mashkoor Ali Khan’s career is studded with numerous awards, like the Abhinav Kala Sammelan (1993), Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award (1994) and Swaranjali Award (1997). In Kolkata the Bharatiya Sanskriti Samsad has conferred on him the Best Vocalist Award. The Salt Lake Cultural Association honoured him with the title of ‘Bandish Nawaz’ in 1998.


Shankar Ghosh

Born in 1935, Pandit Shankar Ghosh is universally regarded as an innovative genius who has enthralled audiences all over the world with his unique “baaj” of Tabla playing. He has revolutionized the art of solo tabla playing as well as accompaniment and many of his compositions have become an intrinsic part of classical Tabla playing repertoire today.

Pandit Shankar Ghosh’s initial training started when he was eight years old under the likes of Pandit Anath Nath Bose, Ustad Feroz Khan and Pandit Sudarshan Adhikari, each of whom belonged to different gharanas. From 1951, he started training under the legendary Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh whose influence on Pandit Shankar Ghosh was to be paramount.

In the fifties, when he made his debut onto the professional music circuit, he was one of the three first ever professional tabla players in Bengal, the other two being Kanai Dutt and Shyamal Bose. Combating the stigma that musicians (and specifically tabla players) were subjected to during those days when society was just awakening into a less prejudiced era, Shankar Ghosh and his peers had to fight tooth and nail to create a profession out of an art form which hitherto was confined to patronage or was practiced by the rich babus in Bengal.

Perhaps the first highlight of his illustrious career was when he visited USA along with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in 1962. For the next ten years, he was to experiment with the percussion form with many legends of western music. This was the genesis of the all drum orchestra, Music of the Drums (later re-christened as the Calcutta Drum Orchestra), which were to perform in many memorable venues.

Pandit Shankar Ghosh’s monumental influence on the subject of tabla playing is well acknowledged. His in-depth study helped him to develop his unique style of playing that is followed by generations of his students. His approach to accompaniment is taken to be a guideline even among those who did not study under him. Performances by almost all great musicians of the previous and current generations, spanning Hindustani classical vocal, instrumental and dance, have been enriched by his brilliant artistry, in an accompaniment career has spanned more than four decades.

Pandit Ghosh is one of the few great masters who have popularized the form of the tabla solo. His keen, logical and scientific bent of mind constantly researched musical possibilities, enabling him to expand the scope of tabla playing in leaps and bounds. In the mid seventies, he started solo recitals, some of which stretched for three hours. His concert venues have ranged from movie theatres in villages to large auditoriums in European cities. These shows earned him thousands of followers, many of whom became devoted students. Today his greatness as a guru is amply demonstrated by the fact that a great number of his students are top rung artists.

Among the numerous awards he has received are the ITC Award, the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Pandit Ghosh has innumerable recordings available worldwide. His wife, Smt Sanjukta Ghosh is a renowned vocalist and his son, Bickram Ghosh is one of the most popular tabla artists of the current generation.


Subhra Guha

Having attained the stature of one of the leading female vocalists of the country, Subhra Guha is regarded as one of the finest female exponents of the Agra gharana. Coming from a music loving family, Guha started showing signs of exceptional talent at a tender age. She received her earliest training from Late Shri Satish Bhowmick. During her growing years, she took advanced training from one of the veterans of the Agra gharana, Late Pandit Sunil Bose.

Later in 1982, she joined the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata where Bose was a Guru. For ten years, she received uninterrupted training from him as a scholar of the Academy. Subsequently, she also received training and guidance from stalwarts Late Pandit K G Ginde and Late Pandit D T Joshi. It was from Joshiji that Guha learnt the art of thumri rendition. Special mention must be made of Pandit Vijay Kichlu’s constant support and valuable guidance in polishing her to form a distinct structure in her style of gayaki.

She went on to become a guru of the Academy between 1992 and 2003 and has recently rejoined the Academy. Today, Subhra has gained recognition for her thumri renditions in the Poorab Ang. Her voice is strikingly tuneful exhibiting exquisite tonal malleability and is remarkably suited for Khayal recital. Her style of rendition displays a mellow blending of vidya, impeccable raagdari and a rich gayaki that is both creative and aesthetically appealing. Her collection of rare thumris, dadras, kajris, chaitis etc in pure Banaras tradition is also matchless. Equally impressive is her exhaustive collection of rare ragas and compositions.

Subhra has been performing regularly at prestigious platforms both in India and abroad - in the USA and in various countries in Europe and Asia. She has also had numerous teaching assignments in the US and in 2006, she sang the playback for famed film maker, Goutam Ghose's film, Yatra. She is also a regular artiste of the All India Radio and Doordarshan and has cut albums with reputed companies including HMV, RPG, Music Today and IAM.


Swapan Kumar Siva

Acclaimed Tabla player and Harmonium player, Swapan Kumar Siva was born in Kolkata in a family with a rich cultural and musical background. Inspired by his father, the Late Harendra Narayan Siva, Swapan Kumar Siva started his initial training under the Late Harisadhan Goswami. He then became a disciple of the renowned Maestro of the Farukkabad Gharana, the late Ustad Keramatullah Khan and subsequently trained under the late Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh.

Recipient of the “Talmani Award” from Mumbai in 1985, Swapan Siva is a regular artist of All India Radio and Television, Kolkata. He has taken part in the National Programme of All India Radio and has participated in a number of notable conferences in Kolkata and other prestigious venues in India as well as USA, Canada, Netherlands & UK. He has accompanied many renowned artistes of the country.


Uday Bhawalkar

Born in 1966, Uday Bhawalkar is a standard bearer for Dhrupad and a strong force in its growing recognition and popularity. Uday believes that in total immersion in note and raga the self disappears, and music takes on its own existence – the principle of ‘darshan’. These values help him on the path of devotion to Dhrupad.

Maintaining the majesty and subtle nuances of Dhrupad, Uday has developed a personal style deeply embedded in raga ras and bhaav, bringing a creative melodic touch within the precise intonation and pronunciation of the Dhrupad style. Uday spent over 12 years studying and living in the traditional guru-shishya parampara with Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar (Vocal) and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (Rudra-Veena), the towering pillars of the Dhrupad tradition. During this period, there was a simple and complete concentration on the music itself. The intense relationship that he shared with his gurus, in which the Ustads gave willingly of their inner secrets and Uday devoted himself to music, brought him to a deep sense of completeness and wholeness. The most significant episode of this period, which inspired Uday for life, was when Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar, the eldest of the Dagar family, on first hearing Uday’s performance in 1987, blessed him with a Gold medal.

Uday has an engaging style and is able to reach out and communicate with audiences of all backgrounds. He is a very sensitive teacher and has a devoted following of students committed to pursuing the path of Dhrupad. His workshops are always stimulating and he is supportive of all participants’ efforts whether professional musicians or small children.

Uday has received prestigious awards including the Kumar Gandharva Samman given by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (2001) and the Raza Foundation Award (2007) given personally by S. H. Raza the famous painter. Uday has been blessed by Ustad Zakir Hussain who accompanied him on the Pakhawaj at Prithvi Music Festival Mumbai. Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and Shri Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari have accompanied Uday on the Tabla in prestigious concerts.

Uday performs regularly at major festivals in India and abroad. In 1985 he gave his first performance at Bhopal, and since then he has performed at many prominent music festivals in India and abroad.


Ulhas Kashalkar

In a day and age when eminent musicians of the older generation apprehend the gradual decay of our grand tradition of Indian Classical Music, Ulhas Kashalkar’s voice and music is an abiding reminder of the strength of this great art.

Ulhas N. Kashalkar was born in 1955 in Pandharkawada village in Maharashtra. He belongs to a family of musicians and was initially groomed by his father Nagesh Dattatray Kashalkar, a well-known vocalist of the Gwalior gharana. He also trained under Pandit Ram Marathe and later honed his skills as a student of Gajananrao Joshi. He was thus able to receive training of the highest order in the musical systems of the three distinct prominent gharanas of Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.

With a captivating voice and the gifted ability to blend the three gayakees with authenticity and aesthetic excellence, Kashalkar soon emerged as one of the greatest vocalists in our country. While his music remains well within the confines of the hallowed tradition of Hindustani Classical Music, the listener experiences a superlative rendition of a seemingly new gayakee.

One of the most sought-after artistes in India and in several other countries, Kashalkar has participated in many major festivals of music in India and among his recent performances abroad, are the Multicultural Festival in Australia in 2006 and the Amsterdam India Festival in 2008. He has also organized and participated in several workshops and seminars in India and abroad. The number of record companies, that have released his cassettes and CDs the world over, bears impressive testimony to his popularity.

A top-grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Kashalkar worked as a Programme Executive at AIR from 1983 to 1990 and has been a Guru with ITC-SRA for over a decade now. He has nurtured many students of high calibre. A torchbearer of India's pristine musical tradition, Ulhas Kashalkar continues to enthrall music lovers in India and abroad.

The numerous honours and accolades that have come his way include the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for 2008 and more recently, the Padma Shri Award (2010) by the Government of India, in recognition of his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the field of Hindustani Classical Music.


Abir Hossain

Abir Hossain was born into a musical family of Burdwan, West Bengal. His father Gulam Emam was his first mentor in music, both his parents being students of the revered Pandit D.T.Joshi. At the age of 12 he came under the tutelage of sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, whose residence soon became his second home. As a scholar of ITC-SRA, he continues to receive talim from his Guru even today, being well on his way to becoming a torch bearer of the Seni-Shajahanpur Gharana. Abir has been the recipient of many laurels: he stood second in the Talent Search Contest conducted by the Ravi Kichlu Foundation in 1995, won the National Scholarship of Government of India in 1997 and has also won the gold medal at the ‘Sangeet Prabhakar’ examination. He has performed at several venues at Kolkata, Bangalore, Patna (Sangeet Natak Akademi), Bilaspur, Vishakhapatnam, Chandigarh as well as ITC Mini Sangeet Sammelan, Raipur (2005), Ballygunge Maitreyee Music Circle (2001, 2003 & 2006), ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Delhi (2007) and ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata (2009). Recently he has become a musician-scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.


Adnan Khan

The son of renowned Sitar player Ustad Saeed Khan of Kirana gharana, Adnan started his initial sitar taalim under his maternal grand father, Late Zafar Ahmed Khan. He has since been learning the intricacies of the instrument from his father. The gayaki ang is clearly palpable in his rendition of sitar. Further, he gives stress on melody and fine tonal quality, purity of ragas, swar and sargam. He is now learning the gayaki ang from his uncle Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. The talented young Adnan has performed in programmes throughout India including the music festival of Harballav in Jalandhar, and the Kal ke Kalakar in Mumbai. He has become a Junior Scholar at ITC SRA under Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan from December 2009.


Alick Sengupta

Born on 7th March 1992, Alick Sengupta belongs to a family that has been dedicated to Hindustani Vocal music for several generations. Initiated into vocal music by his father, senior musician, Shri Ashes Sengupta, Alick has successfully performed at several concerts with his father from early childhood. He has also fared excellently in music competitions conducted in 2008 by Rajya Sangeet Academy, Kolkata and The Dover Lane Music Conference. As an outstanding child vocalist, he was awarded a government scholarship by the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India in 2005. He joined ITC SRA as a Junior Scholar in September 2009, training under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar.


Aniruddha Bhattacharya

Born in 1971, Aniruddha was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Gouri Bhattacharya, one of the very first disciples of Pandit A.Kanan and an outstanding vocalist herself. He later joined ITC SRA as a general student in 1990 and went on to become a scholar between 1994 and 2001, training under Pandit A. Kanan. He is currently a Musician Tutor of ITC SRA.

Gifted with a mellifluous and emotive voice, Aniruddha is held in high esteem by his listeners. An “A” grade AIR artise, Aniruddha has given quite a few recitals organised by connoisseurs across India, featuring along with stalwarts of classical music. Accolades have come wherever he has performed. The Sur Singer Sansad of Mumbai awarded him the coveted “Surmani” title in June 1998. Aniruddha has successfully toured the USA and France and has performed at The Darbar Festival, London in April 2009. This graduate from Calcutta University with zoology honours had his first CD release in early 2009.


Annesha Ganguly

Born in 1993, Annesha Ganguly took her initial training in classical music under Smt Dalia Rahut and remained with her for ten years. She also received voice training from Shubhadeep Mukherjee for several years. She has performed at various concerts and has participated in a number of competitions, winning several prizes since she was nine. She joined ITC SRA on October 1, 2010, as a disciple of Vidushi Girija Devi.


Arshad Ali

A child prodigy, Arshad joined ITC-SRA in 1988, at the age of four. He has been training under Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan of the Kirana gharana since 1990. Winner of the Jadu Bhatta Puraskar in 2002 and the Bharatiya Sanskriti Samsad Best Vocalist Award in May 2010, Arshad has performed in many prestigious festivals in India and abroad. A solo album of his, Murchhana was released in Bangladesh in 2002, and he has had three more CD releases in India since. Arshad has recently become a Musician Scholar at the Academy.


Brajeswar Mukherjee

Born at Burdwan on March 11, 1984, Brajeswar Mukherjee was initiated by his parents and later learnt from Shri Hara Kumar Chatterjee and Shri Asit Roy. He was then accepted as a disciple by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and continues to train under him at ITC-SRA, where he is a scholar since May 2009. In 2005 he came first in the B.A Examination in music from Calcutta University and received the “Dhananjay Bhattacharya Award”. Since 2000 he has been teaching at Shrutinandan, the music school established by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Since 2003 he has accompanied his Guru on the harmonium or provided vocal support in concerts in different parts of India as well as USA, Canada, UK and Middle East. A B-High graded artist of All India Radio, he had earlier won the Govt. of India’s National Scholarship. In 2009 he stood 1st Class 2nd in the Masters degree in Music from Calcutta University.


Deborshee Bhattacharjee

Born on February 3, 1985, Deborshee Bhattacharjee received his initial training from his mother, Smt Reena Bhattacharjee. He was ten when he started learning under Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, and continues to train under him at ITC SRA, where he is now a scholar. He has also been a prolific performer from the age of ten. A graduate from St Xavier's College, Kolkata and a Masters degree holder in Commerce, Deborshee has received an abundance of awards. He received the National Scholarship in 2005 and stood first twice over in the Rajya Sangeet Academy competitions in 1995 and 2003. He is a graded artiste of AIR and his most recent awards are the First prize in the Classical Vocal competition organized by the Gaanwardhan Institute, Pune and the Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in Hindustani classical vocal music from Pandit Vijay Kumar Kichlu’s Sangeet Ashram, both in 2010.


Dwaipayan Ray

Dwaipayan Ray has been learning the sarod for the last 15 years, first under the guidance of Shri Pranab Kr Naha and subsequently, under the tutelage of Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. He became a general class student of ITC SRA between 2002 and 2008 and has recently become a Junior Scholar of the Academy. He has to his credit, several medals and prizes and has received scholarships from the Centre of Cultural Research and Training (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) and Sangeet Piyasi. Dwaipayan has performed in numerous music conferences and has also recorded for All India Radio and Doordarshan (Kolkata and Hyderabad).


Omkar Dadarkar

Born in Mumbai on 30th July 1977, Omkar hails from a family of ‘Marathi Natyasangeet’ exponents, and was naturally drawn towards this idiom. He received his initial guidance from his aunt, the late noted classical vocalist Manik Verma and thereafter from Ram Deshpande. After being awarded the CCRT scholarship (Delhi) for classical music, he was groomed by Pandit Yashwantbua Joshi under the scheme of Guru-Shishya-Parampara of the Dadar-Matunga Cultural Centre. A Sangeet Visharad and Bachelor of Arts in Marathi Literature and History, Omkar joined ITC-SRA as a scholar in July 1999, receiving rigorous talim under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. He completed his training in June 2005 with an A+ grade. He also trained in the light classical form under Vidushi Girija Devi and Srinivas Khale.

Omkar is fast gaining recognition as a regular concert performer. His performances in ITC Sangeet Sammelans at Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai besides other prestigious programmes in India and also Nepal and Canada have been highly applauded. His numerous awards include the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for 2010 conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi to talented artistes below the age of 35, the Aditya Vikram Birla Puraskar in 2009, the “Shanmukhananda Hall-Mumbai-Sangeet Shiromani” award, the prestigious Vidyasagar Award from Music Forum and he is also the first recipient of “Chaturanga Sangeet Shishyavrutti Award” given by Chaturanga Pratishthan in collaboration with Mhaiskar Foundation, Mumbai.

Omkar who was previously working with Mumbai Educational Trust, as Music In-charge has recently returned to ITC SRA as a Musician Tutor.


Rimpa Siva

Born on 14th January, 1986 Rimpa Siva, from the age of three, showed keen interest in playing with the Tabla instead of dolls, pots and pans like other children of her age. Thus, from early childhood, she started receiving lessons from her father and guru Prof. Swapan Siva, disciple of the Late Ustad Keramatullah Khan of “Farukhabad Gharana”.

Rimpa is a student of Rabindra Bharati University and has proved her mettle at several notable conferences across the length and breadth of the country. She has performed in front of many music maestros to great acclaim. She has also been a prolific performer abroad since 1997, participating in concerts in the USA and Europe, and accompanying Pandit Hariprasad Chourasia for 20 concerts in USA, Canada and Korea in 2005. But naturally, numerous awards and honours have come her way: she has received scholarships from the Salt Lake Music Festival and the West Bengal State Music Academy in 1995 and was awarded the Shanmukha Sangeet Shiromani in 2004 in Mumbai. In 1996, the “Anun Lund Rej Memorial Fund” of Norway awarded her a remarkable cash prize, in recognition of her talent. As a child prodigy, she was the subject of an eponymous French documentary film “Rimpa Siva, Princess of Tablas” in 1998. She also received an award from Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, the President of India in 2007, on behalf of the Indian Music Academy.

An audio CD of her solo performance on tabla was released by “Sense World Music (UK)” in 2005.


Saket Sahu

Born on July 23, 1986, Saket Sahu learnt the violin for 15 years from Pandit Radhakrishna Jha, from the age of 5. He has completed his MA in Music (Violin) from Indira Kala Music University, Khairagarh. A recipient of ‘Sur Ratna’ and gold medal from Bhatkhande Lalit Kala, he also won the All India Radio music competition in 2006, ITC Sangeet Research Academy Promising Artistes award in Mumbai (2007), ‘Surmani’ from Sur Singar Samsad Mumbai (2007), National Scholarship (2007-2008) and the Kal Ke Kalakar award from Abhinav Kala Parishad, Bhopal. He has performed in several parts of India. Since May 2009, he has joined the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty under whom he is learning the gayaki ang.


Sameehan U Kashalkar

Sameehan U Kashalkar is the son and disciple of renowned vocalist, Ulhas Kashalkar. Born in a family steeped in melody and music, Sameehan is receiving authentic ‘talim’ from his celebrated father. Presently, he is an “A” grade scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. He is also undergoing Thumri-Dadra training from the prima donna of Benaras tradition Vidushi Girija Devi.

Sameehan's debut performance at Aundh Mahotsav (near Pune) at the age of 13, where he was accompanied on the tabla by Pt Suresh Talwalkar, won him many accolades. He has also performed at the prestigious National Gallery of Australia in the National Multicultural Festival held at Canberra along with his father.


Sandip Bhattacharya

Born in 1980, Sandip Bhattacharjee began his training under his mother Krishna Bhattacharjee at the age of four and continued his talim under Amita Dasgupta. A winner of prestigious music competitions organized by All India Radio and Rajya Sangeet Akademi, he has also received the National Talent Search Scholarship and was awarded the title of ‘Sur Mani’. In May 2002, he became a residential scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the guidance of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. He also takes talim from Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. An ‘A' graded artiste of AIR and Doordarshan, he has participated in several major concerts in India, including the Dover Lane Conference. Among his performances abroad is a tour of USA, accompanying the ITC SRA group, as well as a concert in Bangladesh. Sandip also regularly conducts workshops in Guwahati, Assam.


Sarwar Hussain

Sarwar Hussain is one of the most accomplished and promising musicians of the younger generation of Sarangi exponents in India. Born on 5th October 1981, at Gohad district in Madhya Pradesh, his musical heritage comes from a long line of distinguished Sarangi exponents from Gohad. His ancestry can be traced back six generations to Ustad Fazal Khan, father of Ustad Ghansi Khan, famous for his mastery of the intricate Tappa Style. Ustad Ghansi Khan taught his sons who included Ustad Chhuttu Khan, Ustad Garru Khan and Ustad Uday Khan, who were the father and paternal uncles and gurus of Padmashree Ustad Abdul Latif Khan, Sarwar’s eminent grandfather and guru.

Sarwar’s father, Anwar Hussain is also a well-known musician. Sarwar began learning Sarangi from his grandfather when he was nine. The superb ‘taleem’ that he received for eleven years is clearly reflected in his playing style. His playing embodies the intricate delicacy of his grandfather’s style as well as the techniques which his grandfather learned from one of the most famous Sarangi exponents of the first half of the last century, Ustad Bade Ghulam Sabir Khan Ambala Wale.

An A grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan, Sarwar has received many awards for his outstanding performance. Sarwar has been a faculty member of ITC SRA since September 2009.


Shatavisha Mukherjee

Shatavisha Mukherjee, born on 20th April, 1993, learnt the first notes of Indian classical music under Pandit A Kanan. Associated with the ITC SRA from the age of four, the ideal age to begin a musical journey, Shatavisha is presently training under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar as a junior scholar. She has a great love for literature and mathematics, the two subjects which will give her a clear insight into the art and science of traditional Indian music.


Snehesh Nag

Born on May 18, 1996, Snehesh Nag started learning the sitar from his father, sitarist Sugato Nag when he was four years old. He also took additional talim from Sri Pranab Naha and already has to his credit, performances in the USA and Canada. He joined the Academy in September 2009 as a Junior Scholar, training under Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. Snehesh is also learning the tabla from tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose and taking vocal instruction from Shri Sandeep Nag.


Supratik Sengupta

Supratik Sengupta received his early training from his vocalist father and subsequently began formal training on the sitar. After receiving the National Talent Search Scholarship in 1994, he briefly trained under Sangeetacharya Ajoy Sinha Roy and later was a student of Pradeep Chakrabarty, a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Supratik was selected for the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India and has stood first in various music competitions, including that of the Ravi Kichlu Foundation. He has been with ITC-SRA from 2002 and is currently a scholar here under the sarod maestro, Buddhadev Das Gupta. Supratik has recently become a Musician Scholar at the Academy.



Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay

Early initiation into the world of music by his father, Shri Radha Gopal Bandopadhyay and years of rigorous riyaz under the watchful eyes of the much respected tabla and thumri exponent of the Banaras gharana, Pandit Mahadeo Prasad Mishra, have resulted in the making of this exceptional tabla maestro, Pandit Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay. His knowledge of vocal music helps him to strike a balance between subtle artistry and power-packed taiyari in all his performances as a soloist or accompanist. He is now a top graded artiste of Akashvani and a valued member of its Audition Committee. Apart from his performances, he has been associated with many prestigious organizations like the Song & Drama Division, AIR Delhi; Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, University of Delhi and the Amir Khusro Society, Chicago. Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay is a past faculty member of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.


Arif Khan

Arif Khan was born as a child prodigy to a family of great musicians whose heritage goes back several centuries. Belonging to the famous "Farukkhabad Gharana", his grandfather, the late Ustad Karamatullah Khan, great-grand father, the late Ustad Masit Khan and father, Ustad Sabir Khan, represent some of the most celebrated tabla maestros in the history of Classical Music. Arif is one of the youngest amongst upcoming Tabla players of the country and has already made his mark with his incredible dexterity, richness, superb tonal quality and maturity.

Having received intensive rigorous Talim from his father from the age of 2, Arif gave his first concert at the age of 6 - an unforgettable jugalbandi with his father at a concert in Calcutta, in front of thousands of people. Since then he has been performing in various countries (U.S., Germany, Japan to name a few) and has accompanied greats masters like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Raza Ali Khan, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Ustad Shujat Khan, Ustad Rais Khan and Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Apart from being a classical tabla player, he has also tried to enhance his versatility in music by performing different kinds of music like fusion, jazz and commercial music and has collaborated with the likes of Louis Banks, Paul Prince, Michael Harrison, Taufiq Qureshi. Arif has also given the background score in a short documentary film in Mumbai.


Ashoke Mukherjee

Brought up in an atmosphere of music and inspired by his parents, Ashoke Mukherjee, is one of the finest tabla players of the present generation. He started his initial training from the Late Pandit Bibhuti Bhushan Bhattacharya of the Lucknow gharana and subsequently, trained under his son, Pandit Swaraj Bhattacharya. Ashoke has proved himself as a soloist and as an accompanist. He has charmed audiences everywhere with his aesthetics and musicality and has received excellent press reviews. He has accompanied a number of reputed musicians in prestigious musical festivals all over the country and has also toured Europe and the Far East, performing at reputed festivals. He has conducted several tabla workshops as well. Ashoke has also dabbled with western jazz, rock and fusion music and is associated with Amit Chowdhury’s “This is Fusion” project.


Embar S Kannan

Born on 19th Feb 1975, Kannan hails from a family of musicians. Although he holds a post graduate degree in commerce, from the Madras University, music has been his raison’d’etre He had his initial training in Carnatic music under Sri Subbanna Bhagavatar and Vittal Ramamurthy and in western classical music under music director, Diwakar master. He has since continued his formal training in the violin under Kumari Kanyakumari. He is a composer and is actively involved in the production of film music.


Jyoti Goho

Inspired by his mother’s melodious voice, Jyoti Goho developed a keen interest in music, which was carefully nurtured by his parents. He was trained in harmonium playing by Shri Deb Kumar Banerjee. He also has profound knowledge of vocal music in which his mentors were Shri Sanat Banerjee, Shri Biren Bose and Pandit A.Kanan. He is thus able to heighten the mood and spirit of any performance. Known for his sensitive playing and appropriate embellishments, his supportive role has been acknowledged, among other stalwarts, by the great maestro Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. Shri Jyoti Goho has performed with all the great vocalists of Hindustani classical music, appearing at the major Sangeet sammelans in India and abroad. He is currently a faculty member of the ITC-SRA.


Indranil Bhaduri

Born in 1973, Indranil Bhaduri began learning the tabla when he was 10, from late Guru Satyanarayan Saha of the Benaras gharana. For the last ten years he has been a disciple of Pandit Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay of the Farukhabad gharana.

A Graduate with Honours in Accountancy, he is a “B-High” graded artiste of All India Radio and has accompanied both vocalists and instrumentalists at numerous concerts in several cities in India as well as Muscat, Canada, USA and UK.



J Vaidyanathan

He hails from a legendary family, being the son of Sri D K Jayaraman, and the nephew of D K Pattamal. He is the disciple of Sri T K Murthy.


Pradyat Mishra

Pradyat Mishra started his musical education, learning tabla initially from his father, Shri Niranjan Mishra and later from Shri Pulin Bera and Pandit Swapan Siva. He subsequently started learning the Harmonium from Shri Maharaj Banerjee and is presently studying vocal classical music under Pandit Dinanath Mishra. He has performed for All India Radio stations across the country and has provided Nagma support for Kumari Rimpa Siva.


Rupashree Bhattacharya

Born into a family of musicians, Rupashree Bhattacharya was initially tutored in vocal music by her father, Shri Durga Charan Bhattacharya. She later learnt from Shri Ashit Bandopadhyay, Smt. Shipra Bose and Shri Sanjoy Chakrabarty. In 1996 she became a scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the tutelage of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Noticing her innate talent in playing the harmonium, her guru gradually guided her through the intricacies and exacting standards of accompaniment. Rupashree, a proficient vocalist herself, quickly imbibed his teaching and has been able to attain the perfection that Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty had instilled in her. As an ITC SRA scholar, she received dhrupad and dhamar training from Pandit Falguni Mitra, Guru-Prefect, ITC SRA. She has matured into a sensitive and unobtrusive accompanist. A B-High graded artist of All India Radio, she has been a faculty member of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, since 2004.



Samar Saha

Known for his dexterity and rare musicianship, Samar Saha was initially trained by his father Shri Sudhangshu Bhusan Saha and his elder brother Shri Tarak Saha. Later he received extensive taalim from Shri Satchidananda Goswami before becoming a disciple of Shri Krishna Kumar Ganguly (Natu Babu) of the Benaras gharana. A much sought-after soloist as well as an accompanist, he has participated in all the prestigious music festivals in India and overseas, accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists alike. He has been a full time faculty member of ITC Sangeet Research Academy since its inception. Since 1993, he has been encouraging young performers by organising concerts and awarding scholarships through the non-governmental organisation 'Sangeet Piyasi'.


Sanjay Adhikary

Sanjay began his tabla lessons under Shri Ashish Roy Chowdhury and later, Shri Amiya Mukherjee. He then went on to take advanced training from Shri Swapan Siva and is now continuing his talim under Pandit Kumar Bose.

He has been providing skilled accompaniment to top musicians like Vidushi Girija Devi, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, Vidushi Padma Talwalkar, and has received acclaim for his performances in the print media. In 1996, he was awarded the “Talashree” from Matri Udghatan Samiti, Patna.


Sanatan Goswami

Born in Nabadwip Dham, Sanatan Goswami belongs to the fourteenth generation of Lord Chaitainya Mahaprabhu’s wife, Smt Bisnupriya Devi. A highly talented musician, he was introduced to vocal music by his uncle, Late Manindra Goswami, who was the student of Late Sangitacharya Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri. He later trained under Pandit Dinanath Mishra. He then took his talim in Harmonium from Pandit Maharaj Banerjee, the son of the late Pandit Montu Banerjee and subsequently, under the late Pandit V G Jog.

In addition to being a reputed solo Harmonium player and vocalist, Sanatan is among the few select accompanists of prominent musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Rajan & Pandit Sajan Mishra, Vidushi Girija Devi, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and Shri Bickram Ghosh.

Sanatan has performed in almost all major conference all over India and has also made his mark in performances across U.S.A., Canada, Europe and the Middle East. He is also a regular artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

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