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. He was initially tutored by Mohammed A.Daud and acquired further embellishments from Mohammed Sagiruddin Khan. His talent won him a place at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a scholar, where he received training from Ustad Ishtiaq Hussain Khan of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana. Encouraged by Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh who taught him both classical and light classical music, he became aware of the nuances in lyrics. In his pursuit of musical excellence, he has been greatly influenced by Ustad Amir Khan and imbibed the Ustad’s aesthetic qualities. Bhaduri has combined all these styles to create one of his own. Well known too as a composer of Bengali songs and Bhajans, Arun Bhaduri is a top grade Radio and Television artist, and has performed at several Radio National Concerts and Sammelans in India and abroad. He has to his credit a number of cassettes and CDs including some on music lessons released by the West Bengal State Music Academy. Arun Bhaduri is presently a Guru at ITC Sangeet Research Academy.


Harsh Narayan
Harsh Narayan is the most recent and truly phenomenal musical offering from Pandit Ram Narayan family. As son of Pandit Brij Narayan and the grandson of the legendary Pandit Ram Narayan, Harsh Narayan has chosen to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. His recent debut performances both solo and in accompaniment with Pandit Ram Narayan, the joint concert with Pandit Ram Narayan and his daughter Aruna Narayan in Mumbai, and the performance with Pandit Ram Narayan in the Purcell Room in London were all received with great enthusiasm by appreciative audience. Recently he performed with Pandit Ram Narayan and Aruna Narayan in Portugal, Spain, France and Germany. He is undoubtedly a talent that would go a long way in furthering the cause of Sarangi in the international platform.

 

Padma Talwalkar
Displaying a judicious mix of the Kirana, Gwalior and Jaipur gayakis, Padma Talwalkar’s vibrant voice is lent wings by both imagination and virtuosity. She believes in evolving a personalised musical idiom by assimilating the best of diverse styles. Padma was initiated into singing as a child by Pandit Gangadhar Pimpalkhare, and also inspired by him to take up music professionally. She had the exclusive fortune to study under Shrimati Moghubai Kurdikar, the celebrated doyen of the Jaipur gharana. During these years, her musical perceptions were deeply influenced by Kishori Amonkar, the charismatic daughter of Moghubai. Padma also added to her repertoire valuable knowledge from Pandit Nivruttibua Sarnaik and Pandit Gajanan Rao Joshi. Her immense talent attracted attention while she was a student under Bhulabhai Desai Memorial Scholarship, and then the prestigious Kesarbai Kerkar Fellowship of the National Centre of Performing Arts. Since then, Padma Talwalkar has emerged as a revelling presence on the concert scene all over the country and abroad, besides being a popular broadcaster over All India Radio and Doordarshan.

 

Ram Narayan
Ram Narayan and Sarangi have become inseparably synonymous in the pages of history. His sublime dedications to it made this instrument express the very soul of Indian feelings and thought. He comes from an unbroken chain of five generations of great musicians. Inspired by his father Pandit Nathuji Biawat, a master of Dilruba, his taalim took place under Ustad Mehboob Khan, Pandit Udayalal, Pandit Madhav Prasad and Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan. Assigned a job as a staff artist of A.I.R Lahore at the mere age of fourteen, he continued later at A.I.R Delhi, and in no time emerged as the most sought after accompanist. His astounding command over Sarangi soon rose to such a level that he rightly felt constricted in the role of a mere accompanist, and therefore, while working for the film industry in Mumbai, Ram Narayan embarked in the early fifties, aided by brother Pandit Chatur Lal the great Tabla player, on a mission to bring Sarangi to the status of a solo instrument. Soon he cut a solo disc for HMV, and with time, his persistence bore fruit and his performances won the hearts of innumerable music lovers and critics alike, and gave Sarangi the recognition it deserved. Ram Narayan has performed everywhere in India and abroad, winning accolades and esteemed awards such as the Padma Bhushan, the Sangeet Natak Academy and the Kalidas Samman. His children have kept the family tradition alive, by taking up Sarangi and Sarod as their profession.

 

Rashid Khan
There have indeed been only a very few classical vocalists, who form the very burgeoning phase have created such a mesmerizing impact on listeners and astounding influence on the gayaki of budding singers as successfully as Rashid Khan. Hailed by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi as one of the most notable torchbearers of the Hindusthani classical tradition in the twenty-first century, Rashid is a gandabandh shagird of his illustrious granduncle Ustad Nisar Hussain Khan of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana. Debuting in performance at the age of eleven, he has looked higher and higher ever since. Adjudged ‘A’ graded by A.I.R in his very first audition, the phenomenon of stupendous success and an endless list of concerts in the greatest of festivals in the country and abroad has since continued. And equally fascinating is the quantity of published cassettes and CDs available of his, the figure runs apace. The remarkable ability to enthrall listeners, a God’s gift Rashid possesses, has been diligently developed by this young singer to incorporate nuances of different styles. And yet Rashid Khan’s singing bears a distinctive stamp of his very own, grand and majestic.

 

Ruchira Kale
Ruchira Kale received her initial training from her father Dilip Kale. At the age of fourteen, she started learning the nuances of both the classical and semi-classical forms of Hindustani vocal music from the Jaipur gharana vocalist Dr Alka Dev Marulkar. Having won various competitions during her school and college days, she topped at the All India Radio music competition in 1999 and received the National Talent Search scholarship from the Government of India in 2000. She has performed in major concerts in India including Uttaradhikar music festival and at Yashwant Rao Chavan Centre, Mumbai, S.N.Ratanjankar Scholarship and Memorial concerts in Pune and Gwalior respectively. She also toured USA and Canada in 2002. Ruchira is presently a residential scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy under Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar.

 

Shahid Parvez
Shahid Parvez is one of the most brilliant Sitar players of the present times, representing the great musical hierarchy of the Etawah Imdadkhani gharana. Son of Ustad Aziz Khan, the maestro belonging to the third generation Imdadkhani tradition, Shahid Parvez was initiated into Vocal music as well as Tabla at the tender age of three. He shifted to Sitar when he was four, and was soon recognized as a child prodigy. A purist from the beginning, Shahid Parvez has developed a style of his own, combining the gayaki and the tantrakari schools of instrument playing. His rendering on Sitar of the gayaki ang shows the influence on him of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, his father's cousin, the undisputed emperor of Sitar. Recognized as one of the best Sitar players of his generation and hugely in demand all over India and the world, Shahid Parvez has also trained several disciples, including his son.

 

U. Rajesh
U. Rajesh is the son of Shri U. Satyanarayana and brother of the Mandolin maestro Shri U. Shrinivas. Tutored under his father and brother, Rajesh started playing Carnatic classical music on Mandolin at the age of six and gave his first concert at Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in the presence of His Holiness Shri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal. Since then he has been performing extensively in India and abroad both in solos and along with his brother. He has also performed along with great stalwarts like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakaram etc. Rajesh has travelled far and wide in his musical journey and has performed in all major cities around the world. The most unforgettable among all his concerts is the performance in the prestigious International Mandolin Festival held at Rudolstadt, Germany. His ultimate dream lies in binding the world by a common musical language that would cross the barriers of generation by becoming a bridge in itself.

 

U. Shrinivas
Only a very few in recent musical history could achieve such glorious success in as quick a time as U. Shrinivas has done. He is a musical phenomenon to whom perfection of tone and execution come as spontaneously as the unfettered flow of his ideas. When he was only six years old, his father, U. Satyanarayana found him playing on his Mandolin. Inspired by the boy's interest in music, he started teaching his son, and subsequently took him to Subbaraju, a classically trained musician, and disciple of the musical stalwart Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Subbaraju had no experience on the Mandolin, so he would sing Carnatic music, which Shrinivas would then play on the Mandolin. In this way the budding Shrinivas developed his own style. With parental affection, he revived and raised this instrument hitherto unknown in Indian classical music, and took it to a greatly respectable status. He glides over the gamut with ease, traversing four octaves with subtle deflections and suave certainty. Every phrase, every design falls into place in the build up of the Raga. He can evolve and execute the most intricate fraction-ridden swara combinations that would keep any accompanist on edge. Shrinivas has grown into a colossus with probably only the sky as the limit. There is not a dais, not a festival left in the world where he has not mesmerized the listeners.

 

Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam
Born in a family with a rich musical heritage, Vijayalakshmy Subramaniam started her training in Carnatic music at the age of five under Shri K.Padmanabhan. Sangeeta Bhushanam Shri K.Krishnaswami of Annamalai University taught her detailed aspects of manodharma Sangita or improvisation. Vijayalakshmy further honed her skills receiving specialised guidance from Shri S.Rajam, Shri T.R.Subramaniam and Shri V.R.Krishnan. Appearing in her maiden concert at the age of twelve, Vijayalakshmy has since an impressive record of numerous performances in India and abroad, noteworthy being the Swati Tirunal Sangeetotsavam organized by the Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy, and concerts in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Finland and Switzerland. She participated in the Asia Pacific music festival in New Zealand in 1992, conducted workshops on Carnatic music in New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland. Vijayalakshmy has performed widely in India. In Chennai, she has given lecture-demonstrations at well-known music institutions, as also in those conducted by the Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival Committee in Tirupati. She has also presented exclusive concerts of composers like Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar, Shyama Sastri, Swati Tirunal, Purandara Dasa as well as Jayadev’s Ashtapadis. An ‘A’ graded artiste of All India Radio, Chennai, she has performed in the prestigious Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan concerts. In January this year, Vijayalakshmy received the ‘Sharada Krishna Iyer Memorial Award’ for “Outstanding Performance”.

 

Zakir Hussain
The earth is the chosen place of mightiest souls, the heroic spirit’s battlefield, and Zakir Hussain, immeasurable by any standards, has made great dreams a mould for coming things, and has cast his deeds like bronze to front the years. Born of a lifetime legend, Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, Zakir, with extraordinary merit of dexterity and maturity, started accompanying the maestros Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar even as he was a little boy. Learning, apart from his father, from living institutions such as Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa and Pandit Shamta Prasad, he assimilated in him the very best of the magnificently diverse Tabla traditions of the country. Performing with an inborn solidity, he soon became the highest demanded percussionist, popular all over the world for his unforgettable solos, accompaniments, and collaborative scores with virtually all forms of world music. A lightning flash of visionary sight, playing upon an inward verge of mind, is how Ustad Zakir Hussain arrives and conquers, standing out in the history of time as one of the most inspiring musicians ever born.




Akram Khan
Akram Khan was born in Meerut. His initial training was from Ustad Niazu Khan of the famous Ajrara gharana. He also received taalim from his grandfather, Ustad Mohd. Shafi Khan. Akram continues receiving advanced training from his father Ustad Hashmat Ali Khan. In academics, he has graduated in Commerce, has obtained ‘Sangeet Praveen’ from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and ‘Sangeet Visharad’ from Chandigarh. He has accompanied, among major stalwarts of music, the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Shahid Parvez and Pandit Bhajan Sopori. Akram’s performances abroad include those at the Kennedy Centre and the Lincoln Centre in USA.
 

 

 

Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay
Initiated into music by his father, Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay was later trained by Pandit Mahadeo Prasad Mishra of the Benaras gharana. A top-graded artiste of All India Radio, Ananda Gopal has had a brilliant and successful career as a Tabla player, and is adept both as a soloist and an accompanist. He is a widely travelled artist and has played with virtually all the leading performers of Hindustani music at festivals all over the world. Apart from his performances, he has been associated with prestigious organisations like the Song & Drama Division (Delhi), Faculty of Music & Fine Arts (Delhi University) and the Amir Khusro Society, Chicago. Ananda Gopal is a senior Faculty member of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.

 

Jyoti Goho
Hearing his mother’s melodious voice, Jyoti Goho developed a keen interest in music. Initially trained by Shri Sanat Banerjee and thereafter, Shri Biren Bose, Jyoti became a disciple of Pandit A.Kanan. Jyoti Goho developed the art of playing Harmonium under the tutelage of Shri Deb Kumar Banerjee. Aided by his knowledge of vocal music, he bloomed into a competent and sensitive Harmonium accompanist. The ability to understand and adjust according to the mood and spirit of the performer has made Jyoti popular amongst all the eminent vocalists of the present generation. His art took him to all places within the country and abroad. Jyoti Goho is a senior member at the faculty of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.

 

 

 

Rupashree Bhattacharya
Tutored in classical vocal first by her father, Shri Durgacharan Bhattacharyya, then Smt. Sipra Bose and finally by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty while a scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Rupashree is a vocalist of extraordinary merit, and a winner of National Scholarship. A regular broadcaster from AIR, she picked up the intricacies of Harmonium accompaniment from her Guru Ajoyji, who himself is a prolific performer on the instrument. Simultaneously with her riyaz in singing, she has devoutly learned the exacting standards and techniques of a sensitive accompaniment, and is presently a faculty member of the ITC-SRA.

 

Samar Saha
A matured musician needs a matured percussion accompanist without whom a recital does not bloom. Such a Tabla artist is Shri Samar Saha. Initially trained under his father, late Shri Sudhangshu Bhushan Saha and brother, Shri Tarak Saha, a Tabla player of repute, his formal training started under the tutelage of Pandit Satchidananda Goswami, and flowered under the able guidance of Pandit Krishna Kumar Ganguly of the Benaras gharana. Frequently featured on Radio and Doordarshan, Samar Saha has participated in all the prestigious music conferences in India, as also to numerous places abroad, like Germany, USA and UK. Shri Samar Saha is a senior faculty member of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy.

 

S.D. Sridharan
Violinist S.D. Sridharan started his initial training under Kumbakonam Sri Srinivasan and had advanced training under the master Violinist Sri M. Chandrasekharan. A Graduate in Chemical Engineering, Sridharan has been performing for the past 35 years, having accompanied all the leading vocalists and instrumentalists in the field of Carnatic Music, including performances for the Great Maharajapuram Sri Santhanam and Mandolin Srinivas. Sridharan has featured in the top national and international festivals, in the company of great percussionists.

   

 

Tanjore K. Murugabhoopathy
The Mridangam artist Tanjore K. Murugabhoopathy, born in Madras, comes from a family of musicians of many generations. His father Thanjai Kalyanasundaram is a well-known actor, musician and poet. Murugabhoopathy had his training under Sri T.R.Srinivasan and Sri Tanjore Upendran, and received the “Vadya Visharad” title with distinction in the Music College. He accompanies all the leading artists like Dr.Sri Balamurali Krishna, Madurai T.N.Seshagopalan, T.V.Sankaranarayanan, Mandolin Srinivas, Ganesh & Kumaresh, Sudha Ragunathan, Dr N.Ramani and Kadri Gopalnath. Murugabhoopathy has travelled for concerts extensively all over the world.

 

Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan
Tiruvarur Vaidyanathan acquired his initial training in Mridangam under Kunju Iyer of Tiruvarur. Considered one of the most talented Mridangam artistes today, he quickly made his way to the top and has accompanied almost all the leading artistes in the field. He has performed in several countries all over the world. Presently, he holds a teaching position in Singapore.

   

 

V. L. Kumar
V. L. Kumar, hails from a family of musicians. His father late Shri V. L. Vedagiri, a renowned Violinist, served All India Radio as a staff artist for about 30yrs. Started learning violin from the age of 11yrs under his father and later joined Tamil Nadu Govt. Music College, and continued his training under the guidance of "Sangeetha Kalanidhi" Prof. T. N. Krishnan, Shri M. S. Anantharaman and Alandur Shri S. Natarajan. In year 1980 he trained in Vocal Music under Shri Sandyavandanam Srinivasarao.

 

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