7:30 pm19:30

Bansuri Jugalbandi - Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser

  • Chhandayan Center For Indian Music
Eric Fraser, Shivalik Ghoshal, and Steve Gorn

Eric Fraser, Shivalik Ghoshal, and Steve Gorn


Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

We are streaming this performance live.

Steve Gorn met his guru, Sri Gour Goswami in 1971. He remembers the gifted young disciple, Gopal Roy, who became Eric Fraser’s guru 25 years later. Together, Steve and Eric deeply embody the gayaki vocal way of their gurus, who are descendants of thelineage of the legendary Pannalal Ghosh.

Together their jugalbandi of two flutes seamlessly evokes the emotionof rasa, space and
essence of raga.   Joined on tabla by Shivalik Ghoshal, this ensemble carries tradition forward with interactive spontaneity and heart.

Steve Gorn

Grammy winner, and five time Grammy nominee, Steve Gorn is creating a new idiom, a music that combines the essence of classical Indian tradition with a contemporary world music sensibility. The strength of this music arises from a virtuoso mastery, generating a vibrant fusion, alive and accessible to western ears. From Indian classical music to world music and jazz projects with Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Winter and others, Steve infuses great mastery with a haunting, lyrical sweetness to bring the healing breath of the sacred to our demanding contemporary lives

Steve’s first steps on this path were taken as a young jazz musician studying composition at Penn State. He noticed how John Coltrane and Charles Lloyd had begun to incorporate aspects of Indian music into their playing. He investigated modal music and listened to Bismallah Khan who played the shenai, (Indian oboe), and to Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan who were then only beginning to become known to Western audiences. Drawn by these sounds, he followed the music east and found himself in Benares, India in 1969, in a boat on the Ganges with the famous sarangi master, Gopal Misra, listening to his classical raga float out over the water in the evening light.

In Benares, Steve studied shenai with a local teacher and then traveled to Calcutta where he was invited to meet the Bengali bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami.

Returning to the U.S. he continued his study of Indian music with Pandit Raghunath Seth, and brought his elegant bansuri sound to American pop music, influencing a wide range of musicians, recording with Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Paul Winter, Jack DeJohnette, Glen Velez, and many others. Deepak Chopra, Krishna Das, Coleman Barks, Jai Uttal, Jerome Robbins, and Julie Taymor are among those who have sought out his virtuoso bamboo flute. He has composed for film, television, dance and theatre, and performed in concerts and festivals throughout the world, drawing from classical Indian, jazz and world music to create a distinctive signature sound.

His landmark world music recording, “Asian Journal,” and the unique “Wings and Shadows” have become cult favorites, and his acclaimed cd, “Luminous Ragas,” was named one of the top ten recordings of the year by Los Angeles Reader.

Describing his 1996 performance in Mumbai at the Sangeet Research Academy’s Indian Music and the West Seminar, SRA West Chairman, Arvind Parikh has said, “Steve Gorn’s concert was widely appreciated for its outstanding musicianship…. and has won him a host of admirers.” In 1998, Steve returned to India performing to enthusiastic audiences at The Nehru Center, NCPA, and the Dadar Matunga Music Circle in Mumbai.

Eric Fraser

Eric Fraser is an exponent of a unique vocal style of North-Indian flute playing and has been learning intensively through annual trips to Kolkata, India from his guru Pandit Gopal Roy since 2003.  Eric's playing rings with authenticity and pure tone, imbibing the soul of Indian classical music.

Eric is a Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian music and has performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York).  He has a diverse background playing for Indian classical dance, as well as in projects ranging from Jazz, World, India and more.  A founding member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, Eric's involvement in the musical community is far reaching.  Aside from playing Indian classical flute, Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music therapist (MA, MT-BC).

Shivalik Ghoshal

Shivalik Ghoshal performed all of the tabla drumming for the soundtrack of Academy Award-winning documentary Born into Brothels (2004) as well at Lincoln Center with santoor maestro Sri Satnaam Singh. He has accompanied many maestros including Pandit Manilal Nag, Smt Girija Devi, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Phalguni Mitra, and Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain and numerous visiting Indian artists. He has received grants from New Jersey Council of Arts (NJ), Namashkar Foundation (CT), and Asian Arts Initiative (PA), as well as a citation from the New Jersey state legislature. He is currently working with Mary Zimmerman and Doug Peck on reorchestrating the jazz/classical Indian-based music of The Jungle Book for productions at the Goodman Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company. He is a student of tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and comes from a renowned musical family.

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Seminar - Birth Centenary of Ustad Bismillah Khan and M. S. Shubhalakshmi

  • Chhandayan Center for Indian Music (Social Hall),

Free for Friends of Chhandayan and ticket holders to the 2017 all-night concert on May 6th


Single session purchases will apply to any one of the three seminars.  You may purchase two single sessions.

Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

2016 marked the Birth Centenary of two of the most influential Indian musicians of the 20th century, Ustad Bismillah Khan and Shubhalakshmi.  You are invited to attend a seminar on their life and work.  The seminar will be divided into 3 sessions.

Ustad Bismillah Khan (21 March 1916 – 21 August 2006) (born as Amiruddin Khan), often referred to by the honorific title Ustad, was an Indian musician credited with popularizing the sahnai, a subcontinental wind instrument of the oboe class. While the sahnai had long held importance as a folk instrument played primarily during traditional ceremonies, Bismillah Khan is credited with elevating its status and bringing it to the concert stage. He was awarded India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001, becoming the third classical musician after M. S. Shubhalakshmi and Ravi Shankar to be accorded this distinction.

M.S. Subbulakshmi

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Shubhalakshmi (16 September 1916 – 11 December 2004), also known as M.S., was a Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, often considered Asia's Nobel Prize, in 1974 with the citation reading "Exacting purists acknowledge Srimati M. S. Shubhalakshmi as the leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the Carnatic tradition of South India."

Morning Session: 11:00AM - 1:30PM

Speakers: Dr. V. K. Viswanathan and Selvi Viswanathan, Hassan Haider

Afternoon Session: 2:30PM-5:00PM

Speakers: Selvaganesh, Abhisek Lahiri

Evening Session: 6:00PM-8:30PM

Speakers: Arati Ankalekar–Tikekar, Vani Sateesh, M. K. Ramasubramanian, Nirmala Ramasubramanian

This program is partially sponsored by the:

May 7

18th All-Night Concert

  • New York Society for Ethical Culture

A celebration of the birth centenary of Ustad Bismillah Khan and M. S. Shubhalakshmi

Regular Tickets

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Regular Tickets Students, Seniors,
Friends of Chhandayan, Groups of 10 or more

The All-Night Concert will be streamed live.

Holders of tickets to the 2017 All-Night concert also may attend the seminars on Bismillah Khan and M.S. Shubhalakshmi held on May 5th at the Chhandayan Center without additional charge.

Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Program:May 6th 8pm - 5:30am (May 7th)
8.00 pmAbhisek Lahiri - Sarod
Subrata Bhattacharya – Tabla
9.15 pmHassan Haider – Sahnai
Dibyarka Chatterjee - Tabla
Zakir Husain – Sahnai
Nazir Husain – Dukkad
10.30 pmDinner break
11.30 pmTaal-Vadya Kachari
  Viku Vinayakram – Ghatam
  Samir Chatterjee – Tabla
  Selvaganesh – Kanjira
  Swaminathan – Kanjira
  A. Ganeshan – Moorsin
1.00 amVani Sateesh – Vocal
Arun Ramamurthy - Violin
TBD - Mridangam
Swaminathan – Kanjira
2.30 amKushal Das – Sitar
Ramdas Palsule – Tabla
4 amArati Ankalikar-Tikekar – Vocal
Samir Chatterjee – Tabla
Kedar Naphade - Harmonium

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This program is partially sponsored by the:

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Sitar - Roopa Panesar

  • Chhandayan Center For Indian Music

Roopa Panesar


Considered one of the finest sitar players to emerge on the Indian music scene, UK based Roopa Panesar is recognized as an emerging talent. Her soulful and unique style of playing has been receiving accolades from audiences and peers alike for her outstanding ability and quality of music, which has left her listeners captivated.

At the age of seven she began her training under the great educationalist and sitar maestro Ustad Dharambir Singh MBE and under the guidance of Pandit Arvind Parikh and Ustad Shahid Parvez.
With the incredible emotional depth of her sound, she has touched the hearts of audiences far and wide touring extensively in the UK and Europe at major festivals and venues such as WOMAD UK, Royal Festival Hall London, BBC Radio 3, Brighton Festival, Darbar Festival at South Bank Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Colston Hall, Bristol.

Roopa has collaborated with artists from many different genres, including Mercury Prize winner Talvin Singh, Laura Wright and Dirk Brosse, Belgian Symphony Orchestra, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, German Chamber Music Festival, and with music director Rob Lane for the soundtrack of the film ‘West is West’. Rob Lane adds, ‘Roopa’s sitar playing on “West Is West” added immeasurably to my score and showed effortless versatility in moving between blues and classical Indian styles’.

UK Press Reviews

‘British-Indian sitar player Roopa Panesar and her band were outstanding’ – The Independent

‘Sitar star Roopa Panesar, from Leicester, captivated in the wooded arena, her music the perfect soundtrack’ – The Guardian

‘Roopa Panesar stole the show with her graceful and seductive solo Sitar’ – The First Draft

Pirashanna Thevarajah

South Indian Percussion

Pirashanna Thevarajah is a senior disciple of Mridanga Vidwan Sri. M. Balachandar.

A versatile performer, he is one of the few percussionists of his generation to have a command of the various Indian percussion instruments such as the mridangam, kanjira, ghatam and morsing; and is also proficient in the art of konnakol (Indian spoken rhythm).
He has collaborated and performed with many of the world’s foremost Indian classical and contemporary musicians, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Dr M. Balamuralikrishna, Mandolin U. Shrinivas,Talvin Singh and many others.
His busy schedule has taken him to many venues and festivals across Europe, India, the USA and Canada. Pirashanna has featured on many albums and movies, including Anoushka Shankar’s Grammy nominated albums Traveller and Traces of You.

Nittin Mitta


Nitin Mitta, based in New York, is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. Apart from being a dynamic soloist, he is a highly sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians, including Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Pandit Janardan Mitta, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee, Ustad Shahid Parvez and Ustad Nishat Khan to name a few.

Nitin has also made a mark as a versatile collaborator in other spheres. He joined forces with 2010 Grammy nominee pianist Vijay Iyer and electric guitarist R. Prasanna to produce a studio album titled Tirtha that blends elements of contemporary jazz with the North and South Indian traditional ragas and compositions. He has been a band member of the Juno award winning singer, Kiran Ahluwalia. Other musicians he has performed with include Yoko Ono and Simon Shaheen.

Born and brought up in Hyderabad, India, Nitin received his early training in tabla at the age of 9 from Pandit G. Satyanarayana. After winning the First prize in the All India competition and the National Scholarship for music, Nitin continued his further training in tabla under the distinguished teacher Pandit Arvind Mulgaonkar of Mumbai. Both of Nitin's gurus are disciples of the late Ustad Amir Hussain Khan, legendary doyen of the Farukhabad Gharana.

Nitin maintains a busy schedule of performances and tabla workshops, traveling throughout the U.S, Europe, Canada and India. He has performed at several prominent venues, including the Weill Recital Hall and the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has also performed at many of the major music festivals in India, including the Pandit Motiram and Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh in Hyderabad, the Harivallabh Sangeet Samaroh in Jalandhar and the Music Academy Venue in Chennai.
‘A wakeful, radiant performance, suffused with a tricky tranquillity.’ – NY Times
‘Bewitching… takes listeners to places they’ve never heard.’ – LA Times

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North Indian Vocal - Pt. Nagraj Rao Havaldar

  • Chhandayan Center for Indian Music

Pt. Nagraj Rao Havaldar


Dr. Nagraj Rao Havaldar is a disciple Pandit Madhava Gudi, himself a prime disciple of the Kirana scion Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. He is also a disciple of Pandit Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti, a senior disciple of Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. During his study for "Sangeetha Ratna", a six year degree course Hindustani Classical Music from Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka, he studied under Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur (the Head of the Department of Music), and luminaries like Panchakshari Swami Mattigatti, Pandit Basavaraj Rajaguru (Kirana), Pandit Sangameshwar Gurav (Kirana) and Dr. B.D. Pathak who were faculty members.

He has performed all over India, including prestigious venues such as the Hampi Utsava, Mysore Dassera Durbar Festival and Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh at Varanasi. He has also toured the United States and the United Kingdom extensively.  While his style reflects his extensive training from Kirana masters, he is equally at ease with the Jaipur-Atrauli specialities such as Basanti Kedar, Basanti Kanada and Nat Malhar. He has pioneered to popularize the Kannada Khayal by adapting Vachanas, literary works of Haridasas and suitable contemporary poetry in Kannada to the traditional khayal form.

Pt. Samir Chatterjee


Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.

Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India’s greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India’s greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.

Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture.

Sameer Havaldar


Sameer Havaldar hails from a family of musicians. His first guru was Pt. Prabhudeva Salimath in Talikoti. Sameer's father Seshacahala is a retired Professor of History, used to sing Kannada light music and also an approved Kannada cricket commentator. Sameer's uncle Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar is a noted Hindustani Classical Vocalist and a scholar. Sameer's college education and advanced music study has been with his cousins Omkarnath and Kedarnath Havaldar in Bangalore. Sameer holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. He is an accomplished singer too. Sameer is continuing his vocal and harmonium learning under his uncle Pt. Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar and Pt. Panchaksharaiah Hiremath respectively.

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Sarode - Apratim Majumdar

  • Chhandayan Center for Indian Music

Apratim Majumdar


Sarod virtuoso Apratim Majumdar is a very thoughtful and creative Sarod Player, a skilled composer, and a brilliant performer. Based in Calcutta, Apratim (born in 1978) was initially tutored and groomed by Prof Rabin Ghosh, a disciple of Ustad Alauddin Khan, in the strict discipline and style of Senia Maihar Gharana. He also received training from Shree Partho Sarothy, disciple of Ustad Dhyanesh Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Presently he is under training of Dr. Pradip Kumar Chakraborty, one of the most senior disciples of Pt. Ravi Shankar. 
In the process of his prolonged dedicated training for over 28 years in traditional Dhrupadee Veenkar style of Senia Maihar Gharana and he has developed a distinguished playing style of his own. Deeply steeped in tradition, Apratim’s renditions are totally self improvised and meditative in nature.
Apratim is an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Govt. of India was awarded “Sur Mani” Title by Sur Singar Samsad (Mumbai). He is recipient of Jadubhatta Award (Kolkata) and New York State Assembly Award (New York). At the moment being one of the busiest Artists he is performing through out India and regularly traveling on concert tour to Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Austria , Netherlands and USA.

Amit Chatterjee


Amit Chatterjee is a highly gifted Tabla player of India. He is the nephew, adopted son, and disciple of the famous internationally reputed Tabla Maestro Pandit Sankha Chatterjee. Since childhood, Amit passed through rigorous training and practice and in the process he became a very special performer of Indian Drum (Tabla) His playing style is a wonderful confluence of Farukkabad Gharana (Ustad Karamatullah Khan) and Punjab Gharana (Ustad Allarakha Khan).
Amit is an empanelled artist of Indian Council of Cultural Relations(ICCR) and was awarded “Tal Mani” Title by “Sur Singar Samsad” (Mumbai), New York State Assembly Award. Being one of the busiest Indian Artist of his generation Amit is traveling through out India and Europe every year. He also had traveled to USA quite number of times.

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Sarode - David Trasoff

  • Chhandayan Center for Indian Music

Note that this concert is on Friday, rather than the usual Saturday, to avoid scheduling conflict.

David Trasoff


David Trasoff is a senior disciple of the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan. David was privileged to have studied sarode performance and North Indian classical music with his guru since 1973. Acclaimed for his performance in both the United States and India, David has appeared in concert in arts centers, universities, conservatories and festivals in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has made numerous performing tours in India. David holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.F.A. in music from California Institute of the Arts. He served as Director of the Indian Music Ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, University of California Riverside, California State University San Marcos, Pomona College and the Rotterdam Conservatory CODARTS program. David has composed and performed music for film, theater and dance projects, including an award-winning Los Angeles production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the acclaimed Indian art film Leela. His recordings include a CD of North Indian classical music recorded with Ustad Zakir Hussain.

Samir Chatterjee


Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.
Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir’s teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.
Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India’s greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India’s greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.
Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho – both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand – a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD “Blue Incantation” featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.
Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’ and a guide book to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two master degrees, in English and History.
Since June, 2008 Samir has been working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He has made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time he has been able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country.

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Carnatic Rhythm Master Class - Maestro Vikku Vinayakram (Ghatam) & Family

  • Chhandayan Center For Indian Music


Chhandayan is proud to announce a collaboration with the Vinayakram School of South Indian Rhythm, USA that will be inaugurated with a South Indian Workshop/Master Class/Performance at the Chhandayan Center.  The workshop will be led by T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, the famous master of the ghatam, along with his son V. Selvaganesh and several other members of T.H. Vinayakram's family. 

T.H. Vinayakram


Rhythm has always been a quintessential facet of Carnatic music, and in the modern generation of percussionists, perhaps no other individual has mastered the intricacies and the laya endowments of the ghatam to such a great degree as Sri Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram. T.H. Vinayakram, affectionately known as Vikku, has transformed himself into an international celebrity with his imaginative and beautiful drumming on the ghatam.

Well known as a Carnatic artiste, Vikku came to international prominence as part of the famous fusion group Shakti, and went on to participate in many other international fusion music projects.

V. Selvaganesh


Selvaganesh Vinyakaram is the world’s premiere performer on the kanjira, the South Indian frame drum. The T.H. Vinayakram,  he is also a veteran of the fusion group 'Remember Shakti' with John McLaughlin. His solo album Soukha (2006) featured all of the members of Remember Shakti, as well as his father and Masters of Percussion sitarist Niladri Kumar.

Selvaganesh is also a major force in Tamil film making circles, composing songs in a beguiling mixture of genres, from folk to hip-hop to romantic ballads, and backed by a wide array of players from all over the world.

Selvaganesh gave a workshop at Chhandayan earlier this year, where he demonstrated South Indian concepts and performed a duet with Samir Chatterjee.

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Dhrupad – Sunita Avani Amin

  • Chhandayan Center for Indian Music

Sunita Amin


A student of Ustad Bahauddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Sunita Amin has been learning Dhrupad for the past 12 years. She is known for her performances and specializes in Raagdhari, Layakari and Naad Bhed. Her pratham guru is Ustad Bahauddin Dagar and at his request she began learning with Ustad Zia Faiduddin Dagar at Dhrupad Sansar, IIT, Mumbai. She studied intensively with Ustad Bahauddin Dagar at Dhrupad Gurukul set up by him at The Valley School, KFI, Bangalore for a year. She has been practising regularly with Shri Sanjay Agle for the past five years. Sunita has been performing all over india with concerts in Ahmedabad, Pondicherry, Chennai, Patiala, Chandigarh and for three years taught students in Chennai. She also conducts residential workshops for children in schools as she believes that children are the future of Dhrupad. Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar before his demise this year laid the foundation of Vishwa Dhrupad Gurukul on Sunita’s land in Jaipur. He strongly believed that his gurukul should be situated in a home. After his demise the gurukul will now function under the guidance of Ustad Bahauddin Dagar. The Vishwa Dhrupad Gurukul conducts classes and workshops in Dhrupad and has recently announced 3 scholarships to encourage students deeply interested in Dhrupad. She has initiated teaching of Dhrupad in Government Schools in Rajasthan.

Jashon Singh


Jashon Singh, born and raised in New York, started developing a deep love and connection with music when he was a child. Originally influenced by the traditional folk music of Punjab, Jashon later became enticed with Shastriya and Gurmat Sangeet and started learning tabla from Jagjit Singh at the age of 10. During the course of his initial musical education, he travelled extensively to spend time with some great masters such as Sukhwinder Singh and Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, and currently studies Tabla and Jori Pakhawaj under Surdarshan Singh of the Punjab and Benares Gharanas. He is pursing a career in finance and product development in New York City and is an avid aficionado of art and history of Northern India and the Middle East.


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Solo Tabla and Collaboration - Suphala and Friends

  • Chhandayan Center For Indian Music


Suphala is one of the most versatile young tabla artists making music today. A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. The four albums she has released to date – Instru Mental(2000), The Now (2005), Blueprint (2007) and Alien Ancestry (2013) – go beyond the limits of genre and style while referencing such diverse influences as Western classical, Indian classical, electronic, jazz, folk and soul. Her concerts also break down boundaries: she made history in early 2005 when she traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan as the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban.

The musicians she has recorded or performed with include Norah Jones, Perry Ferrell, Edie Brickell, Vernon Reid, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, 4Hero, Yoko Ono, Vijay Iyer and Joan Osbourne, among others. The artistic alliances Suphala forms — including ensembles with vocals, strings, woodwinds, reeds and percussion — are an integral part of her innovative approach to making music. With her unique rhythmic and melodic vocabulary and production chops that are both rigorous and inventive, this next phase of Suphala’s evolving musical expression is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the tabla and a passionate commitment to expand the scope of its expression and to communicate it to the wider world.

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North Indian Vocal - Sandip Bhattacharjee

  • Chhandayan Center For Indian Music

Sandip Bhattacharjee


Sandip was born into a family with a deep rooted love for music. He was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Krishna Bhattacharjee at the age of four and he continued his talim under Smt. Amita Dasgupta later.
At the age of sixteen, Sandip began his talim at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the distinguished guidance of Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan, sons and disciples of the late legendary Sarangi Maestro Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan.
In 2003 he joined ITC-SRA as a residential scholar and in 2013 he became an acknowledged musician at the academy.
Under both his gurus, Sandip was nurtured in the true guru shishya parampara system of training in the Kirana Gharana. Sandip has accomplished a rare feat: he has lived up to the promise and talent he showed as a child prodigy. Although he does not come from the family lineage of Kirana Gharana, Sandip has become a respected proponent of that gayaki style through his training and hard work.

Dibyarka Chatterjee


Dibyarka is a young and promising Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana. His natural inclination towards music became evident shortly after his birth, and at the age of five he was initiated by his father Pandit Samir Chatterjee, a world-renowned Tabla maestro. Since then he has been going through the rigorous discipline of lessons and practice according to the ancient guru-shishya parampara(master-disciple tradition).

Susmita Chakraborty


Susmita Chakraborty is a multi-talented young woman with a promising future. In spite of being a brilliant student and holding a master’s degree in Zoology she has chosen her carrier in music and follows her passion. She has been singing since the age of five. She has participated in and won numerous vocal competitions; she has a lot of performance experience.
Susmita received ten years of Hindustani classical vocal training from Tandra Ghoshal ; afterwards, she learned from Pt. Jayanta Bose who is admired as a versatile genius in the global field of music(Vocal, Harmonium & Tabla) and still learning from Bidushi Suranjana Bose who is “Top grade “ Radio Artist in India.
Susmita has also learned other forms of vocal music (Semi-Classical/Light, Najrul Geeti, old Hindi film songs,Bhajans, Ghazal and Thumri) from  several respected teachers .
Additionally, she enjoys singing regional songs from her native Bengal. She learned Bengali modern songs from the renowned vocalist Haimanti Shukla and Najrulgeeti from Swapna Kanjilal. Susmita has sung and recorded songs for many TV Shows and Movies and has released many albums of her own.