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Vocal and Harmonium - Swagata Chakraborty and Suvendu Banerjee

  • Chhandayan Center For Indian Music 4 West, 43rd Street, #618 New York City, New York, 10036 United States (map)

Vocal - Swagata Chakraborty

Solo Harmonium - Suvendu Banerjee

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee


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Swagata Chakraborty

Swagata (maiden name Mukherjee) is a recognized musical talent from Calcutta, West Bengal. She has performed extensively throughout India and in the US. She has an extensive repertoire that extends from the traditional classical (such as Kheyal) to light classicals such as Thumri, Kajri, Hori, Bhajan etc. to geets such as Nazrul-geets, Rabindra-sangeet and other modern songs in Hindi and Bengali. Her talent has won her many awards from several reputed organizations and committees. Recently she performed with the Living Legend, Manna Dey onstage at several locations across US (New Jersey, New York and California among others).

Born with a natural flair for music, she was introduced to classical music at a very tender age of 10. Over a long span of more than 20 years, she received extensive training under the tutelage of some very distinguished and well known performers. She learnt pure Hindustani classical (Kheyal) from Pandit Mohanlal Mishra (famous exponent of the Benaras gharana), Pandit Samarash Choudhury, (disciple of Pandit Ravishankar and a top grade artist with All India Radio and Doordarshan) and Sangit Achariya Pandit A.R. Banerjee (Dean of the Rabindra-Bharati University). Swagata also took specialized training from Bidushi Purnima Choudhury, an outstanding artist of the Beneras gharana in light classicals (Thungri, Kajri, Chaiti, etc.).

Swagata completed her Master of Arts in Music from the esteemed Rabindra-Bharati University in style, being placed at the top of her class which won her the Gold Medal.


National Academy Award, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Delhi, 1996

HMV Golden Talent Contest Award, 2001

Rajya Sangeet Academy Award, Calcutta, 1996

All India Youth Festival Award, 1997

Bani Basu Smriti Prize, Rabindra Bharati University

Nirod-Baran Smriti Prize, Rabindra Bharati University

Suvendu Banerjee

Suvendu Banerjee belongs to a “Gharana”(heritage) which is the pathfinder of solo Harmonium playing in India. His great great grandfather Sangeetacharya Montu Banerjee introduced the new style of harmonium playing which had the illusion of “Meend” (extension of notes) which was almost an impossible task. The correct blend of “Layakari” (Rhythm section) and “Raagdari” (Raaga section) made Harmonium an equally strong instrument as Sitar and Sarod. His grandfather Pandit Deb Kumar Banerjee introduced the “Gayaki” (Vocal nuances) to our ghrana which made our style of harmonium playing even more appealing. Suvendu has been learning harmonium from his grandfather since the age of 7. He had rigorous sessions of “Talim”(learning) as well as “Reyaaz”(practice) every day under the strict guidance of my grandfather. Prior to this, in order to enhance my rhythm sense, he learned Tabla from legends like Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Sri Bickram Ghosh. He has also taken vocal training from Pandit Kumar Prasad Mukherjee. Since childhood he had the privilege of meeting musical maestros like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and many more, and got their blessings. He has had the honour to be very close to Padmabhushan Sri Manna Dey since his childhood. Eminent music director duo Kalyanji- Anandji (Bollywood) invited him to Mumbai where he had the fortune to perform under their banner “The Small Wonders”. He has completed my MSc in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Manchester (2010 -2011). He wants to establish his “Gharana”, instrumental Harmonium, and himself in the global arena of Indian Classical Music. He wants to win the hearts of millions of music lovers throughout the world, and establish Harmonium, as a solo instrument.

Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.

Earlier Event: August 26
Santoor Concert - Vinay Desai
Later Event: September 23
Drum Workshop - Daniel Weiss