Faculty

Abhik Mukherjee

New York

Abhik Mukherjee is a young promising sitar player of the Etawah gharana. He received his training he received his musical training from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, both of whom are the disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. 


Amod Dandavate

New Jersey

Amod Dandawate's training has primarily been in the Farrukhabad style of Tabla playing. Before migrating to the USA, he was in Hyderabad, India where he was groomed by his father Dr. Vasantrao Dandawate, a disciple of the legendary Maestro Ustad Amir Hussain Khan. He received further  guidance and encouragement from Shafaat Khan as an accompanist and then spent some time taking lessons from Ustad Zakir Hussain. Having settled in New Jersey he has been receiving advanced training, since 2001, as a disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee, a well known maestro of the Farrukhabad gharana. Besides performing solo Tabla, Amod has accompanied several eminent artists and keeps a busy performance schedule. Amod also hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.


Arun Ramamurthy

New York

Arun Ramamurthy is an exciting, young violinist who excels in several genres of music. Arun is equally at home whether he is playing a chaste Thodi raga in a temple concert before knowledgeable Carnatic music lovers, or at a trendy concert in midtown Manhattan trading solos with jazz guitarists. Arun was able to attain this versatility because of the solid grounding he received in Carnatic music, one of the most ancient and highly intricate forms of classical music.


Dan Weiss

New York

Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording “Fourteen” made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years. He has been studying tabla under his guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he continues to perform, tour, teach while continuing his study of tabla, Hindustani vocal, and classical piano.


Debu Nayak

Northern Virginia and Maryland

Devapriya Nayak (Debu) was born in West Bengal, India, and began learning tabla at the age of three from his grandfather, Chaudhury Kausalya Nandan, who was an accomplished pakhawaj and tabla player of the Punjab Gharana. Later, Debu became a disciple of Pt. Radhakanta Nandi of the Benaras Gharana. In 1981, Debu came to the US to pursue higher studies and continued his tabla taalim from Maestros like Ustad Zakir Hussain , Pandit Anindo Chattergee and  Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Currently Debu remains a ‘Ganda Bandha’ shishya of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Debu is an accomplished soloist and accompanist. He has performed with renowned artists like Pt. Vinayak Torvi, Pt. Ramesh Mishra, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Habib Wali Mohammad, Asif Ali Khan, Shahanaz Begum, Gaurav Mazumdar, Partha Bose, Mitali Banerjee-Bhawmik, Tulika Ghosh and many others. 


Dibyarka Chatterjee

New York and New Jersey

Dibyarka Chatterjee 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. Since then he has been going through the rigorous discipline of lessons and practice according to the ancient guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition). He has been blessed with many performance opportunities from Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Buddhadeb Das Gupta, Ustad Shujat Khan, Ustad Mashqoor Ali Khan, Sri Moti Joya Biswas and several other prominent musicians. 


Jay Gandhi

New York

Jay Gandhi is a talented young Indian flautist. He started by learning vocal music from Smt. Kumkum Sanyal. Later on he studied Bansuri from Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao, Pt. Raghunath Seth and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.


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K.V. Mahabala

Tampa, Florida

Mahabala started his musical pursuit through singing and Mandolin, until he found his true love in Sitar. After having initial training from his first teacher, Sri Yoga Narasimha in Mysore, Mahabala decided to seek further musical career at the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya in New Delhi. 


Mailini Srinivasan Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam artist and the disciple of world-renowned artist Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar. A critically-acclaimed soloist and a choreographer, Malini has presented solo Bharatanatyam to various audiences in the U.S., India and Europe. 

Mailini Srinivasan

New York

Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam artist and the disciple of world-renowned artist Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar. She is s critically-acclaimed soloist and choreographer. Malini has presented solo Bharatanatyam to various audiences in the U.S., India and Europe. 


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Maya Mishra

New York

Maya Mishra is a reputed Kathak dancer and teacher in New York. She was born and educated in dance in Kolkata under great gurus. She also started her career as a performer and teacher in Calcutta. We feel honored that she has kindly agreed to join Chhandayan faculty as our first dance teacher.


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Pradeep Chatterjee

New Delhi, India


Rajyasree Ghosh

Kolkata, India

Rajyasree Ghosh is a prominent singer of Indian classical music of her generation. With the guidance of some of the most extraordinary Gurus and her personal rigorous practice regime she has honed equal proficiency in both classical and semi-classical music.


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Samarth Nagarkar

New York

Samarth Nagarkar is and extremely promising Indian classical vocalist. He is known for his eclectic, captivating performances rendered within a traditionally rich approach towards raga exposition and gayaki. He is a disciple of Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar and Pt. Dinkar Kaikini. After graduating ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, Samarth relocated himself to New York pursuing an active career as a leading performer, composer, teacher and author.


Samir Chatterjee

New York, New Jersey and all other locations

Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of 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 western musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway on December 10th, 2007. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings.  He has authored 'A Study of Tabla' and 'Music of India' and has published over 60 albums.


Smt. Sanghamitra Chatterjee Sanghamitra Chatterjee is one of the leading vocalists of India in the fields of light and light classical music. Gifted with a sweet and melodious voice Sanghamitra has chosen light music as her domain; this includes Adhunik (Bengali modern song), Rabindrasangeet (songs of Tagore), Nazrulgeet (songs of Nazrul), songs of Atul Prasad Sen, folk songs, Hindi Bhajans, film songs, Geet, Ghazals, etc.. She had her lessons in classical music from Pdt. Usharanjan Mukherjee and Sri Dashu Mukherjee.

Sanghamitra Chatterjee

New York

Sanghamitra Chatterjee is one of the leading vocalists of India in the fields of light and light classical music. Gifted with a sweet and melodious voice Sanghamitra focuses on Adhunik (Bengali modern song), Rabindrasangeet (songs of Tagore), Nazrulgeet (songs of Nazrul), songs of Atul Prasad Sen, folk songs, Hindi Bhajans, film songs, Geet, Ghazals, etc. She had her lessons in classical music from Pt. Usharanjan Mukherjee, Jatileshwar Mukherjee, Nikhil Chatterjee, Ajoy Das and several other prominent musicians.


Sanjoy Banerjee

New York

Sanjoy Banerjee has enthralled his audiences at home and abroad with his sonorous voice. Initiated into music by his own aunt Smt. Basanti Chatterjee, then Smt Manjulika Dasgupta and later by Sri Ramanuj Dasgupta, for advance training he went to Pt. Narayan Rao Joshi of Kirana Gharana. He furthered his studies under Late Pt. A. Kanan, a stalwart of Kirana Gharana and started learning intricacies of our classical music from him. In 1995 he joined the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy and started learning from Vidushi Late Malabika Kanan as a scholar.


Shailendra Mishra

New Delhi, India


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Steve Gorn

New York

Steve Gorn has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His gurus are the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata, and Pandit Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, who he has often accompanies in concert.


Tejas Tope

New York