Sarode - Sougata Roy Chowdhury
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Sougata Roy Chowdhury
Sougata Roy Chowdhury is considered to be among the most talented sarod players of his generation. Born in a Bengali artistic family, Sougata grew up in Shantiniketan. His father, Prof. Sarbari Roy Chowdhury, is an eminent sculptor and also a great music connoisseur, with one of the most precious collections of Indian classical music in India today. Sougata’s mother, Smt. Ajanta Roy Chowdhury, is an Indian classical vocalist of the Agra Gharana.
Sougata started to learn sarod at the age of 10 with Ustad Dyanesh Khan, son of the great Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. His Guru taught him the technique of sarod, discipline in music, and compositions in different Ragas, for about 9 years, until his guru’s untimely sudden death at age 45. After that, Sougata continued his learning with Dhyanesh Khan’s elder brother, Ustad Aashish Khan. Over the past 17 years, Sougata has been studying with Pandit Santosh Banerjee, a well-respected sitar and surbahar player living in Kolkata, who is one of the main disciples of Ustad Md.Dabir Khan, the last descendent of the Miyan Tansen family. Pandit Santosh Banerjee has given him rigorous training in various Ragas and in the refined aesthetics of Indian classical music, all of which has allowed Sougata to develop into the mature musician he is today. Sougata has always been a devotee of the sarod Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and admired him as a ‘God of knowledge’, because of the way the late Ustad opened the spiritual way of his musical practice.
In 1994, Sougata gave his first solo performance.
He did his Master degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology from Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan.(1998)
He also received a prestigious degree in Indian Classical music from Prachin Kaka Kendra of Chandigarh(1996-1997)
In 2000 he obtained a scholarship from the Indian Government of Culture, as well as an award by The Pandit Ravi Kichlu Foundation Golden Talent Contest.
In 2006 he started performing regularly for All India Radio, Kolkata. He received his upgrade to ‘A’ grade in 2015 and performed his first National Programme.
Since 2000, Sougata has been performing, teaching and holding workshops in EUROPE (France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and Ireland), USA (New York, Woodstock, Los Angeles, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland) as well
as in various major venues in India.
In October 2010, the Saptak Music Festival, Ahmedabad lauded him as one of the best young artistes of the decade.
- Globus Festival à Graz, Austria (2001);
- Journées des 5 Continents à Martigny, Switzerland (2002);
- Festival de musique indienne à Berne, Switzerland (2002);
- Sangeet Sammelan, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India (2004);
- Sangeet Sandhya, organized by Saptak, Ahmedabad, India (2005);
- Festival de l’Inde Lille 3000, in Lille, France (2006);
- Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (2007);
- Fête de la musique, Alliance française of Calcutta, India (2007);
- Festival de l’Inde, in Grenoble, France (2007);
- Annual Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad, India (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014);
- Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, Ireland (2008, 2009 and 2011);
- Pearse Museum, Dublin, Ireland (2013, 2014, 2015)
- Oriental music Festival, Ariège, South France (2009);
- Art Shastra Gallery, New Delhi, India (2010);
- Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (2010);
- Cork University, concert and workshop, Ireland (2010);
- Auditorium Musée Guimet, National Asiatic Arts
Museum in Paris, France (2011);
- Concerts various places in Italy (2011).
- Concert in Vitry-Sur-Seine (May 2012)
- Concert tour in various places in Italy (May 2012)
- Concert at Cite de la Musique, Marseille (June 2012)
- USA Tour in East Coast & West Coast (Nov-Dec 2012)
-Concert at the AliAkbarCollege of Music in San Rafael (1st Dec. 2012)
-Concert at Terre Du Ciel,France (May2002),(May2014)
-Concerts and Teaching & Workshops in Ireland (Dublin, Killkeney, Cork, Glengarriff)
France (Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Brive) (May-June 2013)
-Concert at Chowdhury House Music Conference (November 2014)
-Concert at Musee Des Confluences, Lyon, France (May 2015)
-Concert at Cite de la Musique, Marseille, Namaste France (Oct 2016)
In recent years his teaching skills gave him the opportunity to develop partnerships
with several Universities and Conservatories in Europe including regular workshops
and teaching in France and Ireland.