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Chhandayan Kolkata Music Program

  • Amiyo Chattopadhyay Memorial Hall Belghoriya Pyaremohan Memorial Town Library 87 Feeder Road Belghoriya, Kolkata - 70056 India (map)

First Half
Vocal - Sohini Chakraborty
Tabla - Sudip Chakraborty
Harmonium - Arko Majumdar

Second Half
Sitar - Deepsankar Bhattacharjee
Tabla - Arunava Mukherjee

Admission - Free

Sohini Chakraborty

Sohini was born and raised in Kolkata India. She was introduced to vocal music at the age of two under the guidance of her mother. At the age of nine she expanded her studies to include learn the instrumental music on the sitar in the tradition of the Imdadkhani Gharana (Itawah Gharana). For the next ten years she was tutored in vocal music by her mother Smt. Tripti Chakraborty, a disciple of Sangeetacharya Amiya Ranjan Banerjee, and on sitar by the late Pt. Debkumar Bhowmik, a disciple of Ustaad Vilayat Kkhan sahab, and her father Mr. Anjan Kanti Chakraborty.

Presently she is under guidance of Sangeetacharya Amiya Ranjan Banerjee, the
 senior-most vocal artist of Bishnupur Gharana and Ustad Shujaat Hussain
Khan, son and disciple of Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan. Sohini’s entire taalim in
music for over 21 years is in the Guru Sishya parampara style in the lineage of
both Bishnupur Gharana (vocal) and Imdadkhani Gharana (sitar).

Sohini performed in the major cities of India including Kolkata, Varanasi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, and Delhi. Her first International debut was at DHAKA and RAJSHAHI, BANGLADESH in the year 2016.

Sohini received the first position in the Rajya Sangeet Academy Competition, first prize in the
Murari Smriti All India Music Competition, and 2nd prize in the Sangeetmilon Classical Voice of Kolkata in KHAYAL in 2016. She received the 1st place in Doverlane ALL India Music Competition in both thumri and bhajan and was the top scorer of the year 2017.

Ratu Sen Smriti Puraskar 2017
Harihar Shukla Memorial Award 2017
Kamal Gupta Smriti Puraskar 2017
Kala Vithika Apurva Pratibha Best Performer of the Year 2017

Sudip Chakraborty

Sudip Chakraborty studied tabla with Pt. Shankar Ghosh. Presently he is a member of Bikram Ghosh ensemble

Arko Majumdar

Arko Majumdar is a talented young harmonium player who presently enrolled in the Bachelor program at the Rabindra Bharati University.

Deepsankar Bhattacharjee

“Sur-Moni” Deepsankar, a young sitarist born in the year 1986, is the fourth generation sitarist of an enlightened musical family. He embarked on his musical journey at a tender age under the tutelage of his father, Pandit Hara Shankar Bhattacharya.He also trained under the watchful guidance of his dadaguru, Padmabhusahan Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan Saheb . He is the torch bearer of the JAFFERKHANI BAAJ, a unique style of sitar playing invented and perfected by Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan saheb.

Deepsankar has performed at various places in India and abroad. His performances in New York and in various cities of Austria, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, CzechRepublic,

Netherlands, France, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Spain,Sweden have been highly appreciated by the cognoscenti and the commoners alike. Deepsankar has been awarded by several Gold medals and titles from various organizations all over in the world.

Among his many accomplishments are
Gold Medal from Sarbobharatio Sangeeto-o-Parisad
Scholarship from CCRT Awarded by Pt.Ravi Kichlu Foundation
Earned the title of “Sur-Moni”
Awarded with Ravi Kopikar Memorial Award from International Foundation for Fine Arts
Won the AIR Music Competition awarded by Arobindo Institute of Culture
National Scholarship by Ministry of Culture
Won the classical competition organised by Vedic Heritage in New York
Gold Medal From Harballav Compitition.
Honoured as "Malhar Manishi" by Malhar Mahostsav, Ajmeer
Awarded Brahm Dhyanam Purashkar from Sangeet Vidyapeeth Parisad

His performances include
Performed at Baba Harballav Music Festival,
All Bengal Music Festival,
Ramakrishna Mission Institute, Golpark,
Salt Lake Music Festival,
German Film Festival,
Naad Niket Sangeet Sammelan,
tribute concert of USTAD RAHMAN KHAN, Delhi Habitat Center,
“Indian Classical Music talents", “Kal-ke-kalakar”, Haridas Sangeet Sammelan in Mumbai, 
Indian Consulate, New York, Berlin, Paris, DenHaag

Arunava Mukherjee

Arunava Mukherjee was initially trained in tabla by his parents. They are his first
inspiration. At the age of 5, he started leaning tabla from Tulsi Narayan Kar and was under his guidance up to age of 17. After that he went to Pt. Kumar
Bose to continue with his studies. He is belongs to the Benaras Gharana style of tabla playing. He considers himself lucky to have him as his guru. Under his guidance he has received national scholarship in 2011, which was held in Bhupal. In 2014 he was the 1st prize winner of Dover Lane Music Competition. In this same year he was
also a 1st prize winner of Chetla Murari Smriti Sangeet Sammilani in Kolkata. After that he received the 3rd prize in Saptak (Pt. Nandan Mehta Shastriya Taal-Vadya Spardha) at Ahmadabad in 2016.

He also did some special performances. In 2012 he played solo at Birla Savagar alongside with Pt. Kumar Bose. Again in 2015 he performed solo at Nadam. In 2016 he accompanied Anusthup Bhattachaiya at Dover Lane Music Conference. In 2017
he accompanied Pt. Haroshankar bhattachariya & Dipshankar Bhattachariya
at Jalsaghar Smarananjoli in Golpark Ramkrishna Mission. He also played at Oikotan Hall, UGCC, Kolkata with Avirup Pal and Prangshu Moheswari. He is now B-high grade artiste of All India Radio.


Earlier Event: August 25
Remembering Ustad Vilayat Khan
Later Event: September 15
Hindustani Vocal Workshop - Fall