Kuntala Ray - Indian Classical Guitar
Aditya Phatak - tabla
Interactive session on Raga Ravalry
The Baithak concert series is dedicated to the fond memories of Mr. Chandrakant Rao.
Kuntala Ray is the only female instrumentalist of India who has equal knowledge and efficiency in playing Indian Classical Guitar and Hansa Veena,. She hails from a family of musicians and inherited musical talent from her mother, Late. Maya Maitra. She started her carrier in music in guitar under Sri Uttam Chakrabarty, a renowned Guitar player of Bengal. Her passion for Guitar and her rendering of light music on Hawaiian slide Guitar fetched her fame amongst music lover.
She started learning classical guitar from Pt.Barun Kumar Pal. Subsequently she became the disciple of Pt Soumitra Lahiri, an eminent sitarist of India, of “Visnupur Gharana” and is continuing her talim under Pt Lahiri.She is also taking special talim from the eminent table player of this genre Pt. Suvankar Banerji.
A proficient teacher of mathematics, Kuntala had attended several "Guru Sishya Parampara" workshops of Indian Classical Music at Kolkata and Delhi.
Taking the responsibility of exposing her true talim, Kuntala plays in the most traditional form of rendering a Raga. Her aesthetic way of unfolding a Raga is very much reflected on the listener’s mind because of her good control on the instrument and sound knowledge of Ragas.
As her fame has spread, she has been playing to audiences in various concerts in India and abroad that have been well acclaimed.
Some of her performances were at the Salt Lake Cultural Association, Kolkata, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi, India Internatioal Center, Delhi, Darbur Music Circle, Kolkata, Sangeet Priya Samsad, Kolkata, concerts and workshops at University of North Carolina, USA, Chhandayan, New York, USA, Hindu Cultural Center of Tennessee, Nashville, USA, International Center for Culture, Oslo, Norway