Rajrupa Chowdhury - Sarode
Ehren Hanson - Tabla
Ms. Rajrupa Chowdhury was born at Kolkata, India. She took up Sarode at the tender age of five at the Ustad Ameer Khan School of Instrumental Music under the guidance of Pranab Naha. She has taken talim from Pandit Ajay Sinha Roy and from Siddhartha Roy Chowdhury. In 2006, Ms Chowdhury was placed first class first in her Masters in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Since then she has been taking advanced talim from Prof. Sanjoy Bandyopadhyay, who has been influential in the formation of her own style of music.
Ms. Chowdhury has performed at various concerts and competitions in India such as Salt Lake Music Festival, Kolkata (2010); Maitraiyee Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata (2009); Sutanoti Parisad Concert, Kolkata (2005); Protiva Utsab organized by EZCC, Govt of India (2003); Bishwa Banga Shammelan at Yuva Bharti Krirangan, Kolkata (2001); India Habitat Centre (2001); All India Radio Music Competition (2001) and Dover Lane Music Competition, Kolkata, (1999). She is the proud recipient of awards like ITC-SRA Promising Artist Award, Mumbai; 2001; National Scholarship for Senior Students of Indian Classical Music, Govt. of India, 2000, and Distinction for Sangeet Bhushan by Sangeet Parisad, Chandigarh.
Ms. Rajrupa Chowdhury has also performed at the Bengal ITC-SRA Classical Music Festival, Dhaka (2012); Chhayanaut Suddha Sangeet Sammelan, Dhaka (2012) and in ‘A Tribute to Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’ organized by Chhayanaut, Dhaka in 2009. She has performed on several occasions at Bengal Shilpalaya, Bengal Art Lounge and Shadhona, Dhaka.
Internationally, Ms. Rajrupa Chowdhury has performed at USA, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. She was the youngest Sarode player to perform at the North American Bengali Conference held at New York, USA in 1995.
Ehren Hanson is professional NYC based Tabla player, director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla, and the CEO and founder of Viewcy.com. He began learning tabla at age 15 under Misha Masud in New York City. In 2000, he became a disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Ehren went on to teach rhythm as an assistant professor at Bard College in 2002, and in 2005 he received the Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has accompanied great musicians including Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Pandit Subrata Roy Chaudhuri and Steve Gorn. Ehren is the director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla in Brooklyn, NY, and is an active performer and teacher.