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Dec
23
6:30 PM18:30

Chhandayan Kolkata 2018 Annual Program

Sitar - Vidushi Joya Biswas

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

Vocal - Chhandayan Vocal Ensemble
            directed by Vidushi Rajyasree Ghosh

Program

Part 1 - Chhandayan Vocal Ensemble

Part 2 - Felicitation of Vidushi Joya Biswas

Part 3 - Sitar recital by Vidushi Joya Biswas

Admission - Free


Vidushi Joya Biswas

Joya Biswas is one of the best and most acclaimed Sitar players of India. She has been performing for over four decades widely acknowledged for her brilliance as a musician. She has represented India in many prestigious occasions within the country and abroad. She is popularly known as ‘The First Lady of Sitar’. This is because the instrument she plays is mostly represented by men. And as one of the very few women in the field she has created her own niche through her outstanding caliber placing her on the same or even higher level than many of India’s greatest musicians.    

She hails from a very cultural family of Calcutta. She completed her academic pursuit in History, Journalism and Economics. Joya was married to an Indian nuclear scientist of high repute and she is also mother of a son of equally talented.
      
Joya’s formation as a Sitar player occurred under the guidance of the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, with whom she studied for several years. This way she represents the famous Maihar gharana initiated by Baba Alauddin Khan.
      
Joya. Biswas has performed in many countries of the world over the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She is well-known in India for her television and radio performances. She has received awards of recognition from outstanding personalities like the ex-prime minister of India Smt. Indira Gandhi, Duke Ellington of the Jazz world and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa commented “Joya is a brilliant sitarist of India, Joya’s music touches her listeners with sweetness and technical brilliance.”
      
As an A-Top grade artiste of the National Radio of India Joya Biswas has held positions in the advisory committee of many high level Indian cultural institutions and organizations. Her lectures on different aspects of Indian music have been very well-received at many universities and colleges. Joya has also held the position of a Chairperson and Head of Faculty at the Indian Music School in Calcutta for several years. She has been a member of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO. She is also an Executive Member of the West Bengal State Academy of Music in India.  
      
The beauty of Joya. Biswas’ music lies in the aesthetic presentation of the authentic. With her deep and profound understanding of the ragas and tala systems she has developed a style of her own, sweet and melodious concealing her extraordinary skill. She devotes herself to bring out the Rasa and Bhava (emotion and mood) of each presentation with all sincerity, and that is what has taken her music to such a height.


Rajyasree Ghosh

Rajyasree Ghosh is a very talented vocalist of her generation in the field of Indian Classical Music. She is equally proficient in both classical and semi-classical music, which includes Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan, Tappa and Puratani songs etc.. Born in 1962, Rajyasree started her training at a very early age. Since then her career in music has been glorious journey. She emerged as a gold medalist both in her B.A and M.A exams in classical music (Khayal) from the Rabindra Bharati University. She also received National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resources Development of Govt. of India in 1986 to study under Pandit Amiya Ranjan Banerjee. She was a Scholar at the Sangeet Research Academy, where she studied music under the guidance of Smt. Girija Devi and Pandit Arun Bhaduri and Pandit K.G. Ginde. She took her talim in Nazrulgeeti from Smt. Suprava Sarkar and she is still learning Bengali Tappa, Puratani etc from Shri Ramkumar Chatterjee.

Rajyasree Ghosh has performed and won laurels in several prestigious music conferences in India. She was placed first place for three consecutive years (1984-1986) in the Dover Lane Music Competition in Khayal, Ragpradhan and Bhajan. She features regularly on the national radio and television of India and is holds the position of lecturer at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

In the year 2000, she went to Muscat, Oman at the invitation of Bangiya Parishad and performed several music programs. She has been regularly visiting the USA and performing in several cities like Kansas City, San Francisco, Columbus, Dayton, Boston, Houston and Cincinnati which were highly appreciated by the Indian and non-Indian alike.

Gifted with a powerful and melodious voice, Rajyasree has developed a style characterized by riveting Bandishes, reposeful Alaps and rigorous bol-taans. Her music has a special romantic flavor emerging out of her powerful yet tender approach. Her creativity makes her music a sheer listening pleasure.


Samir Chatterjee

Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from 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 non-Indian musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.    

Chatterjee began his studies early with Pt. Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.
          
Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television of India. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Nasiruddin Saami, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pta. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.
          
Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame – a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.
          
Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for four decades and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founding President Chhandayan, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’, a guidebook to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’ and ‘Those Forty Days’, a journal of an austere practice regimen he undertook during the summer of 2016. He is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two master degrees, in English and History.

Since June, 2008 Samir has been working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He has made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time he has been able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country. He is the recipient of several awards such as the Sunshine Award, Jadu Bhatta Award and Acharya Varistha Award.
 

 

 

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Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Chhandayan Kolkata Music Program

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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.

Awards
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,
NCPA,Mumbai,
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.

 

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Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Chhandayan Kolkata Concert

Vocal - Aniruddha Bhattacharya
Tabla - Debabrata Gupta
Harmonium - Pradip Palit

Vocal - Abhinandita Chatterjee
Tabla - Puranjoy Ghosh

Admission - Free


Pt. Aniruddha Bhattacharya
"A Vocalist With A Golden Voice" - The Hindu

Pt. Aniruddha Bhattacharya is one of the most accomplished vocalists of the Kirana Gharana of Hindustani Classical music. He has been performing extensively across India and overseas including touring in the USA, the UK, and France where he featured among the stalwarts of classical music.  Born in 1971, a young Aniruddha loved music enough to start listening, appreciating, and learning from a very early age under the able guidance of his mother Smt. Gouri Bhattacharya - one of the earliest disciples of Pt. A. Kanan and an outstanding vocalist herself.

In 1989, Shri Bhattacharya's formal training started at the feet of veteran gurus Pt. A. Kanan and Smt. Malavika Kanan.  In 1990 he entered the ITC Sangeet Research Academy as a scholar.

He had an outstanding academic record, and was an Honours Graduate in Zoology from the University of Calcutta.  However, he decided to pursue a career in music and was recognized as a musician and resident tutor by the ITC SRA a few years later.

The Sur Singar Sansad of Mumbai awarded him the coveted "Surmani" title in June 1998.  Accolades have continued to pour in whenever and wherever he performed.  He is an "A" grade artiste with All India Radio and has done multiple national programs for them.  He is an empaneled musician with Doordarshan and ICCR as well.  He has performed in numerous music festivals all over the world.

He is currently the Head of the Department, Guru, member of the expert committee, and a scholarship examiner at the Shakri Begum Memorial Trust in Kolkata, an institute run by Ust. Rashid Khan.  He has also been judging Indian classical music competitions throughout India.

He is also an adept poet and composer in both the Indian and Western classical traditions.  He has two Bengali poetry books to his credit which were released at the prestigious Kolkata International Book Fair.

While not performing or traveling, his days are spent in research around the finer nuances and emotianal expressions of ragas, new compositions, and literary creations.


Debabrata Gupta

Debabrata Gupta is an eminent name in the field of tabla.
Born into a musical family, he began his training at the age of four.  His gurus include Sri Subhash Thakur of the Delhi Gharana, Sri Alok Saha of the Punjab Gharana, and Sri Subrata Gupta of the Farroukabad Gharana. Debarata was fortunate to receive advanced training from Pt. Shankar Ghosh for 15 years and specialized training in taallaya from Pt. Bickram Ghosh. Debabrata’s diverse training even includes South Indian percussion under Guru N. Shankar and Sarode under Sri Amitava Mazumdar.


Debarata was awarded the "Kala Ratnam" award by the T.T. forum in 2016.

He has thrilled audiences as a solo performer and as an accompanist in major festivals and concerts.

 


Pradip Palit

In the domain of Indian Classical Music, Mr. has established himself as one of the most talented harmonium players of his generation. He was blessed with the “Sangeet marg darshan” from musical guru Late Pandit A Kanan.

He started learning as a child from his mother Smt. Chhanda Palit from childhood.  He later learned from  Sri Mongalmoy Bhattacharya and then from  Sri Saroj Ghosh a disciple of the Late Pandit Prasun Banerjee.  He also had training in Indian classical music expression in Harmonium from Pandit Deboprasad Dey.  He is now undergoing a special training in Harmonium wizard from Pandit Jyoti Goho in ITC-Sangeet  Research Academy.

 

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Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Chhandayan Concert

Sarode - Indrayudh Majumdar
Tabla - Samir Chatterjee

Vocal - Sujata Varma (from Nepal)
Tabla - Jagannath Dhaugoda (from Nepal)
Harmonium - Parag Chakraborty (from Bangladesh)

Tabla solo - Pratik Dhibar
Tabla solo - Rajdeep Deb
Sarangi - Vijay Mishra

Please join us for an evening of Indian Music by established and upcoming artists.


Indrayudh Majumdar

Indrayuddh Majumder has been learning Sarode from his father, the world-renowned Sarode Maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, since he was five years old. He has also been receiving guidance from his mother Vidushi Dr. Manasi Majumder, who is a renowned Indian Classical vocalist. Initially, he had also received basic taalim from his grandfather Late Ranjan Majumder.

Indrayuddh had developed keen interest in every genre of music right from his childhood. He has taken up Sarode as his primary choice because of his sheer love for the instrument and Indian Classical Music. He concentrates on maintaining the purity of Indian Classical Music coupled with his smart presentation in his concerts.

He had the privilege to perform in front of Dr. Manmohan Singh (the former PM of India), Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya (the former Chief Minister of West Bengal), Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Shri M.K. Narayanan (the former Governors of West Bengal) among many.

Indrayuddh is also a passionate music composer. He has composed music for a few projects, and has also assisted his father in the background score of a Bengali Feature Film on Byomkesh, 'Sajarur Kaata'.

An MBA in Marketing, Indrayuddh is also the Co-Founder and CEO of an Indian tech-startup, ShowVelvet, which serves as an online interactive platform for Artists and Audience all over the world.


Samir Chatterjee

Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from 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 non-Indian musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.    

    Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.
          
    Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.
          
    Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.
          
    Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’ and a guide book to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two master degrees, in English and History.

      Since June, 2008 Samir has been working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He has made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time he has been able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country.

 

 

 

 

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Dec
23
5:00 PM17:00

Kolkata/Calcutta 2017 Annual Program; Sponsored by Mr. Sunandan Sen

5 pm - Classical Vocal Ensemble
            Featuring Doyel Ghosh, Aakhi Roy, Anhiti Naskar, Srijita Guha, Piyali Chatterjee, 
            DebadritaMukherjee and Hemantika Mukherjee  
            Directed by Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh
            Debjit Patitundi - Tabla
6 pm - Sitar recital
            Shubho Chakraborty - sitar
            Debjit Patitundi -Tabla
7 pm - Vocal recital
           Brajeshwar Mukherjee - vocal           
           Samir Chatterjee - Tabla
           Anirban Chakraborty - Harmonium

Subho Chakraborty

Sitarist Subho Chakraborty belongs to the Maihar-Seniya Gharana of Hindustani Classical Music. He has been enchanting music lovers and connoisseurs with the magical felicity of his recitals throughout years. The unique mellow tone, Gayaki Ang (closely following the Khayal style of vocal music), cogent and contemplation improvisation of the Ragas have earned him a lot appreciation from distinguished audiences across India as well as abroad. Aside from his career as a classical musician, Subho is quite well known as a composer and accompanist in film and popular music.

Born with the musical legacy of his mother, Smt. Anju Chakraborty, a noted Dhrupad singer, and brought up in the enriched versatile musical milieu of his family, Subho started learning sitar at a very tender age under the tutelage of Shree Prafulla Kumar Parbat, a disciple of several maestros of instrumental music from a variety of gharanas. Later he continued his taalim under the sagacious guidance of the eminent sitar maestro, Shree Debiprasad Chatterjee, and still later has been blessed with the efficacious tutoring of the doyen, Shree Partha Chatterjee, thus both his teachers being prodigies of the Maihar-Seniya Gharana and disciples of the stalwart, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee.

Subho received the first prize in the senior Group of the Dover Lane Music Conference, Kolkata, in 1989. Besides his impressive renditions in Chhandayan Music Circle (Kolkata), Youth Guild & Cultural Department of the USSR Consulate General (Kolkata), Kal-Ke-Kalakar Sangeet Sammelan (Mumbai), Dover Lane Music Conference [Periodical], Jhankar Music Circle, West Bengal State Music Academy (Young Talent), Subho has been highly applauded for his notable performances at the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (Kolkata & Pune), India Habitat Centre (New Delhi), Bhowanipur Sangeet Sammilani for a number of times. He has conquered the hearts of numerous listeners and music critics in many concerts in cities like Bengaluru, Guwahati, Kanpur, Agra, Ranchi, Gurgaon and so on.  He has represented Indian Classical Music in Japan through a series of solo concerts and lecture-demonstrations. Subho has toured Bangladesh also for a series of performances and recordings with eminent music directors.
 
Subho is an empaneled artist of the ICCR, New Delhi. He performs regularly on the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Kolkata. His recitals are broadcast regularly in London too. His accolades include the Suramani Award conferred on him by the Sur Sangeet Samsad, Mumbai and Sangeet Shiromoni Award received at the International Dance & Music Festival, 2014. His audio albums on Raga Bhairav and Bhairavi and Yaman and Mishra Kafi are available in USA and India, respectively. Subho has documented his concept and review on the background music of the renowned film director Ritwik Ghatak. He has participated in discourses at numerous music conferences, such as the Dover Lane Music Conference, West Bengal State Music Academy, Indo-Japanese Meet Festival, Russian Festival for Young Talents.  He is attached with reputed training colleges and music institutions in Kolkata. He is also an examiner of the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and the Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan.


Brajeswar Mukherjee

Brajeswar Mukherjee is a well known Hindustani Classical vocalist from Kolkata, India. A disciple of the eminent vocalist Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty since an early age, Brajeswar has earned popularity with lovers of Indian classical music all over the world through his radio programs, live performances and published albums.

Brajeswar Mukherjee is a recipient of many awards and honours, including ‘Dhananjay Smriti Puraskar’ from Calcutta University, Shrutinandan Puraskar from Shrutinandan Institute and ‘Gaan Vardhan’ from Pune. Currently a Musician Tutor and Junior Guru at ITC SRA, Kolkata, Brajeswar is a B-High Grade regular artist of All India Radio, Kolkata.

Brajeswar was born in the small village of Borsul in the Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. Fortunate to have born in a musical family, he started training in Indian classical music from the tender age of four from his father Shri Bankim Mukherjee, a noted ‘Jatra Pala’ singer. For the next few years, he honed his musical skills learning from Shri Asit Roy and Shri Hara Kumar Chatterjee of his hometown. The greatest moment in his music education arrived when Brajeswar, all of ten years of age, was accepted by the celebrated vocalist Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty as his disciple in the true Gurukul tradition.

As an inmate in Gurujee’s (as Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty is called by his student with loving respect) house, Brajeswar trained in the scientific ‘Shrutinandan’ system of learning, devised by Pt. Chakraborty himself. After a few years of hard training, Brajeswar started guiding the young disciples at Shrutinandan, even while fine tuning his own musical expertise. Another milestone in his musical journey came in 2010, when was selected in the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) as a grade A scholar. He currently a musician tutor at ITC SRA, where he continues to train under Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty.

Brajeswar has given solo performances at popular events such as ITC SRA Mangaldeep Sammelan, Legends of India, Kolkata,  Sankar Darabar at Nanded,  Nadam - organised by Tabla maestro Pt. Kumar Bose at Kolkata and the Dharwad Music Festival. He has performed at prestigious institutes such as NCPA Mumbai, India Habitat Center and Rajya Sangeet Academy.

Brajeswar also gave solo performances in USA, UK, Greece and Bangladesh.  Since 2003, Brajeswar Mukerjee has been accompanying his guru Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty on harmonium or as vocal support in concerts all over the world. He has sung with legendary artists such as Dr. Balmuralikrishnan. Brajeswar is also a popular artist with overseas audiences, having given many enthralling performance in cities like USA, UK, Greece and Bangladesh, London, New Orleans and Charlotte. He is a B-High grade artist of All India Radio and has many radio renditions to his name.

Brajeswar Mukerjee has been the recipient of many awards and accolades for his mastery of Hindustani Classical Vocal. He has been awarded the ‘Dhananjay Smriti Puraskar’ from Calcutta University, ‘Shrutinandan Puraskar’ from Pt. Ajay Chakraborty’s Shrutinandan Institute, ‘Gaan Vardhan’ from Pune and has secured National Scholarship from Govt. of India


Samir Chatterjee

Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from 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 non-Indian musical traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.    

Samir began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt. Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents.
          
Samir is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, Ud. Shujat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, to name only a few.
          
Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is also the composer and director of Indo-Flame and Nacho Nacho - both blends of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.
          
Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled ‘A Study of Tabla’ and a guide book to Indian music titled ‘Music of India’. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two master degrees, in English and History.

 Since June, 2008 Samir has been working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He has made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time he has been able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country.
 


Debjit Patitundi

Debjit Patitudi started learning tabla at the age of three from his father Shri Amal Patitundi, a senior disciple of Pandit Sankha Chatterjee. Debjit continued to nurture his passion diligently under the guidance of Pandit Sankha Chatterjee for several years and thereafter he is continuing his lessons from the Tabla Maestro Pandit Subhankar Banerjee.

In 2015 Debjit performed in Spain as part of a tour conducted by The Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India (I.C.C.R.). He also performed in the Prestigious Tirupati Festival, Music concert organized by Sangeet Research Academy, I.T.C. Mumbai in 2005 and 2010. He is a regular artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has earned his reputation both as a soloist and an accompanist.

Debjit is the recipient of The President Gold Medal Award from the Government of India for securing First position in the category of tabla in the All India Radio Competition in 2009. He was awarded by the State Academy Award by the Government of West Bengal in 2003. He also received Pandit Nikhil Ghosh Award from I.T.C Mumbai in 2010 and Pandit Prasun Banerjee Award, Kolkata.


Anirban Chakrabarty

Anirban Chakrabarty hails from a family of Musicians. His father, Amal Chakrabarty is a dedicated vocalist. From his very childhood Anirban was initiated to Hindustani Classical Music by his father. He is a post graduate in music with first class from the Rabindra Bharati University. Although he is a good vocalist, his keen interest in playing Harmonium have driven him under the tutelage of Pandit Manas Chakraborty, the doyen of Kotali Gharana to master himself in the gayaki of Kotali style. He has also keen interest in composing music in lighter forms. The guidance of the Master Musician has already shaped him in well organized Harmonium player, and hoping him to be a musician of high repute in future.

Anirban has to his credit a number of brilliant performances as a harmonium accompanist throughout the country with both upcoming and reputed musicians. Anirban has accompanied musicians of repute like Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Pandit Dinanath Mishra, Pandit Arun Bhaduri, Smt. Kankana Banerjee, Gaan Saraswati Shreela Bandopadhyay, Pandit Madhup Mudgal, Sri. Sarathi Chatterjee, Smt. Ruchira Panda, Sri. Subhasish Mukherjee, Smt. Raka Mukherjee, Sri. Ratan Mohan Sharma and many more.

He is also a regular artist of several television channels. Besides, he is equally adept in playing table, keyboard, guitar and also worked as an arranger for several light music album. Recently popular commercial artists like Indrani Sen, Manomay Bhattacharya, Shampa Kundu, Shubhankar Bhaskar, Sahaj Ma have jointly made album of Modern Bengali Songs and devotional Songs composed and arranged by Anirban.  Recently an album of Poetry and songs of TAGORE of Sri Tarun Chakrabarty has been released, arranged by Anirban. Now Anirban is also working as the Lecturer of Music in ‘Vivekananda Teachers Training Institute’ and also as the General Secretary of ‘Sur Sanchayan Sangeet Vidyalaya’, an institute to uphold the diploma courses of various forms of Indian music. Anirban to his credit has accompanied on harmonium with both upcoming and veteran musicians in all major music festivals of our country. He has also visited UK and USA as a harmonium accompanist with Ruchira Panda and earned accolades both from music lovers and connoisseurs.

 

Vocal Ensemble:

Doyel Ghosh recently graduated from the Rabindra Bharati University with excellent score in Rabindra Sangeet. She has been studying classical music and several types of Bengali song from the renowned preceptor Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh. Doyel has performed in Bangladesh and also performed at Rabindra Sadan in 'Kobi Pokhkho' organized by West Bengal State Music Academy. She received the Sri Sri Kanak Maa Memorial Scholarship. She is grateful to be a part of Chhandayan.

Aakhi Roy is in the Master of Arts program in Rabindra Sangeet department at the Rabindra Bharati university. She recently passed the National Eligibility Test examinationand got the Junior Research fellowship award. She is a student of Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh.

Anhiti Naskar began her training in classical singing and raga-based Bengali songs from Prof. Rajyashree Ghosh in 2008. During this journey she has significantly developed her musical skills. She has also won the first prize at Nikhil Banga Bhajan Competition held by Amibodh Society. She is also awarded a two years scholarship from the same organisation. Presently she is doing her graduation in music from Bengal Music College under the University of Calcutta.

Srijita Guha is an Electronics and Communication Engineering student. She has been undergoing extensive training in classical singing under the guidance from Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh for the past ten years. Shestarted her Musical training at the age of four under the guidance of her father Sri Avijit Guha.

Since childhood she stood first in various Musical Competitions. She was a regular performer in various children's programs conducted by All India Radio, Kolkata. She has also performed in different cultural programs. She aspires to excel in the field of music.

Piyali Chatterjee started learning classical singing in her childhood under guidance of Shri Shubhomoy Bhattacharya. Now she is taking advance training from Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh. She stood 3rd in Khayal competition at the West Bengal State Music Academy. She passed M.Ain music from the Rabindra Bharati University.

Debadrita Mukherjee is twenty years old. She has under graduate degree, specialised in chemistry. She is learning singing from Smt Rajyasree Ghosh.

Hemantika Mukherjee is a student of 10th grade and is learning classical singing for 10 years under the guidance of Smt. Rajyasree Ghosh. She has already won a few awards at different school events. She has also won the 4th position at a competition arranged by Kajalrekha music foundation.

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Jun
26
5:00 PM17:00

Seminar on the Development of Raga - Pt. Shantanu Bhattacharyya

Admission: Free


Shantanu Bhattacharyya

Possessing the rare feat of winning top positions simultaneously in Khayal and Thumri at the age of 20 in the All India Radio Music Competition and also receiving the Top Grade (the highest title of “Pandit”) from Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India at only 44 years of age, Shantanu Bhattacharyya’s singing has been described by the greatest maestros of the country including his Guruma, the immortal Vidushi Meera Banerjee, as a true psychic reflection of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

Initiated into music by his mother Srimati Ira Bhattacharyya, he received further training from Sri Amalendu Pal, Sri Bhishmadeb Bhattacharyya, Sri Sukhendu Goswami and Sri Sudhir Banerjee. And then Shantanu got expansive and invaluable taalim from worshipped names of the Patiala-Kasur style, Pandit Prasun Banerjee and Vidushi Meera Banerjee. Later he studied with Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty as a scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata.

An Honours Graduate in Economics from the University of Calcutta and simultaneously a winner of all state and national level competitions in Khayal and Thumri, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya has performed at the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan Jalandhar, Ustad Allauddin Khan Smriti Samaroh Maihar, Sangeet Natak Akademi Festival Delhi & Bhopal, ITC Sangeet Sammelan Kolkata & Delhi, Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Samaroh Bengaluru, West Bengal State Music Academy Annual Conference Kolkata, Bharatiya Sangeet Vidyalaya Dharwad, VSK Baithak Delhi, Sangeetalok Conference Ambala, Spirit of Unity Concerts Shirdi, ICCR Kolkata, Gurukul Pune, Thumri Festival Jaipur, India Habitat Centre Delhi, Swami Haridas Sangeet Samaroh Chennai, India International Centre Delhi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Music Conference Kolkata, Amir Khusro Music Akademi Concert Chennai, K.C.Das Anniversary Celebrations Bengaluru and the All India Radio National Programme.

His performances have been highly applauded and best rated at the University of California Los Angeles, ICMC Dallas Texas, Chhandayan New York & Toronto, Sangeetaanjali San Francisco, Ragamala Toronto, as well as numerous other venues in the USA, Canada, England, France, Italy, Finland, Germany, Australia and Singapore.

Accompanied by Sudhir Ghorai on tabla

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