Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream - Vocal Concert - Rosy Dutta Pandit

Vocal - Rosy Dutta Pandit
Tabla - Ujjwal Bharati
Harmonium - Sayan Chattopadhyay

Rosy Dutta Pandit, the disciple of Guru Pandit J.V.S Rao and Dr. Sunanda Patnaik along with Tabla maestro Ujjwal Bharati and Sayan Chattopadhyay in harmonium will be bestowing their power of classical music in this harmonious Raga-Chhandayan evening live only on playtoome.com


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Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream - Vocal Concert - Shirin Sengupta

Vocal - Shirin Sengupta
Tabla - Sandip Ghosh
Harmonium - Kamalaksha Mukherjee


Shirin Sengupta

Shirin Sengupta is one of the Youngest "A" Grade Indian Classical Vocalist from Al India Radio & Television, Kolkata, India having performed in major Music Festival & venues in more than 20 countries around the world since the year 2000.She is the winner of President's award from the Government of India, Jadu Bhatta memorial award,Amir Khan memorial award & National Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture to name a few & an Ex "A" Grade Scholar of ITC Sangeet Research academy, Kolkata. She is a Senior "Fellow of the Ministry of Culture", Govt. of India & a Topper of both Graduation & Master's exam from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Right now, Shirin is the President of Monomanjari Institute of performing arts & Research, an International institute in Kolkata. Shirin has more than 20 CD & DVD releases from around the world & is an artist with ICCR, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India.


Sandip Ghosh

Sandip Ghosh, is one of the best Tabla Player from the younger generation in India having performed around the globe since 2006 when Pandit Ranajit Sengupta introduced him in Europe. He is a Student of Pandit Gobinda Bose & Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. He has performed with Great Masters of Indian Classical Music. He is the winner of National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India & got a Master's degree in percussion from Rabindra Bharati University.



Kamalakshma Mukherjee

Kamalakshma Mukherjee is an aspiring young harmonium player from a musical family. He became interested in Classical music under the inspiration of his father, a tabla player. He started his musical journey by learning classical vocal, but later became interested in Harmonium. He has been learning Harmonium and for 20 years under the tutelage of Pt. Maharaj Banerjee, an eminent harmonium player.

He was awarded a National Scholarship from the Govt. of India in 2007 and received a M.A. 1st class in Instrumental Music (Harmonium) from Rabindra Bharati University in 2013. He is now his Ph.D. Recently he also has been appointed in Akash Bani as a Graded Artist in Harmonium. He has accompanied many eminent vocalists including Pt. Amiya Ranjan Bandopadhyay, Ustad Maskur Ali Khan, Pt. Kaibalya Kumar, Pt. Santanu Bandopadhyay, Ustad Wasim Ahmend Khan, and Pt. Satyashil Deshpande.

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Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream - Dhrupad Concert - Sumeet Anand Pandey

Dhrupad Vocal - Sumeet Anand Pandey

Pakawaj - Radheshyam Sharma


Sumeet Anand Pandey

Sumeet Anand Pandey is a young exponent of Dhrupad in the Darbhanga Tradition of Bihar. Sumeet was born into an illustrious music family, custodians of the centuries old ‘Gauhar Vani’ Dhrupad tradition, the Darbhanga Gharana of Bihar. He is the Maternal Grandson of PadmaShree Late Pt. Siyaram Tiwari, one of the most successful exponents of Dhrupad and Great Grandson of music genius Bihar Ratna Late Pt. Ram Prasad Pandey, Sumeet received music as a family legacy. He started learning Indian classical music at an early age from his grandfather, Sh. Birendra Mohan Pandey and since 2008, he has beens receiving Dhrupad training as per the Guru-Shishya Parampara from Dhrupad Maestro, Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick (grandnephew and disciple of Pt. Ram Chatur Mallick of Darbhanga Gharana). Sumeet has provided vocal accompaniment to his Guru in recitals for 05 years. For the past 5 years, he has given solo Dhrupad recitals and has participated in many prestigious music festivals in India and abroad. He broadcasts from AIR, Delhi Kendra. Being ICCR empaneled artist, he successfully concluded six country Europe Dhrupad tour in summer of 2019.


Pandit Radheshyam Sharma

Pt. Radheshyam Sharma was born into a traditional musical family. He received his training in Pakhawaj from his early childhood under the guidance of his father Pandit Totaram Sharma (Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee), The Pakhawaj Wizard. Pt. Radheshyam Sharma also had the privilege to learn from his Dada-Guru Swami Murali Dhar and Pandit Purushottam Das (Padmashree Awardee). He also received his training in Tabla from Professor Sudhir Kumar Saxena, who was a disciple of Ustad Habibuddin Khan, the great Tabla Maestro of Ajrara Gharana. Through rigorous training of years Pt. Radheshyam Sharma has mastered the renowned Pakhawaj Gharana – Jaipur Gharana (Nath Dwara).

From the beginning of Indian Classical Music, treasure of the world, Pakhawaj and Tabla have a very important role. Pt. Radheshyam Sharma is undisputed master of accomplishment as well as solo player in this respect. His aesthetic attitude towards music is unparallel and highly appreciated everywhere.

Pt. Radheshyam Sharma is a “Top Grade” Artist of AIR & Doordarshan Government of India. He received B. Mus (Prabhakar) & M. Mus (Praveen) Degree in both Pakhawaj & Tabla. He attained his BA in Economics from Agra University. He is also the recipient of the prestigious National Scholarship and Fellowship (Junior & Senior) awarded by Ministry of Human Resources, India. Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi awarded Pt. Sharma for his outstanding performance as well as his contribution in Pakhawaj. He has accompanied with the world famous Musician and performed all over India and aboard. He has also been the member of jury of the Music Audition Board AIR Delhi from time to time.

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Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream - Vocal Concert - Nabhodeep Chakraborty

Vocal - Nabhodeep Chakraborty
Tabla - Amit Chatterjee
Harmonium - Aloke Kumar Roy


Nabhodeep Chakraborty

Born on 31st December in 1985 Nabhodeep Chakraborty was initiated into Hindustani Classical music at a tender age of 4 by the late Pandit A.T. Kanan. Nabhodeep then started learning under Sushil Bose a disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

But his training took a decisive turn when he became a gandaband shagird of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s grandsons & Ustad Munawar Ali Khan’s nephews, the present khalifas of Kasur-Patiala Gharana, Ustad Jawaad Ali Khan & Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan. These two Ustads trained Nabhodeep in the true Gharanedar Parampara and helped him to become a topnotch exponent of the Gharana amongst his genaration. His music reflects the magical touch of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Nabhodeep did M.A. in English from Rabindra Bharati University and did M.A. in Music from Rabindra Bharati University securing a first class and first in Khayal.


Amit Chatterjee

Amit Chatterjee, is a highly gifted Tabla player of India. The famous internationally reputed Tabla Maestro, Pandit Sankha Chatterjee being the Uncle and Guru of Amit; found extraordinary talent and tremendous eagerness in little Amit to touch and play the tabla. He adopted Amit as his son and started imparting rigorous training from the tender age of five in typical Indian Style of Guru Shishya Parampara. Amit is one of those rare tabla players who have been fortunate enough to acquire the intricacies and subtleties of both Farukhabad and Punjab Gharana. Rich musical heritage of his family provided Amit with the rare opportunity to come in close contact with and receive blessings from great stalwarts of Indian Music like Late Ustad Allarakha Khan, Late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri, Late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Late Pandit V.G.Jog, Late Pandit Kishen Maharaj, and also living legends such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Ashish Khan.

ACHIEVEMENTS

A Commerce graduate with honours from Calcutta University, Amit stood first class and obtained SANGEET BIVAKAR DEGREE from Bangiya Sangeet Parisad Affiliated to Rabindra Bharati University Kolkata.

Amit is a recognized Musician of ICCR, Delhi.

He has received many prestigious awards such as "JADHUBHATTA" Award from Salt lake Cultural Association kolkata 2002.

The Prestigious "TALMANI" title form Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai.

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Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream - Sarode Concert - Atish Mukhopadhyay

Sarode - Atish Mukhopadhyay
Tabla - Asok Chakrabarty
Tanpura - Saptak Mukhopadhyay


Atish Mukhopadhyay

Atish Mukhopadhyay, one of the very few 'Sarode' virtuosos from the present generation of North Indian Classical instrumental musicians. He is an avid scholar of traditional music and the direct representative and torch bearer of 'Malhar Senia Gharana Of Baba Allauddin Khan'. Atish has performed to high critical acclaim throughout India and abroad and holds sever awards for his musical excellence. Atish is empannelled with the ICCR-Ministry of External affairs as a musician and also as a music teacher.

Atish began his music study in 1985 under the guidance of Guru Professor Dhyanesh Khan. In 1991, Atish started to learn the art of Sarode playing under the affectionate guidance of Ustad Aashish Khan. Atish has studied music from some of the finest Gurus of Indian Classical Music including Mrs. Ameena Perera and the legendary Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Learning the music from these great masters of the Malhar Senia Gharana Of Baba Allauddin Khan for over three decades, Atish has developed a strong musical base. He continues his studies with Ustad Aashish Khan.

Atish's passion for experimentation, study and appreciation of non-Indian music and his love of intercultural music collaboration make hima strong representative of the new generation of Indian musicians. He has worked with Japanese Music, Jazz, and Western classical music successfully in cross-cultural projects.

Atish's Sarode Album - "The Majestic Senia Sarode" has been released by "Raga Music" in India.


Asok Chakrabarty

Asok belongs to a progressive and enlightened family with strong musical and literary background. He began his training in tabla under the tutelage of Shri Madhusudan Ghosh, after which he took advanced training from none other than the great guru of tabla Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh. Thus learning the intricacies, nuances and specializing in the Farukkhabad Gharana. After that he also took training from Pt. Abhijit Banerjee.

Asok is a commerce (hons) graduate from the University of Kolkata and is a post graduate student in music (Tabla) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

He is a regular performer of the All India Radio and Television and has been performing all over India. He has been participated several prestigious concerts in India like Sunday night concerts of A. I. R Radio Sangeet Sammelan, Thyagaraja music festival, Chhandayan annual conference, Gandhar music conference, Spic Mackay, Bhawanipore Sangeet Sammelan. He has also performed extensively in Russia, Germany, London, Austria, Netherland.

Currently Asok is working at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata as an Accompanist Teacher.

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Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream - Sitar Concert - Anjan Saha

Sitar - Anjan Saha
Tabla - Amit Chatterjee


Anjan Saha

An empaneled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Anjan matured under the strict yet caring apprenticeship of his Guru Pandit Debiprosad Chatterjee of Senia Maihar Gharana. Anjan received the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India in 1992 & 1998. He is a graded artist of Prasar Bharati. Anjan has been performing extensively in India and Abroad and conducting workshops at schools in Germany. Besides performance at various Music Festivals, Anjan mesmerizes the audiences with his unique Music Compositions also. Presently, Anjan is the teacher in Rabindra Bharati University.


Amit Chatterjee

Amit Chatterjee, a star tabla player, has been making waves in each of his many personas. Amit regularly performs with some of the greatest names in Indian Classical Music. With an unique blend of both Farukhabad and Punjab’s rich musical flavor in his music, he got these rare opportunities to receive blessings of great stalwarts and maestros of the likes of Late Ustad Allarakha Khan, Late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri, Late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Late Pandit V.G.Jog, Late Pandit Kishen Maharaj, and living legends such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Ashish Khan. Equally brilliant within traditional as well as experimental genres, Amit has carved out an unique niche for himself in his diverse avatars as classical musician.

The famous internationally reputed Tabla Maestro, Pandit Sankha Chatterjee being the Uncle and Guru of Amit; found extraordinary talent and tremendous eagerness in little Amit to touch and play the tabla. He adopted Amit as his son and started imparting rigorous training from the tender age of five in typical Indian Style of Guru Shishya Parampara. Amit is one of those rare tabla players who have been fortunate enough to acquire the intricacies and subtleties of both Farukhabad and Punjab Gharana. Rich musical heritage of his family provided Amit with the rare opportunity to come in close contact with and receive blessings from great stalwarts of Indian Music like Late Ustad Allarakha Khan, Late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri, Late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Late Pandit V.G.Jog, Late Pandit Kishen Maharaj, and also living legends such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Ashish Khan.

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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream - Vocal Concert - A Shiv Prasad Rao

Vocal - A Shiv Prasad Rao
Tabla - Jitendra Kumar Swain
Harmonium - Chetan Nigam


Shiv Prasad Rao

Shiv Prasad Rao comes from a family of musicians. He started learning Hindustani Vocal Classical Music in Vocal at a tender age in Gwalior Parampara from his father Pt. Maheshwar Rao. Shiv Prasad is now under the tutelage of Pt.Vikas Kashalkar of Pune. Under Pt. Kashalkar ji, in addition to Gwalior Parampara, Shiv Prasad is also being trained in the intricacies of the Jaipur & Agra Styles of Gayiki.

Shiv Prasad is a ‘B’ graded artist of Akashvani, Delhi and an is an Empaneled artist of ICCR. Some of the awards received by Shiv Prasad are - ‘Sangeet Saadhak’ by Navodit kalakar Samiti, Delhi, Sangeet Ratna Award by SAM , and Guru Ravi Jain Award by Kala Kunj, Delhi.


Jitendra Kumar Swain

Jitendra Kumar Swain is an B high grade tabla player, of All India Radio and national television, and is based in New Delhi. He has had his extensive training under the famous exponents of tabla like Pt. Gopinath Behera, Pt. Vinod Pathak, and Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. He obtained his Sangeet Alankar degree (M. Music) from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai in 1992. He also has a master of arts degree in Economics. In addition to tabla, he is an accomplished Odissi pakhawaj and has performed extensively for the legendary Odissi dancer Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal across the globe.


Chetan Nigam

Chetan Nigam got his primary education inf harmonium from his mother late Shrimati Prabha Nigam. Later, he got advanced training from his first eminent guru Shri Shekhar Ganeshan and later on Shri Ashish Dhar at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi. At present, he has been teaching in Gandharva Mahavidylaya for the last nine years and a member of Gandharva choir too. He has also performed in various prestigious events.

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Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Raga Chhandayan Livestream Vocal Concert - Shikha Ganguly - Soumitra Paul

Vocal - Shikha Ganguly

Tabla - Soumitra Paul


NOTE - The time listed above is the time of the broadcast in India (IST - Indian Standard Time). Check your timezone for the local start time. For example, the time the East Coast of the USA is typically 12-13 hours behind IST (depending on the US timezone and daylight savings time), so a Saturday evening concert in Delhi would be broadcast Saturday MORNING.


Shikha Ganguly

Shikha Ganguly is as practitioner of Hindustani Classical Music and has reached a position where she can look back on a trail of hard work, success and self enrichment.

She has a career spanning almost 40 years that has been spent in the devotion of music.

When one considers the inherent enigma, the intrinsic mystic element and fluidity of Hindustani Classical Music, one has to concede that keeping to the trail itself needs a dedication that has to be lifelong. Shikha Ganguly now deserves to be given the position of an “Accomplished” in her field. To her the trail is revealing itself, signalling a deeper and deeper journey to the core of Hindustani Classical Music, and everybody knows that this trail is infinite, ever unfolding, ever enriching ones reality.

Academics

Mrs. Ganguly is a Master in Hindustani Classical Music from Delhi University. She learnt Hindustani vocal music under the tutelage of Pandit Mani Prasad, a master belonging to the famous Kirana Gharana, for the last 30 years under the Guru Shishya Parampara.

Work Experience

Shikha Ganguly was a lecturer in two degree colleges in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh for 9 years. She also worked for the Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi, Sangeet Bharati, Mandi House, and other reputed organizations as honorary consultant musician. She is an office bearer in the Delhi chapter of Raag Ranjani, a body of professional musicians spread all over India. She is also a national office bearer for Sangeet Sankalp, an association of classical music performers.

She is regularly invited to judge music contests and music trials and examinations held by Delhi University and other esteemed institutions.

She also runs annual workshops for music enthusiasts in England during the summer months.

Performances

She is an approved artist for All India Radio and Doordarshan. She has performed in many parts of the world including England, France, Germany, Nepal, Belgium, Netherlands, Vienna, USA and Luxembourg. In England, Germany and Austria, she has been invited by the Indian embassy to perform.

In India, Recently she performed for SPICMACAY, a nationally reputed organization dedicated to furthering the cause of performing arts, in a glittering evening in Delhi university.

She also performed at the Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in the month of February 2015.

She has also performed at Swami Hari Das Sangeet Sammelan in Mumbai and Mathura, Tansen Music Festival in Jaipur, Navrang Kala Parishad in Jaipur, Sawai Gandharva Vishwastha Samsthe for celebration of Shri Guruvarya Sawai Gandharva Punyatithi, Dharwad, Vishnu Digambar and Bhaatkhande Jayanti Sangeet Samaroh by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Ghaziabad, Bengal Association Festival held in Delhi, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, Prathima Sabha, Davangere by Dr Prabha Atre Foundation, Mumbai, music conference held at Bhimsen Joshi's birth place and many other places likes Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi, Agra, Kolkata, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Meerut, Nainital, Guwahati, Shillong among others.

Awards and Appreciation

1. She was recently awarded the Eleventh Baba Allauddin Khan Award for excellence in music by Baba Allauddin Khan Music Foundation.
2. She was awarded “Surmani” by the famous Film Music directors Kalyan-Ji – Anand-Ji through Sur Sringar Samsad Bombay.
3. She was awarded “Kalashree” by Ahom Sangeet Sewa Sangathaan, Guwahati.
4. Best Music Teacher by Lion’s Club Delhi
5. Appreciated by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi
6. Smt. Pratibha Atre recognized Smt. Shikha Ganguly as well

She has authored 3 books on music. Presently

She is the Principal of “Sur Mandir Society for Art and Culture New Delhi, affiliated to Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mandal, Miraj (Maharashtra) and Bangiya Sangeet Parishad, Kolkata.


Soumitra Paul

Soumitra Paul was born in a musical family on 20th July 1963. His started learning tabla from Dilip Dhara Sharma in Naihati (W.B.) and at the age of 8 he started learning from Ustad Karamatullah Khan Khalifa of Farrukhabad Gharana and then from his son Ustad Sabir Khan. At present Soumitra learning under the guidance of Pandit Shankha Chatterjee, one of the senior disciples of Ustad Masit Khan and Ustad Karamatullah Khan.

Shri Paul has performed in many prestigious concerts in India and abroad as a solo tabla and has also accompanied renowned Artists like Pandit Debu Chowdhuri, Pandit Ajay Chakrabarti, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Vidusi Anupriya Deotale, Srimati Saran Rani and many others.

He has performed in London, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and is a regular performer of AIR Delhi and TV. In November 2017 he performed in Croatia for celebrations of 70th Anniversary of India's independence with renowned violin player Vidushi Anupriya Deotale.

Soumtra Paul also has led his own famous Jazz group Ek Safar (one journey) in Berlin Germany since 2011.

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Feb
23
9:30 AM09:30

Raga Chhandayan - Sitar Concert - Mita Nag


This event is streamed live as part of the Raga Chhandayan series. through Playtoome. Note that 9:00PM Kolkata time is 9:30 AM Eastern standard time.

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Sitar - Mita Nag

Tabla - Samir Chatterjee


Mita Nag

Miss Mita Nag, daughter of veteran satirist, Pandit Manilal Nag and grand daughter of Sangeet Acharya (a master musician) Gokul Nag, belongs to the Vishnupur Gharana of Bengal, a school of music nearly 300 years old. In terms of lineage, Mita is the sixth generation sitar player in her family, the tradition having begun with her fore fathers. It was with her grandfather Gokul Nag, who had become the Guru of a noted zamindar (feudal lord) family of Uttarpara, a Northern suburb town of Kolkata, that the music of the Nag family came into limelight. With her illustrious father Manilal, the sitar tradition of Vishnupur gharana was made known to the world.

This Gharana follows the Dhrupad style of song and the instrumental recital too, imitates the dhrupad style in the Alap phase.

Mita (born,1969) was initiated into music at the tender age of four . She had shown rather early gestures of her love for music. Toddling with her tiny sitar Mita began her early training under the guidance of her mother who was also a disciple of Gokul Nag. Her grandfather’s encouragement and instructions through singing had much influence on her early reception of music, most noticeably, associating the instrument with song. Her tutelage under her father started at the age of six.

Mita appeared for her debut performance at the age of ten years, the year 1979 being observed as the International Year of the Child. The same year Mita won the Junior National Talent Search Award of the Government of India.

Mita has performed in a number of concerts, solo as well as duet recitals with her father in major cities of India and in many cities of the US, Canada, Japan and Europe. She was awarded the Junior Fellowship Award by the Human Resource Development, Government of India, for her research project on Vishnupur Gharana.

Mita has founded the Gokul Nag Memorial Foundation, a Trust for the promotion of Indian Classical Music, in the fond memory of her grandfather.

Mita is a Masters in English Literature and an M.Phil. in English from The University of Kolkata.


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, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, U Srinivas, Ud. Naseeruddin Sami, Smt. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Shujat Khan, Ud. Saheed Parvez, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Smt. Arti Anklekar, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty, 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, Yoko Ono Lenon, David Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Jerome Harris, Eric Friedlander, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Jin Hi Kim, Min Xiao-Fen, 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 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 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, a guide book to Indian music titled Music of India and Those Forty Days, a journal of an austere practice regimen. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He also taught at the Yale University, Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University, among many other major institutions in the USA, Europe and India. 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 started working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time was 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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Feb
7
9:30 AM09:30

Raga Chhandayan - Vocal Concert - Sanjoy Banerjee

This event is streamed live as part of the Raga Chhandayan series. through Playtoome. Note that 9:00PM Kolkata time is 9:30 AM Eastern standard time.

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Sanjoy Banerjee - Vocal

Rupak Mitra - Tabla

Namami Karmarkar - Harmonium


Sanjoy Banerjee - Vocal

Sanjoy Banerjee is a very famous musician from India and distinguished exponent of the Kirana Gharana of North Indian Vocal Classical  Music. With his sonorous and unwavering voice he has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, performing in UK, Germany, Bangladesh and USA. He was a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able guidence of Late Pt. A Kanan ans Sangeet Bidushi Late Malabika Kanan, who considered him as their worthy successor to their musical heritage. He has received many awards and honours including : Surmani Award from Sur Sringar Samsad , Mumbai, National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India in 1993 and Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Govt of India in 1996. Apart from this Sanjoy Banerjee ia successful Guru teaching at his own institution Kolkata Surourchhana in Kolkata and been as a senior Guru at American Academy of Indian Classical Music, New York, producing students who have already earned appreciation from all corners of the society. He has performed in many concerts all over India namely

ITC Music Conference,Kolkata
Swai Gandharva Music Conference, Hubli, Karnataka.
State Music Academy , Kolkata,
Sangeet Piyasi, Kolkata, 
Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai.

He has also performed in cities like Stutgurt, Balingen, Nuremburg, Aachen, Linich and Kiel in Germany.

He has also extensively performed in places like, London, Birminghum, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham,Hull, Scunthorp in UK.
He has also been in Canada for concerts.

 Also he has been the Music Director in "Three cities project" involving the cities of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby in the year 2005 and 2006 in UK.

He  is also an visiting  examiner at Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal and Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Department of Culture, Government of India.

 

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Feb
2
10:30 AM10:30

Raga Chhandayan - Kolkata

It will be a solo performance of Tabla by Samir Chatterjee. In this program, he will explore the musical possibilities in Tabla, in addition to its rhythmic and compositional elements. Apart from other international performances, he had also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007 and at the UN General Assembly.Music

Live Streaming Link

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Jan
19
10:30 AM10:30

Raga Chhandayan - Kolkata

It will be a solo performance of Tabla by Samir Chatterjee. In this program, he will explore the musical possibilities in Tabla, in addition to its rhythmic and compositional elements. Apart from other international performances, he had also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007 and at the UN General Assembly.Music

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