Vocal - Shikha Ganguly
Tabla - Soumitra Paul
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.