Artists Bio

Sugato Nag

Kolkata’s sitar artist Sugato Nag started his training at the age of eight under the guidance of Late Shri Anil Roychowdhury. After his early demise, Sugato became the disciple of Sangeetacharya Radhika Mohan Maitra. Presently he is under the guidance of renowned Sarodiya Padmabhushan Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta.

Sugato’s recital has a blending of the Sitar baj of Ustad Vilayat Khan and the Rabab based Sarod baj of Md. Ameer Khan of Senia Shahjahanpore Gharana. He has also taken lessons from Ajoy Sinha Roy of the Maihar Gharana.

A very melodious and sensitive player, Sugato’s immense talent is evident in the way he handles the sitar, playing and synthesizing two very different types of baaj to create an unique and ‘completely satisfying listening experience’.

Apart from performing all over India, Sugato has toured extensively in the US, Canada, Germany, France,Holland, Japan, Mexico and Australia, playing in University circuits as well as in Music Conferences and holding the audience in sway with his scintillating and exquisite performances.

Ravi Albright

Born in Seattle, Ravi Joseph Albright has been a student of North Indian classicall tabla drumming in both India and the U.S. since the age of 14. He is a “ganda-banda” or formally recognized disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee of Kolkata, India. In 2006 he was initiated into the Farukhabad Gharana, on of India’s traditional schools of tabla playing. His status was consecrated at a formal ceremony call a “puja”, in which the guru (revered instructor) ties a thread around the wrist of the shishya (student) to signify the bond between them and the commitement of the shishya to the art form.

In his youth, he also studied with the talented Debopriyo Sarkar, a student of Pt. Chatterjee in San Rafael, CA. Ravi is now a professional tabla player based in the Seattle area. He has performed in musical theater and for western choral music and other fusion projects.

Ravi has studied accompaniment from and performed with many accomplished musicians such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan, G.S. Sachdev, Pt. Debiprasad Chatterjee & Pt. Deepeak Ram. He has performed in the Seattle area, throughout the United States and Canada.

Ravi is the Executive Director of The Anindo Catterjee Institute of Tabla, a 501c(3) Non-Profit organization offering ongoing classes, workshops and musical events throughout the year in the Seattle area. Ravi teaches tabla to children and adults at all levels and enjoys the challenge of assisting students in development of technique and style.


Past Artists

Milind Raikar

Milind Raikar began his study of Hindustani music at a very young age, with his father, the late Atchut Raikar, musician, vocalist, playwright and actor. He also studied violin in the Western style at Santa Cecilia School of Music, under Carlos Costa. Heeding the inexorable call of Indian classical music, he went on to train with Pandit B. S. Math, Pandit Vasantrao Kadnekar, and Padmashree Pandit D. K. Datar.

Soon he was being avidly sought after as accompanist to several vocal artistes, and these concerts took him all over India. He also toured India, Africa and the Gulf with Remo Fernandes.

The legendary Kishori Amonkar happened to watch Raikar on television, and spotted the potential of this talented youth. She offered to become his teacher, an opportunity that he eagerly accepted. Since then, he has been her pupil, disciple and accompanist at recitals worldwide.He has also accompanied personalities diversely ranging from sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali
Khan, to ghazal king Anup Jalota.

Now settled in Andheri, Mumbai, he has begun the Raikar Violin Academy, the first ever in the city. He has a style of playing and technique which is quite unique. He has championed a novel bow-hold, all his own.

Press accolades have come thick and fast to him. “Raikar has perfect tonal quality and a superb sense of melody” (Afternoon Despatch and Courier); “Remarkable poise and maturity…he handles his violin with utmost ease… his Hansadhwani stood out for its superb tonality and cadence” (The Times of India); “Excellent rendition….all the finesse of a great performance”
(Indian Express).

Vidwan Sri T H Subash Chandran

Vidwan Sri T H Subash Chandran is highly recognized percussionist from Chennai, South India. He is a multi percussionist, performing all kinds of South Indian Classical Carnatic Percussion instruments viz Mridangam, Ghatam , Kanjira, Konnakkol. He is also called the ” King of Konnakkol “.
He has developed international repute through his spellbinding performances at the United Nations, the Festivals of India in USA, Russia (formerly USSR), Switzerland, Japan and with the various philharmonics such as, NY Philharmonic with conductor Mr Zubin Mehta, Norwegian Philharmonic, USSR Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic with renowned violinist Dr L Subramaniam. He has toured all over the world including Japan, Canada, USA, South America, UK, Germany and other European Countries.Subash was a faculty of the CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, CA during 1976-1977, where he taught South India Percussion. Some of his renowned students working now as faculties in universities including, Mr John Bergamo of Cal Arts, Mr Dan Kenney of CSU, Sacremento, Mr Tomm Roland, UNO, Nebraska etc…
Subash Chandran also performed with all time greats Yehudhi Menuhin, Stephen Grapheli, renowned drummers Tony Williams, Max Roach and Indian great artists Smt M S Subbulakshmi, Dr Bala Murali Krishna, Dr L Subramaniam, U Srinivas and others.. He has performed in many albums and CDs and is the recipient of many awards and titles including Kalaimamani, Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt etc.

Ganesh Kumar

Ganesh Kumar is among the world’s leading exponents of classical percussion instruments from South India, the Kanjira, a one-sided frame drum of stretched monitar lizard skin with brass jingles at the wooden rim. He has established himself as one of the world’s leading Kanjira players and has been mainly instrumental in expanding the scope of the music of the Kanjira beyond purely Carnatic Music – or South Indian classical music. Ganesh Kumar frequently performs with western musicians in USA and Europe. Using concerts, lecture demonstrations, master classes and workshops, Ganesh Kumar has actively participated in the creation of a new form of music, a fusion of jazz, pop and traditional Carnatic music that critics have recognized as signaling the growth of what a news article in “The Hindu” called a “whole new genre of Indo-Western Classical Music.” Ganesh Kumar has earned critical acclaim around the globe for his work on Kanjira with many prominent musicians in India and in the West and gained a reputation as one of Carnatic music’s prominent percussion artists.
Received the prestigious “Fulbright Fellowship Award” in performing arts for the year 2000-2001, sponsored by the US State Department and the US Educational Foundation of India. Ganesh Kumar also the receipient of 2004 Maryland State Arts Council ‘Folk Arts Fellowship’
He has collaborated with the esteemed “Cooperman Fife & Drum Co., Inc” in Vermont, USA (www.cooperman.com), to introduce a new Kanjira that addresses the evolving role of the instrument that Ganesh Kumar has created. The Cooperman-Ganesh Kumar Kanjira released under artist innovation signature series, enhances the range and functionality of this traditional instrument. Ganesh Kumar released the 2 ½ hour two volume instructional DVD titled “The Art of Kanjira”, (South Indian Tambourine) a first of its kind in south Indian percussion, Performed in various universities in United States of America

S Harikrishnan

S. Harikrishnan is a young talented Music Composer and keyboard player from Chennai. He is the son of Ghatam Maestro Sri T.H.Subash Chandran. Born in a music family in 1981, Harikrishna is one of the few artists, who can able to fuse both classical and western traditions.
S. Harikrishnan has given many carnatic classical solo concerts amd performed with various leading musicians in India. He has performed with Chitraveena player Vidwan N. Ravikiran and the renowned Hindustani flute player – Pandit Ronu Majumdar in New Delhi on the occasion of “Swar Utsav”. He has toured in USA with Sri T.H. Subash Chandran , in his instrument ensemble concerts “Panchamukha” and “Sanskriti” with the santoor virtuoso Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya. He has given concerts in all major Sabhas in Chennai during annual December music festivals.
He started composing music for a Classical album – “Prakruti” and a fusion album – “Mystic Waves” which was both released by Kosmic music. He has also worked with his father Sri T.H. Subash Chandran for his albums “Subash-60”, “Pradosh” and many more.
Recently he started working with Vijay TV and Sun TV and composed title songs tracks for the popular serials.

Hindol Chattopadhyay

Born in a music-loving family, Hindol has received his initial training from his mother,Smt. Bharati Devi and uncle Shri Susanta Chattopadhyay, disciple of pt Monilal Nag); later he received his extensive training from Pt. Amar Karmakar (disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb) till date; hindol also received his vocal talims from Pt. Kalyan Bose and from Pt. Nidan Bandhu Bandopadhyay.

Hindol Chattopadhyay is considered one of the most engaging, intelligent and talented instrumentalists in contemporary Hindusthani Music. The qualities, which he conjures up on the sitar with such ease, have so far earned him an international reputation of considerable distinction.

His recognition as an artist is firmly grounded in his deep understanding of the classical style.His masterly conception of the grand design and architechture of the ragas has enabled him to innovate with in instrumental form, and this is especially evident in his creative approach to as Hindol created two ragas named PITAMBARI and ASHRUSINCHAN which are admired and approved by the A-TOP GRADED ARTIST VIDUSI KALYANI ROY of Etawa Gharana. All these promises that Hindol has a bright and illustrious musical future.

Shankar Viswanathan

Shankar is a versatile drummer specializing in Mridangam and Morsing. Shankar has studied under great masters – Shri TH Subash Chandran, Mylattur Ramachandran and Thillai Ganapathy. Shankar has been featured in several fusion concerts including ‘Facing East’, ‘Global Harmony Concert’ and ‘Sankara’.

Anand Bhate

Anand Bhate, a rising star on the horizon of Indian Classical Music, is recognized as one of the top vocalists of the younger generation of the great Kirana tradition. Anand has been a disciple of the great classical vocalist, Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, doyen of the Kirana gharana.
Anand has performed all over India and abroad in many prestigious music conferences like Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Samaroha, Learnquest Music Conference, etc. Recipient of numerous awards he has many published albums to his credit. He won the National Award for Best Playback Singer for the movie Balagandharva.

He shows a remarkable versatility in being able to present a wide variety of music, right from the classical Khayal gayaki to the semi-classical exponents like Thumri, Natyageet and Bhajans/Abhagas. He has also performed in the famous musical play Sangeet Saubhadra the role of Krishna.

Anand was a gifted child prodigy. Connoisseurs were spellbound by Anand’s luminous rendering of Balgandharva’s gayaki and affectionately conferred on him the ‘title’ Anand Gandharva at an early age of 10. He got many opportunities to perform, particularly at the residence of Hirabai Badodekar. He invariably impressed his audience—which, on occasion, included stalwarts like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain, P. L. Deshpande and Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande, among others.
Meanwhile, Anand had also begun his initial training in classical music with Pandit Yashwantrao Marathe. Anand became a disciple of the great Pandit Bhimsen Joshi in 1988. Under Bhimsenji’s guidance, Anand has emerged as a notable Khayal-singer of the younger generation is the torch bearer of the Kirana gayaki.
Alongside his career in music, Anand has also had brilliant academics. Through out A merit list student, he went on to get a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Pune. Anand is a dedicated and hard-working professional—both as an engineer and as a musician. His professional work does not deter him from pursuing his passion, music.
For more information and bio-data please visit www.AnandBhate.com

Awards and Achievements

  • Honoured with the title “Anand Gandharva” in 1981 at the age of 10
  • Published an audio cassette of Natyasangeet in 1983
  • Pandit Ramkrishnabua Vaze Young Artiste Award in 2006
  • Dr. Prabha Atre Puraskar, by Ganawardhan, Pune in 2012
  • Balagandharva Puraskar by Akhil Bharatiya Natya Parishad, Mumbai in 2012
  • National award – Best Playback Singer of 2011 – film Balagandharva
  • Maharashtra State award
  • Zee award
  • MIFTA award

Performances

  • A special TV program titled “Anand Gandharva” in 1981.
  • Sawai Gandharva Music Festival in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2010
  • Playback for the film “Balgandharva” released in 2011
  • Gandharva Mahavidyalay 80th Anniversary Conference, Pune, in 2012
  • LearnQuest Music Conference, Boston, USA
  • Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Samaroha, Goa in 2006
  • Saptak, Nasik in 2005
  • Chaturanga Pratishthan, Dadar in 2003
  • Concert tours to USA, England

Bharat Kamat

Bharat Kamat is a virtuoso tabla player of India, well known for his sensitive accompaniment that reflects his deep musical understanding. Born in a family steeped into the tradition of music, he studied his art under the tutelage of his father, the famous table player Pt. Chandrakant Kamat before getting guidance from tabla maestro, Late Pt. Samta Prasad.

Over the years, Bharat has accompanied several eminent artists of Hindustani music including the late Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki, late Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Vi. Kishori Amonkar, Malini Rajurkar, Pt. Jasraj and many others.

Winner of the Akashvani Music Competition award (1991), Bharat has several recordings to his credit. Well received by discerning audiences and lay listeners, Bharat has performed in all the leading music festivals in India and has toured in Europe, USA and the Middle East.

Suyog Kundalkar

Suyog is an established harmonium player of the younger generation. He studied under the guidance of Smt.Ranjana Godse initially and since 1997 he has been a devoted student of the renowned harmonium soloist, accompanist and musicologist Dr. Arawind Thatte.

He has accompanied maestros like Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Pt. Balasaheb Poochwale, Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar, Smt. Girija Devi, Dr. Prabha Atre, Smt. Malini Rajurkar, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustad Rashid Khan, Dr. Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, Pt.Mukul Shivputra, Pt. Madhup Mudgal , Arati Anklikar-Tikekar, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Jayateerth Mevundi, Manjiri Asanare, Anand Bhate and many others.

He has toured extensively all over India and abroad (Switzerland, UK, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, UAE and Russia).

He is recipient of many awards; among them are the prestigious “U.Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar” given by Sangeet Natak Academy and “Rasikagrani Dattopant Deshpande Puraskar.

Suyog is a graded artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from ”Lalit Kala Kendra” (Centre for Performing Arts- Pune University) and is on their panel as a Guru.

Amritha Murali

Amritha Murali belongs to a family of music connoisseurs. Her exceptional musical instincts have been well nurtured by her parents and she has, today, gained much acclaim and popularity with the music fraternity as a highly talented musician of the younger generation.
Gurus: She has had the good fortune of learning vocal music from great gurus , Vidvan Late Sri K R Kedaranathan, Vidushi Smt Meera Kedaranathan, and Vidushi Smt Rama Ravi. She is currently under the tutelage of Vidvan Sri P.S.Narayanaswamy. She also trains under Vidushi Smt.T.Rukmini for violin playing.
Performances: Amritha has been performing for all major organizations in India. She has also performed at the prestigious Tyagaraja Utsavam at Cleveland, Ohio & a few other centers in the United States of America.
Amritha has sung for many contemporary theatre performances directed by the renowned art critic Smt Gowri Ramnarayan. She has also performed at the popular November fest hosted by The Hindu.
Awards and Prizes: A recipient of many prizes and awards, Amritha has to her credit
• the title of “Isai Chudar” from Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai,
• “Yuva Kala Bharathi” from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai,
• Kalki Krishnamurthy memorial award
• the title of ‘Nada Oli’ from Nada Inbam, Chennai,
• Dr.M.L.Vasantakumari memorial award from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha.
• the ‘M S Subbulakshmi Award’ from Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai,
• the ‘Dharmatma Vaidyasubrahmanya Iyer Award’ from R A Puram Bhakta Jana Sabha, Chennai,
• Yuva Kalakaar Puraskar for the year 2005-06 from Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai,
• All India Radio National Competition Prize , 2000,
• Outstanding Sub-Senior Vocalist award in 2010 and the best concert award in2009 for the Sub- Senior category from the Madras Music Academy,
• Best sub- senior vocalist from The Indian Fine Arts Society and Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha ,Chennai,
• Voleti Venkateshwarulu Endowment Prize from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,

Musicians, rasikas and critics have been highly appreciative of her adherence to classical values and the aesthetic appeal of her concerts.

Dr Hemalatha Rangarajan

Dr. Hemalatha Rangarajan qualified musicologist with a M.A. Indian Music, (1994), M.Phil. (1996) and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Madras. “A Study of Desiraga-s of Post Ratnakara period” and ˜A Study of the Ragangaraga-s in the Sangita-sampradaya-pradarsini of Subbarama Diksitar” are respectively the titles of her M.Phil. and Ph.D. dissertations. Hemalatha started learning violin at the age of 8. She first learnt under Shri. K. Sivaraman and later came under the tutelage of Late. Shri. T. S. Narayana Rao, Retd. Staff Artiste of A. I. R. Madras. She is a professional violinist performing for over 2 decades accompanying all the leading Karnataka musicians in their concert performances in India and abroad.

Awards
Has been awarded with “Best Violinist” award from the following sabhas:
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the Year 1993.
The Indian Fine Arts Society in the year 1995.
The Vishwapriya award for Youth excellence in the Year 1995.
The Music Academy – Madras in the years 1994, 1998 and 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
“Yuva Kala Bharati” by the Bharat kalachar in the year 2000.
“Nada Oli” by the Nada Inbam, Chennai in the year 2002.

Vaidhyanathan Jayaraman (aka J Vaidhyanathan)

He is the son of legendry musician Sangita Kalanidhi D.K.Jayaraman and Nephew of Padmavibhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Mrs..D.K.Pattammal. He is the disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Maestro Dr.T.K.Murthy. He has accompanied Great stalwarts like Bharat Ratna Mrs..M.S.Subbulakshmi and many other great Stalwarts. He has travelled widely in India and abroad. He is the youngest Mridangist to get the prestigious Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamilnadu State in 2006.
[note: Isai Peroli, Sangita kalanidhi and Kalaimamani awards are the equivalent of Grammy & Tony in Classical Indian Music].

Aditi Kaikini-Upadhya

Aditi Kaikini Upadhya is the inheritor of a distinguished musical tradition, having been trained by her father Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, a renowned gavaiyya of the Agra Gharana, and her mother,Shashikala Kaikini, a respected vocalist and current Principal of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Music School in Mumbai. From these two gurus, she has imbibed a beautiful approach to music and has emerged as a fine Hindustani vocalist who is also a very dedicated and effective teacher. In addition to this venerable khayal heritage, she has also received training in lighter classical forms from Smt. Shobha Gurtu, known for her unparalleled mastery of Dadra, Thumri and Hori.

Aditi has performed at many prestigious venues in India and abroad, including the National
Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai; Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahotsav, Mumbai; India International Centre, Delhi; Theatre de la Ville, Paris; Saaz, UK; National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore; Bangalore Sangeet Sabha; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore; and Dadar Matunga Music Circle, to name a few.

Mohan Bhide

Mohan Bhide is known as a very sensitive accompanist on the harmonium. He is a
software engineer by profession, but has pursued the Harmonium as a serious hobby.
He learned the instrument through extensive studies with the Late Shri Balasaheb
Mate and then for some time from the Late Shri Govindrao Patwardhan. He has
accompanied many renowned artists in India and abroad as well as given solo
performances showing the strengths of this humble instrument “the Peti”. He lives in
Vancouver BC.

Chaz Hastings

Chaz Hastings has earned a reputation as one of the Northwest’s most prominent
performers of Indian percussion. He started his tabla studies in 2002 with Doug Scheuerell at the University of Oregon. Having developed his foundation from Mr. Scheuerell, Chaz then
traveled to India in 2006 and 2008 to receive advanced training from the young tabla maestro Vishal Nagar in New Delhi. He has recently returned from a three month visit to India during which he received advanced training from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar, the well-known tabla master in Mumbai. Chaz has accompanied many prominent visiting artists. Chaz is a faculty member at the Seattle India Music Academy.

Manjusha Patil-Kulkarni

Manjusha Patil, has inborn talent for music. She started her initial training from Pt. Chintubua Mhaiskar of Sangli. She did her masters degree in Music with Gold Medal, from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. She got an opportunity to study music under able guidance of Late Sangeetacharya Pt. D.V. Kanebuwa of Agra and Gwalior Gharanas for 12 years. Presently she is taking guidance from Padmashri Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar and Dr. Vikas Kashalkar. Manjusha has performed at various music conferences all over India and abroad like UAE, Muscat and U.S.A. She also excels in Semi Classical Musical forms like Thumari, Bhajan and Natya-Sangeet.
Awards :
Pt. Jasraj Gaurav Pursakar in 1998. Pt. Manik Varma Puraskar in 2005. Shanmukhananda
Sangeet Shiromani Puraskar in 2008. Sangeet Natak Academy – Ustad Bismillah Khan Award 2012.
She has performed at Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Pune , Tansen Samaroha, Gwalior, All Bengal Music Festival, Kolkata,
Malhar Festival, Nehru Centre, Mumbai, Kala Akadami, Goa, Sur Mandal, Hyderabad, Akashwani Sangeet Sammelan, Chandigadh,
Sangeet Ashram, Dover Lane Kolkata, Kalakshetra, Chennai, BMM Convention at Chicago, USA.

Rajeev Paranjpe

Rajeev is a self taught musician and a familiar name on TV and radio. Apart from being a respected accompanist on Harmonium and Organ, he has composed music for 10 new Sangeet Nataks. He has accompanied stalwarts like
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Chota Gandharva, Ramdas Kamat, Prabhakar Karekar, Asha Khadilkar, Anand Bhate, Rahul
Deshpande and others. He has accompanied more than 1800 shows of sangeet nataks and 700 classical music concerts.
He has performed at prestigious dramma & music festivals like Sawai Gandharva, National school of drama,
Rangayan-Mysore, Nandikar Kolkata, BMM conventions Philadelphia and Chicago, USA.
He has given guidance to many young singers and promoted them for Marathi Sangeet Natak.

Mayank Bedekar

Mayank is a dedicated artist and a professional Tabla player. He has been blessed by eminent Gurus like Shri Vinay Wagle at Ujjain, Shri Suresh Tulankar and presently Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. He has done his Master’s degree in Tabla from Khairagad University.
Mayank regularly accompanies classical, semiclassical, and other music forms in many prestigious music festivals.
He has accompanied many artists like Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Padma Talwalkar, Gokulotsaw Maharaj, Shounak Abhisheki,
etc. in India and abroad.
He is a graded artist of All India Radio and conferred upon with many felicitations and awards.

Sri O. S. Thyagarajan

Sri O.S.Thyagarajan – the name says it all!! This great musician is a classicist of traditional outfit who paints in glorious colours the fine shades of raga, krithi and swara in his numerous concerts. He had his earlier training under his father Sangeetha Bhooshanam O.V.Subramanian, Padma Bhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.M. Thyagarajan. An ‘A- Top’ graded artist of the All India Radio and of Doordarshan, he has been giving a large number of concerts well appreciated and relished. The Titles won by him are “Sangeetha Choodamani” (Sri Krishna Gana Sabha), Sangeetha Kala Sagara (Kalasagaram, Hyderabad), “Nada Gana Kala Praveena”, “Sangeetha Samrajya” Madurai, “Nadha Booshanam” Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, and New Delhi. He is regularly featured by all leading sabhas in Chennai as well as throughout India and has toured many countries, including USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Middle East, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and many cities in Europe. He worked as Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Annamalai University for 5 years. He has trained many disciples too.

Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan (Mali)

Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan (Mali) is a disciple of Vidwan Sri P. Srinivasa Iyer of Madras. Mali hails from the prestigious Mridangam school of Padmashri Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer. He has also taken advanced lessons from Padmashri Palghat R. Raghu. Mali has accompanied several top notch local artists as well as visiting stalwarts from India like Sri T.R.Subramaniam, Shri R.K.Srikantan, Smt R. Vedavalli, Shri Sashank, Shri R. Prasanna to name a few. He has also performed in world music concerts notably with Sri Sandip Burman and Shri R. Prasanna. Mali works and teaches Mridangam in the Boston area.

Mullaivasal Chandramouli

Sri Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli In a career spanning 2 decades, Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli, has often accompanied great stalwarts or performed violin solo concerts across many continents. Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Violin Isai Vendhan, Yuva Kala Bharathi, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer trust and Viswapriya awardee, Grade-A artiste of both AIR and Doordarshan, Music Academy awardee (‘Outstanding Young Violinist’ for senior concerts), Chandramouli initially received training from Smt. Savithri Sathyamurthy, and thereafter was groomed under the tutelage of the veteran violinist (Late) Sri R.K.Venkatrama Sastry and Violin maestro Sri V.V.Subrahmanyam. Perfection in bowing technique, bringing out the melodic nuances with purity, and weaving intricate and dexterous laya patterns are his forte. This technocrat from IIT, Madras is also a committed music scholar and teacher who has trained many students.

SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is privileged with both belonging to an illustrious musical family, and for achieving success in not only preserving the tradition but in pushing its boundaries to even greater heights of aesthetic beauty. He is one of the most brilliant musical gems of the famous Etawah Gharana and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. His family has produced the most revered and influential figures in Hindusthani Classical Music including the likes of Sahabdad Khansahab, Imdad Khansahab, Enayet Khansahab, Waheed Khansahab and Vilayat Khansahab.
A very young Shahid Parvez was initiated into the rich music of the Gharana by his illustrious father and Guru Ustad Aziz Khan, a famous musician and a noted composer and the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar virtuoso Ustad Waheed Khansahab. As is the custom, Ustad Aziz Khan first initiated his son into vocal music and tabla, before training him on the Sitar over many years with all the intensity and rigor that had made this Gharana famous. The young Shahid Parvez was recognized as a child prodigy and had started performing in public by the time he was only eight years of age. Dogged perseverance and hard work over the years have been rewarded with an extra-ordinary technical prowess and a mastery over ‘Layakari’. One of the numerous achievements of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is to have mastered both Vocal Music and the ‘Tantrakari Baaj’ and then fuse them in such a way as to bring this complex amalgam within the easy reach of all.
Few instrumentalists have enjoyed so much of love and admiration as Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan has, from the music loving fraternity worldwide. He is a Top Grade artist of A.I.R. and a recipient of numerous national and international awards including the ‘Sur Shringaar’, the ‘Kumar Gandharva Samman’, the “M.L. Koser Award’, etc. He is also a recipient of the prestigious “Sangeet Natak Academy Award” of 2006. He has performed in all major musical festivals in India and abroad including the Festival of India held in the US, Europe, USSR, Canada, Middle East, Africa and Australia, enthralling the audience everywhere. With numerous LP records, audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs, numerous awards and accolades, and a distinguished performance career in India and around the world, he is widely recognized as one of the greatest sitar-players of the world.
For Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, the Sitar and Self are identical entities, and music is not just a discipline but life itself – vibrating and pulsating and full of colour. The power of his music is most immediately encountered in the highly charged sound quality he conjures from his Sitar and the sparkling intelligence that is the hallmark of his improvisatory music. By sheer precision and an astute artistic sense he has made for himself a place in the limitless, infinite universe of Indian Classical Music. As the Rajasthan Patrika once said –”After listening to Ustad Shahid Parvez, the future of Sitar is still bright after Pandit Ravi Shankarji.”

PURBAYAN CHATTERJEE

Purbayan has learned Sitar from his father Parthapratim Chatterjee
Purbayan’s music is inspired by the sound of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee
His music combines the tone and richness of the Nikhil Banerjee style and a contemporary touch of his own urbane sensitivity
Is also an astounding vocalist in his own right
Is recipient of the President of India award for being the Best Instrumentalist of the country at the age of 15.
Has received the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Award for being a leading name in the field of Music in ois generation in India.
Has performed in the following prestigious venues in his international career spanning 25 years:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Ted Baxter Hall, Capetown
  • Konzerthaus Berlin
  • Esplanade Theatres, Singapore
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Theatre de la Ville. Paris
  • Salle Gaveau, Paris
  • Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels
  • Has performed in the following Festivals:
  • Bath International Music Festival, UK
  • Brighton Festival , UK • WOMAD in the UK
  • International Music Symposium , Germany
  • Millenium Festival WDR Koln in Germany
  • The Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia
  • The North Sea Jazz Festival in Capetown
  • World Music Festival, Chicago

Has conceptualised the ground-breaking project Shastriya Syndicate – the first Indian Classical Band – Indian Classical band with a contemporary touch, which has performed the world over…….. Roskilde Festival, Denmark, OzAsia Festival, Australia, Traumzeit Festival, Germany to name a few. The album “Lehar” released by Times Music in 2008 has remained the best-seller for a year and a half.
Shankar Mahadevan has performed the title song “Dwo” in Purbayan’s super-hit fusion album, “Stringstruck” released by Times Music. The number has also been compiled in the album “Aman ki Asha”, an Indo-Pak peace project released by Times Music and has also received the Palm IRAA Award for the Best World Music Album of the Year.
Purbayan has designed the “Dwo” which is a Doppelganger of the Indian Sitar
Dwo is a manifestation of the contemporary, urbane personality of his music
Purbayan’s music has been internationally appreciated by jazz greats like Chick Corea, Bella Fleck and Pat Metheney.
Purbayan has performed many times with Tabla stalwart Ustad Zakir Hussain

ANUBRATA CHATTERJEE

Son of the world-renowned tabla maestro, Pt.Anindo Chatterjee , Anubrata was nurtured from day one to be a tabla player. He had the rare fortune of being the youngest and last “Ganda-Bandh” disciple of the great Guru Padmabhushan-Deshkottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh in 1992. Later on Anubrata continued to study under his father.

At his very first public performance, he accompanied Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia amd since then,Anubrata has played many tabla solos and duets with his father and regularly accompanies musicians including Ustad Amjad Ali Khan,Ustad Rais Khan,Pt.Shiv Kumar Sharma,Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Shahid Parvez and many more all over the world.

Anubrata made his international debut with a solo performance at the B.B.C. world radio in the UK. in 1991.Sinse then he has performed in most of the major countries around the world including U.K., U.S.A.,Greece,Jordan,Egypt,Croatia,Israel, Germany, France, Scottland, Swizerland,Indonesia, Westindies, Seychelles, Singapore, Malaysia,Oman, Qatar,Bangladesh,U.A.E. etc. Anubrata has performed in major International festivals like The Carnagie Hall,The Kennedy Center Of Performing Arts,N.A.B.C.,Houston, The Esplanade Theatres,Singapore,World Percussion Festival, Chicago, The Jerash festival,Jordan,Corfu festival,Greece,Dubrovnic Festival,Croatia, and at the Reit Burg Museum in Zurich.In the same year Anubrata was invited to perform in Seychelles by the ambassador of India in Seychelles. In 2006, Anubrata had the rare fortune of performing at the famous Carnegie Music Hall with the maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

He has formed a percussion group called Taal-india which has percussion from every region of india forming an unique blend of tradition and new age music. Taal India has been highly accepted among the youth as well.
He also performs regularly with various fusion bands like Stringstruck etc.
He is currently working on this debut world fusion album called Electro-Mind.

Today, Anubrata is regarded as one of the finest tabla players of his generation.

Dr Hemalatha Rangarajan

Dr. Hemalatha Rangarajan qualified musicologist with a M.A. Indian Music, (1994), M.Phil. (1996) and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Madras. “A Study of Desiraga-s of Post Ratnakara period” and ˜A Study of the Ragangaraga-s in the Sangita-sampradaya-pradarsini of Subbarama Diksitar” are respectively the titles of her M.Phil. and Ph.D. dissertations. Hemalatha started learning violin at the age of 8. She first learnt under Shri. K. Sivaraman and later came under the tutelage of Late. Shri. T. S. Narayana Rao, Retd. Staff Artiste of A. I. R. Madras. She is a professional violinist performing for over 2 decades accompanying all the leading Karnataka musicians in their concert performances in India and abroad.

Awards
Has been awarded with “Best Violinist” award from the following sabhas:
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the Year 1993.
The Indian Fine Arts Society in the year 1995.
The Vishwapriya award for Youth excellence in the Year 1995.
The Music Academy – Madras in the years 1994, 1998 and 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
“Yuva Kala Bharati” by the Bharat kalachar in the year 2000.
“Nada Oli” by the Nada Inbam, Chennai in the year 2002.

Vaidhyanathan Jayaraman (aka J Vaidhyanathan)

He is the son of legendry musician Sangita Kalanidhi D.K.Jayaraman and Nephew of Padmavibhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Mrs..D.K.Pattammal. He is the disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Maestro Dr.T.K.Murthy. He has accompanied Great stalwarts like Bharat Ratna Mrs..M.S.Subbulakshmi and many other great Stalwarts. He has travelled widely in India and abroad. He is the youngest Mridangist to get the prestigious Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamilnadu State in 2006.
[note: Isai Peroli, Sangita kalanidhi and Kalaimamani awards are the equivalent of Grammy & Tony in Classical Indian Music].


Past Artists

Amritha Murali

Amritha Murali belongs to a family of music connoisseurs. Her exceptional musical instincts have been well nurtured by her parents and she has, today, gained much acclaim and popularity with the music fraternity as a highly talented musician of the younger generation.
Gurus: She has had the good fortune of learning vocal music from great gurus , Vidvan Late Sri K R Kedaranathan, Vidushi Smt Meera Kedaranathan, and Vidushi Smt Rama Ravi. She is currently under the tutelage of Vidvan Sri P.S.Narayanaswamy. She also trains under Vidushi Smt.T.Rukmini for violin playing.
Performances: Amritha has been performing for all major organizations in India. She has also performed at the prestigious Tyagaraja Utsavam at Cleveland, Ohio & a few other centers in the United States of America.
Amritha has sung for many contemporary theatre performances directed by the renowned art critic Smt Gowri Ramnarayan. She has also performed at the popular November fest hosted by The Hindu.
Awards and Prizes: A recipient of many prizes and awards, Amritha has to her credit
• the title of “Isai Chudar” from Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai,
• “Yuva Kala Bharathi” from Bharat Kalachar, Chennai,
• Kalki Krishnamurthy memorial award
• the title of ‘Nada Oli’ from Nada Inbam, Chennai,
• Dr.M.L.Vasantakumari memorial award from Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha.
• the ‘M S Subbulakshmi Award’ from Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai,
• the ‘Dharmatma Vaidyasubrahmanya Iyer Award’ from R A Puram Bhakta Jana Sabha, Chennai,
• Yuva Kalakaar Puraskar for the year 2005-06 from Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai,
• All India Radio National Competition Prize , 2000,
• Outstanding Sub-Senior Vocalist award in 2010 and the best concert award in2009 for the Sub- Senior category from the Madras Music Academy,
• Best sub- senior vocalist from The Indian Fine Arts Society and Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha ,Chennai,
• Voleti Venkateshwarulu Endowment Prize from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,

Musicians, rasikas and critics have been highly appreciative of her adherence to classical values and the aesthetic appeal of her concerts.

Dr Hemalatha Rangarajan

Dr. Hemalatha Rangarajan qualified musicologist with a M.A. Indian Music, (1994), M.Phil. (1996) and Ph.D. (2002) from the University of Madras. “A Study of Desiraga-s of Post Ratnakara period” and ˜A Study of the Ragangaraga-s in the Sangita-sampradaya-pradarsini of Subbarama Diksitar” are respectively the titles of her M.Phil. and Ph.D. dissertations. Hemalatha started learning violin at the age of 8. She first learnt under Shri. K. Sivaraman and later came under the tutelage of Late. Shri. T. S. Narayana Rao, Retd. Staff Artiste of A. I. R. Madras. She is a professional violinist performing for over 2 decades accompanying all the leading Karnataka musicians in their concert performances in India and abroad.

Awards
Has been awarded with “Best Violinist” award from the following sabhas:
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the Year 1993.
The Indian Fine Arts Society in the year 1995.
The Vishwapriya award for Youth excellence in the Year 1995.
The Music Academy – Madras in the years 1994, 1998 and 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006.
“Yuva Kala Bharati” by the Bharat kalachar in the year 2000.
“Nada Oli” by the Nada Inbam, Chennai in the year 2002.

Vaidhyanathan Jayaraman (aka J Vaidhyanathan)

He is the son of legendry musician Sangita Kalanidhi D.K.Jayaraman and Nephew of Padmavibhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Mrs..D.K.Pattammal. He is the disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Maestro Dr.T.K.Murthy. He has accompanied Great stalwarts like Bharat Ratna Mrs..M.S.Subbulakshmi and many other great Stalwarts. He has travelled widely in India and abroad. He is the youngest Mridangist to get the prestigious Kalaimamani award from the Government of Tamilnadu State in 2006.
[note: Isai Peroli, Sangita kalanidhi and Kalaimamani awards are the equivalent of Grammy & Tony in Classical Indian Music].

Aditi Kaikini-Upadhya

Aditi Kaikini Upadhya is the inheritor of a distinguished musical tradition, having been trained by her father Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, a renowned gavaiyya of the Agra Gharana, and her mother,Shashikala Kaikini, a respected vocalist and current Principal of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Music School in Mumbai. From these two gurus, she has imbibed a beautiful approach to music and has emerged as a fine Hindustani vocalist who is also a very dedicated and effective teacher. In addition to this venerable khayal heritage, she has also received training in lighter classical forms from Smt. Shobha Gurtu, known for her unparalleled mastery of Dadra, Thumri and Hori.

Aditi has performed at many prestigious venues in India and abroad, including the National
Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai; Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahotsav, Mumbai; India International Centre, Delhi; Theatre de la Ville, Paris; Saaz, UK; National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore; Bangalore Sangeet Sabha; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore; and Dadar Matunga Music Circle, to name a few.

Mohan Bhide

Mohan Bhide is known as a very sensitive accompanist on the harmonium. He is a
software engineer by profession, but has pursued the Harmonium as a serious hobby.
He learned the instrument through extensive studies with the Late Shri Balasaheb
Mate and then for some time from the Late Shri Govindrao Patwardhan. He has
accompanied many renowned artists in India and abroad as well as given solo
performances showing the strengths of this humble instrument “the Peti”. He lives in
Vancouver BC.

Chaz Hastings

Chaz Hastings has earned a reputation as one of the Northwest’s most prominent
performers of Indian percussion. He started his tabla studies in 2002 with Doug Scheuerell at the University of Oregon. Having developed his foundation from Mr. Scheuerell, Chaz then
traveled to India in 2006 and 2008 to receive advanced training from the young tabla maestro Vishal Nagar in New Delhi. He has recently returned from a three month visit to India during which he received advanced training from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar, the well-known tabla master in Mumbai. Chaz has accompanied many prominent visiting artists. Chaz is a faculty member at the Seattle India Music Academy.

Manjusha Patil-Kulkarni

Manjusha Patil, has inborn talent for music. She started her initial training from Pt. Chintubua Mhaiskar of Sangli. She did her masters degree in Music with Gold Medal, from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. She got an opportunity to study music under able guidance of Late Sangeetacharya Pt. D.V. Kanebuwa of Agra and Gwalior Gharanas for 12 years. Presently she is taking guidance from Padmashri Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar and Dr. Vikas Kashalkar. Manjusha has performed at various music conferences all over India and abroad like UAE, Muscat and U.S.A. She also excels in Semi Classical Musical forms like Thumari, Bhajan and Natya-Sangeet.
Awards :
Pt. Jasraj Gaurav Pursakar in 1998. Pt. Manik Varma Puraskar in 2005. Shanmukhananda
Sangeet Shiromani Puraskar in 2008. Sangeet Natak Academy – Ustad Bismillah Khan Award 2012.
She has performed at Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav, Pune , Tansen Samaroha, Gwalior, All Bengal Music Festival, Kolkata,
Malhar Festival, Nehru Centre, Mumbai, Kala Akadami, Goa, Sur Mandal, Hyderabad, Akashwani Sangeet Sammelan, Chandigadh,
Sangeet Ashram, Dover Lane Kolkata, Kalakshetra, Chennai, BMM Convention at Chicago, USA.

Rajeev Paranjpe

Rajeev is a self taught musician and a familiar name on TV and radio. Apart from being a respected accompanist on Harmonium and Organ, he has composed music for 10 new Sangeet Nataks. He has accompanied stalwarts like
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Chota Gandharva, Ramdas Kamat, Prabhakar Karekar, Asha Khadilkar, Anand Bhate, Rahul
Deshpande and others. He has accompanied more than 1800 shows of sangeet nataks and 700 classical music concerts.
He has performed at prestigious dramma & music festivals like Sawai Gandharva, National school of drama,
Rangayan-Mysore, Nandikar Kolkata, BMM conventions Philadelphia and Chicago, USA.
He has given guidance to many young singers and promoted them for Marathi Sangeet Natak.

Mayank Bedekar

Mayank is a dedicated artist and a professional Tabla player. He has been blessed by eminent Gurus like Shri Vinay Wagle at Ujjain, Shri Suresh Tulankar and presently Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. He has done his Master’s degree in Tabla from Khairagad University.
Mayank regularly accompanies classical, semiclassical, and other music forms in many prestigious music festivals.
He has accompanied many artists like Pt. Suresh Talwalkar, Padma Talwalkar, Gokulotsaw Maharaj, Shounak Abhisheki,
etc. in India and abroad.
He is a graded artist of All India Radio and conferred upon with many felicitations and awards.

Sri O. S. Thyagarajan

Sri O.S.Thyagarajan – the name says it all!! This great musician is a classicist of traditional outfit who paints in glorious colours the fine shades of raga, krithi and swara in his numerous concerts. He had his earlier training under his father Sangeetha Bhooshanam O.V.Subramanian, Padma Bhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and Sangeetha Kalanidhi T.M. Thyagarajan. An ‘A- Top’ graded artist of the All India Radio and of Doordarshan, he has been giving a large number of concerts well appreciated and relished. The Titles won by him are “Sangeetha Choodamani” (Sri Krishna Gana Sabha), Sangeetha Kala Sagara (Kalasagaram, Hyderabad), “Nada Gana Kala Praveena”, “Sangeetha Samrajya” Madurai, “Nadha Booshanam” Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, and New Delhi. He is regularly featured by all leading sabhas in Chennai as well as throughout India and has toured many countries, including USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Middle East, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and many cities in Europe. He worked as Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, and Annamalai University for 5 years. He has trained many disciples too.

Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan (Mali)

Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan (Mali) is a disciple of Vidwan Sri P. Srinivasa Iyer of Madras. Mali hails from the prestigious Mridangam school of Padmashri Palghat T.S. Mani Iyer. He has also taken advanced lessons from Padmashri Palghat R. Raghu. Mali has accompanied several top notch local artists as well as visiting stalwarts from India like Sri T.R.Subramaniam, Shri R.K.Srikantan, Smt R. Vedavalli, Shri Sashank, Shri R. Prasanna to name a few. He has also performed in world music concerts notably with Sri Sandip Burman and Shri R. Prasanna. Mali works and teaches Mridangam in the Boston area.

Mullaivasal Chandramouli

Sri Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli In a career spanning 2 decades, Mullaivasal G. Chandramouli, has often accompanied great stalwarts or performed violin solo concerts across many continents. Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Violin Isai Vendhan, Yuva Kala Bharathi, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer trust and Viswapriya awardee, Grade-A artiste of both AIR and Doordarshan, Music Academy awardee (‘Outstanding Young Violinist’ for senior concerts), Chandramouli initially received training from Smt. Savithri Sathyamurthy, and thereafter was groomed under the tutelage of the veteran violinist (Late) Sri R.K.Venkatrama Sastry and Violin maestro Sri V.V.Subrahmanyam. Perfection in bowing technique, bringing out the melodic nuances with purity, and weaving intricate and dexterous laya patterns are his forte. This technocrat from IIT, Madras is also a committed music scholar and teacher who has trained many students.

SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is privileged with both belonging to an illustrious musical family, and for achieving success in not only preserving the tradition but in pushing its boundaries to even greater heights of aesthetic beauty. He is one of the most brilliant musical gems of the famous Etawah Gharana and belongs to the seventh generation of this musical lineage. His family has produced the most revered and influential figures in Hindusthani Classical Music including the likes of Sahabdad Khansahab, Imdad Khansahab, Enayet Khansahab, Waheed Khansahab and Vilayat Khansahab.
A very young Shahid Parvez was initiated into the rich music of the Gharana by his illustrious father and Guru Ustad Aziz Khan, a famous musician and a noted composer and the son of the legendary Sitar and Surbahar virtuoso Ustad Waheed Khansahab. As is the custom, Ustad Aziz Khan first initiated his son into vocal music and tabla, before training him on the Sitar over many years with all the intensity and rigor that had made this Gharana famous. The young Shahid Parvez was recognized as a child prodigy and had started performing in public by the time he was only eight years of age. Dogged perseverance and hard work over the years have been rewarded with an extra-ordinary technical prowess and a mastery over ‘Layakari’. One of the numerous achievements of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is to have mastered both Vocal Music and the ‘Tantrakari Baaj’ and then fuse them in such a way as to bring this complex amalgam within the easy reach of all.
Few instrumentalists have enjoyed so much of love and admiration as Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan has, from the music loving fraternity worldwide. He is a Top Grade artist of A.I.R. and a recipient of numerous national and international awards including the ‘Sur Shringaar’, the ‘Kumar Gandharva Samman’, the “M.L. Koser Award’, etc. He is also a recipient of the prestigious “Sangeet Natak Academy Award” of 2006. He has performed in all major musical festivals in India and abroad including the Festival of India held in the US, Europe, USSR, Canada, Middle East, Africa and Australia, enthralling the audience everywhere. With numerous LP records, audio and video cassettes, CDs and DVDs, numerous awards and accolades, and a distinguished performance career in India and around the world, he is widely recognized as one of the greatest sitar-players of the world.
For Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, the Sitar and Self are identical entities, and music is not just a discipline but life itself – vibrating and pulsating and full of colour. The power of his music is most immediately encountered in the highly charged sound quality he conjures from his Sitar and the sparkling intelligence that is the hallmark of his improvisatory music. By sheer precision and an astute artistic sense he has made for himself a place in the limitless, infinite universe of Indian Classical Music. As the Rajasthan Patrika once said –”After listening to Ustad Shahid Parvez, the future of Sitar is still bright after Pandit Ravi Shankarji.”

RAVI ALBRIGHT

“Born in Seattle, Ravi Albright began studying tabla in 1998 at the age of 14. He went on to become a ganda-banda disciple of the renowned tabla maestro, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee of Kolkata. Ravi is now the Executive Director of The Anindo Chatterjee Institute of Tabla, a 501c3 non-profit organization, offering ongoing classes, workshops and musical events throughout the year in the Seattle area.
Ravi has studied accompaniment from and performed with many accomplished musicians such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan, G.S. Sachdev, Pt. Debiprasad Chatterjee & Pt. Deepeak Ram. He regularly performs in the Seattle area, throughout the United States and Canada.”

PURBAYAN CHATTERJEE

Purbayan has learned Sitar from his father Parthapratim Chatterjee
Purbayan’s music is inspired by the sound of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee
His music combines the tone and richness of the Nikhil Banerjee style and a contemporary touch of his own urbane sensitivity
Is also an astounding vocalist in his own right
Is recipient of the President of India award for being the Best Instrumentalist of the country at the age of 15.
Has received the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Award for being a leading name in the field of Music in ois generation in India.
Has performed in the following prestigious venues in his international career spanning 25 years:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Ted Baxter Hall, Capetown
  • Konzerthaus Berlin
  • Esplanade Theatres, Singapore
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Theatre de la Ville. Paris
  • Salle Gaveau, Paris
  • Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels
  • Has performed in the following Festivals:
  • Bath International Music Festival, UK
  • Brighton Festival , UK • WOMAD in the UK
  • International Music Symposium , Germany
  • Millenium Festival WDR Koln in Germany
  • The Port Fairy Folk Festival in Australia
  • The North Sea Jazz Festival in Capetown
  • World Music Festival, Chicago

Has conceptualised the ground-breaking project Shastriya Syndicate – the first Indian Classical Band – Indian Classical band with a contemporary touch, which has performed the world over…….. Roskilde Festival, Denmark, OzAsia Festival, Australia, Traumzeit Festival, Germany to name a few. The album “Lehar” released by Times Music in 2008 has remained the best-seller for a year and a half.
Shankar Mahadevan has performed the title song “Dwo” in Purbayan’s super-hit fusion album, “Stringstruck” released by Times Music. The number has also been compiled in the album “Aman ki Asha”, an Indo-Pak peace project released by Times Music and has also received the Palm IRAA Award for the Best World Music Album of the Year.
Purbayan has designed the “Dwo” which is a Doppelganger of the Indian Sitar
Dwo is a manifestation of the contemporary, urbane personality of his music
Purbayan’s music has been internationally appreciated by jazz greats like Chick Corea, Bella Fleck and Pat Metheney.
Purbayan has performed many times with Tabla stalwart Ustad Zakir Hussain

ANUBRATA CHATTERJEE

Son of the world-renowned tabla maestro, Pt.Anindo Chatterjee , Anubrata was nurtured from day one to be a tabla player. He had the rare fortune of being the youngest and last “Ganda-Bandh” disciple of the great Guru Padmabhushan-Deshkottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh in 1992. Later on Anubrata continued to study under his father.

At his very first public performance, he accompanied Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia amd since then,Anubrata has played many tabla solos and duets with his father and regularly accompanies musicians including Ustad Amjad Ali Khan,Ustad Rais Khan,Pt.Shiv Kumar Sharma,Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Shahid Parvez and many more all over the world.

Anubrata made his international debut with a solo performance at the B.B.C. world radio in the UK. in 1991.Sinse then he has performed in most of the major countries around the world including U.K., U.S.A.,Greece,Jordan,Egypt,Croatia,Israel, Germany, France, Scottland, Swizerland,Indonesia, Westindies, Seychelles, Singapore, Malaysia,Oman, Qatar,Bangladesh,U.A.E. etc. Anubrata has performed in major International festivals like The Carnagie Hall,The Kennedy Center Of Performing Arts,N.A.B.C.,Houston, The Esplanade Theatres,Singapore,World Percussion Festival, Chicago, The Jerash festival,Jordan,Corfu festival,Greece,Dubrovnic Festival,Croatia, and at the Reit Burg Museum in Zurich.In the same year Anubrata was invited to perform in Seychelles by the ambassador of India in Seychelles. In 2006, Anubrata had the rare fortune of performing at the famous Carnegie Music Hall with the maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

He has formed a percussion group called Taal-india which has percussion from every region of india forming an unique blend of tradition and new age music. Taal India has been highly accepted among the youth as well.
He also performs regularly with various fusion bands like Stringstruck etc.
He is currently working on this debut world fusion album called Electro-Mind.

Today, Anubrata is regarded as one of the finest tabla players of his generation.

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