Kichlu, a Master of Arts from the University of
Allahbad, has a unique combination of executive
ability and artistry. As the mastermind and executive
director of the revolutionary institution, Sangeet
Research Academy, Pandit Vijay Kichlu is totally
committed to Indian classical music, its propagation
and preservation. Although he did not take music as a
profession, Pandit Vijay Kichlu has been recognized as
a leading vocalist of the Agra gharana, having been
trained under the tutelage of the Dagar Brothers and
later Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan. An erudite musician
and a very fluent speaker, Pandit Vijay Kichlu holds
fame in musicological circles all over the world. His
lecture-demonstrations and compact workshops are
pleasantly enlightening for the listener and
participant. He has been granted Honorary Citizenship
of the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore in
appreciation of his efforts in promoting Indian
Classical music in the USA.
Banerjee is one of the leading soloist as wells as an
accompanist tabla player of India.
At the age of five, the musical wonder kid was placed
under the tutelage of Shri Swapan Shiva, a celebrated
artiste and teacher of Farukhabad Tabla Gharana.
Over the years, he has dedicated himself to grooming
his versatility by learning styles specific to diverse
gharanas from different maestros. Training in vocal
music from his childhood has made him a competent
vocalist as well.
In addition to being a reputed soloist, Subhankar is
an accompanist of choice for most prominent
celebrities of our country such as Pandit Ravi
Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad
Chaurasia Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit L.
Subramanium, Dr.M.Balamuralikrishnan, Pandit Jasraj,
Pandit M.S.Gopalkrishnan, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty,
Pandit V.G.Jog, Ustad Imrat Hussian Khan, and many
others. He has been a proud recipient of several
awards from dignitaries like Satyajit Ray, Pandit Ravi
Shankar, and the President of India in 1987.
Bhattacharya, the revolutionary musician, composer,
innovator, guru, is a musical genius whose dynamism in
artistry and creativity has attracted devotees of
music from across the globe. As a powerful slide
guitarist, he has set a new trend among fellow
musicians of “Universal Human Music” which transcends
the confines of origin or genre. His ingenious
finger style technique as well as his unique playing
style combining thumb and index finger produces the
finest “bole” variety, fastest “Taanas”, and strongest
“Jhala”, which were technically impossible on a slide
guitar earlier. A dedicated Guru and pathfinder,
Debashish has written a syllabus on Indian Classical
Guitar, the first of its kind, which includes
technical terminologies and abbreviations. http://www.debashishbhattacharya.com/pandm_about_ch.htm.
Blessed by the genes of a family who had produced
generations of musicians, Debashish carries music in
his veins. His debut at the age of four was broadcast
by All India Radio, Kolkata, and was blessed by the
late Ustad Karamatullah Khan of Farukhabad gharana who
accompanied him on the Tabla.
He is perhaps the only phenomenon in the history of
the world music and Indian classical music who has
created a Trinity of Slide Guitars. Christened as
CHATURANGUI, GANDHARVI, and ANANDI, these, according
to Bob Brozman are "the new arms and ammunitions to
fight against ignorance". Debashish has won
several competitions and been the recipient of
numerous prestigious awards for his innovation and
excellence in music.
Bhattacharya possesses an unmatched talent of singing
soulfully and tunefully with an impeccable sense of
rhythm invoking the Divine presence. She is also a
Harmonium artist of extraordinary merit and has
accompanied great vocalists in major concerts across
Durba started her training from an early age in the
basics of Hindustani vocal music under the guidance of
her mother Tapati Banerjee. After learning from Mazhar
Ali Khan (grandson of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan) for
a brief period, she furthered her education under the
tutelage of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and later from
Vidushi Meera Banerjee, while she was a scholar at the
ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. She
continues to train in the subtlest nuances of Raga
music under Pandit Shantanu Bhttacharyya.
Durba Bhattacharyya has performed extensively in India
and abroad and has released several CD’s to her
Bhattacharyya, the Indian Classical vocalist, believes
that the genre expressed in its truest form, has the
power in it to elevate the listeners to the highest
spiritual level. Shantanu focuses greatly on this
aspect in all his performances in an effort to uplift
the listeners in their awareness and appreciation.
Gifted with a voice that possesses all the attributes
- exactness of “sur”, flexibility, range and tonal
modulations of the highest level - his singing is also
characterized by delicate imagination, exquisite
creativity and the finest training. Groomed in music
from childhood by his mother, Shantanu continued to
learn copiously under the guidance of leading
musicians Pandit Prasun Banerjee, Shrimati Meera
Banerjee and Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. With valuable
advice from and through association with great
maestros while at the Sangeet Research Academy,
Kolkata, he perfected himself into a musician aiming
to combine the best of all the styles, focusing
centrally on the gayaki of Ustaad Bade Ghulam Ali
His performances have taken him all round the country
and abroad for concerts, recordings and
lecture-demonstrations. He also has several albums on
khayal, thumri and bhajans, and has composed music for
numerous meditation and yoga courses, available on CDs
& audio cassettes. He has won gold medals in
several prestigious competitions for his expertise in
khayal and thumri. He is an A-grade artiste of
All India Radio and Doordarshan.
Biswas was born into a music loving family in Nadia
District, West Bengal. Sensing a rare talent in his
daughter, her father Shri Bharat Chandra Biswas helped
and encouraged her to nurture her natural gift from an
early age. Sanjukta’s “gaikee” (rendering) is an
impeccable blend of vidya(knowledge) with perfect
“raagdari” on the one hand and a keen sense of
aesthetics compounded by an alluringly tuneful voice
and a full-throated “aakar” on the other. Sanjukta
also excels as a thumri, dadra and kajri singer in the
perfect “Poorab Ang” of Banaras.
Her earliest lessons in music were from Shri Amalendu
Pal and Shri Kalyan Guha Thakurta. After
graduation, her exceptional talent facilitated her
entry into the revolutionary ITC Sangeet Research
Academy as a first class student, and later landed her
a scholarship while learning from her Guruma, Vidushi
Subhra Guha, of the Agra Gharana with whom she
continues to learn as a resident student.
Sanjukta has blossomed into a mature performing artist
and is being invited not only by major platforms in
West Bengal but all over India and abroad.
Sanjukta is an approved artist and regularly
broadcasts from All India Radio, Kolkata and other
television channels. She has won numerous awards
and acclaims for her consummate talent.
Chatterjee (Chattopadhyay) is recognized as one of the
most outstanding and sought after Tabla artists of
this generation. As a premier disciple of
world-renowned maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Arup has
established himself as a top-notch accompanist as well
as a formidable soloist. Arup's performance is admired
for its overall clarity, tonal quality, crystal clear
“bols”, and spontaneous sense of rhythm and melody.
Arup began studying Tabla at age six with his father,
the eminent Tabla player, Shri Pankaj Chattopadhyay,
and later came under the tutelage of Pt. Shankar
Ghosh, with whom he continues to train. Having
achieved Grade A status as an artist, Arup's
performances are broadcasted on radio and TV
He has accompanied many of the leading musicians of
India such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Rajan and Sajan
Mishra, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Kushal Das,
Debashish Bhattacharya, among a host of others.
He has performed at concerts and festivals in India as
well as all over the world.
Arup is also a highly sought after teacher of Tabla.
He was previously a professor of Tabla at Baratiya
Vidya Bhavan in London (Institute of Indian Culture)
and has been a member of the faculty at UC San Diego
Das, a north Indian solo sitarist was born to a highly
enriched musical family of Kolkata. His grandfather
Late Bimal Das was a renowned Esraj player while his
father Shri Sailen Das and Uncle Sri Santanu Das are
sitarists of immense repute.
Kushal, at a tender age of seven, started his training
in advanced sitar techniques and the art of music
making under the guidance of Prof. Sanjoy
Bandopadhyay, a renowned sitar maestro and
academician. He has also had the privilege of
having learnt from great musicians like, Pt. Manas
Chakraborty, Pt. Ramkrishna Basu and Late Pt. Ajoy
With a profound understanding of music and raga
improvisation, Kushal is now considered as one of the
torchbearers of the traditional Indian classical
instrumental music. The critics and connoisseurs have
acknowledged him as a worthy successor of his idol,
the legendary maestro Late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.
Kushal’s concerts are distinctly known for their
aesthetic appeal and insight with a fine command over
technical expertise. He has contributed in all the
major music festivals in India and has performed
extensively in the country and outside. An "A"
grade musician of All India Radio and Television, he
is a recipient of Sangeet Visharad from Pracheen Kala
Kendra, Chandigarh and Sur Mani from Sur Singar
Bhaskar, widely acclaimed for his emotive and soulful
playing, is one of the most sought after violinists in
the world of Carnatic music. Bhaskar has a keen
ear for western music and has an uncanny talent to mix
his Carnatic classical style with western genres.
HN Bhaskar began his training under the guidance
of his parents, Sri H K Narasimha Murthy and Smt H N
Rajalakshmi. He is one of the senior most
disciples of the violin maestro Padmashri Sangeetha
Kalanidhi and M S Gopalakrishnan. His first
public performance was at the age of eight and since
then there has been no looking back. His melodious
style of playing has made him a popular accompanist
for many musical stalwarts like Pandit Ravishankar,
Anoushka Shankar, John McLaughlin, Vikku Vinayakaram,
T V Gopalakrishnan, T N Sheshagopalan, Dr N Ramani,
Mandolin Srinivas, Aruna Sairam, Bombay Jayashree
HN Bhaskar has performed at numerous locations in
India as well as abroad. He has composed music for
many fusion albums and has rendered music for films
too. He has also founded a fusion band called
"Antaragni" with Raghu Dixit.
Narayan Majumdar, an illustrious sarod player, is one
of the most acclaimed classical musicians in India.
His music emanates a very rare combination of
virtuosity, classical purity and a deep sense of
aesthetics. Tejendra is an able representative of the
legendary Senia Maihar School of music, the most
notable exponents of that style being Ustad Ali Akbar
Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Like most other dedicated classical musicians,
Tejendra started learning music at a very early age
under the guidance of his grandfather Bibhuti Ranjan
Majumdar and later with his father, Ranjan Majumdar.
Tejendra has also received vocal training from Amaresh
Chowdhury and rhythm training from Anil Palit.
After showing considerable talent in his early teens,
Tejendra was taken as a disciple by Ustad Bahadur
Khan, with whom he studied for 18 years. After the
untimely demise of the Ustad, Tejendra studied under
the guidance of Ajay Sinha Roy. He was later
accepted as a disciple by the greatest Indian
instrumentalist, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Tejendra's repertoire combines elements from the
Dhrupad, Tantrakari and Gayaki styles of music.
Tejendra has performed extensively in India and
overseas where he has been accompanied by all the
prominent tabla players of India, including Pandit
Kishan Maharaj, Sankar Ghosh, Pandit Swapan Chaudhury,
Anindo Chatterjee, Kumar Bose, Sabir Khan and Ustad
Zakir Hussain. He has won numerous awards and
felicitations including the President’s gold medal and
Pandit Paluskar award.
Pandit Rajan and Pandit Sajan Mishra
Rajan Mishra and Pandit Sajan Mishra are acclaimed as
two of the best vocalists in the North Indian
(Hindustani) classical genre. The brothers are a part
of the 300-year old lineage of khayal singing of the
Banaras gharana. With their immense skill,
imagination, energy and effortless elegance they have
raised the status of this genre to new heights.
The brothers started their training under the guidance
of their father, a well-known vocalist, Pandit Hanuman
Prasad Mishra, and their uncle, Pandit Gopal Prasad
Mishra, one of the most celebrated sarangi players of
India. With their unique natural talent compounded by
their melodious voices, they were able to assimilate
the essence of the age-old Banaras gharana with
consummate ease. Today they are considered the
foremost exponents of the Banaras style of singing.
Since their first concert when they were in their
teens, Rajan and Sajan have performed extensively in
India and abroad. It is a measure of their
popularity that Rajan-Sajan Mishra, as these brothers
are popularly known, command huge audiences wherever
they perform. In addition to Khayal, Mishra brothers
also excel in rendering the light classical forms such
as tappa, tarana, and bhajan. They have received
numerous awards for their contribution to music
including the Padma Bhushan in 2007, one of the
highest honors given by the Government of India.
Patri Satish Kumar
Kumar, an accomplished mridangam player, is widely
known for his unique style of playing which blends
seamlessly with various instruments and voices
alike. He has been a prominent part of many
musical confluences of classical, fusion and jazz
genres. Born into a family steeped in Carnatic
music, Satish Kumar was initiated into learning
mridangam at a young age by his mother Smt.
Padmavathy, an accomplished violinist. He performed
his first concert at the age of seven. Satish Kumar
subsequently received training under the able guidance
of Ramachandramurthy, V.A. Swami and V. Narasimham.
Satish Kumar has performed at prestigious venues such
as Festival of France, Miami Beachfront Festival,
Madrid Jazz Festival, India Gate Festival, and
Harbourfront Festival during his many performing tours
in India and abroad. His performances have been
featured in many national and international broadcasts
such as Radio France, Radio Germany, Radio South
Africa, All India Radio and Ceylon Radio. Satish
Kumar's name features in many CD/DVD recordings in
India and abroad. He was one of co-artists in
"Margazhi Raagam" - first ever Carnatic music concert
movie. This apart he has released a CD titled
"Dimensions" - A solo presentation and "Dancing Drums"
- a percussion ensemble presentation.
Saha, representing the Banaras gharana, is one of the
finest Tabla percussionists of India. Musical
performances by renowned artists start throbbing with
life with the magical touch of his fingers on the
Born and raised in Kolkata, Samar Saha showed great
promise at a very young age. Samar's initial training
started at a very tender age under the guidance of his
father Sudhansu Bhusan Saha and brother Tarak Saha. He
later pursued formal training under the tutelage of
Satchidananda Goswami followed by Sri Krishna Kumar
Ganguly (Natubabu) of the Banaras Gharana.
A highly sought after Tabla accompanist, Samar has had
the privilege of accompanying almost all the top
ranking artists of Hindustani vocal and instrumental
music in India and abroad. Frequently featured on All
India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan, Samar has
participated in all prestigious music conferences in
India. According to Prakash Wadhera, a
well-known music critic, "ITC is extremely fortunate
in having the services of ace tabla player Samar Saha.
Effortless and unobtrusive, Samar seems to have
attained the very perfection in the art of rhythmic
Sairam is one of the best voices to emerge from the
South Indian (Carnatic) musical tradition. She was
trained since childhood by her mother, Rajalakshmi and
later from prominent vocalists, Madurai Somasundaram
and T. Brinda. She also learnt the art of Pallavi
singing from T. R. Subramaniam.
Steeped in her own musical tradition, Aruna brings
richness to her collaborations with other
artists. She has given several concerts and has
recorded an album with the renowned medieval singer,
Dominique Vellard. She has toured in Germany
with Christian Bollmann and Michael Reimann, who fuse
European overtone music and a range of international
instruments with her vocal improvisations. Their CD –
ARUNA, Thousand Names of the Divine Mother - was
recorded in the crypt of a Benedictine
monastery. They were subsequently joined by
Rajika Puri, whose dancing added another facet to
Aruna has performed all over India and abroad,
including the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. Every
year, as a custom, she gives several recitals during
the celebrated Madras Music Festival which is
typically held in December. She has presented the
opening concert of the season at the Theatre de la
Ville in Paris, performed live concerts for Radio
France, at the Festival of World Sacred Music in
Morocco, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Aruna has
received numerous titles and awards.
In partnership with
The Mohinder Brar Sambhi
Endowed chair in Indian Music at UCLA