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  • Aashish Khan

    Aashish Khan is a distinguished sarode artist from India. He comes from a family of notable musicians in the realm of Indian classical music; he is the grandson of Ustad Allauddin Khan (was born in Shibpur, Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh), son of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and nephew of Annapurna Devi. Khan was initiated to North Indian classical music by his grandfather and he continued his training under the guidance of his father and aunt. Apart from a successful career in music as a performer and composer, Khan is also an adjunct professor of Indian classical music at the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, United States. Ashish Khan is a founding member of the Indo-American musical group, ‘Shanti’, with tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain in 1969, and later with the fusion band ‘The Third Eye’. He has performed extensively in both India and abroad, with numerous distinguished artists which include John Barham, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and many others. Khan is a recipient of the Fellowship of the Illinois Arts Council, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and a Grammy nomination. He also became the first ever Indian classical maestro to become a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 2007.

  • Abhijit Banerjee

    Abhijit Banerjee is a renowned tabla artist from India. He began his training under the guidance of Tushar Kanti Bose and later from Manik Pal and is currently a disciples of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Banerjee is the founder of Tarang and a member of the raga jazz group, Arohi Ensemble. Apart from playing the tabla, he also trained as a vocalist and a violinist. Banerjee has accompanied numerous top ranking musicians of Indian classical music, which includes Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parween Sultana, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and Dr. Balamurali Krishna, to name a few. He is the recipient of many awards and has extensively toured in India and abroad. Banerjee is also the founder of Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore and Kolkata.

  • Ajay Joglekar

    Ajay Joglekar is a noted harmonium artist from India. He received guidance from Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and is currently training under Pandit Tulsidas Borkar. Joglekar has toured in India and overseas. He has accompanied many renowned musicians and dancers including Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pandit Jasraj, Vidushi Kishori Amonkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Ghulam Ali, Ustad Zakir Hussain, and Pandit Birju Maharaj. He is also an established music composer and arranger.

  • Ajoy Chakrabarty

    Ajoy Chakrabarty is a renowned vocalist from India. He began his training under the guidance of his father, Ajit Chakrabarty, who shaped his early style in North Indian vocal music. Chakrabarty later continued his training under many notable musicians such as Pandit Kanai Das Bairagi, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan (son of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan) and Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh, to name a few. Because of his extensive training, he is not only a doyen of the Patiala-Kasur style, but can also portray the key features of other major classical gharanas. Chakrabarty has been with ITC-Sangeet Research Academy since its inception, joining in 1978 as its first scholar. He later became one of the youngest gurus of the Academy – a post he still holds today – and is also a member of its Expert Committee. Chakrabarty’s list of awards and honours is monumental. He was awarded with the Padma Shri, the first musician to have received a Gold Medal from ITC-Sangeet Research Academy and the Kumar Gandharva Award for the ‘Best Musician of India under 45’, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Banga Bibhushan, and Alva’s Virasat Award, amongst many others.

  • Anindo Chatterjee

    Anindo Chatterjee is a distinguished tabla artist from India. He began his training under the guidance of Padmabhusan Jnan Prakash Ghosh, and today he is regarded as a renowned soloist as well as an accompanist. Chatterjee has performed at prestigious shows in India and abroad and is the first tabla player to perform at the House of Commons. He shared the stage with almost all noted musicians of India during the span of his career and in acknowledgment of his immense contribution to music, he is a recipient of the President's Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademy Award.

  • Arati Ankalikar

    Arati Ankalikar is a renowned vocalist from India. She trained under the guidance of the Late Pandit Vasantrao Kulkarni of the Agra Gwalior gharana, and Kishori Amonkar of the Jaipur Atrauli gharana. Ankalikar is endowed with a rich, resonant voice and her performances are marked by an excellent command over both the rhythm and the melody. She stood first in the All India Radio competition in 1983 and 1984, and is a recipient of the Mayor Award, Pandit Kumar Gandharva Sanman, Pandit Jasraj Award and the National Award for best female playback singer for the film Samhita. Ankalikar has performed in numerous prestigious events in India and abroad.

  • Ashwini Bhide

    Ashwini Bhide is a distinguished vocalist from India. She represents the Jaipur-Atrauli Khayal Gayaki tradition and began her training under the guidance of the late Pandit Narayanrao Datar. Bhide continued her practice under her mother and guru, Manik Bhide, and the late Pandit Ratnakar Pai. Thoroughly grounded in the Jaipur Atrauli Khayal Gayaki tradition, Ashwini has developed into an artist of immense public acclaim - earning high praise from critics and music aficionados. Bhide’s debut recording album was released in 1985, followed by several more over the years. She has performed at prestigious shows in India and abroad. Bhide’s contribution to Hindustani classical vocal music has been acknowledged by way of awards and citations. She is a recipient of the Government of Maharashtra Sanskritik Puraskar, the Sahyadri Doordarshan Sangeet Ratna Puraskar, Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar and Rashtriya Kumar Gandharva Samman.

  • Bhawani Shankar

    Bhawani Shankar, aka Bhawani Kathak, is a renowned Indian classical percussionist. He began playing the pakhwaj and tabla under the guidance of his father, Pandit Babulalji, a recognised maestro of Kathak dance, pakhawaj and tabla from the Jaipur Gharana. Shankar also received further guidance in tabla under Pandit Shivlalji Kathak of the Ajrara Gharana. He has shared the stage with some of India’s greatest maestros which includes Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, amongst many others. Shankar is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a Grammy nomination, Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar, Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy Award, National President Award, and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, to name a few. He has travelled around the globe performing solo, as well as accompanying other renowned musicians.

  • Bickram Ghosh

    Bickram Ghosh is a renowned tabla artist from India. He began his training under the guidance of his parents Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Sanjukta Ghosh, and also received further training in Carnatic percussion under Pandit S Sekhar. Ghosh is known to practice a variety of genres, ranging from Hindustani classical, fusion, rock, new-age and film. However his works are greatly influenced by thumri and khayal of the Patiala gharana. Ghosh has performed at shows in India and overseas, and has accompanied renowned musicians including Pandit Ravi Shankar. He is a recipient of the prestigious Banga Bhushan award, the Sangeet Mahasamman, and four GIMA Awards. He is a founding member of the band Rhythmscape. Bickram Ghosh is a renowneddistinguished tabla artist from India. He began his training under the guidance of his parents Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Sanjukta Ghosh, and also received further training in Carnatic percussion under Pandit S Sekhar. Ghosh is known to practice a variety of genres, ranging from Hindustani classical, fusion, rock, new-age and film. However his works are greatly influenced by thumri and khayal of the Patiala gharana. Ghosh has performed at shows in India and overseas, and has accompanied renowned musicians including Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ghosh He is a recipient of the prestigious Banga Bhushan award – the second highest civilian State award in West Bengal, the Sangeet Mahasamman, – the highest musical recognition in West Bengal, and four GIMA Awards. He is a founding member of the band Rhythmscape.