• Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay – Tabla

    Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay’s Tabla troupe was formed in 2014 and began its journey with 27 tabla students from the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, Bangladesh. The pupils of the institute are currently disciples of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, a renowned tabla artist from India, and also train under the guidance of Ajinkya Joshi and Nilesh Ranadive. Since its inception, the ensemble has performed at the Rajshahi Classical Music Festival in at 2016, Boishakhi Mela 2016, Bengal Classical Music Festival in 2015 and 2016, and at Bengal Sangskriti Utsab 2017. Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 will feature a tabla recital by Prashanta Bhowmik, Supantho Majumder, M J Jesus Bhoobaun, Fahmida Nazneen, Nusrat-E-Jahan and Shrestha Priyodarshini.

  • 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. He is also known to work with Bollywood music and has collaborated with some of the leading composers and directors in the industry. Shankar has toured in India and abroad. He 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. Shankar holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records for his album Shree Ramayan for continuous recording over 20 hours.

  • Brajeswar Mukherjee

    Brajeswar Mukherjee is a notable classical vocalist from India. He was initiated into music by his parents and later continued to train under the guidance of Asit Roy of Bishnupur Gharana. He is presently a disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Mukherjee has toured in India and abroad. He is a recipient of Ustaad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, Gaanvardhan Award, Dhananjay Bhattacharya Award, and the Shrutinandan Puaraskar. He is presently a teacher at ITC Sangeet Research Academy and Shrutinandan – a music institution established by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

  • Budhaditya Mukherjee

    Budhaditya Mukherjee is a renowned classical sitarist from India, an exponent of Imdadkhani Gharana. Considered to be one of the leading classical musicians of his generation, Mukherjee trained in the disciplines of the sitar and surbahar under the guidance of his father Late Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee. He has extensively toured in India and abroad, Mukherjee was the first musician to perform at the House of Commons in London. He is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academi Award, Kumar Gandharva Sanman and Sangeet Mahasanman Award.

  • Debojyoti Bose

    Debojyoti Bose is a notable tabla artist from India, an exponent of the Senia Bangash Gharana. His grandfather Akshay Kumar Bose had a great passion for tabla which was passed on to the generations that followed. Bose is part of the fourth generations of musicians in his family. His father, Pandit Biswanath Bose, was an exponent of the Benaras Gharana and a disciple of Pandit Kanthe Maharaj. His mother, Bharati Bose, a sitar artist, was a disciple of Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He initially trained under the guidance of his parents but eventually became a disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Bose also received additional training in classical vocals from Pandit Jayanta Bose, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Pandit Vijay Kichlu.

  • Firoz Khan

    Firoz Khan is a distinguished sitar artist from Bangladesh. He was inspired to follow a career in music by his maternal uncle Ustad Khurshid Khan, and trained under Late Laxmi Kanto Dey. Khan has performed at prestigious shows in Bangladesh and abroad. He also earned several awards throughout his career for his contributions to music. He is presently serving as the Music Director of Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka.

  • Gazi Abdul Hakim

    Gazi Abdul Hakim is a renowned flautist from Bangladesh. He trained under the guidance of Mukul Biswas, Dulal Babu, Sheikh Ali Ahmed and Binoy Ray. Hakim has performed at prestigious shows in Bangladesh and abroad – some of his notable performances include a show at House of Commons in 1994 and at the Commonwealth Summit in Canberra in 2001. He has been working as a Staff Artiste at Bangladesh Betar since 1974.

  • Government Music College

    The sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival will feature a khayal recital by students and teachers of the Government Music College. The college is one of the oldest and renowned institutions in Bangladesh. It is also an affiliate of the National University. The troupe includes: • Asha Khandokar • Bitu Kumar Shil • Debjani Das • Dr. Fakir Sumon • G M Saiful Islam • Johra Hossain • Mallika Ojha • Md. Golam Mostafa • Md. Momin Mia • Md. Murad Hossain • Newton Bairagi • Nitya Gopal Tagore • Oorbee Shome • Sharmin Shultana Smriti • Shri Krishno Gopal • Suma Bapery • Susmit Saha • Tamalika Halder

  • Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an iconic exponent of the bansuri. He was training in the disciplines of classical vocal music at the age of fifteen from Pandit Raja Ram of Benares Gharana, but changed his focus to the flute after hearing a recital by Pandit Bholanath. Chaurasia is considered to be one of India’s most-respected classical musicians; earning him several prestigious awards and honours – which included the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship Award, National Eminence, the title ‘Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau’ by the Dutch Royal family at Amsterdam, Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of France, amongst many others. He serves as the artistic director of the World Music Department at the Rotterdam Music Conservatory in the Netherlands.