• Purbayan Chatterjee

    Purbayan Chatterjee is a renowned sitar maestro from India. An exponent of the Senia Maihar Gharana, he is a disciple of his father – Pandit Parthapratim Chatterjee – and sarod legend Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Chatterjee has performed extensively in India and overseas. His notable collaborations include performances with Shankar Mahadevan and Ustad Zakir Hussain. He is a recipient of many awards which include the Aditya Vikram Birla Award, President’s Award and the Rotary International Award. Chetterjee is presently a member of the band Classicool, Stringstruck and Shastriya Syndicate.

  • Rajrupa Chowdhury

    Rajrupa Chowdhury is a sarod artist from India, based in Bangladesh. She trained under the guidance of Sidhhartha Roy Chowdhury for twenty and Joydeep Ghosh. Chowdhury received top honours during her Master’s degree in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University and is presently a disciple of Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, who continues to inspire and nurture her approach towards North Indian Classical music. Chowdhury has performed at shows in India and abroad. She is a recipient of the First Prize in Baba Alauddin Khan Memorial Music Competition (1996), Salt Lake Music Competition (1998), Dover Lane Music Competition (1999), All India Radio Music Competition (2001), Sutanoti Parisad Music Competition (2004), and ITC-SRA Promising Artist Award (2001), amongst others.

  • Rakesh Chaurasia

    Rakesh Chaurasia is an acclaimed flautist from India. He is a student and nephew of the iconic maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. R Chaurisia has been known to perform as a solo act, as well as with other musicians including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Joshua Redman, amongst others. He has extensively toured in India and abroad – some of his notable shows include WOMAD, Festival of Saint-Denis in Paris, the Leicester International Music Festival in England and – most notably – a conclusion act for a twenty-four hour live BBC Radio broadcast celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee. Chaurisia is a recipient of the Indian Music Academy Award, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Award, Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar, Guru Shishya Award, IWAP-Pandit Jasraj Sangeet Ratna Award and Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar.

  • Rashid Khan

    Rashid Khan is a distinguished vocalist from India. He belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, and is the great-grandson of Inayat Hussain Khan and the nephew of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. Khan began his training under the guidance of his uncle, and later from Nissar Hussain Khan. Khan is known to include the slow elaboration in his vilambit khayals in the manner of his maternal grandfather and developed exceptional expertise in the use of sargams and sargam taankari. His vocal prowess is considered to be one best in the tradition of the Rampur Sahaswan gharana and his performances are marked by spontaneous emotional appeal. Khan was awarded with the Padma Shree, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Global Indian Music Awards, and the Maha Sangeet Samman.

  • Ronu Majumdar

    Ronu Majumdar is a renowned Indian flautist, an exponent of the Maihar Gharana. He trained under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Majumdar has been felicitated with many accolades for his memorable performances worldwide. He composed music for India’s first I-Max film ‘Mystic India’ and has led a concert of 5,378 flautists on one stage called ‘Venu Naad’ under the banner of ‘Art of Living’. The event was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Majumdar was awarded with an All India Radio Award, a Grammy Nomination, Aditya Vikram Birla Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by Sahara India, National Kumar Gandharva Award and Sangeet Natak Academy Award for his contribution to Hindustani Instrumental Music.

  • Sabir Khan

    Sabir Khan is an Indian Classical musician known for his mastery of sarangi. He is part of the ninth generation musicians from his family to take up the instrument. Khan is the great grandson of Ustad Azim Khan, grandson of Ustad Gulab Khan, nephew of Hanif Khan and cousin of Dilshad Khan. He began his training under the guidance of his father, Ustad Sultan Khan, uncle, Ustad Nasir Khan. Khan is an exponent of the Sikar Gharana of Music. He has performed alongside his father and other great artists such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Gulam Ali, Talat Aziz, Asha Bhosle and The Hazards. Khan’s music has also been featured in several feature films like Chameli, Rog, Dor, Anwar, Sanwariya, Chhodon Naa Yaar, Jodha Akbar and more recently Amma.

  • Saskia Rao-de Haas

    Saskia Rao-de Haas is a renowned cellist and composer from the Netherlands, based in India. She trained in the disciplines of the western music, but changed her focus after coming into contact with Indian music in 1993. She began her training under Tibor de Machula and later studied the cello at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, specialising in Indian classical music under Koustav Ray and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, while finishing her masters in Ethnomusicology from the University of Amsterdam. Critics and audiences have praised her for artistic depth and technical virtuosity. Haas is credited for creating the ‘Indian cello’ and the ‘Veena d’ Amore’ - a smaller, electro acoustic cello. She has extensively toured through North America, Europe and Asia; performing at numerous prestigious shows and venues. Haas was the first female foreign artist to have performed at the prestigious Doverlane Music conference in Kolkata. Other notable Indian shows include performances at Legends of India in New Delhi, Saptak Festival in Ahmdehabad, Vasanta Habbha in Bangalore, Maihar festival, and Haridas Sangeet Samelan in Lucknow. She is a recipient of the Pandit Jasraj -Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award and Delhi Ratna. Haas, along with Shubhendra Rao, runs a foundation to promote Indian music education.

  • Shahid Parvez Khan

    Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is a distinguished classical sitar artist from India, an exponent of the Etawah Gharana. He was first initiated into music under the guidance of his father Ustad Aziz Khan, a notable musician and composer in his own right. As is the tradition of his gharana, Khan trained in the disciplines of classical tabla and vocals before moving on to the sitar. He has performed at numerous prestigious music festivals in India and abroad. Khan is a recipient of the Padma Shree and Sangeet Natak Academy Award, amongst others.

  • Shivkumar Sharma

    The name Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, to many aficionados of classical music, is synonymous with the santoor. He is credited for bringing the instrument from the realm of Kashmiri folk music into that of the Indian Classical platform, while facing resistance from most conservative quarters. Sharma’s journey began when his father asked him to pursue the development of the Kashmiri santoor. His persistence, repeated experiments and reconfigurations with the instrument gave it new life and eventually paved the way for a new genre of music, earning him tremendous success in the process. Considered to be a living legend and an embodiment of Indian ethos and values, Shivkumar Sharma has been the recipient of several awards from all over the world, which includes the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Shree, Tansen Samman, Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award, International Cultural Ambassador Award, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters of The Indira Gandhi National Open University, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow, amongst many others.