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.
Arshad Ali Khan
Arshad Ali, the grandson of the legendary sarangi maestro late Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan, joined ITC SRA in 1988, at the age of 6. Born in the family of Kirana Gharana musicians, he has been receiving extensive taalim from his uncles, ITC SRA Guru, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. Winner of the Jadu Bhatta Puraskar in 2002 and the 'Best Young Talent of the Year' by Rasa and Melting Pot Productions in 2011, Arshad has performed in many prestigious festivals in India and abroad. In July 2009, he became a musician-scholar of the Academy and as of June 2012 he became a Musician Tutor of ITC SRA.
Aruna Sairam is an eminent Carnatic music vocalist. She is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the Government of India. Aruna received vocal training from her mother Rajalakshmi Sethuraman and later from prominent vocalists, Madurai Somasundaram and T. Binda. Aruna Sairam has presented her concerts in all major sabhas in India as well as many destinations across the world including, Carnegie Hall in New York, Le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco.
Arushi Mudgal is a dancer from India. She is considered to be one of the foremost young talents in the field of Odissi, known for her technical virtuosity and creative approach to tradition. Mudgal began her training under the guidance of her aunt and guru, Madhavi Mudgal, but also had the opportunity to train under Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Vidushi Leela Samson. Mudgal has toured extensively, performing at prestigious festivals in India and abroad, and is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She conducted numerous dance workshops overseas and is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Yuva Puraskar, Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, the Young Women Achievers’ Award by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the Indian President’s Bal Shree Award, the Chitra Kala Sangam Samman, the Sanatan Nritya Puraskar, the Original Mind Award, and the Touring Fellowship from Milapfest, UK.
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.
Asit Dey belongs to the third generation of Hindustani classical musicians and is the son of illustrious vocalist (Gwalior) and Tabalia (Farrukabad and Benaras), Pandit Mithun Dey, of Mymensingh. Asit started learning the Tabla and later received taleem from Shanti Sharma, in Delhi, for seventeen years. He also received the tutelage of Pandit Amarnath, the foremost disciple of maestro Ustad Amir Khan. Asit Dey is a teacher of Hindustani classical vocal at Chhayanaut and also teaches in the Department of Music at the University of Development Alternative (UODA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Asit Roy is a distinguished vocalist from Bangladesh. He initially trained under his father, Janardan Roy- a sitar player- and mother, Usha Rani Roy- a vocalist. He continued his training under the guidance of Tapan Kumar Chakraborty, Paresh Bhattacharya and Gopal Dutta in Bangladesh; and trained in Khyal from Pandit Amiyaranjan Bandyopaddhyay and Pandit Jagdish Prasad. Dr. Roy is currently studying Dhurpad under the guidance of renowned Dhrupadia of the Dagar Gharana, Kaberi Kar. He is a regular artist of Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television, and is the Chairperson in the Department of Theatre and Music of Rajshahi University.
Astana Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonic orchestra of the State Academic Philharmony of Astana, founded in the year of 2000, is considered to be one of the most notable orchestras of Kazakhstan. Berik Batyrkhan, Artistic Director, and Ernar Nurtazin, Chief Conductor, are laureates of many international competitions. Astana Philharmonic Orchestra has collaborated with many distinguished conductors including the likes of K Penderecki, V Ashkenazy, R Gutter, A Tchaikovsky, R Kanetti, and D. Brosse, amongst others. The ensemble is also known to perform with musicians such as Placido Domingo, liana Isakadze, Vladimir Krainev, and Denis Matzuev. In 2011 Astana Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra took part in a world premiere of the first Arabic musical ‘Praksa’ of H Gabor, alongside Opera Theatre of Egypt. The ensemble has extensively toured in Kazakhstan, as well as in Germany, Italy, Greece, and Egypt, amongst other places.
Avijit Kundu is a classical vocalist from Bangladesh, an exponent of Dhrupad. He began training under the guidance of Ashit Dey and is presently a student of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, under Pandit Uday Bhawalkar.