Born on 16th October 1990, Ayan Sengupta belongs to a musical family. His grandfather is a vocalist and a disciple of the late Shri Kanai Das Bairagi and late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, while his father, Shri Asis Sengupta is a tabla player. Ayan has several achievements in music to his credit. He received the National Talent Search (CCRT) Scholarship in 2003, stood 2nd in the National Youth Festival in Hyderabad in 2005, stood 1st in the Rajya Sangeet Academy competition in 2006 and that of All India Radio Competition in 2007. He has also stood 1st in the Dover Lane Music Competition in 2007 and 2nd in Jnana Prabha Competition conducted by Sangeet Ashram in 2010. His performances include the Children’s Conference in 2003, Nada Brahma Sangeet Sammelan, Salt Lake Cultural Association, NCPA in Mumbai in 2008 and 2011. He has also performed on the Jalsaghar program on Tara TV. Ayan is currently in his 2nd year of college, doing his B.A. Honours in Instrumental Music at Rabindra Bharati University. He has joined ITC SRA as a scholar from 1st May 2011, training under ITC-SRA guru, Partha Chatterjee. Ayan has recently become an 'A' graded artiste of All India Radio and Television.
Bahauddin Mohiuddin Dagar, born in 1970, is the son of famous north Indian musician Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. He plays rudra veena in the Dagarbani style. He represents the 20th generation of the Dagar lineage, referring back to Nayak Haridas Dagar of the 16th century. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Dagar started training in the Veena under his father when he was 12 years old. After the demise of Zia Dagar in 1990, he continued training under his uncle Zia Fariddudin Dagar.
Dr. Balmurali Krishna is regarded as one of the best exponents of Carnatic Classical Music for over six decades. He is an an exceptional vocalist in addition to being an accomplished instrumentalist.
Benazir Salam is a dancer and dance director from Rajshahi, Bangladesh. She received her training under the guidance of Nikkon Shilpi Goshthi. Salam currently teaches Odissi dance at her own school, Nupur, and is a teacher at the Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Dhaka.
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay – Sarod
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay’s Sarod band was formed in 2015 and consists of sarod students from the institute. The group presently consists of five students and are training under the guidance of Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, a distinguished sarod artist from India. Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 will feature a sitar recital by Ilham Fuljhuri Khan, Ishra Fuljhuri Khan, Aumbarish Das and Md. Saddam Hussain.
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay – Sitar
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay’s Sitar band was formed in 2015 and consists of sitar students students from the institute. The group presently consists of eleven students and are training under the guidance of Pandit Kushal Kumar Das, a noted sitar artist from India. Since its inception, the band has performed at the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016, Bengal Sangskriti Utsab 2017, and at an event organised by BRAC. Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 will feature a sitar recital by Proshanjit Mondol, T M Selim Reza, Ringko Chondra Das, Mehreen Alam, Jyoti Banerjee, Mohamad Kausar and Jahangir Alam Shraban.
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay – Tabla
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay’s Tabla band was formed in 2014 and began its journey with 27 tabla students from the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, Bangladesh. The students 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 band 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, 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 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.