Debashish Sarkar is a renowned composer, vocalist and instrumentalist; who comes from a family of musicians. His music training was guided by Ustad Gulam Mohammad Khan, Sukhendu Goswami, Ustad Sagiruddin Khan and Sukumar Mitra. Considered to be an innovative composer, due to his melodious voice and for being a master of the harmonium; Debashish has researched and revived old dance compositions and helped regenerate music suitable for both Kathak and Odissi dances. Debashish has performed in various dance and music conferences from all over India and abroad.
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.
Born on February 3, 1985, Deborshee Bhattacharjee received his initial training from his mother, Reena Bhattacharjee. He was ten when he started learning under Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, and has continued to train under him as a scholar at ITC SRA. Deborshee has received an abundance of awards including the National Scholarship in 2005 and has stood first twice in the Rajya Sangeet Academy competitions in 1995 and 2003. He is a graded artiste of AIR and won the First prize in a Classical Vocal competition and the Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in Hindustani classical vocal music, both in 2010.
Ebadul Huq Shaikat
Ebadul Huq Shaikat is a disciple of Pandit Kartik Seshadri. Shaikat started his musical journey through learning Tabla from Madan Gopal Das. In 1993 he started learning Sitar from Ustad Khurshid Khan and continued till 1995.He then learnt Sitar from Pandit Ajay Sinha Roy. From 1998 Shaikat started taking lessons from Pandit Deepak Choudhury and continued till his death. At present he is learning from Pandit Kartik Seshadri. He is also working as sitar teacher at Chhayanaut.
Enamul Haque Omar
Born in 1963, Md. Enamul Haque is a skilled percussionist who plays both the tabla and the mridangam. A chief tabla accompanist of Jatiya Rabindra Sangeet Shammilan Parishad, Dhaka, Enamul worked at Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan for 18 years and is currently a member of Ananda Dhoni, a renowned cultural organisation of Bangla Music. He is an enlisted percussion artist of Bangladesh Television and a regular performer in private Bangladeshi television channels. Enamul has performed at various national events, accompanying many leading singers of Bangladesh.
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.
Ganesh Rajagopalan and Kumaresh Rajagopalan
Ganesh and Kumaresh Rajagopalan are a noted Indian duo of violin players who are a part of the Carnatic music fraternity. The brothers are best known for their contributions to Shastriya Sangeetham (Classical Music) – bringing forward refreshingly original content and style for the instrument. Ganesh and Kumaresh were born in Kanpur and began their training under the guidance of their father, T S Rajagopalan. The brothers began performing on stage from a very early age. Ganesh and Kumaresh performed extensively in India, United States, Canada, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Middle East, South East Asia, Maldives, Australia and etc. They were the youngest violinists to be recognised as A-top ranking artistes by the All India Radio and was awarded with the State Artistes of Tamil Nadu while still in their teens, the Asthana Vidwans of the Sri Matam of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Sringeri Sharada Madhom, Dwaram Venkata Swami Naidu Award and titles including Kalaimamani, Sunaada Sironmani, Sangeetha Saragnya, Sarasahana Praveena amongst many others.
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.
Girija Devi is an iconic Indian classical vocalist of the Seniya and Banaras Gharana. She began her training under the guidance of vocalist and sarangi artist, Sarju Prasad Misra, in khayal and tappa before continuing her training under Chand Misra in a variety of disciplines. A career spanning over six decades, Devi has been a Guru at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy since its inception and is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the Padma Vibhushan in 2016, Padma Bhushan in 1989, Padma Shri in 1972, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1977 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, amongst numerous others.