Artist Archive

  • Government Music College

    The sixth edition of Bengal Classical Music Festival will feature a khayal recital by students 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.

  • Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is an internationally renowned exponent of the bansuri. By the age of fifteen, he was studying classical vocal music from Pandit Raja Ram of Benares but changed his focus to playing 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 Vibhushan, Sangeet Natak Academy 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.

  • Iftekhar Alam Prodhan

    Iftekhar received his initial training in tabla from his father A K Azad and later continued with Guru Bijon Kumar Chowdhury of Chittagong. He also received further training from Pandit Sonjay Mukherjee. Currently he is teaching in Chhayanaut. He was born in 1977 in Dinajpur.

  • Irshad Khan

    Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Irshad Khan is internationally recognised as an exceptional sitar player and a prominent surbahar exponent of his generation. He is the second son of Indian sitar and surbahar player and composer, Ustad Imrat Khan, and nephew to sitar maestro, Ustad Vilayat Khan. Khan’s individual stamp on both these instruments ascends from the distinctiveness of his technique and mental prowess. Having emerged as a child prodigy, he was the youngest solo artist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festivals held in London, known as the Indian All Night Concert at the Proms. Irshad Khan has performed in music festivals and conferences throughout North America, the EU, Russia, the Middle East, the Far East, and of course, India. He is also the founder/president of Universal Academy for Musicians, based in Mississauga and Mumbai.

  • Jayanthi Kumaresh

    Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh is considered to be one of the leading veena artists today. She began her rigorous training under the guidance of her aunt, Padmavathy Ananthagopalan. She later trained under Dr. S Balachander which greatly embellished her playing techniques. Dr. Kumaresh’s music is said to be a true blend of traditional and innovative – in terms of content, technique, virtuosity and expression. Her playing is characterised by a variety of approaches and an intuitive understanding of the scope of the veena. She has performed around the globe at venues in the United States, United Kingdom, Paris, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Middle East, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Kumaresh also shared the stage with many great artists including both her gurus, R Kumaresh and Ustad Zakir Hussain. She is a five time recipient of the Best Veena Artiste Award from The Music Academy, Chennai, and was one of the youngest veena artistes to receive the A-Top grading by All India Radio. She was also awarded with the Kalaimamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu, Veena Naada Mani, Sangeetha Choodamani, Sathyashree and Gaana Varidhi, amongst many others.

  • Jayaprada Ramamoorthy

    Jayaprada Ramamoorthy is a renowned Indian classical Carnatic flautist. Daughter of the acclaimed vocalist Prema Ramamoorthy, she learnt the basics and honed her skills simply by listening to music. It was much later that the self-taught musician fine-tuned her skills under the guidance of artistes such as maestro N Ramani, Sudharshanacharya and B R C Iyengar. She is a recipient of the Ugadi Puraskar and has performed at prestigious national and international music festivals.

  • Jasraj

    Pandit Jasraj is an iconic classical vocalist from India, and exponent of the Mewati Gharana. He was first introduced to music by his father Pandit Motiram. Jasraj continued his training under the guidance of his brothers Pandit Maniram and Pandit Pratap Narayan, after his father’s passing, and also trained under Maharaja Jaiwant Singh Waghela of Sanand during later years. He has performed at numerous shows in India and abroad. Jasraj is a recipient of the Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhusan, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, ITC Sangeet Research Academy Award, Global Indian Music Award (GIMA), amongst many others.

  • Jayateerth Mevundi

    Jayateerth Mevundi is a classical vocalist from India, a torchbearer of the Kirana Gharana. He began his initial training under the guidance of his mother and formally trained under Pandit Arjunsa Nakod and Pandit Shripati Paadegar. Mevundi’s performances are marked by the ease and facility of his singing style. He is known to sing complex taan patterns effortlessly. Muvendi has performed at shows in India and overseas, and is a recipient of the ‘Young Maestro in Music’ by the President of India - Dr. A P J Abdul Kalaam, Pandit Jasraj Gourav Puraskar, Pandit Basavraj Rajguru Puraskar and the Aditya Birla Sangeet Kala Kiran.

  • Jitendra Kumar Swain

    Jitendra Kumar Swain is a tabla and pakhawaj artist from India. He trained under the guidance of Pandit Gopinath Behera, Pandit Vinod Pathak and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. Swain has performed at shows, and conducted workshops, in India and abroad.