Alarmel Valli is an Indian classical dancer and choreographer. She is an exponent of her personal style and the Pandanallur style Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam.
Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan
Born in Kolkata on 21st March 1939, Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan comes from a family of renowned shehnai exponents from Banaras. Khan received his training from his uncles, the late Ustad Nazir Hussain Khan and the late Ustad Imdad Hussain Khan. He also took training in vocal music from the late Pandit Tansen Pandey. A top graded artiste of All India Radio, Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan has, over the span of his career, received a multitude of awards including the ITC Award and the Bishwa Banga Sammelan Award to mention a few. Ustadji has joined ITC SRA as a guru on June 1st, 2012.
Alif Laila is one of the few internationally recognized performing female sitarists. She was trained in Indian Classical music in Dhaka, Bangladesh by the late Ustad Mir Qasem Khan. She has performed at numerous stages including, the India International Center in New Delhi, and the Smithsonian at Washington, D.C. Laila has recorded and released seven CDs and two DVDs and has composed and performed with jazz saxophone and the cello.
Amaan Ali Khan & Ayaan Ali Khan
Amaan Ali Khan (born in 1977) and Ayaan Ali Khan (born in 1979) represent the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. The brothers, who are disciples of their illustrious father, Amjad Ali Khan, stepped into the world of music at a very early age. Amaan and Ayaan both made their debut at the age of eight and have been performing together with their father since the early 1980s, both in India and abroad. Their extraordinary partnership and collaboration has seen the creation of albums like ‘Moksha’ in 2005 which was nominated for the Grammy award; and ‘Truth’ in 2006 for which they received a letter of appreciation from the Indian President. The brothers have also released two books which received favourable reviews. Amaan and Aayaan’s long list of accomplishments also include performing at venues like Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre in the United States. They are considered two of the finest sarod players today and are an inspiration for the younger generation of musicians.
Amit Chowdhury began his dance lessons under the guidance of the Late Guru Runu Biswas and from the Chittagong Shilpakala Academy. He eventually went on to train in Bharatnatyam Dance from Rajdeep Baneerjee’s Parampara dance centre; one of the pioneering institutes of Bharatnatyam in Kolkata. Amit completed his MA in Bharatnatyam from Rabindra Bharati University, from where he also concentrated heavily on creative dances. He was awarded 1st class in his BA Degree in Bharatnatyam and the title of ‘Srinagar Moni’ at the 49th Kalki Kalakar Festival in Mumbai.
Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad Ali Khan is an Indian classical musician who plays the sarod. He was born to the illustrious Bangash lineage rooted in the Senia Bangash School of music. With his father as his guru, Khan was seven when he gave his first recital of the sarod and twelve when he performed his first concert; he became a nationally known celebrity in India within three years of the concert. In addition to his extensive international collaborations, he has received many awards over the course of his distinguished career; one of them being the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour awarded by the government of India. His sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, are also well known names in the music scene.
Aneesh Pradhan is a distinguished tabla accompanist and solo artist. He trained under the guidance of Nikhil Ghosh, and his training in traditional compositions from the Delhi, Ajrada, Lucknow, Farukhabad and Punjab schools of tabla enabled Pradhan to widen his horizons. He remains a keen student of music and his participation in Indian music recitals and in cross-cultural musical collaborations have taken him on extensive tours within India and overseas. Pradhan is also known to work as a composer on film, theatre and dance projects. He was awarded with the Natyadarpan ‘Best Background Score’ Award for his music to the Marathi play ‘Tumbara’.
Animesh Bijoy Chowdhury
Animesh Bijoy Chowdhury is a distinguished Bangladeshi vocalist and music teacher. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree (Hons. Rabindra Sangeet) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Chowdhury has performed in shows in Bangladesh and India.