Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is a renowned classical musician from India, creator of the Mohan Veena – a modified 20-string Hawaiian guitar. Bhaat trained under the guidance of Pandit Ravi Shankar, and has achieved international acclaim for successfully implementing techniques of the sitar, sarod and veena on the western Hawaiian guitar. He extensively toured in India and abroad, and is a recipient of the Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and a Grammy.
Vivek Sonar is a flute artist from Northern Maharashtra, India. He trained under the guidance of Pandit Purushottam Antapurkar and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Warda Rihab is a distinguished dancer from Bangladesh. She trained under the guidance of Sharmila Banerjee, Tamanna Rahman, and Belayet Hossain Khan. Rihab is currently a student of Guru Kalavati Devi and Bimbavati Devi. She is working as a teacher of Manipuri dance in Chayanaut Sangeet Viddayatan and Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, and is the founder and artistic director of Dhriti Nartanalaya. Rihab has toured extensively within the country and has performed at shows overseas. She is a recipient of the Gold Medal from Rabindra Bharati University, Shikriti Shonmanona Award, Nritya Shiromani Award, Natya Sharadhi Award, Guru Mohisnam Amubi Singh Award, Dr. Hironmoy Banarjee Memorial Award, Dr. Nirod Boron Memorial Award, Sringermani Award, West Bengal Rajya Sangeet Academy Award, Sangeet Bibhakar Award, Dhaka University Award, and the National Education Week Award in Bangladesh.
Waseem Ahmed Khan
Born in 1974, Waseem Khan comes from the great lineage of traditional musicians of the Agra gharana. He took his initial taalim from his grandfather Ustad Ata Hussain Khan at the age of six. Thereafter, he trained under the guidance of his father Ustad Naseem Ahmed Khan. In 1999, Khan became a scholar of ITC -SRA under erstwhile Guru Ustad Shafi Ahmed Khan, his grand uncle. In 2007, Waseem toured France and Germany. He was a member of the senior faculty at the Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, an academy run by Ustad Rashid Khan. As of 2011 Khan is working at ITC SRA as a Musician Tutor.
Wasifuddin Dagar is a renowned Indian Classical vocalist of the Durpad genre and is a member of the esteemed Dagar family. He began his training under the direct tutelage of his father, Nasir Faiyazuddin Dagar, and uncle, Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar – the celebrated Junior Dagar Brothers. Additionally, he also received guidance from his other family members which included, Ustad A. Rahimuddin Dagar, Ustad Aminuddin Dagar, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar and Ustad H. Sayeeduddin Dagar - and all of whom are great exponents of Dhrupad singing. Dagar has performed at shows around the world which included, India, France Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, United States, Finland, amongst many others. He was awarded with the Padma Shri in 2010.
Yar Mohd is a sitar artist from India. He trained under the guidance of Jagdeep Singh Bedi at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Mohd has performed at shows in India and abroad.
Yashwant Vaishnav is hailed by audiences and music aficionados as a 'wonder child'. The fourteen-year old tabla master started taking lessons from his father Mr. Rajendra Vaishnav when he was only three-years old. He continued to perfect his craft under the tutelage of Dr. Hemant Sachdeva and Pandit Mukund. Yashwant has performed at various reputed stages such as Ustad Allauddin, Khan Samaroh – Maihar, Bharat Bhawan – Bhopal and Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Chandigarh, Hydrebad and Lucknow, to name a few.
Yogesh Samsi is a distinguished tabla player from India. He is the son of the renowned vocalist Pandit Dinkar Kaikini and began his initial training under his guidance. He later trained under Pandit H Taranath Rao but it was under the tutelage of the legendary Ustad Alla Rakha that Samsi matured into a notable musician. He has performed with many renowned instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers, including Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Dinkar Kaikini, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ken Zuckerman and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Samsi has performed at numerous memorable solo performances in India and abroad and is also a highly respected teacher – creating a syllabus for learning tabla designed specifically for teachers in the West, an initiative which can greatly benefit the advancement of tabla worldwide. He has a sound scholastic approach to the subject and has conducted several successful workshops in world music centres in India, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa and Japan.