Dr. Asit Roy is a distinguished vocalist from Bangladesh. He initially trained under his father, Janardan Roy- a sitar player- and mother, Usha Rani Roy- a vocalist. He continued his training under the guidance of Tapan Kumar Chakraborty, Paresh Bhattacharya and Gopal Dutta in Bangladesh; and trained in Khyal from Pandit Amiyaranjan Bandyopaddhyay and Pandit Jagdish Prasad. Dr. Roy is currently studying Dhurpad under the guidance of renowned Dhrupadia of the Dagar Gharana, Kaberi Kar. He is a regular artist of Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television, and is the Chairperson in the Department of Theatre and Music of Rajshahi University.
Astana Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonic orchestra of the State Academic Philharmony of Astana, founded in the year of 2000, is considered to be one of the most notable orchestras of Kazakhstan. Berik Batyrkhan, Artistic Director, and Ernar Nurtazin, Chief Conductor, are laureates of many international competitions. Astana Philharmonic Orchestra has collaborated with many distinguished conductors including the likes of K Penderecki, V Ashkenazy, R Gutter, A Tchaikovsky, R Kanetti, and D. Brosse, amongst others. The ensemble is also known to perform with musicians such as Placido Domingo, liana Isakadze, Vladimir Krainev, and Denis Matzuev. In 2011 Astana Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra took part in a world premiere of the first Arabic musical ‘Praksa’ of H Gabor, alongside Opera Theatre of Egypt. The ensemble has extensively toured in Kazakhstan, as well as in Germany, Italy, Greece, and Egypt, amongst other places.
Avijit Kundu is a classical vocalist from Bangladesh, an exponent of Dhrupad. He began training under the guidance of Ashit Dey and is presently a student of Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, under Pandit Uday Bhawalkar.
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.