Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay – Sitar
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay’s Sitar band was formed in 2015 and consists of sitar students students from the institute. The group presently consists of eleven students and are training under the guidance of Pandit Kushal Kumar Das, a noted sitar artist from India. Since its inception, the band has performed at the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2016, Bengal Sangskriti Utsab 2017, and at an event organised by BRAC. Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 will feature a sitar recital by Proshanjit Mondol, T M Selim Reza, Ringko Chondra Das, Mehreen Alam, Jyoti Banerjee, Mohamad Kausar and Jahangir Alam Shraban.
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay – Tabla
Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay’s Tabla band was formed in 2014 and began its journey with 27 tabla students from the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, Bangladesh. The students of the institute are currently disciples of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, a renowned tabla artist from India, and also train under the guidance of Ajinkya Joshi and Nilesh Ranadive. Since its inception, the band has performed at the Rajshahi Classical Music Festival in at 2016, Boishakhi Mela 2016, Bengal Classical Music Festival in 2015 and 2016, and at Bengal Sangskriti Utsab 2017. Bengal Classical Music Festival 2017 will feature a tabla recital by Prashanta Bhowmik, Supantho Majumder, M J Jesus Bhoobaun, Fahmida Nazneen, Nusrat-E-Jahan and Shrestha Priyodarshini.
Bhawani Shankar, aka Bhawani Kathak, is a renowned Indian classical percussionist. He began playing the pakhwaj and tabla under the guidance of his father, Pandit Babulalji, a recognised maestro of Kathak dance, pakhawaj and tabla from the Jaipur Gharana. Shankar also received further guidance in tabla under Pandit Shivlalji Kathak of the Ajrara Gharana. He has shared the stage with some of India’s greatest maestros which includes Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, amongst many others. Shankar is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a Grammy nomination, Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar, Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy Award, National President Award, and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, to name a few. He has travelled around the globe performing solo, as well as accompanying other renowned musicians.
Bickram Ghosh is a renowned tabla artist from India. He began his training under the guidance of his parents Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Sanjukta Ghosh, and also received further training in Carnatic percussion under Pandit S Sekhar. Ghosh is known to practice a variety of genres, ranging from Hindustani classical, fusion, rock, new-age and film. However his works are greatly influenced by thumri and khayal of the Patiala gharana. Ghosh has performed at shows in India and overseas, and has accompanied renowned musicians including Pandit Ravi Shankar. He is a recipient of the prestigious Banga Bhushan award, the Sangeet Mahasamman, and four GIMA Awards. He is a founding member of the band Rhythmscape. Bickram Ghosh is a renowneddistinguished tabla artist from India. He began his training under the guidance of his parents Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Sanjukta Ghosh, and also received further training in Carnatic percussion under Pandit S Sekhar. Ghosh is known to practice a variety of genres, ranging from Hindustani classical, fusion, rock, new-age and film. However his works are greatly influenced by thumri and khayal of the Patiala gharana. Ghosh has performed at shows in India and overseas, and has accompanied renowned musicians including Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ghosh He is a recipient of the prestigious Banga Bhushan award – the second highest civilian State award in West Bengal, the Sangeet Mahasamman, – the highest musical recognition in West Bengal, and four GIMA Awards. He is a founding member of the band Rhythmscape.
Pandit Birju Maharaj, alias Brij Mohan Nath Mishra, was born on February 4, 1937. He trained in Kathak with father, Achchan Maharaj and uncles Lacchu Maharaj and Shambhu Maharaj. Besides his mastery over Kathak, he is also a superb musician, percussionist, composer, teacher, director, choreographer and a poet. Birju Maharaj is a recipient of several honors and awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Vibhushan, and the Sangam Kala Award. He taught at Sangeet Bharati, Bharatiya Kala Kendra and headed the teaching faculty Kathak Kendra in Delhi till his retirement in 1998.
Bishwajit Kumar Natta
Trained under the guidance of his grandfather, late Pandit Hiron Chandra Natta, late Pandit Anokhelal Mishra of the Benaras Gharana, Pandit Shankar Ghosh and his father, Patit Paban Natta; Bishwajit has accompanied many renowned artists and also engaged in Pandit Shankar Ghosh’s orchestra group, Dhawni. He currently works as a teacher in Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), Dhaka City Corporation Music School and Music Department, Shanto Mariam University of Creative Technology.
Bombay Jayashri represents the fourth generation of music practitioners in her family. Strengthening her talent with rigorous grooming under the music legend, Lalgudi G Jayaraman and T R Balamani, she is one of the most sought after Carnatic musicians today. Jayashri’s training also involved other forms of performing arts which included Hindustani music, Bharatanatyam and she associated with theatre in her early years. Jayashri has worked with great maestros in the field of music, dance, fusion, films and theatre; giving her work a place of pride. Amongst numerous titles and awards, her song ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ featured in the film, 'Life of Pi', was nominated for the Best Original Song at the Oscars - Academy Awards (2013), Sangeetha Choodamani Award from Dr. A C Muthiah from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha; Shanmukha Sangeeta Shiromani Award by Shanmukhananda Sabha; Bombay and Naadabhooshanam by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi, are only few of several titles that bear testimony to her contribution in the field of Indian performing arts.
Born in Burdwan on March 11, 1984, Brajeswar Mukherjee was initiated by his parents and later learnt from Hara Kumar Chatterjee and Asit Roy. He was then accepted as a disciple by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty from 1997 and continues to train under him at ITC SRA. Since 2000 he has been teaching at Shrutinandan, the music school established by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. He has accompanied his Guru on the harmonium or provided vocal support in concerts around the world. His solo performances have been at prestigious concerts like the ITC SRA Mangaldeep Sammelans.