Nilesh Ranadive is a tabla artist from India. He trained under the guidance of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and has been featured at prestigious shows in India and abroad. Ranadive’s performances are marked by his versatility. He has performed with the fusion band, ‘New Life’, and has also with Rahul Sharma, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pandit Ajay Pohankar, Begum Parveen Sultana, Aarti Ankalikar and Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar, amongst others.
Nritya Chirantan is a dance recital based on Tagore music, weaved together with three of Bangladesh’s classical dance forms – Manipuri, Bharatnatyam and Kathak. Conceptualised and organised by Sharmila Banerjee, and directed and choreographed by Shibly Mohammad, Bimbavati Devi, and Kirti Ramgopal; the dance will be performed by Amit Chowdhury, Sweety Das, Snata Shahrin, Sudeshna Swayamprabha, Mehraj Haque Tushar and Zuairiyah Mouli. Nritya Chirantan explores the mythical practices of dance, and the body expressing the creation and destruction of the universe.
Padma Talwalkar was born in Mumbai, India. She received training in Khyal gayaki in three main gharanas, namely Gwalior, Kirana and Jaipur. The artist is married to tabla maestro Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. Their son Satyajit Talwalkar and daughter Savani Talwalkar are also tabla players. Vidushi Padma Talwalkar received a five year scholarship from the Bhulabhai Memorial Trust, a two-year fellowship from the National Center for Performing Arts, the Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar in 2004, the Vatsalabai Bhimsen Joshi award in 2009 and the Rajhans Pratishthan Puraskar in 2010.
Purbayan Chatterjee is a renowned Sitar maestro from India. An exponent of the Senia Maihar Gharana, he is a direct disciple of his father - Pandit Parthapratim Chatterjee – and Sarod legend Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Chatterjee has performed extensively in India and overseas. His notable collaborations include performances with Shankar Mahadevan and Ustad Zakir Hussain. He is a recipient of many awards which include the President’s Award and the Rotary International Award.
Rajrupa Chowdhury took up the sarod at age five and trained under Sidhhartha Roy Chowdhury for twenty years. Brought up in the legacy of Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra of Rajshahi and Kolkata, she received top honors in Masters in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University. She receives advanced taalim from Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay who continues to inspire and nurture her approach towards North Indian Classical music. Rajrupa Chowdhury has performed all around the world and has received several awards.
Rakesh Chaurasia is an acclaimed flautist from India. He is a student and nephew of the iconic maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. R Chaurisia has been known to perform as a solo act, as well as with other musicians including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Joshua Redman, amongst others. He has extensively toured in India and abroad – some of his notable shows include WOMAD, Festival of Saint-Denis in Paris, the Leicester International Music Festival in England and – most notably – a conclusion act for a twenty-four hour live BBC Radio broadcast celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee. Chaurisia is a recipient of the Indian Music Academy Award, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Award, Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar, Guru Shishya Award, IWAP-Pandit Jasraj Sangeet Ratna Award and Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar.
Rashid Khan is a distinguished vocalist from India. He belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, and is the great-grandson of Inayat Hussain Khan and the nephew of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. Khan began his training under the guidance of his uncle and later from Nissar Hussain Khan. Khan is known to include the slow elaboration in his vilambit khayals in the manner of his maternal grandfather and developed exceptional expertise in the use of sargams and sargam taankari. His vocal prowess is considered to be one best in the tradition of the Rampur Sahaswan gharana and his performances are marked by spontaneous emotional appeal. Khan was awarded with the Padma Shri, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006, Global Indian Music Awards in 2010, and the Maha Sangeet Samman 2012.
Ranendranath Majumdar, popularly known as Ronu Majumdar, is a renowned Indian flautist. He is firmly rooted in the Maihar Gharana and trained under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Majumdar has been felicitated with many accolades for his memorable performances worldwide. He composed music for India’s first I-Max film ‘Mystic India’ and has led a concert of 5,378 flautists on one stage called ‘Venu Naad’ under the banner of ‘Art of Living’. The event was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Majumdar was awarded with an All India Radio Award, a Grammy Nomination, Aditya Vikram Birla Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by Sahara India, National Kumar Gandharva Award and Sangeet Natak Academy Award for his contribution to Hindustani Instrumental Music.