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T. V. Sankaranarayanan
musical force to reckon with, holding aloft
Dileep gives duet performances with
the Madurai Mani Iyer Bani in all its glory.
Mysore Sangeetha and accompanies
(Carnatic Vocal)
various senior Vidwans like Dr T.V.
TVS has travelled and performed all over
Gopalakrishnan, Bombay Jayashri, T. V.
the world. He has been a Top Grade
Sankaranarayanan etc. He performs across
Artiste of the All India Radio and
India and has also made a mark abroad.
Doordarshan for almost three decades. A
much respected senior musician in the
country, he has been awarded with
V. S. Raghavan (Mridangam)
numerous laurels, accolades, titles and
awards which include the Central Sangeet
Raghavan holds
Natak Academy Award, the prestigious
a bachelor’s
Padma Bhushan and Sangita Kalanidhi.
degree in
TVS is especially happy and proud to be
engaged in the onerous mission of keeping
Applications and
TV Sankarnarayanan is one of the most
the glorious tradition of his family and
a Post Diploma
sought after and widely acclaimed
lofty standards of excellence in music alive
in Music from Sri
vocalists of India today. Endowed with a
and going.
Sathya Sai
rich and vibrant voice, he sings with great
institute of
zest and verve and has endeared himself
Higher Learning
to one and all, the pundits as well as the
K. J. Dileep (Violin)
in Puttaparthi.
lay listeners.
K. J. Dileep has
Raghavan began his Mridangam education
Born in Mayiladuturai in Tanjavur District,
had the good
from eminent masters like Sri.
Shri. T. V. Sankaranarayananan (TVS, as he
fortune of
Kumbakonam Rajappa Iyer, Sri. K. R.
is very popularly known) had the good
having born in
Ganesh and Sri. Jayaraman. He took
fortune of learning at the feet of the
a musical
further guidance from Sri. Dhanvada
legendary Gana Kaladhara Sangita
family. His
Anantha Rao, disciple of Sri. Venkailaya
Kalanidhi Isaipperarignar Shri Madurai
initial training
Narasimha Murthy. He is, at present,
Mani Iyer, his maternal uncle, from the
was from his
learning from Sri. Patri Sathish Kumar.
tender age of 9. He had his initial lessons
father K. J.
Raghavan has been sharing his knowledge
in music from his mother, Smt. Gomati
and thoughts with his students in India
Vembu Iyer, sister and disciple of Shri.
and grandfather Shri K.J. Krishna Bhat,
and abroad. He is the recipient of M. S.
Mani Iyer. Academically brilliant, TVS
who is an accomplished vocalist and
Subbalakshmi fellowship award
secured Commerce and Law degrees and
violinist. He further underwent advanced
Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha,
was also called to the Bar. But the call of
training in violin under the violin maestro
Mumbai in the year 2015.
music won hands down, and TVS opted for
Padmabhushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi M.S.
a career in music. Taking giant strides, TVS
Goplakrishnan for a period of six years.
**has verily blossomed into a powerful
Kaushiki Chakraborty
understanding of femininity is a balance
The Patiala Gharana is one of the most
between lilt and power. Her gayaki
(Hindustani Vocal)
important gharanas of Hindustani classical
adequately expresses this balance, as it
music. It has been represented by two
strides effortlessly across khayal and semi-
streams: One gave the music world
classical genres and beyond.
Amanat Ali Khan (1932-1974) and Fateh
Ali Khan duo (1935-2017). Ustad Fateh Ali
Rohan Prabhudesai (Harmonium)
Khan passed away last year in Islamabad.
Rohan has been
The other stream, originating from Kasur,
actively studying
in Pakistan, produced Bade Ghulam Ali
music for the
Khan (1903-1968) and his brother Barkat
past 18 years.
Ali Khan (1907-1963). It is now widely
He began his
known as the Kasur-Patiala gharana, to
training in Indian
which Kaushiki and her father Ajoy
Chakraborty belong.
classical music
on the
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is often called the
harmonium on
king of emotions. He used to say, “Many
The journey that started from home, under
one of his trips
people have the misconception that
the tutelage of mother Chandana
to India at the Goa Kala Academy. Later, he
classical music has no powers of
Chakraborty and father Ajoy Chakraborty,
continued this musical pursuit under the
expression. This is because generally our
lead to her first major concert at the age of
guidance of Dr. Kedar Naphade, a senior
musicians are more interested in technical
16 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi.
disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar.
virtuosity. But emotion is the very soul of
Kaushiki remained a scholar of ITC SRA till
our music. In fact our music has the power
At the same time he started learning
2004 and graduated with ‘A-Top’, the
to express the subtlest nuances of human
harmonium, he studied classical piano with
highest grade given by the academy. The
Mr. Edwin Lopez, the concert master and
grade was a testimony to her artistry. By
conductor of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian
The Patiala Gharana tends to favor
then, she was the leading female vocalist of
church music program. He has studied
pentatonic ragas for their ornamentation
her generation, having performed at all the
classical contemporary composition at NYU
and execution of intricate taans. Khayal,
leading music festivals in the country and
Steinhardt and Charles University in Prague,
Thumri and even Ghazal singing is much
with several foreign tours under her belt.
Czech Republic.
She chose to adapt the tenets of the Patiala
Rohan is 26 years old and pretends to be a
The long list of Patiala Gharana musicians
gayaki to suit her own voice and
finance professional by day.
includes Ghazal singers Ghulam Ali and
temperament. She tempered down the
Farida Khanum.
strong aakars and the weighty gamaks to
Ojas Adhiya (Tabla)
adhere to a more feminine sensibility. Her
See performance of Pandit Satish Vyas.
Vistaar - An exploration of Indian
Purbayan has designed the DWO, which is
Shashank has enthralled audiences at
Classical Music and Rhythm
a Doppelganger of the Indian Sitar. It
major concerts and festivals in India and
celebrates the oneness of two. It creates a
around the world. With scintillating primal
Purbayan Chatterjee
sound where the acoustic and the digital,
tones, he truly sings through the most
(Hindustani Sitar)
the ancient and the modern, the ethnic
organic and ancient of all instruments.
and the urban, the esoteric and the
His logic-defying virtuosity is the result
virtuosic, all complement each other and
of a magical innate talent coupled with
become one.
the best possible training. Shashank
At the age of 15, Purbayan received the
has propelled the Bamboo flute into an
President of India Award for being the
enviable position by his playing
Best Instrumentalist of the country. He has
techniques of which “the multi-flute
been awarded the highest artist-grade by
transposed fingering technique” and
the All India Radio. Purbayan has
the “dual octave production” have won
performed in esteemed venues and many
him world acclaim.
prestigious music festivals, in an
Recently, BBC World TV telecast a
international career spanning 26 years.
documentary on Shashank titled
“Destination Music”.
Shashank Subramanyam
Sitar player and composer, Purbayan is a
(Carnatic Flute)
multifaceted musician. Along with his
concerts of North Indian raga music, he
Grammy nominated flautist Shashank
also performs with musicians from the
began performing at the age of six. He
South Indian raga tradition and
remains the youngest musician to have
participates in various fusion projects with
been invited by The Music Academy,
jazz and world musicians all over the
Chennai, at 12 years of age. He was
globe. Purbayan is also an astounding
trained by father Subramanyam and vocal
vocalist and has lent his soulful voice to
maestros R.K. Srikantan and Palghat K.V.
many mellifluous compositions. He is
Narayanaswami and by Pandit Jasraj in
from the Senia Maihar Gharana, the
Hindustani Music. Shashank has
school established by Baba Allauddin
collaborated with musicians and bands
Khan, the guru of sarod player Ustad Ali
from India and around the world including
Akbar Khan and sitar players Pandit Ravi
Guitarist John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia,
Shankar and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.
Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Vishwa Mohan
Bhatt, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborthy, The New
Continued Overleaf
Jungle Orchestra.
Parupalli S. Phalgun (Mridangam)
Phalgun is an A-grade artist of the All India
country was represented by a percussion
Radio and Television.
instrument. He has also been a part of
various fusion bands such as String-Struck,
He is equally adept at playing the Kanjira.
and has had the opportunity to share a
stage with prominent artists such as
Shankar Mahadevan, Ranjit Barot, Rahim
Anubrata Chatterjee (Tabla)
al Haj (a renowned Oud player from Iraq).
Son of the world-renowned tabla maestro,
Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Anubrata had the
rare fortune of being the youngest and the
last "Ganda-Bandh" disciple of the great
guru, Padmabhushan Deshkottam Jnan
Prakash Ghosh in 1992. Subsequently, he
continued his training under the tutelage
of his father.
He made his debut as an accompanying
artist with the legendary Pt. Hari Prasad
Parupalli Phalgun received his training in
Chaurasia and since then, has gone on to
successfully accompany many living
Mridangam from Shri Mahadevu Radha
legends of Indian classical music.
Krishan Raju, Shri V Balaji, and Shri
Mahadevu Lakshmi Narayana Raju. He
Anubrata gives great importance to
hails from a family of great musicians such
imparting quality-training to his students.
as Parupalli Ramakrishnaiah Pantulu, the
He holds regular workshops in New York at
Currently, Anubrata is associated with an
guru of vocal maestro M. Balamurali
the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla and
innovative musical movement - Classicool,
has also started a comprehensive Tabla
in the capacity of Lead Percussionist.
training program at LearnQuest with his
Shri Parupalli has been honoured with
The movement also involves leading
many awards including the Asthana
musicians of the next generation such as
Vidwan title conferred by the Kanchi
While being deeply rooted in the
Purbayan Chatterjee, Rakesh Chaurasia,
Kamakoti Peetham and the Ustad
traditional style of playing, Anubrata also
and Gino Banks.
Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet
understands the need for his art to be
Natak Akademi. He has accompanied
contemporary. Based on this thought, he
many stalwarts in the field of South Indian
formed a unique percussion group named
music and is currently on the faculty of
Taal- India wherein every region of the
The Govt. Music College, Vijayawada.
Samarth Nagarkar
As a voice coach, he has trained celebrities
Amit Kavthekar (Tabla)
such as Priyanka Chopra, Grammy
(Hindustani Vocal)
nominee Chandrika Tandon and others.
He has two albums titled ‘Pranali’ and
‘Pravah’ and a book titled ‘Raga Sangeet’
to his credit. He has composed music for
major international films and conventions.
Samarth is a recipient of a fellowship from
the Ministry of Culture, Government of
India and a President’s Award for winning
the All India Radio’s National Music
Amit Kavthekar, a ganda-bandha shagird
Samarth features in prominent music
Late Ustad Allarakha, has rhythm running
festivals and venues in India and abroad
in his veins. At the early age of six, when
including The ITC Sangeet Sammelans, The
most children of his age were playing
United Nations, World Music Institute,
about, Amit Kavthekar was being groomed
Chhandayan All Night Concert, Ragas Live
in the art of tabla-playing by the maestro
Festival at the Rubin Museum of Art,
Samarth Nagarkar has trained in the strict
Ustad Allarakha. Since 1991, he has been
Kashinath Bodas Festival, and several
guru-shishya parampara under two
fortunate to be taught the intricacies of
Global music festivals like The Winter
renowned gurus and top ranking
tabla by Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Garden Festival and The International
musicians-Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and
Fringe Festival. He has performed in some
Amit has played with many Legends
Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. He is a former
of the most iconic and historic venues
including Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Jasraj,
scholar of the prestigious ITC Sangeet
such as Maverick Concerts in Woodstock,
Ustad Shahid Parvez and Pt. Buddhadev
Research Academy, Kolkata.
the Rockwood Music Hall, Jazz gallery and
Dasgupta. He teaches Tabla at the
He is currently the Guru and Director of
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New
American School of Bombay and at the
Academic Affairs at Chhandayan, a
New England School of Music in Boston.
prominent Indian music and dance school
He is also a professor in Salem State
Pursuing a full-fledged career as a
in New York City, and also teaches adjunct
University for the World Music Ensemble.
performer, composer, teacher and author,
lectures and master-classes at Manhattan
Samarth is described by critics as one of
School of Music and New York University.
today’s most prolific performers and a
Samarth was formerly the head of the K. K.
Rohan Prabhu Desai (Harmonium)
torchbearer of the traditions he
Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy in
See performance of Kaushiki Chakraborty.
Shadow & Light Fusion
Pavithra Chari (Vocal)
Anindo Bose (Keyboard)
Words suspended in melody-that is how it
Pavithra has trained in Hindustani classical
Anindo has been a member of the
started. Shadow and Light was born in
under Shri Satya Narayan Maharana for
band Advaita since its inception. He
New Delhi, from the efforts of Pavithra
over ten years and is currently honing her
has been featured on Coke studio and
Chari and Anindo Bose to unlock the
musical skills under the tutelage of Smt.
MTV unplugged. He, along with
potential within a few notes of music.
Shubha Mudgal. A recipient of the Shri
Advaita, have won various awards
Together, the duo performs compositions
Netar Kapur Scholarship for 2015, she
including GIMA (Global Indian Music
in the Hindustani classical, pop, jazz, and
represented India as a vocalist at Ethno,
Awards) and have also lent their music
electronic styles.
an international music camp in Belgium
to prominent films like ‘Wazir’
and Germany. Pavithra has sung for a
Shadow and Light released their debut
Himachali film ‘Saanjh’ and has also
featuring Amitabh Bachchan.
album in June 2014 which includes songs
collaborated with critically acclaimed
in both Hindi and English, shifting
playback singer Mohit Chauhan.
Amit Kavthekar (Tabla)
effortlessly between styles and
See performance of Samarth Nagarkar.
genres. The songs it comprises of are
written about personal milestones and
obstacles, about the eternal mystery that
we call life and the little, everyday things
that matter to us most.
The band was chosen as the 1st runner-up
of the Sennheiser top 50 competition in
2015 and won the Radio City Freedom
Awards for best Pop Artist 2016.
In 2016 they released their second album
Elements along with a music video for Dua
on Pepsi MTV Indies.
Earlier this month, the duo launched their
third album, Sabar, which Pavitra says has
a strong RnB influence. Noting “the touch
of perfection to their contemplative and
celebratory tunes”, The Hindu labelled it
“A sonic treat”.
Bombay Jayashri Ramnath
with autistic children; exploring the
Ramachandramurthy, V.A.Swami and V.
therapeutic value of music in the lives of
Narasimhan, Satish Kumar is an “A-Top”
(Carnatic Vocal)
special children. Through Hitham, Jayashri
ranking artiste of the All India Radio.
facilitates and conducts music classes for
A performer and
children in rural areas of Tamil Nadu.
composer with a
deep interest to
innovate and
H. N. Bhaskar (Violin)
explore the art
Parents HK
form, Satish has
been a regular
and HN Rajalakshmi
feature in
initially trained H N
prestigious venues
Bhaskar. He then
and festivals across
came under the
India and around the world. His name
Bombay Jayashri, the award winning
tutelage of violin
features in scores of CD and DVD
vocalist, composer and teacher of music
maestro MS
productions as a soloist, and as part of
was born to a family of five generations of
other Ensembles from Classical to various
musicians. Under her gurus, T. R. Balamani
genres all over the world.
He is an A-graded violinist of All India
and Lalgudi Jayaraman, she trained in
Radio. A talented composer, he has
Carnatic music and imbibed the nuances
directed numerous fusion, light music and
of melody. Jayashri also trained in
B. S. Purushothaman (Kanjira)
classical albums. A recipient of the
Hindustani music under Mahavir
prestigious Sangeeth Natak Academy
A disciple of
Jaipurvale and Ajay Pohankar. She has
Award and the Best Violinist Award (from
mridanga vidwan
performed at festivals and concerts in
The Music Academy Madras), Bhaskar’s
late Bengalooru M.
more than 35 countries. Her compositions
playing has gained popularity in recent
L. Veerabhadraiah,
amalgamate classical Carnatic music with
Tamil movies too.
his son Bengalooru
our rich legacy in literature and other art
V. Praveen and
forms. She believes in experimenting and
Sangitha Kalanidhi
collaborating between different genres
Patri Satish Kumar (Mridangam)
T. K. Murthy, B. S.
and various forms, diving into both World
Purushothaman is
Born into a family of musicians, Patri
Music, and the music of film soundtracks
the recipient of
Satish Kumar was initiated into the art of
of India.
numerous awards. He collaborated with
percussion by his mother Padmavathy, a
Jayashri’s experiences with the power of
pianist Anil Srinivasan and vocalist Sikkil
renowned violinist and had his debut at
music have motivated her to start Hitham,
the age of seven. Trained by Gurus Sree
a foundation which works to share music
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
note any of their lessons. So I had to grasp
Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla)
all I could at that very instant while they
(Hindustani Sarod)
Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, has
were teaching.” During this period, he
Mr. Majumdar's playing sometimes
accompanied stalwarts such as Pt. Ravi
stood first in the All India Radio Music
suggested the way Beethoven
Shankar, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M.
Competition (1981), and was awarded the
reconstructed a theme of his variations in
Balamuralikrishna and Ustad Rashid Khan.
President's gold medal and the Pandit D.
his late works.
His solo performances are emblematic of
V. Paluskar award.
his catholicity as an artist exposed to and
-- New York Times, November 10, 1994.
After the untimely demise of Ustad
enriched by various genres.
Bahadur Khan, Tejendra studied under
Ajay Sinha Roy, and was later accepted as
a disciple by the great sarod player, Ustad
Ali Akbar Khan.
Tejendra’s repertoire combines elements
from the Dhrupad, Tantrakari and Gayaki
styles of music. He is an able
representative of the legendary Senia
Maihar school of music, the most notable
exponents of which style are Ustad Ali
Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.
In his own words:
Tejendra has performed at major concerts
“I neither hail from a family of musicians
in India and globally, and has been
nor were my gurus big names… the joy of
accompanied by great tabla players of
creating music, however, is
India, including Pandit Kishan Maharaj,
unexplainable. I have performed some
Swapan Chaudhury, Anindo Chatterjee
Tejendra started learning music at an early
experiments without breaking away from
and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
age, first with his grandfather Bibhuti
the system. I have often interpreted the
Ranjan Majumdar and later with his
He still feels:
phrases differently and received
father, Ranjan Majumdar. He received
appreciation for doing that which further
“The stage remains to be a stage, no
vocal training from Amaresh Chowdhury
matter how many years I have spent on
strengthened my creative pursuit. Since
and rhythm training from Anil Palit. After
childhood, I was exposed to all kinds of
it. Every stage seems new to me. Every
showing considerable talent in his early
dais tests my ability. Every concert is a
music - from Bengali folk, film music to
teens, Tejendra was taken under the
the most complex of bandishes. The music
challenge for me. I try to enjoy my music
guidance of Ustad Bahadur Khan, with
I play is an amalgam of my experiences
every time I sit for any concert.”
whom he studied for 18 years. He recalls:
and collective influences.”
My Gurus never allowed me to record or
Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunathan
Aishwarya spent her childhood soaking in
Trivandrum Sampath (Violin)
(Carnatic Vocal)
the music of the masters. She would wake
Trivandrum N.
up to Smt. MS Subbulakshmi’s music,
Sampath has
which was one of her greatest influences
as a child. Starting from her first
senior musicians
performance at age 13, Aishwarya has
including T. V.
presented Carnatic Music to a variety of
audiences at many national and
O. S. Thyagarajan,
international academic forums. Recordings
and T. K.
of her concerts have been released by
Rajalakshmi Audio and Charsur. Aishwarya
has also had the distinction of
He believes in
accompanying her guru, Smt
kelvinjanam -
Seethalakshmi Venkatesan for the AIR
knowledge through listening - and
National Programme in 2012.
believes that “the key to excelling as a
violinist lies in constantly updating and
A biotech engineer, Aishwarya worked at
expanding one's repertoire of ragas and
Biocon, and is now a full-time music
professional. She is also a talented painter:
“This child is like camphor! She grasps
she is proficient in oil painting, acrylic
Furthermore, he says: “As an
music like the camphor does fire!”
painting, water colours and charcoal
accompanying instrument, the violin has
drawings. In 2017, her art was recognized
to blend in with the style of the vocalist,
- (Late) Srimati Seethalakshmi Venkatesan,
by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath through
and never overpower the vocals. That is
about her disciple, Aishwarya
the exhibition, Akanksha. She was among
the dharma of a violinist. “
Born into a family of connoisseurs of
50 working women chosen from different
He is an A-grade artiste of All India Radio.
classical music, Aishwarya was initiated
walks of life with considerable interest in
As part of his doctorate at Sree Swati
into the world of music at the age of
art and painting.
Tirunal Government College of Music,
three. She has the honor of being the
Aishwarya is an ardent traveller. Her
Thiruvananthapuram, he is researching on
disciple of musical stalwarts - Sangita
natural talent for art has since blossomed
Tygaraja kritis in raga Thodi.
Kalacharya (Late) Smt Seethalakshmi
into a passion for photography. She was
Venkatesan, Padma Bhushan Sri P S
awarded the Government of India
Narayanaswamy and Sangeetha Kala
scholarship (Ministry of Culture) between
Delhi Sairam (Mridangam)
Sagaram Smt Vegavahini Vijayaraghavan,
the years 2008-2010. She is an A-graded
thus being moulded into the Semmangudi
See performance of Guitar Prasanna.
artiste of the All India Radio and
bani and the Veena Dhanammal bani.
Hindustani Jugalbandi
Indradeep Ghosh (Violin)
many different styles and techniques of
Bishnupur Gharana, followed by Pandit
Western Classical and Oriental music. His
Kartick Kumar (a senior disciple of Pandit
style of playing can be described as a blend of
Ravi Shankar).
Gayki and Tantrakari Ang with his strenghts
An exponent of the Maihar Gharana, Indrajit
being taan and jhala. Over the years,
is an A-grade artist of All India Radio and
Indradeep has participated in several music
television. He has performed in numerous
festivals and concerts in India and abroad.
music festivals in India and abroad. Indrajit
teaches at Rhythm and Raag - an Institute
Indrajit Banerjee (Sitar)
for Indian Performing Arts, in Chicago.
Subrata Bhattacharya (Tabla)
Bhattacharya of
the Farukhabad
Gharana received
taleem under
Shri Tamal
Indradeep Ghosh of the Senia Maihar Gharana,
Chatterjee, Shri
Indrajit Banerjee was born in a musical family
started playing violin at the age of six under the
Nripen Karmakar
with a large number of artists in Hindustani
guidance of Sri Anamitra Mustafi. Since 1991,
and Shri Tapan
Classical Music. Some of them include his
he has been under the tutelage of Professor
Kr. Banerjee before he became a pupil of Pt.
guru, Pandit Kartick Kumar (Sitar), Pandit
Smt. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury. He also had
Shankar Ghosh. He has been the recipient of
Barun Kumar Pal (Hamsa Veena), Niladri
the privilege of receiving training from various
awards such as the Sangeet Prabhakar, and
Kumar (Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), and Aparna
maestros including Pandit V.G.Jog and Pandit
Sangeet Praveen from Prayag Sangeet
Roy (Surbahar). He was inspired by his sitarist
Kumar Bose.
Samiti, Allahadad, and Sangeet Bhushan
mother, Manju Banerjee (a disciple of Nikhil
from the Bhatkhande College, Lucknow. He
Indradeep is one of the few Indian Classical
Banerjee) and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee.
has accompanied renowned artists including
violinists to play a custom-made, five-string
Indrajit's training started under his maternal
Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Dr. L.
violin with eight sympathetic strings, modeled
grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal (disciple of
Subramaniam, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan,
after the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. The
Inayat Khan), and Birendra Kishore Roy
and Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar. He is a
sympathetic strings allow for a fuller,
Chowdhuri “Kochi Babu”. He then received
visiting professor at the University of Urbana
resonant sound. His performances integrate
training from Pandit Manilal Nag of
Champaign, Illinois.
Guitar Prasanna
Khan, Viswanathan Anand, Arundati Roy
Delhi Sairam (Mridangam)
and others. Prasanna (Smile Pinki) also
(Carnatic Instrumental)
In 1997, Delhi
belongs to a select group of Indian
Sairam's family
composers along with Pandit Ravi Shankar
moved from New
(Gandhi) and A. R. Rahman (Slumdog
Delhi to Chennai
Millionaire) who have composed music for
with the sole
Oscar Winning films. Prasanna is a fearless
objective of
innovator in contemporary music and yet
enabling him to
steeped in the authentic Carnatic tradition
pursue Mridangam
with 6 years of study with guru Vocalist
as a full time
Tiruvarur Balasubramaniam and 26 years
profession. In New
of study with masterful violinist guru A.
Delhi, he learnt the
Kanyakumari. He was awarded the ‘Life
basics of the art
Time Achievement Award’ for Carnatic
form from Sri T. R.
music by H. H. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.
Dhandapani. Since
Prasanna’s prolific body of work include 16
1997, he has been
albums as leader, a concert DVD and
under the strict and expert tutelage of
an Instructional DVD and numerous
Mridangam Maestro, Sri Tiruvarur
concerts at major festivals with some of
Prasanna is the quintessential Indian
the world’s most acclaimed artists across
He has accompanied eminent musicians
Renaissance man. A pioneer in performing
every genre of contemporary music. He is
such as Dr. N. Ramani, Sri T. V.
Carnatic music on the guitar, an
a member of three bands - ‘Raga Metal
Sankaranarayanan, Sri O. S. Tyagarajan,
engineering graduate from Indian Institute
Conversations’ with Alex Skolnick and
and Smt Bombay Jayashri Ramnath. He
of Technology, a composer for award
Anton Fig, ‘Ragabop trio’ with Steve Smith
has also recorded a Ragam, Tanam, Pallavi
winning films, an internationally acclaimed
and George Brooks and ‘Tirtha’ with Vijay
along with Sikkil Gurucharan and Abhisekh
guitarist in contemporary Jazz, Rock and
Iyer and Nitin Mitta. Prasanna’s
Raghuram, and performed live on All India
Blues, a Magna-Cum-Laude graduate of
composition ‘Falsehood’ is featured in the
Radio and Doordarshan.
Berklee College of Music, and an
Book ‘Essentials of Jazz - the first 100
entrepreneurial visionary who established
years’ alongside the works of some of the
a world class music college that blends the
most influential composers in Jazz History.
Nitin Mitta (Tabla)
Indian Gurukula system of learning with
He is deeply devoted to spreading the
contemporary western college education
See Performance of Rachna Bodas.
gospel of Carnatic music on the guitar and
pedagogy. Voted among the ‘top 50
is passionately educating young children
creative Indians’ by Open Magazine in
from all over the world in this beautiful
2010 alongside Sachin Tendulkar, Amir
art form.
Rachna Bodas (Hindustani Vocal)
“When it comes to khayal gayaki I would
Nitin Mitta (Tabla)
say, as it describes from its name “Khyal”
Born in Hyderabad
meaning “Imagination”, developing a raag
in 1975, Nitin
depends on the mood of that raag. I feel it
received his early
is like a flower bud opening up slowly and
training in
reaching to its full blossoming stage. In the
Hyderabad from
same way a raag is unfolded and developed
Pandit G.
with the imagination of an artist.” -- In
Conversation with Smt. Rachna Bodas,
Thereafter, he
Lokvani, 2016
sought the
guidance of Pandit
Ramchandra Joshi (Harmonium)
Arvind Mulgaonkar of Mumbai. Both of
Shri Ramchandra Joshi
Nitin’s gurus are disciples of the late Ustad
is an accomplished
Amir Hussain Khan Saheb, legendary doyen
vocalist and
of the Farukhabad Gharana.
harmonium player,
A dynamic soloist, he has also
Rachna displayed keen interest in music
residing in Edison, New
accompanied celebrated musicians,
since childhood, encouraged by her father
Jersey. He received
including Pandit Jasraj, Dr. Prabha Atre,
Shri Ravi Shankar Shukla, an
guidance from the
and Ustad Shahid Parvez, as well Lalgudi
accomplished tabla player in Kanpur. Her
leading Gwalior
G.J.R Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi.
training was formalized under the
Gharana vocalist Dr.
guidance of Pundit Kashinath Shankar
Veena Sahasrabuddhe. He was initiated
Nitin joined forces with Grammy Nominee
Bodas and later from eminent vocalist Dr.
into music at the age of 8 years, under the
Pianist Vijay Iyer and electric guitarist R.
Veena Sahasrabuddhe. She holds an MA in
tutelage of Mrs. Krishna Mukherjee, a
Prasanna to produce a studio album titled
music from Pune University and Sangeet
Tirtha that blends elements of
disciple of Begum Parveen Sultana. He also
contemporary jazz with the North and
Visharad from the Gandharva Mahavidyala
took lessons from Mrs.
Mandal. She was awarded with the
Sraboni Mukherjee, a disciple of
South Indian traditional ragas and
national scholarship from the Government
Mrs Shobha Gurtu, in Light Classical Music
compositions. Another collaboration with
of India. She is also a B-High artist of All
like Thumri and Hori.
R. Prasanna can be heard on the
India Radio, Lucknow in classical and light
soundtrack of the Oscar-winning
He is a grade “B” Artist at All India Radio
music category. She has accompanied her
documentary Smile Pinky.
and also topped the music competition
guru in various concerts in India and
Nitin received a grant from the Rhode
held by AIR in Light Classical Vocal music
abroad. She has given performances at
Island State Council on Arts. He was also a
major music conferences and festivals
member of the faculty at the Learn Quest.
in India and USA.
Sikkil Gurucharan (Carnatic Vocal)
he frequently tours abroad for giving
Sanjeev started his musical career as
concerts in various festivals and is also an
accompanying violinist. He gained
A grade All India Radio artiste. Sikkil
considerable reputation as an accompanist
Gurucharan is among the young musicians
to many eminent vocalists in carnatic
who stand as youth ambassadors for the
music. He is an A-Grade artiste of AIR, a
future of Carnatic Music. This is evident in
Software engineer with a B.E. (Computer
his active participation in youth festivals
Science) and an M.S. (Information
and lecture-demonstrations. He has
opened the gates to a larger audience by
having a welcoming attitude towards
R. Sankaranaryanan (Mridangam)
innovation while retaining the spirit of the
original art form.
R. Sankaranaryanan’s father, Sri R. Ramani
Bhagavathar is one of the direct disciples
of Sri Sivan and an
V. Sanjeev (Violin)
eminent Nama
At the tender age
of three, V
exponent. He
Sanjeev was
started learning
found to have a
Mridangam from
unique ability to
Sri Kumar and now
translate songs
he is under the
Sikkil Gurucharan is the grandson of Sikkil
into swaras. He
able guidance of
Kunjumani, the older of the internationally
inherited the
Shri V.Rajarao.
acclaimed flautists Padmashri Sikkil
essence of
He has performed with senior Carnatic
Sisters. Gurucharan has been under the
Carnatic music
artistes like Dr. M. BalamuraliKrishna, and
tutelage of Vaigal Shri. Gnanaskandan and
from his versatile
Shri. T. V. Sankaranarayanan and others
is currently being mentored by Shri B
mother, Smt.
such as George Brooks, Ustad Shujaat
Krishnamurthy. One might think his
Khan, and Pt Tejendra Majumdar.
musical lineage precedes him, but his
Venkataramanan, a disciple of Tanjore Sri
voice, training and dedication stand their
S. Kalyanaraman.
Sankaranarayanan has done M.A. and M.
Phil., with his dissertation topic being
own ground.
His early tutelage of violin was under
“Depiction of Mridangam in Sanskrit
In a span of close to 13 years, Gurucharan
Alandur Sri Nataraja Iyer and he continued
has performed extensively in India and
learning violin from Kalaimamani Kum. A.
abroad, in prestigious venues and popular
Kanyakumari since 1992. Having given his
festivals. Apart from the concerts in India,
debut solo concert in 1994, in 1998,
Pandit Satish Vyas
His first fortune was to be born the son
Ojas Adhiya (Tabla)
of Padma Bhushan Late Pandit C. R. Vyas,
(Hindustani Santoor)
Ojas’ father spotted his keen interest in
one of the most respected khayal vocalists
percussion at a tender age of two years
of India. He started learning vocal music
and put him under the care of well-known
from his father at the age of 14. But it was
music composers Shri Kalyanji-Anandji.
the Santoor that young Satish's heart was
set on.
At five years of age, he became the
Gandaa Bandh Shaagird-Disciple of Shri
His second fortune was to be accepted as
Mridangraj ji.
a disciple by the great Padma Vibhushan
Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma - a man so
Ojas performed
identified with his instrument that classical
in almost 500
Indian santoor playing is unthinkable
stage shows
without Shiv Kumar Sharma's contribution
globally in the
to the art.
programs of
The combination of training under both his
Shri Kalyanji-
father and Shivji has given Satish an ability
to display gayaki ang as well as layakari /
tantrakari ang in his Santoor playing.
Academy. His
Before taking the decision to make music
his profession, Satish Vyas completed his
education in Mathematics (BA), Statistics
include The Limca Book of Records (1993)
Sitting cross-legged, cradling his Santoor,
(MA) and Business Administration (MBA)
as the youngest tabla player of India,
quiet, contemplative, introspective, his
and worked with ICICI, NCPA, Philips and
Pandit V.D Paluskar Award (1998),
eyes seem focused on an inner vision. And
HMV. Over the past ten years he has been
Promising artiste award by ITC SRA, and
as his nimble fingers coax fragile,
a Director of Navras Records in India,
the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by
mellifluous sounds out of those delicate
whose large repertoire is distributed in
Sangeet Natak Academy (2015).
strings one cannot help but get
India through Sony Nâd label of Sony
transported to another dimension. One
He has accompanied legends in Classical
admired the way he showered (notes) like
and Ghazals such as Begum Parween
rose petals, teasing permutations with a
Pandit Satish Vyas was honoured with a
Sultana, Ustad Rashid Khan, and Pandit
thoroughness that revealed his technical
Padma Shri by The Government of India
Satish Vyas, as well as Asha Bhosle, Pankaj
as well as his aesthetic competency.
and most recently the Lifetime
Udhas, Anup Jalota, Talat Aziz, and many
Achievement Award by Spandan from Goa.
-- The Statesman, August 10, 1989
This performance took place 1 week prior to the main conference on the 23rd of March at the Sanders Theater
Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute)
Zakir Hussain (Tabla)
doing this?' And he said, 'Because this is my
Rakesh Chaurasia started as a child prodigy and
The Maestro in his own words
went on to become one of the most
I’ve never wanted to fit in Abbaji’s shoes and
“When I play music, I pay homage. When I
accomplished disciples of his uncle, flute
am happy to walk in my own. My father made
practice music, I meditate”.
maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Infusing
it categorically clear: “I don’t expect my sons to
the tradition of the Chaurasia legacy with his
“You learn! You learn! You learn! You don’t ask
be me because what I’m doing is already done.
personal influence, he has evolved a style that
questions. You learn and in that process you
They’ve to be better than me,” he’d say.
maintains the purity of the flute and captures
find your answers. The answer may appear five
“Photocopies are eventually consigned to the
the attention of the young listeners too.
years later, which you may very well have been
dust bin and only originals preserved."
told five years earlier. You find out and may be
Rakesh’s flute has matched note and rhythm
“I firmly believe that the primary role of the
that is a better way to learn, because you have
with wind instruments of other cultures as well
tabla is ‘saat sangat’ (accompaniment). Which
grown with the answer to a point where you
as having performed ‘jugalbandis’ with Carnatic
is why I enjoy being on stage with Shivji,
understand it”.
and world famous instrumentalists. Rakesh’s
Amjadbhai or Birju Maharaj. I look forward to
forte is in blending his flute without really
-- Documentary ‘The Speaking Hand’
these concerts. Unlike a solo concert where I
losing its identity in mixed instruments’
am my own boss, here I have to strike a
dialogue in the music-making process.
This enriches and makes me a better
Rakesh has been the recipient of
musician and tabla player.
numerous accolades, and has appeared in
prominent events in India and abroad. He
-- Interview with DNA India
was invited to conclude the twenty-four
My tabla is actually pointing out to me
hour live BBC Radio broadcast celebrating
how much more there is to do. The thing
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Silver
is, every time you play with a new
Jubilee, reaching audiences worldwide. He
musician, you see that musician looking at
has toured with tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir
your music, your ability, yourself, through
Hussain and also performed with
his or her eyes, and therefore discovering
international musicians such as Bela Fleck,
I was brought home from the hospital. The
different shades that I myself may have
Edgar Meyer, Joshua Redman.
tradition is that the son is handed to the father,
overlooked ... My tabla is saying to me, “There’s
and then the father has to recite a prayer in the
Rakesh's most recent venture is his fusion band
more to do: Miles to go before you sleep.
son's ear, putting him on his way. My father,
Rakesh and Friends (RAF) which creates music
when he took me in his arm, instead of reciting
-- Interview for CapitolBop
that appeals to the young without sacrificing
a prayer, he sang rhythms in my ear and my
the essence of classical music.
mother was very upset and said, 'Why are you