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Today’s performers at the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015

  • Published at 07:26 pm November 27th, 2015
Today’s performers at the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2015

Jayanthi Kumaresh

Considered as one of the leading veena artists today, Kumaresh began her rigorous training under the guidance of her aunt, Padmavathy Ananthagopalan. Her music is said to be a true blend of tradition and innovation in terms of content, technique, virtuosity and expression.

Uday Bhawalkar

A standard-bearer for Dhrupad and a strong force in its growing recognition and popularity, Bhawalkar spent over 12 years studying and living in the traditional guru-shishya parampara with Ustad Zia Fariddudin Dagar (vocal) and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (rudra-veena), the pillars of the Dhrupad tradition.

Suresh Talwalkar

A renowned Indian tabla artist, Talwalkar studied the rhythm theory of Carnatic music and Hindustani classical singing. A “Padma Shri” recipient, Talwalkar began his training under the guidance of his father, Dattatrey Talwalkar, and continued his musical education from Pandharinath Nageshkar, Vinayakrao Ghangrekar and Ramnad Ishwaran.

Ronu Majumdar

A renowned Indian flautist, Majumder has trained under the guidance of his father Bhanu Majumdar, Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Majumdar is firmly rooted in the Maihar Gharana.

Balmurali Krishna

One of the best exponents of Carnatic classical music for over six decades, Krishna is an accomplished instrumentalist as well– well known for his skills in playing the violin, viola, khanjira, veena and mridangam – in addition to being an exceptional vocalist.

Ajoy Chakrabarty By the age of three, Chakrabarty began taking lessons from his father, Ajit Chakrabarty, who shaped his early style in North Indian vocal music. He later continued his training under many notable musicians such as Pandit Kanai Das Bairagi, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan and Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Due to his extensive training, he is not only a doyen of the Patiala-Kasur style, but can also portray the key features of other major classical gharanas.

Other performers from tonight’s line-up are: Avijit Kundu, Susmita Debnath Suchi, Iftekhar Alam Prodhan, Shubhayu Sen Majumdar, Abhijit Banerjee