Raja Reddy and Radha Reddy
Two renowned exponents of the Carnatic Indian dance form of Kuchipudi, who are credited for adding a new dimension to the art without compromising its traditional virtues, have taken it to a higher plane of performance. The couple has performed at venues all across the globe and has been awarded with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Ganesh Rajagopalan and Kumaresh Rajagopalan
The Indian duo who are part of the Carnatic music fraternity are recognised as notable violinists. The brothers are best known for their contributions to classical music, bringing forward refreshingly original content and style for the instrument.
The brothers began performing on stage from a very early age. They were the youngest violinists to be listed as A-top ranking artistes by the All India Radio.
Shivkumar Sharma was born in 1938 at Jammu Kashmir. The name Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is often considered to be synonymous with the santoor by many aficionados of classical music. He is credited for incorporating santoor from the realm of Kashmiri folk music into that of the Indian Classical concert platform, while facing resistance from the most conservative quarters.
The journey began when his father asked him to pursue the development of the Kashmiri santoor. His persistence, repeated experiments and reconfigurations with the instrument gave it a new life and eventually paved the way for a new genre of music and tremendous success.
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
The sarod maestro is one of the foremost icons of Indian classical music. He began his early training under the guidance of his grandfather, Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar. Majumdar is known to combine the intellectual density and technical virtuosity of his gharana, while infusing elements from the Dhrupad, Tantrakari, as well as Gayaki styles of music. Ulhas Kashalkar
Kashalkar was born into a family of musicians. His father, N D Kashalkar, a musician in his own right, initiated him to train in vocal music. Besides being the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Academy Award, he has been a Guru at the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy for nearly 20 years. Presently, he is serving as the principle and Guru of the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalaya in Dhaka.
Zakir Hussain is a world renowned Indian tabla player. He was a child prodigy and started touring by the age of 12. However, Hussain began his career as an international musician after moving to the United States during the 1970s. He was the founder of many celebrated collaboration which included Shakti – with John McLaughlin and L Shankar, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, and Planet Drum – with Mickey Hart. He has also performed with other noted musicians such as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. Zakir Hussain is the youngest percussionist to be awarded with the Padma Shri.