Faculty

 Tabla Teacher

Anirban Roy Chowdhury :

Is one of the finest dynamic and promising products of the young contemporary generation of Tabla players. His music lineage hails from the renowned famous Punjab ‘Gharana’ school of Indian classical music. He has trained extensively and derives his proud music education and lineage from renowned Punjab Gharana stalwarts Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, world renowned Tabla legend and percussion genius, maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and renowned maestro Pandit Yogesh Samsi (all proud Punjab Gharana torch-bearers).

Anirban has performed globally with various artists and legends of Indian Classical music, as well as done numerous collaborations on the international festival circuit with various Western Musicians. Anirban was awarded the “Promising Young Musician of the Year” in May 2014 from Bihaan Music Industries, Kolkata India. The Award was dedicated in the name of famous Ustad Karamatullah Khan Sahab – a doyen of the Farrukabad ‘Gharana’ style of Tabla. Most recently, Anirban performed at Carnegie Hall on April 13, 2015 in a prestigious collaboration of “Jaunpuri Raga” with renowned western classical  pianist Kimball Gallagher and Indian classical vocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali  Khan. 

 

Anirban is currently based out of New York and travels actively to various countries for music concerts throughout the year. He is the founder, and director of a successful organization called “Rhythm Eternal” – an organization conceptualied in 2014 - dedicated to the promotion of Classical music, and performing arts in society, while raising awareness for social causes via the medium of Music. Anirban believes in giving back to society and enriching the lives of people through the offering of music as medium of enlightenment, knowledge and therapy and works tirelessly to convey the message.

 

Rhythm Eternal's debut maiden concert was held on the prestigious stage of the G.D. Birla Auditorium in Kolkata, India on May 24th 2014 and culminated in a fantastic collaboration of world-renowned Indian Classical instrumentalist, as well as eminent vocalists coming together in a beautiful evening of spell-binding performances.

 

Anirban’s web page with details on his musical career can be found at www.anirbanroychowdhury.com

 

 Senior Vocal Teacher

Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik :

Was introduced to the world of Classical Music, while he was still in college, by Pandit Biswanath Sur of Kolkata. Later, Panditji came in contact with Late Pandit Ramarao V. Naik, Late Pandit S.C.R. Bhat, Late Pandit K. G. Ginde, Late Pandit Dinkar Kaikani and honed his skills in the Agra Gharana gayaki for over three decades.In addition, he also received personal guidance in Thumri from the renowned Padma Bhushan Late Smt. Shoba Gurtu.

A student for life, Panditji continues his study with Pandit Y. M. Mahale, a disciple of Late Pandit S. N. Ratanjankar.

Panditji has also performed abroad to the utmost joy of aficionado of Hindustani music. All his programs were hugely appreciated.

One of the living legends of the Agra Gharana, Pandit Bhaumik is one of the torch-bearers of Faiyaz Khani style of music. His signature is in his soulful rendition of Nomtom Alaap, Bolbant and intricate Layakari and Taan. His versatility and skills in performing Dhrupad-dhamar, Khayal, Thumri, Tappa, Hori and Bhajans with ease and delicacy sets him apart from his contemporaries.

Panditji has an impeccable academic record with degrees in Engineering and Management from IIT and IIM, two of the most prestigious institutions in India.

Panditji is also a Sangeet Visharad and served as a senior faculty at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mumbai for over a decade.

Panditji found his calling in music and dedicated his life in its pursuit, learning, teaching and generally propagating the art of Hindustani Music to the world.

 

Panditjis web page with details on his musical career can be found at: www.panditsudhindra.com

 

Flute  Teacher (Bansuri)

Parhta Sarkar :

Started learning ‘Bansuri’ from his father, Sri Kumud Rajan Sarkar, at the age of seven.  Later on, He received guidance from his father’s guru Pt. Jugal Kishore Sarkar, and since the year 2003, I have been a disciple of Padmavibhushan Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia at Vrindavana Gurukul, Mumbai.

I am an ex-senior residential scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, from 2011-2014 and studied Hindustani classical music there, under the tutelage of Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and Pandit Partha Chatterjee.

I have performed in various prestigious music festivals in India as a solo player from the tender age of 12.  Since the year 2005, I have been accompanying my Guru, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiaji in his concerts as a second flutist.

           

I have taught Indian classical music to students from different parts of the world as well as India, in Vrindaban Gurukul, Mumbai and in Kolkata.  I have also taught and have been invited to conduct a workshop (lecture-demonstration) on Hindustani classical flute at Chinmaya Naada Bindu, Pune, for a 2-month (March-April 2012) period of time and at Sadhana Nritya Sangeet Vidyalaya, Institute for Dance and Hindustani Classical Music, Mulund, Mumbai.

 

Achievements and Awards:

 

  • Performed in front of the President of India, Pratibha Patil, and other ministers in 2010 in Tripura at Darbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, on invitation of Govt. of Tripura, Information & Cultural Affairs Department.

 

  • Stood all India 2nd in Flute in 17th National Youth Festival, 2012, organized by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India.

 

  • AIR B-High graded artiste.

 

  • Got distinction marks (83.75%) in the 7th year examination authorized by Bangiya Sangeet Parishad in the year 2007-2008 (affiliated by Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata) as well as was conferred "Sangeet Ratna" in flute from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad for completing 7th year successfully (affiliated by Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata).

 

  • Selected as best performer by Indian Music Academy in IDEA Jalsa competition in West Zone – 2009.

 

  • Best performer award conferred by SPICMACAY, Silchar, Assam-1998

  • Important Performances with Guruji, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, as second flutist:

 

  • Accompanied Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia  at NCPA -Tata theatre, Mumbai.

 

  • Golpark Ramkrishna Mission, Kolkata.

 

  • Taj Mahal Festival, Agra.

 

  • The Konark festival, Orissa.

 

  • IIT Mangalore, organised by SPICMACAY, etc. to name a few.

 

 

Important Solo and Duet performances:

 

  • Collaborated with RAINBOW, a Kolkata-based western, Hindustani, and Carnatic fusion band, and performed on 3rd and 4th Oct-2014, at Whitefield Cultural Association and Phoenix Marketcity in Bangalore .

  • Performed at FESTIVAL D'ILE DE FRANCE on 13th Sept-2014, in collaboration with Nrityagram, in Paris. 

  • Jugalbandi (duet) with Saquet Sahu (AIR A-graded violin exponent) at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in July 2014.

  • Fusion with Pt. Purbayan Chatterjee, sitar maestro, in Raipur, Chattisgarh, in December 2013, for the occasion of Oath Ceremony of Chief Minister of Chattisgarh.

  • Collaborated with Kolkata-based Carnatic Classical and Fusion group, Layavinyas of Vidwan N. Shankar, mridangam maestro.

  • Jugalbandi (duet) with Ratan Bharti (AIR A-graded Mohan Veena exponent) at Ramkrishna Mission in Arunachal Pradesh and Lamding Music Festival respectively in January 2014.

  • Solo recital at Tripura Govt. Music Festival, Agartala, Tripura, in November 2013.

  • Toured in Germany and Holland from August 15th 2012 to November 10th 2012.

  • Performed solo at Kalaateet Festival 2012 (got invitation as one of the prestigious first batch of artists, being the first music festival for the young & talented artists organized by Chinmaya Naada Bindu) on 7th April 2012, at Powai, Pune.

  • Collaborated with Tal Tantra, an internationally acclaimed ethno-fusion group, of tabla exponent Pandit Tanmoy Bose.

  • Performed jugalbandi (duet) with Joy Guha (Hindusthani Classical Mandola exponent) at Bhawanipur Sangeet Sammelan in 2011.

  • Performed solo at Idea Jalsa, Zee TV,  in 2009.

  • Performed solo at India International Centre, New Dehli.

  • Performed solo for D.D. Bharati, New Dehli; D.D. Guwahati; D.D. Agartata and D.D. Silchar.

  • Jugalbandi (duet) performance with my brother Siddhartha  Sarkar (violin exponent) at Nad Brinda organised by Pt. Kumar Bose.

  • Solo at St. Xavier  youth festival organised by IMG.

  • Solo at NCPA, Little Theatre, organised by NCPA, Mumbai.