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For more albums, see my supplemental Google doc. Some recommended and accessible albums are: For a while, it looked like third stream music might be the future of jazz. Instead, free jazz came along and crushed it. Though the earliest free jazz tracks go back to , the genre is usually considered to have been launched in the late s, by Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman. Creative jazz was always a difficult, obscure tradition with a limited audience.

Below, I focus on fusion artists who primarily trace their lineage to jazz rather than rock or country, etc. They approach their instruments in more traditional way compared to free jazz, not pushing them to their expressive limits. Here are some relatively accessible ECM style jazz albums: But here are some highly diverse exceptions: One way to improve the average accessibility of the items in the search results list is to further restrict the advanced search to albums released from — Jazz fusion Creative jazz was always a difficult, obscure tradition with a limited audience.

When I list a year for recording, writing, or publishing, it is the last year during which that happened for the piece in question. The latter began with bebop and includes everything that came after. It was simply too much tedious work. Some sources consider hard bop a subgenre of post-bop. I also decided that Freedom Together! Thesis excluded because inaccessible. Man was too dull. His later albums are more fusion than post-bop. Excluded for inaccessibility: Jazz Realities. Ajinkya is the recipient of the Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Award He has accompanied his guru in various tabla solo concerts all over India.

He has been awarded the National Scholarship for young artistes by the Government of India. Guitar maestro Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya evolves into a global inspiration in the arena of contemporary musical uprising. Born to musician parents Pt Debashish Bhattacharya, a child prodigy, was initiated into Indian classical singing, but was drawn to the guitar because of the ability to emulate the human voice by using the slide. Led Kaapana, Martin Simpson are the others. The uncanny ability of sliding like a voice and mesmerizing tantrakaari ang put Debashish Bhattacharya as a leading slide guitarist of the world.

This extremely personable and gifted artiste takes us on a timeless journey through the history of Indian Classical Music, bringing it into the 21st century, with detours into the Blues and Hawaiian music as well. Nilan Chaudhuri has spent his entire life immersed in the tradition of Indian Classical Percussion. The son of Maestro Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, Nilan received his first Tabla lesson from his father at the age of five. Ali Akbar Khan. Within months of his first recital, sensing his passion and devotion to the art form, Nilan was accepted as a ganda bandan disciple of Khasaib.

Shujaat Khan, Pt. Ramesh Misra, and Ud. Pandit Uday Bhawalkar is among the foremost Dhrupad vocalists and has been a strong force in its growing recognition, popularity and resurgence, worldwide. Dhrupad is one of the oldest forms of North Indian classical music and Uday maintains its majesty and subtle nuance. Dhrupad is a living and evolving classical music tradition in which Uday has developed a unique style deeply embedded in raga, ras and bhaav.

During this period there was a simple and complete concentration on the music itself. Since his first performance at Bhopal in , Uday has performed in a number of prestigious festivals and events in India and abroad. Uday has widely performed in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, and Singapore and also collaborated with artists from other disciplines and cultures. Uday has worked with the contemporary dancer Astad Deboo, the Ensemble Modern Orchestra, Germany, and with many other artists internationally.

He also been accompanied by Taalyogi Pt. Besides being a performing artist par excellence, Uday is a very sensitive teacher and has a devoted following of students committed to pursuing the path of Dhrupad. Pratap Awad, began learning of Pakhawaj under Pt. Subhash Maharaj Deshmukh, Parali, Maharashtra, at early age for three years. After that he received advance training for four years from Pt. Uddhavji Aapegaonkarat Ambajogai.

And for last two years he had received taleem from Late Pt. Vasantrao Ghopadkar, Pune. Presently, he is undergoing training from Pt. Arvind Kumar Azad, Pune. Uddhavji Apegaonkar in fusion with western instruments. Indradeep Ghosh is one of the top ranking violinists in India and a trailblazer for Senia Maihar Gharana. He initially started playing violin at the tender age of six under the guidance of Sri Anamitra Mustafi.

He has been under the tutelage of Professor Smt. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury since He also had the privilege of getting training with different maestros of Indian Classical Music including Pandit V. Jog and Pandit Kumar Bose. Indradeep is one of the few Indian Classical violinists to play a custom made five-string violin with eight sympathetic strings, modeled after the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. The sympathetic strings allow for a fuller, resonant sound.

His performances integrate many different styles and techniques of Western Classical and Oriental music. His style of playing can be described as a blend of Gayki and Tantrakari Ang with his fortes being taan and jhala. He has to his credit many Classical and Fusion Music albums. Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana. He was born in a musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music.

He got inspiration from his sitarist mother, Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee. Later on, he took intensive training from his uncle, Pandit Kartick Kumar, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Parangotsava a festival held in Mysore, Karnataka recognised him as Veteran Pandit.

Indrajit has been touring extensively toured in the U. He has several solo sitar albums to his credit. Indrajit is also a composer and has arranged music for several albums and award winning documentary films. Sandip has been extensively performing in many music festivals and concerts all around the globe. And, he has also collaborated with many overseas musicians across genres such as Jazz, Rock, Contemporary and Fusion. He has 21 CD's to his credit. His expertise has also been utilized by renowned music directors like A.

Balsara and others. Subhajyoti Guha was introduced to tabla at an young age by his father Dr S R Guha and later since he has been training under tabla maestro Pt Sankha Chatterjee. Subhajyoti received the President's award in and presently is a grade A artiste of AIR and TV and performs regularly in major concerts worldwide. Subhajyoti has also extended his horizons into the experimental music scenario and performs with other genres and with his band AMEYA based out of Toronto.

Academically he holds a masters degree in applied mathematics but is living his dream of teaching and performing worldwide as a tabla player. Samarth Nagarkar is a Hindustani classical vocalist, known for his captivating performances and a traditionally rich music. Samarth features in several prominent music festivals and venues around the world. Ulhas Kashalkar and Pt. Samarth was awarded a Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India and was one of the youngest musicians to be adjudged winner of the prestigious All India Radio National Competitions at 19 years.

Josh Feinberg is the best-kept secret of the Hindustani music scene. Known and loved by top musicians and music lovers, he represents the future of sitar and the growing diversity of the Hindustani music field. Josh began his musical training at 4 years old with piano and western classical jazz bass in New York City, studying with some of the most accomplished musicians on the scene. He was hailed as a prodigy performing in jazz venues and concert halls across the New York area.

One of the first non-Indian musicians to be accepted as a leading performer, josh has learned with sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan as well as Ud. Tejendra Majumdar, Dr. Peter Row, Dr. Vijaya Sundaram. Josh recorded his debut album, Homage, featuring tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri and released his second album, One Evening in Spring, in November featuring tabla maestro Anindo Chatterjee. Anindo Chatterjee. Josh's new album with Pt. Josh has also accompanied Sri Alam Khan, the son of Ust.

Kedar Naphade , a Hindustani Classical Instrumentalist, is one of today's leading exponents of the art of Harmonium Solo and Accompaniment. Kedar has performed both as a soloist as an accompanist across India, Europe and the U. After receiving preliminary training in Hindustani Classical Music from his grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind Gajendragadkar, he has been a leading disciple of Pt.

Tulsidas Borkar, arguably the most acclaimed harmonium player in India today. Kedar has also had training from Smt. Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. Kedar also plays the semi-classical forms of Marathi Natyasangeet Stage Music , Bhajans, Thumri, Dhun etc, and maintains an active concert schedule in the U. Nitin Mitta , is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. Prasanna, to produce a studio album titled Tirtha. He maintains a busy schedule of performances and tabla workshops, traveling throughout the U.

S, Europe, Canada and India. Pandit Jayateerth Mevundi is considered to be the doyen of Kiraana Gharaana by connoisseurs of music. Jayateerth Mevundi hails from the musical land of no snitch, Hubli-Dharwad of Karnataka. Sri Mevundi, the gem was unearthed and gifted to the realm of music by Pt. Arjunsa Nakod and chiseled by Pt. Shripati Paadegar, who himself was the prime disciple of the legend Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. One of the most sought after young artists of the country, Jayateerth has set his own scales of standard in the Hindustani classical, Santavaani and Daasavani streams.

His live concerts are mind blowing, recorded CDs provide an excellent panacea for frustration. Jayateerth Mevundi is role model for the wannabe musicians, thanks to his of talent and hard work. J Abdul Kalaam besides the recognitions akin to Pt. Jasraj Gourav Puraskar, Pt.

Probably Jayateerth Mevundi is the only young vocalist who is blessed by 3 legendary musicians Bharath Ratna Pt. Ravishankar, Bharath Ratna Pt. The most popular music director A. Rehman recently appreciated Pt. Then A. He can put any one to shame. Jayateerth has performed at all major music festivals in India and toured extensively many countries abroad. Narendra Nayak is a disciple of harmonium maestro Pt. Vasanth Kanakapur. He is a musician and a proficient Harmonium player from childhood. He is also a graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

He has accompanied leading vocalists of India including Pt. Jayateerth Mevundi ,Pt. Nayak is the vice president of Sangeet Bharati Foundation, Mangalore which has been organizing many music concerts of legendary musicians. Keshav Joshi is a desciple of Pt. R H More. He hails from Bagalkot and now settled in Bangalore. One of the finest solo and accompanist, Sri Joshi has accompanied renowned musicians of India including Pts. Jayateerth Mevundi, etc. He has also availed higher level of training in tabla from Pt.

Ishwarlal Mishra of Banaras and Pt. Suraj Purandare. This young tabla player is a busy artists having performed in and abroad is a B High graded artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hemant and Vaishali Panwar are highly accomplished Kathak dancers of the Jaipur Gharana who have been working together for more than twenty years. They received their professional training at the National Institute of Kathak Dance under the guidance of Pt.

Rajendra Gangani in India. Recently in , both were recognized by Canadian community of arts initiative for imparting training par excellence in GTA and thus contributing enthusiastically to the upsurge of interest in Indian classical music and Dance amongst the youth. They have performed extensively across Canada. Their landmark shows of the recent year included performance at Danse Kapital Fest, Ottawa and presentation of their dance work — With you between us at University of Calgary, Toronto International Dance festival, Kathak Mahotsav and last but not least, their full length Dance drama — Krishna with original choreography and music to a sold out audience at Markham Theatre and later in India in holy City Kurushetra brought them a great applause.

Their spell binding performance at International festival — Khajuraho in India has once again benchmarked their caliber as a duet. They also mesmerized Torontonians with a special performance at the Cirque Du Soleil Gala to fundraise for the One Drop Foundation which provides access to clean water. Hemant is also a versatile musician and singer and has contributed immensely to Kathak music by creating melodious taranas, sargams, and dance numbers for performance purposes. They have also set up their Academy in many locations throughout the GTA for students of all ages.

He has trained in the classical dance form of Kathak under the able tutelage of his guru, Smt. Archana Joglekar, for over 13 years, learning and perfecting various facets of taal anga, bhaav anga, and layakaari. He has also presented his Rang Manch Pravesh—a three-hour solo performance in Kathak with the finest of musicians and his Guru—in Shiv has performed and won in group, duet, and solo performances throughout his time with Archana Nrityalaya in countless dance festivals over the past ten years, such as Zalak, a competition of classical and semi-classical dance, and the Mudra Festival in Philadelphia.

He is also currently a qualified examiner of the SAMVED Exam Board and has been working as an examiner for three years, evaluating the practical exams of Kathak students in various levels of training. Pandit Ram Deshpande has a rich musical tradition.

He is a renowed vocalist of present generation and an artist of commendable talent. He was initiated into classical music by Shri.

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Chepe, Shri. Panake and Pt. Prabhakar Deshkar. Under the guidance of Pt. Yashwantbua Joshi and Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, he has risen to greater heights as vocalist of the traditional Gwalior and Jaipur Gharanas. He has also received guidance of Agra Gharana from Pt. Babanrao Haldankar and "Bhatkhande Parampara" from Pt. Yashwant Mahale. He is a Doctorate in Music. He has won a Gold medal in M. A music from Nagpur University.

He has also been honored by the prestigious "Vidyasagar Award" by music forum. He is music director of short film "Gaanyogi" of Pandit D. Ajay Joglekar is one of the leading harmonium players in the country. He was introduced to music by his mother. His passion, dedication and practice resulted into an individual style and technique. Later he was trained by the renowned Harmonium maestro Pandit Tulsidas Borkar. The encouragement and guidance from Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty has helped him in enhancing his skills.

Ajay has performed frequently in many music concerts in India and Abroad. He has accompanied renowned Vocalists like Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Smt. Kaushiki Chakravarty, Pt Sanjeev Abhyankar and many others. Ajay is very popular amongst tabla players and dancers for lehra accompaniment. Yogesh Samsi. He also has accompanied renowned Kathak maestro Pt.

Birju Maharaj. Ajay is also a music composer and music arranger. He has recorded a number of audio CDs and albums. He did not have to look back since then. One of his arranged albums was shortlisted for the Grammy Awards in They would be presenting scintillating duet performances reverberating the exquisite feel of Indian Classical Music reflected through the Guru-Shishya Parampara. Indrayuddh Majumder , the son of Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, has been learning Sarode from his father since he was five years old.

He had developed keen interest in every genre of music right from his childhood. He has taken up Sarode as his primary choice because of his sheer love for the instrument. He concentrates on maintaining the purity of Indian Classical Music coupled with his smart presentation in his concerts. He had also the privilege to perform in front of Dr.

Manmohan Singh the former Prime Minister of India. He plays Sitar and Surbahar. Kushal Das was born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata. Ravi Shankar. He started his training at a tender age of five under the guidance of his father and uncle. Sanjoy Banerjee. Kushal is also proud for having the privilege of learning from great musicians like Late Pt.

Ajoy Sinha Roy a disciple of Ud. Allauddin Khan , vocal lessons from Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kushal Das has performed at all major music festivals and music conferences in India. He has been touring all over the world extensively for past two decades.

He has many commercial albums to his credit. Being an accomplished soloist as well as a versatile accompanist, he has performed widely in all the eminent music festivals of India. His Tabla accompaniment ranges from distinguished vocalists to prominent instrumentalists and also to renowned Kathak dancers of the country. Besides performances, Ramdas imparts training to the younger generation of students of Tabla. Stalwarts like Taalyogi Pt. Brajeswar Mukherjee is one of the most promising young vocalists of Hindustani Classical Music and a foremost disciple of the great Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

Gourab Chatterjee is one of the best young Harmonium accompanists of India and a very versatile artiste of Hindustani Classical Music. Arun Bhaduri. With his natural gift of playing Harmonium he started playing with all the vocalists and became so popular within a very short time. He has accompanied with the stalwart musicians like Pt. Gourisankar Karmakar, a leading tabla maestro of the present generation, studied tabla under the able guidance of his father, Pandit Shib Sankar Karmakar. Since , he has been under the tutelage of the tabla Maestro Pandit Sankha Chatteriee. His talent and creativity are manifest in classical performances, experimental East-West World Music collaboration, and North- South musical interactions.

He has performed with most of India's eminent artists, as well as many famous artists from around the world. Many of his students have benefited from his teaching expertise, and perform regularly. Kathak has evolved into its present rich and beautiful form absorbing style, music and culture over the ages from Hindu, Mughal and regional Indian Folk styles, making it into a true representation of our culture. Your support is sought for the unique presentation, to help preserve our culture, art and heritage, by encouraging our talented local artists trained in this beautiful dance. The offering of pure Kathak Nritya, Nritta and Natya set to live music will enthrall you.

Rakesh Chaurasia , the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia , has a famous name to live up to. Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself , as an accomplished flautist. Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle and infusing his personal style , he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too.

The most accomplished of disciples of his uncle, however, shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights. Rakesh has already globe trotted many times over, enthralling audiences at classical and non-classical concerts. He is also an accomplished studio musician having recorded with most of the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry.

Rakesh has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Recently Rakesh toured as a duo for classical concerts as well as for The Masters of Percussion with legendary tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain at some prestigious venues globally. Rakesh has also had the priviledge of performing with some international names such as Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Redman. Rakesh's most recent venture is his fusion band Rakesh and Friends RAF which creates music that appeals to the young without sacrificing the essence of classical music. He is destined to carve a niche for himself in the realm of Indian Classical Music with the simple yet extremely challenging instrument, the Bansuri.

Having the honor of being recognized as an "A" Grade Artist of All India Radio, he has given public performances along with his guru. Since then he has lent the enchanting music of his tabla to numerous commercials. A commerce graduate, Aditya Kalyanpur has also achieved the distinct title as a Music Diplomat from Mumbai University. In addition to many awards given in India and the United States, Kalyanpur is one of the first tabla players ever to be invited to Estonia for the prestigious Orient Arts Festival.

As a soloist and accompanist, he has performed at other prestigious music festivals in India and abroad including the Edinburgh festival in Scotland, the Earagal Arts Festival in Ireland, and the Jazz Yatra in Bombay, India. On a more local scene, Kalyanpur has also appeared at the Great Lakes Folk Festival held every year in Lansing, Michigan, and many other festivals and competitions held across the United States. As a mark of his true versatility as a musician, Kalyanpur has performed solo for many bands and instrumental groups, including the world famous The Rolling Stones and also recorded for their saxophonist, Tim Ries.

Qawwali is an ancient musical tradition that integrates spiritual, philosophical, religious, musical, and poetic elements to create an atmosphere that facilitates a spiritual connection between participants in a mehfil-e-samaa — a gathering of listeners of qawwali — and the ones they truly love. Qawwali has existed in a number of forms — samaa, zikr, Vedic chants and many others — for at least thirty-two centuries. The form of qawwali practiced today was invented by Hazrat Amir Khusrao in the thirteenth century. A poet, scholar, philosopher, politician, and musician, Khusrao defined, documented and established the tradition of Khusravi qawwali.

He trained twelve young men — the Qawwal Bachay — in the art of qawwali to help propagate qawwali. Miyan Saamat Bin Ibrahim was the leader of this first group of qawwali performers. The tradition thus established has been preserved for more than eight centuries by the descendants of the Qawwal Bachay.

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It is followed by performers of qawwali in Pakistan, India and the rest of the world today. Masters of music, poetry and rhythm, heirs to the original tradition of Khusrao's qawwali, expert musicians, and the torchbearer's of the tradition of Khusravi qawwali, the brothers are considered to be the foremost qawwals in the world today.

They are known for their tremendous loyalty to Khusravi qawwali , their immense knowledge of Hindustani Sangeet, and for the remarkable fidelity and purity of their song; the qawwali that they perform is the same one that was practiced more than eight hundred years ago. Nothing has been allowed to change. Pandit Milind Raikar is a renowned Violinist in today's generation. He is mainly Disciple of Padmashri Pandit D.

Datar and Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar. Today, Milind has devised his unique style of playing violin. He has evolved a way peculiar to him of wielding the bow. The listeners rejoice his soothing, scintillating, brilliant and soul touching performance having a very different style. Thereafter, Milind learnt from Pt. Math Dharwad and Pt. Vasantrao Kadnekar Goa. De Costa. He feels lucky that since He started learning from Gaansaraswati Kishori Amonkar who taught him all the nuances of the Raag performance, approach of raag, its delicacy, better way of developing the notes, and many more.

He has been accompanying Kishoritai on Violin in her concerts and recordings, in India as well as Abroad. He has provided Music Direction to a documentary film, "In Search Of Truth", in which he also has played the role as a singer. He has received numerous prestigious awards in India and abroad. He has performed extensively not only at major festivals in India, but also at various fine venues in Germany, Italy, USA, Switzerland, etc. Master Yadnesh Raikar started learning violin at the age of 1 year and started performing at the age of 4 years under the guidance of his Father Pt. Milind Raikar.

He is lucky to have guidance from Ganasaraswati KishoriTai Amonkar. He has given his first solo recital at the age of 4 At Karnataka sangh in front of a crowd of people. He has also given his performances in Delhi, Nagpur, Dharwad, Goa as well. He is such a versatile musician that apart from violin he also avidly plays the keyboard, guitar and tabla very often.

He has sung in a album song along with Hariharan and Asha Bhosle. At present he is learning to play accordion from Amar Swamy. Has played a role of Young Pt. Paluskar in the documentary 'Gaanyogi — Suvarna Yug' where he sang and played Violin in the film too. He has performed his recitals in front of Honorable President Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Chief minister Maharashtra Shri. Pandit Shantilal Shah was born and raised in the culturally and artistically vibrant city of Banaras, India.

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Over the years he has performed with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Laxmi Shankar, Ud. Additionally, Shantilal Shah has been effective at branching out from his roots in Indian Classical Music and brought his unique sound and style to the world of Western Music. One of his initial forays into Western music was as a featured performer in the Hollywood Film Dancing in Twilight, which received a Gold Medal of Excellence for a feature film score from the Park City Music Festival.

He has concluded in March a series of performances with the Houston Grand Opera, in their unique presentation, River of Light, receiving high acclaim. This extremely successful and one of a kind program exposed Tabla to sold out audiences in a new artistic medium, blending Indian Classical Music with the classical style of Western Opera. Pandits Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are the leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active performers in Indian and international circuits. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents. Gundecha Brothers received conventional university education and learned the Dhrupad vocal art under the renowned Dhrupad vocalist Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and also with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar the distinguished performer of Rudra Veena under guru shishya paramapara in Dhrupad Kendra Bhopal.

They have recorded about 50 cassettes and CDs by H. They have also sung for many television channels in India and have been broadcasted on British, U. E and Hong Kong. They have received M. He is post graduate in music and graduate in Law. He has accompanied many of the Dhrupad Maestros like- Ustad Z. Dagar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt.

Ritwik Sanyal and Bahauddin Dagar. He is regularly featured on Radio and Television. He also achieved Gold medal from Dhrupad Mela, Banaras in He is currently teaches the pakhawaj at Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal. Arshad Ali is one of the few prodigies to live up to their initial promise. Born in the family of the principal Kirana Gharana musicians, he received extensive talim from his maternal uncles, Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan in the true guru-shishya parampara system of training.

Today, Arshad is one of the few contemporary singers of the Kirana Gharana to have assimilated the essence of the meer-khand vistar or development, typical to the gharana. Today his performances across continents of Europe, Asia and Africa are hailed with credit of offering a sound, polished and individualistic voice which is capable of reaching a wide spectrum of audience starting with a teenager to that of a nonagenarian. Harshad Kanetkar began his initial training in Tabla at the age of five with Shri Mukhade.

For the past twelve years he has had intensive training under Shri Palsule and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. Harshad is one of the few Tabla players of his generation who has equally adept and versatile in the art of accompanying vocal, instrumental and dance. He has accompanied many leading artists like Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. He has also traveled and performed extensively in U. His recordings include solo works and fusion of musical traditions of the East and West. Harshad has received many accolades and honors including the National Scholarship from the Government of India.

Currently he is on the faculty at the University of Pune. Uday Kulkarni had started training in music from his father Late Shri. Govind Kulkarni. After that he started taking advance lessons from Shri. Uday has done "Sangeet Visharad" from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. He has accompanied many artists all over India. He has also accompanied in light music programs with renowned artists. It seems the next inevitable step in Subrata's career as a mingling and merging of eastern ,middle eastern and western styles of music is the trend among makers and lovers of music these days.

Born in a musical family, Sarathi received his initial training from his father, Prof. Arun Kumar Chatterjee, a highly respected and accomplished representative of the Kirana Gharana, and from his mother Smt Shefali Chatterjee. Apart from Khayal Gayaki, Sarathi is also an accomplished performer of romantic musical styles such as Thumri and of devotional music such as Bhajans. Pandit Sarathi had his A. Sumit Mishra belongs to a Family of Banaras Gharana. He started his learning process from his Father Pt. Mohan Lal Mishra. The great Tabla Maestro Pt. A commerce Graduate from St.

Savita Devi, Late Smt. He has also started learning Sarangi which has the feature of radiating a hundred colors of music under the tutelage of Pt. Pandit Debojyoti Bose naturally inherits an unstrained musical acumen, for he was born in a family of passionate musicians,on the 20TH day of December at Kolkata. Sandip was initiated into music by his mother Smt. Krishna Bhattacharjee at the age of four and he continued his talim under Smt. Amita Dasgupta later. Under both his gurus, Sandip was nurtured in the true guru shishya parampara system of training in the Kirana Gharana.

Sandip has accomplished a rare feat: he has lived up to the promise and talent he showed as a child prodigy. He ranked First Class First. He is also skilled in singing numerous semi-classical forms like Bhajans, Ghazals, Nazrulgeeti, etc. Sandip is today one of the most promising young classical artists and perform regularly across India and abroad United States, Europe and Bangladesh. Considered among the top class of tabla players from India, Pandit Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music.

Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer. Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him.

He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh. Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Late Pt. Balamurali Krishnan to name a few.

Souht Bank, London. Amit Kelkar's musical education began at a very young age at home from his mother Smt. Suniti Kelkar and her father Shri. Narayan Gadgil. Amit taught himself to play the harmonium and performed for the first time on stage at the age of He has provided harmonium accompaniment to several renowned artists over the years, including Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Dr. Prabha Atre, Smt. Minoo Purushottam and Prasad Khaparde. Amit is also a versatile singer and music composer. He is currently learning hindustani vocal music from Dr. Mohankumar Darekar. Amit performs ghazals and light music frequently in the DFW metroplex.

Amit holds a Ph. Anuj Mishra belongs to the famous traditional family of musicians gharana of Varanasi. Anuj is thirteenth generation of artists in his traditional musical family. Arjun mishra is very famous and renowned kathak guru, dancer and choreographer learned under Late shri Ramnarayan Mishra in Kolkata and then by great legend Padamvibhushan Pt.

The training of Anuj Mishra started at age of 17 after his high school as he was busy in studies at early age and his father was touring all over the world for performances. Anuj also learned Tabla under the guiedence of Pt. Ravinath Mishra and some vocal by Ustad Gulshan Bharati. Anuj performed kathak in all major dance festivals and events in India and abroad. Anuj won several national and international dance competitions he is a national gold medalist, he also got prestigious title of Shringarmani, Nritya Kawomudhi also Anuj got very prestigious and one of the biggest award "Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar" from Sangeet Natak Academy, National Academy of music, dance and drama from India, performed in big festivals like Sawai gandharva, lucknow mohatsava, Taj mohatsava, Kathak mahotsava, Taj Mahotsava, Konark dance festival, Kalaghoda festival etc and also performed in Many countries as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Norway, England, Canada, Israel, Lebanon, Martinique, Guadalupe etc.

He is getting more and more opportunities for more performances in India and abroad. D in Kathak.


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Sharmila Sharma belongs to a family of artists. Her first stage experience, at the early age of only three. Sharmila established herself in Paris, where she began teaching Kathak and She conducts workshops and gives Kathak recitals on a regular basis A tireless dancer, she travels and performs, flitting between Europe and India, where connoisseurs and general audiences alike appreciate her art In this classic art form which is technically rigorous with a lot of virtuosity, Sharmila is constantly on the look out to find new ways of developing her creativity in beauty, with her intelligence and delicate sensitivity.

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Niladri Kumar is the most popular Indian classical and fusion musician of the current generation and leading sitarist of India. He performed on the sitar from a young age and toured and released albums as an adult. He created a unique instrument, a modified sitar, which he named zitar. Born to sitar player Pandit Kartick Kumar , a disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar he was considered a child prodigy. He started learning sitar under his father at the age of four. Kumar gave his first public performance at the age of six at Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.

Niladri Kumar began his career with great musiciansLaxmikant-Pyarelal in the late s. He was a part of the Masters of the Percussion tour alongside Zakir Hussain. Kumar has also worked with Jonas Hellborg and V.

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Kumar has also worked with various music directors in Hindi cinema, including A. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Pritam. Kumar has created a unique instrument, the "zitar", which is a combination of sitar and guitar. The concept initiated from a traveling sitar, which was modified by Kumar to create rock guitar sound out of it. Kumar reduced the number of strings on the instrument from 20 to five. He also added an electric pickup inside the instrument so that it would sound more like a guitar. His first full album composed using the instrument, titled Zitar, was released in Kumar wrote the first track for the album Priority in Over the next five years he improved the track and subsequent track by gauging audience reaction during live performances.

He improvised the tracks adding components from various genres such as rock, electronic and lounge. He has perfomed traditional classical concerts at all major festivals in India and all prestigious venues all over the world. Ustad Nishat Khan transcends musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery.

Undeniably the foremost virtuoso of the sitar, he is the torchbearer of seven generations and the year old tradition of India's most renowned musical family. Maestro Khan stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating, contemporary approach. The son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan , Nishat has been dazzling audiences since the age of seven and his command of the instrument is unparalleled.

The explosive passion of his music envelops the mind and the soul in blissful harmony. Bach Washington Times because of the ingenious and deeply personal interpretation of his rich musical heritage. Exemplifying the humanity and universality of music, Maestro Khan has mastered not only the North Indian classical idiom but also realms as diverse as Gregorian chant, Western classical music, abstract jazz, and Flamenco.

His sensitive phrasing and remarkable intuition for other musical traditions illustrate the freedom and versatility that has led to collaborations with the world's leading performers and composers such as John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Paco Pena, Evelyn Glennie, and Django Bates. In Summer he toured across India in a fiery fusion with violinist Vanessa Mae. Nishat Khan is dedicated to preserving and teaching his family's musical tradition; he has taught at UCLA and many other prestigious universities, and he routinely conducts master classes internationally.

Future projects will continue to showcase his remarkable foresight as a composer and artist, integrating the brilliant complexity of his North Indian heritage with his refreshing and unprecedented innovations on the sitar. Gourisankar , a leading Tabla maestro of the present generation, studied Tabla under the able guidance of his father Pandit Shiv Sankar Karmakar. Since , he has been under the tutelage of the tabla maestro Pandit Sankha Chatterjee.

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His talent and creativity are manifest in classical performances, experimental East-West World Music collaboration and North-South musical interactions. He has performed numerous solos and has accompanied most of India's eminent artists, as well as many famous artists from around the world. Many of his students perform regularly and have benefited greatly from his teaching expertise and dedication. Riyaaz Qawwali is an ensemble that represents the unique diversity and plurality of South Asia. Trained in eastern and western classical music, the members have been professionally performing qawwali for the past eight years.

With conservative growth and heightened attention to quality, Riyaaz Qawwali has performed across the continental U. The ensemble wants to expand the reach of the genre to new stages and people of other faiths and traditions. The founding members of Riyaaz Qawwali chose the qawwali genre of music because it houses unique musical elements in its repertoire that are not found in any other form of South Asian music.

Riyaaz Qawwali combines this with poetry from famous South Asian poets of multiple linguistic and religious backgrounds to create a universal message of oneness. Riyaaz Qawwali also uses numerous languages to represent the linguistic and cultural diversity that exists in South Asia. Basavaraj Rajguru. Endowed with a melodious voice, he is known for pure and aesthetic presentation of ragas, crystal clear taan patterns and command over laya.

He has received several scholarships and is performing all over the country enthralling audiences. An approved artiste of Akashwani and Doordarshan, Kumar has had numerous performances across the length and breadth of the country, including the Sawai Gandharva Mahotsav in and a highly successful 3 month USA tour in Mallikarjun Mansur Yuva Puraskar from Dr. Satish Kolli is a popular harmonium accompanist from Karnataka. He is the disciple of the late Pandit Vasant Kanakapur. He is currently under the tutelage of Shri Vyasmurti Katti. He has accompanied various prominent vocalists, supported percussionists with his "Lehra" and also played for movie tracks.


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Blessed with a mellifluous voice and exceptional versatility, Pritam Bhattacharjee is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed Indian Classical vocalists of his generation, who has performed at most of the prestigious festivals around the world. He is a leading exponent of the illustrious Mewati Gharana.

In addition to being a renowned vocalist, Pritam is also a brilliant and an acclaimed composer, who has written and composed over compositions in different Ragas melodic patterns , which he has presented at many festivals. Pritam has also experimented with different genres of music through his own compositions and performances.

Pritam had earlier begun his initial training at a tender age of 4 years from his mother Mrs. He has also traveled extensively and performed with his Guruji, Pandit Jasraj ji, in prominent music festivals. Currently he is faculty at the Pandit Jasraj school of music in Atlanta. Subhashish Bhattacharya is one of the most prominent name in the younger generation Tabla artists.

At the age of thirteen he has performed in Jadubhatta Music Conference. He is a member of Calcutta Cene Music association. He has scored rhythm as background music in many Films and T. Pankaj Mishra is born into an exceptional Musician-lineage. Mahadeo Prasad Mishra. Pankaj was trained from an early age by the renowned Sarangi player of Banaras Gharana late Pt.

Mahesh Prasad Mishra. He has accompanied with highly regarded Tabla players like late Pt. Shyamal Bose, Pt. Swapan Chaudhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Ud. Sabir Khan, Pt. Samar Saha, Subhankar Banerjee, Ud. Tari Khan, etc. Dinanath Mishra, Kathak exponents like Pt. India Dance Festival will present several fine dance performances by some of the leading artists featuring Odissi and Kathak styles.

Over the centuries, it has attained refinement and enriched itself by the establishment of distinct styles and gharanas. Odissi, a recognized form of Indian classical dance, is from the eastern state of Orissa. Odissi dates back to 2nd century B. Odissi postures can be seen in the sculptures of ancient Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist temples and caves of Orissa. Kaustavi Sarkar ; winner of prominent awards including Singar-Mani, Nalanda-NrityaNipuna, Odissi-Jyoti and researcher at Ohio State University; is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, dance-scholar and educator, performing and teaching well over the past decade.

Recognized as one of leading Odissi dance exponents, she is nominated as an Indian national fellow working on meaning-making processes in dance studies as pertaining to South Asian dance. Actively involved in the diasporic Indian community, Kaustavi is dedicated to a life engaged in scholarship, performance, pedagogy, leadership and activism. She has an Master of Science in Economics with specialization in Finance and has worked in New York, Kolkata and Mumbai as a financial analyst for over eight years.

Acknowledged by connoisseurs as a solo dancer of repute and a creative choreographer of rare calibre, Prerana Deshpande is among the leading complete solo Kathak dancers of her generation. Greatly appreciated by all audiences for her expertise in Kathak, she is regularly invited to perform as a solo artist at all major venues and festivals in India and abroad.

Her evolving body of work of choreography and collaborative productions, which includes music of varied genre, highlights her keen awareness about musical aesthetics. Prerana believes it to be divine blessing that the great maestro, Guru Dr. Rohini Bhate accepted her as a disciple and thought fit to impart one-to-one teaching of Kathak. Prerana is a first student of Rohiniji who passed Master of Arts M. Before learning from Rohiniji for past 22 years, she learnt for about 8 years from Smt.

Sharadini Gole. Recipient of numerous awards, Prerana has been felicitated by legendary Pt. Birju Maharaj with 'Gaurav Puruskar'. Prerana has also been honoured with the title of 'Nrityashri' and was conferred the title of 'Singar Mani' by the Sur Singar Samsad of Mumbai. Padmabhushan Dr. Prabha Atre is perhaps the only performer who has also excelled as a brilliant thinker, academician, author, composer and teacher of music. She is the senior most front ranking vocalist in the country representing the Kirana gharaanaa, today.

A Science and Law graduate, she also holds a Doctorate in music. Prabha Atre has a rare blend of skill and insight. She has displayed constant innovation and creative endeavour which has distinguished her from other vocalists, both in the classical and light classical idioms. Atre has authored academic books on the various aspects of music that are especially relevant to the present day performance.

Whether it is khyaal, tarana, thumri, dadra, ghazal or bhajan, she has a distinct style and typical ingenuity in design and presentation. Prabha Atre. She has been taking lesson on Indian classical vocal and light classical since Born in a Musical family in Udaipur, Chetna received her internal training in music from her mother Smt. Madana Banawat and her father Shri Ramnarayan Banawat. She has been fortunate to receive lessons on Tappa Gaayki from Pt.

Bala Saheb Poochwale, the maestro from Gwalior Gharana. Chetna has given music program, concerts, lecture-demos all over India. He was motivated and highly encouraged by his parents Mohan Naregal and Anuradha Naregal. Vikas comes from a family of musical background. His maternal grandfather, Late.

Ramachandra Desai was a famous Harmonium player, vocalist and a noted music teacher at Hubli. Vikas Naregal started his initial tutelage under Pt. Hire Gowdar, continued with Pt. Vishwanath Nakod, Pt. Sheshagiri Hangal, and Pt. Presently, under guru Pt. Ravindra Yavagal he is learning skills to inculcate Ustad Tirakhwara style of Tabla playing for the past 12 years. Vikas has accompanied several famous Hindustani vocalists like Pt. Vinayak Thoravi, Pt.

Parameshwar Hegde, Pt. Jayateertha Mevundi, Vid. Anagha Bhatt, Kum. Amrutha Rao, Sri. Balachandra Prabhu and many others. He has also participated in many Tabla Ensembles with renowned artists and solo performance with Tabla Maestro Pt. Ravindra Yavagal. Sameer Kotasthane learnt classical vocal music under the guidance of Pt. Vijay Koparkar and Pt.