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Music Festival during Fall 2019

concertKolkata is a culturally throbbing city. The city is known as the prime city that has been performing the role of prime-connoisseur of Hindusthani Music for hundreds of years! The city witnesses music festivals round the year. The musicians feel proud to get favorably assessed by the Kolkata listeners. The city has huge mass of highly educated critical listeners. is considering to present its students and alumni before the Kolkata listeners. IML is considering on arranging a good Music Festival in some well-known auditorium in Kolkata. This will help the performers to receive an assessment from the Kolkata music lovers. The musicians in India have been considering this as a good opportunity for many many years. The proverb is, if you get accepted in Kolkata your music will easily receive warm responses from the audiences of other places!

To play a concert an IML student or alumni should come to Kolkata and give at least 14 days preparation time devoting all available hours of day and night. The teachers here will work with them throughout this period for many hours a day! The participants will come to Kolkata around twenty days ahead of the concert date  to give enough time to get over jet-lag, etc. They will stay here in the city and vigorously work on the performance scheme.  The students will receive professionally done materials. They will practice long hours and prepare for the final show. All the IML students / alumni will receive strong teachers’ support during this period.

The festival will also invite some well-known musicians and will engage professional tabla players for all the musicians.

When the participants reach Kolkata it will be expected that they will come with a three to five hour practicing habits. All the chosen perforomer students / alumni will receive practice tips three months before the concert. They will be briefed regarding their individual performance plans after discussions between the teacher and the student.

This write-up is the springboard for more discussions to give this idea a final shape. All the participants are expected to travel in Tourist Visa as the IML artists will not be paid for their performances and the whole exercise is to offer support for preparing them as concert-artists.

The participants will require to pay the workshop fees, food and lodging expenses [if arranged through IML] and their personal travels.

The IML students and alumni those wish to participate in the festival may contact ASAP. Participating in the 14-day workshop will be mandatory for all the IML musicians. Please complete the form below to inform your interest. Kindly add your performance video link [youtube video link] that will be viewed by the Artist Selection Committee.

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Special note: 1. Musicians those are not related to IML may also apply. But, these people will also require to follow the same conditions as the IML students and alumni. That means, they will also join the two week workshop and bear their own expenses of travels, food and lodging. 2. Acceptance of a musician for the festival will be decided by the ‘Artist Selection Committee’ of the IML.

Sample time distribution

  1. 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. :Breakfast
  2. 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. : Practice for virtuosity enhancement
  3. 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. : Tea break
  4. 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. : Concert format practicing
  5. 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Lunch
  6. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. : Free time
  7. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Practice for virtuosity enhancement
  8. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Concert format practicing
  9. 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Dinner
  10. To bed 11 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

On the days before the off days the musicians will go for night long practice after 11 p.m.  [11 p.m. to 3 a.m.]


Festival collaborators:

Kolkata Aitijjhya




Pandit Parimal Chakrabarty

Parimal-BW-WebPandit Parimal Chakrabarty is one of the leading Tabla players in India today. He has been awarded the prestigious ‘Top Grade’ by the All India Radio, India’s prime radio channel.


Pt. Parimal performed in almost all the major music festivals in India. He also performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, England, Spain, Italy, North America, Netherlands, Oman, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Syria, Lebanon, and Bangladesh.

He provided tabla support to a large number of internationally renowned musicians including the Grammy winner slide guitarist Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt,  the phenomenal sarangi player and vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the exemplary academician and sitar player,  and others. He performed at the World Music Festival in France in 2006.

Pandit Parimal performed in more than seventy National Programmes of Music in the All India Radio and Doordarshan [India’s prime television channel].


He has several CD’s and Cassettes to his credit. These were released by HMV, Times Music, T-Series, Bihaan Music, and other record labels.

Film Associations

Under the Music Direction of U. Vidyasagar, Parimal worked with two famous singers Hariharan and Yesudas for a Malayalam Film. He also worked for two Bengali Films Ramdhanu and Aro Ekbar.

Music Grooming

Parimal had the opportunity to learn with the tabla-legend Pandit Shankar Ghosh for four decades. Earlier he learnt with his father Sri Nikhil Chandra Chakrabarty and with Sri Ram Dhrube. He also had the rare opportunity to learn with the grand-Guru Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh on receiving a special scholarship from the West Bengal State Academy of Music. In 1989 he stood first in the All India Radio Competition under countrywide talent search and received the coveted President’s Award.

University association

Pt. Parimal is currently associated with the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in the Department of Instrumental Music as a Guest Lecturer.

Teaching contribution

Pt. Parimal is glad that some of his brilliant students are frequently showing up in the Indian classical Music scenario and leaving lingering impressions.

Studying the Tabla Learners

Dilip Mukherjee & Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

IML has been consistently studying the requirements of students with diverse objectives and aptitudes. While recapitulating the thoughts of our revered Gurus, earlier thinkers and with our current studies we find that some tabla learners are naturally good for solo tabla performances when most others are good for accompaniments. We see three types of students, (1) those wish to become successful performers and wish to give public performances widely, (2) many are interested in understanding the subject to the core and may be called as Amateurs and (3) there are many hobbyists those learn and play tabla for fun.

When trying to design lessons plan, we thought it a good idea to split the qualifies in different groups of students.  Here are  some of what we thought:

Descriptions Type 1: Concert artists Type2: Amateur performer
Type 3: Hobbyist
Tala High Moderate to High Low to High
Virtuosity High Moderate Optional
Layakari Moderate to high Low to Moderate Optional
Speed Mastery over Low to high Mastery over Low to medium Optional
Dynamics Required Optional Optional
High clarity & emphasis Required Optional Optional
High impact performance Required Optional Optional

For specialized soloists must have good knowledge and performance expertise of the traditional compositions.

Music Training of Students with Different Goal Sets

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Indian Music teachers receive students with their different goal sets. When a teacher tries to offer them tailor-made lessons to help them to achieve their goals early, such a teacher or Guru is surely a thoughtful teacher or Guru.

Any good planning effort must have some solid homework behind it. When we try thinking on effective music teaching we shall require to look at the deliverables. Let us first consider three major groups of students;

  1. those who wish to be professional performers
  2. to help the persons those are amateurs
  3. working with the hobbyists.

Now, we have to understand the required knowledge and performance levels of these three categories of music learners. Let us first try to define these three categories of learners.

  • A performer with his/her music should be able to enchant the audiences. This is possible with a right combination of dazzling virtuosity and artistic expressions.
  • An amateur with his/her music should be able to open up intellectual curiosity of the audiences. An amateur may be a highly knowledgeable person but may not attain the level of virtuosity that a professional possesses.
  • A hobbyist may like to able to play or sing in some way. A hobbyist may not have good performance acumen but should be able to enjoy their own practicing and appreciate master performances well, and so on.

So, when a performer must be able to perform very well but for them it is not necessary that they also possess huge amount of information regarding the music they perforom. For a performer a good degree of virtuosity level with good level of artistic expression are important. This is simply because the audiences naturally respond to higher virtuosity band but the general audience do not care much for pedantic musical applications. Here are some qualities of music performers [tonal instrumentalists and vocalists]:

Description Professional Amateur Hobbyist
Raga info Moderate High Low
Virtuosity High Moderate to high Low to high
Layakari Moderate to high Optional Optional
High Speed
High Moderate Optional
Dynamics Advised Optional Optional
High clarity and emphasis Required Moderate Optional
Long duration  performance ability Required Optional Optional
High Impact performance
Required Optional Optional

Verbatim of Welcome Message

Welcome Message from Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Namaskar! Welcome to! offer(s) lessons in Indian music, rather, Indian Classical Music in sitar, tabla, Hindustani vocal music (khyal, thumri), sarod and flute. We have been teaching since 2002 and apparently doing very well. Our students are performing, our students are teaching and they are doing well and we have students from different parts of the globe. We offer tailor-made lessons depending on individual student’s requirement and needs. So, it becomes easier for the students to grow faster and as a result we have seen that the students are growing quite fast and doing almost as good as they could have done in the face to face set-up. So, we mostly encourage students those don’t find very good teachers around them. We offer them online teaching and we encourage the students to come to Kolkata also, whenever they can find time, and have face to face live teaching. So, our students those are performing very well are offered both the systems i) the online system and ii) they come to Kolkata and (they) stay here for sometime, learn and practice very hard and do the concerts and all. So, we wish to work for more people so that all of you can get the benefit, feel the bliss and perform well and teach well.

So, once again, welcome! Namaskar!

Troilee Dutta

TroileeDuttaTroilee Dutta is a name that is frequently uttered  in today’s sarod playing world as a notable young sarod player. Her inherent interest in music bloomed when she was around the age of five years. She started to get acquainted with Sarod under the affectionate guidance of  Pandit Kamal Mallick, the famous sarod player of Kolkata. She was fortunate to receive the most coveted taalim from him. Currently she is receiving intensive guidance on advanced techniques of music making from Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhaya, the eminent sitar virtuoso.

In the year 2009 Troilee Dutta stood first in both the competitions organized by “Sri Aurobindo Institute Of Culture, Kolkata.” and “The Dover Lane Music Conference & The Dover Lane Music Academy.”

She was the first class first (Gold Medallist) in M.A. (Music) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She has also qualified UGC-NET for Lectureship and awarded Junior Research Fellowship. She is now perusing her Ph.D. undert the Department of Instrumental Music at the  Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

  • She was awarded  ‘Sangeet Ratna’ by the Bangio Sangeet Parisad.
  • She is a B-High grade artist of All India Radio.
  • The Ministry of Culture,  Government of India selected her for National Scholarship for her music from the year 2010-2011.

She participated in many musical soirees. Some important names among them are;  The Dover Lane Music Conference, Kolkata, Bangladesh Silpakala Academy, Dhaka; Shibpur Ranjini’s Nightlong Programme, Sangeet Piyasi, Jhulanbati  Sangeet Sammelan – Kolkata,  Sohini,  Brahamapur Suromurchona, Suchetana, Ma-Nishaad, The National Library, Nijam Palace- Kolkata, Labanya Sangeetalaya, Vivek Mela organized by Vivekananda Study center and Ramkrishna Mission- Kolkata, Recreation Club of  Punjab National Bank.

In Television she has performed in Tara Music’s Jalsaghar & “Aaj Sokaler Amantrone”   live. She also performed in Kolkata TV live.

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Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

SanjoyBPandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the renowned sitar player, is the Chair Professor, Ustad Allauddin Khan Chair of Instrumental Music at the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata [India]. He is also the Director of S.M. Tagore Center for Documentation & Research in Languishing & Obsolescent Musical Instruments [SMTC-DRLOMI]. Recently he has taken up an added responsibility as the Chief-Coordinator of a research project on ‘Indian Classical Music Mapping of Kolkata’ sponsored by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi under the SAP-DRS.

After his initial training from his father Shri Peeyush Prasanna Bandopadhyay Professor Bandopadhyay had training under the guidance of the doyens of music like Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra and Pt. Bimalendu Mukherjee. He also had training from Pt. Manas Chakravarty, Pt. Ajay Sinha Roy and Dr. M.R. Gautam. He also had the opportunity to receive brief guidance from the famous Pt. Gajananrao Joshi.

Sanjoy is a Top Grade artist of All India Radio, and has several CDs to his credit. The CDs were published by the well-known companies like RPG-HMV, India; India Archive Music Limited, New York, USA and others. He has performed in many major music festivals in India, USA, Canada, European countries and South Africa. His sitar recitals featured several times in the National Program of All India Radio [India’s National Radio Channel] and Doordarshan [India’s National Television Channel].

Sanjoy also produced a number of highly reputed and internationally acclaimed musicians. Most prominent names among his students  is Sri Kushal Das [sitar]. Other notable names are Rajrupa Chowdhury, the brilliant sarod player,  the 14 year old sitar-magic Sri Ayush Ghosh, the brilliant rising star Sri Kalyanjit Das [sitar], the notable lady young sarod artist Ms. Troilee Dutta [sarod] and others.

Professor Bandopadhyay served many prestigious academic assignments internationally. These include his visits at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign [USA] as ‘George A. Miller Visiting Professor’, at the University of Alberta [Canada] as ‘Distinguished India Focus Visitor’ or ‘Artist in Residence’ in several universities including the University of Chicago [USA] and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs [USA]. He has featured in Plenary Sessions in global conferences like the UNESCO Conference in Finland and the International Conference arranged by the German Musicological Society, also in another International Conference organized by the University of Amsterdam. He participated in Indo-Canada bi-lateral conference, ‘Emerging India’, arranged by the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is serving as expert member and member of advisory bodies for several universities in India. He also served as an external expert for some projects of the University of Chicago [USA] and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin [Germany].

Here is a video by Jon Barlow. In this video, Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay talked about his grooming in music.


India residents

windowLearn Indian Classical Music Online: Hearty Welcome to the Students within India!

Indian Music Lessons [IML] has opened this new window for students residing in India. All these years since 2002, the pioneer in Online Indian Music Teaching, the IML only offered its services to the students those were away from India. It has been teaching Indian Classical Music, i.e., sitar, sarod, tabla, vocal music [khyal, thumri] and flute online for about one and a half decade.  We have been receiving queries from many corners of India showing interest in IML. This guided us to consider on how we can open this new window. Finally, this is open to serve the students residing in India.

IML warmly welcomes students from India those (1) know the basic techniques of  sitar or sarod, and (2) advanced student of any instrument. Your teacher will be Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the renowned sitar maestro. IML is also accepting beginners and intermediate Vocal, Flute and Tabla students. The vocal, flute and tabla students will receive lessons from the IML teachers.

The lesson duration will be as required and around 30 mins. There will be one session every week.

The students are requested NOT to drop any session without minimum one day prior intimation. Otherwise those missed sessions will be counted as worked session. In case of sudden drop in the Internet and other unseen problems the students or the teacher, whoever will be affected, will communicate the other end on phone. The session will be considered as dropped or done as mutually agreed [this may depend when the session got dropped, at the beginning, in between or towards the end. If the session served all required practical purposes despite the fact that the session got dropped. Fortunately, in today’s Internet situation in India this kind incidents rarely happen.]

Fees for Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay :

  • Fees: Rs. 1000 INR per lesson.
  • One time registration fees Rs. 500 INR
  • Minimum first payable is Rs. 4500 INR that will cover four lessons and one time registration fees.

Fees for other teachers:

  • Fees: Rs. 700 INR per lesson.
  • One time registration fees Rs. 500 INR
  • Minimum first payable is Rs. 3300 INR that will cover four lessons and one time registration fees.
Note: The dispatched fees should get reflected at receiver end at least two days ahead of the start-date of the sessions.

All are requested to browse through  the site and understand how IML works. Please complete the form below to express your interest. The IML office will let you know the bank details where you can transfer the fees. Please give us a 3-4 days to complete the whole process, namely session scheduling, exchanging skype/FaceTime details and so on.

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Some more points that we like to share with you

IML wishes that all the students residing in India visit Kolkata at least once a year and directly learn with their gurus under conventional mode and obtain intensive lessons. This will help the students to grow faster. During this stay they will work with their gurus many hours a day and will go through guided practicing [riyaz] for long hours. This will be good for the students those like to come up as able music performers.

IML is considering of arranging Annual Music Festivals in Kolkata. The advanced students may be interested in this.This will primarily feature IML students along with established musicians. So, students will be welcome to submit their interest in offering recitals in the festival. The current call is open for foreign students. We shall open call for India residents at appropriate time. The artist selection will be based on the recommendations of the ‘Artist Selection Committee’ of IML.

Dipankar Mukherjee

DipankarDipankar Mukherjee is a very sensitive musician. The music lovers ardently listen to his musical offerings that he carefully prepared with many years of intensive involvement and serious riyaz. Currently he is learning the art of advanced music making and creative expressions under the sitar maestro, Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay.

Dipankar is an MA in Music from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India.  Earlier he had graduated in Mechanical Engineering under the AMIE program. He is a regular artist of All India Radio.

Dipankar proposes to devote his life in music. He wants to feel the power and beauty, the depth and expanse; a humble effort to feel the Creator–

Raga Jog in Jhaptal (10 beats) by Dipankar.  Bhaskar Mukherjee, tabla

Dilip Mukherjee

Dilip003Dilip Mukherjee is a pleasing person and a highly aesthetic tabla player.
His tabla support elevates the music to great heights.  He is a virtuous soloist.

Dilip’s musical pursuits received unending inspirations from his father Late Kamalakanta Mukherjee.  His uncle, Late Anadinath Chatterjee, took affectionate interest to initiate Dilip in tabla playing.
Later, he had the opportunity to learn with renowned tabla players like Ustad Jahangir Khan, Pandit Gobindo Bose and finally with the legendary Pandit Shyamal Bose.  Dilip feels fortunate to be chosen to receive showering affection, blessings and rigorous training under the guru like Pandit Shyamal Bose for a stretch of 25 years.

Dilip gave huge number of performances in the country and abroad.  He presented many solo recitals and also had the opportunity to provide tabla support to musicians like Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. A. Kanan, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, Ustad Rasid Khan, Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Pt. Samaresh Chowdhury to name a few.
He regularly performs at the All India Radio and Doordarshan.  His tabla performances were warmly received by the music lovers of some countries in North America and Asia.

He served the M.I. University, Iowa, USA as a full time professor.

He participated in ‘Asian Festival’ in Japan in 2001.
He again represented India on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between India and Japan in the year 2002.  During this visit he performed a number of concerts in different cities in Japan.

His audio CDs and singles are available at iTunes and CD Baby that received warm responses from the music lovers from different parts of the world.

He is now attached to the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.