Category Archives: Teachers

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.

Performances

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].

Discography

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.

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.

Personal site: http://www.troileesarod.com

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.

 

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.

Rakhi Banerjee

RakhiRakhi Banerjee sang her first full song when she was a baby of 30 months… the music just came out of her, as a pure natural phenomenon.

Today, you can hear her singing any variety of song, starting from a classical Malkauns-bandish “Aaja more ghar–” , to neo-classical and modern songs.

She was born in Kolkata [India] on October 10 1955.  She received her MA [Hindustani Vocal Music] in 1986, from Khairagarh University.  Rakhi was awarded Senior Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, for her research project on Hindustani neo-classical vocal styles.

She obtained training in Hindustani Music [khyal], in traditional system under the guidance of Late Sukhendu Goswami.  Rakhi had the opportunity to learn Dhrupad under the guidance of Pt. Abhay Narayan Mallick [Darbhanga school] and thumri from Pt. Govardhan Mishra [Gaya], during her long Khairagarh stay. Later after her return to her home-city Kolkata in 2001 she took the opportunity to learn with the legendary thumri singer Smt. Purnima Chaudhury.

Smt. Purabi Dutta affectionately trained her in Nazrulgeeti [a variety of Bengali song] and her maternal aunt, Jayanti Roy, taught her Bengali Folk song.  She also delineates Rabindrasangeet and modern songs with ease, because of her exceptional natural aptitude.

Rakhi served as a Guest Faculty member, teaching Graduate courses in Vocal Music during 1995 and 1996, at the Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, India… the only university in India devoted to the exclusive teaching of Music Performing and Visual Arts.  Currently, Rakhi is staying in Kolkata and is busy with different art activities.

She has started teaching Hindustani vocal music, directly on the Internet.