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Shaswati Mandal Paul
A fine exponent of the Gwalior style, Shashwati`s musical dexterity
marks a refined eclecticism that has lent her an individualistic style
at a fairly young age. Born into a family devoted to music, Shashwati
showed rare sensitivity towards it from early childhood. Grand-daughter
of late Pandit Balabhau Umdekar, the erudite exponent of the Gwalior
style of classical Hindustani music and a court musician of the Gwalior
state. Shashwati, initially trained under her mother late Smt Kamal
Mandal. Later, from 1987-1992 she received the national scholarship
from the dept. of culture, Govt of India, for learning `Tappa` and
`Khayal` from the veteran musician Pandit Balasaheb Poonchwale. A
foremost disciple of Balasaheb, Shashwati has acquired under his
tutelage, an able hold on the subtle complexity of `Tappa`. She also
continued to be inspired by her mother whose steady guidance has
groomed her into an accomplished performer. Presently she is taking
guidance from the `Gundecha Brothers`.
Shashwati is an `A` graded artist of AIR and Doordarshan. Her
performances at several platforms and festivals have received high
acclaim. Some of her notable performances include those at the Sawai
Gandharv festival Pune, Tansen Sangeet Samaroh Gwalior, Habba Festival
Bangalore, Samrat Sangeet Sammelan Goa, etc.
Shashwati has been nominated to the top ten of the `World Songlines
music awards` 2009 by Songlines magazine in the category `Best newcomer
and best artist`, for her album `Tappa Journey` released by Sense World
Music in U. K. She has also bagged the `Top of the World` five star
review status by Songlines magazine U. K.
She has held a first class academic record throughout her education.
Shashwati has two audio cds released to her credit by Alurkar music,
Pune and Sense World, U. K. She has been awarded the title `Surmani` by
Sur Singar Samsad Mumbai. Shashwati has also conducted workshops with
her Guru late Pandit Balasaheb and later individually in different
parts of the country.
A Sanatan Goswami was born in Nabadwip and belongs to the famous
Traditional Family,and is the fourteenth generation of Lord Chaitainya
Mahaprabhuís wife Sreemati Bishnupriya devi. He is one of the
regular[Shebaiet] of Dhameshwar Mahaprabhu whose idol had been
established by Sreemati Bishnupriya Devi five hundred years ago in
Sanatan is now an outstanding luminary in the stardom of musical galaxy
of India.He was introduced to Vocal music by his Uncle Late Manindra
Goswami who was the student of Late Sangitacharya Pandit Chinmoy
Lahiri. Later on he started taking his talim from Pandit Dinanath
Mishra. He took his talim in Harmonium from Pandit Maharaj Banerjee the
son of Late Pandit Montu Banerjee, and took his further talim from Late
Padmabhusan Pandit V.G Jog.
In addition to being a reputed solo Harmonium player and Vocalist
Sanatan is among the few choicest accompanists of most prominent
celebrities of our country like Pt.Jasraj, Pt.Rajan Misra, Pt.Sajan
Misra, Girija Devi, Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, and Tabla
Maestroes like Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Pt.Swapan Chowdhury, Pt. Kumar
Bose, Pt.Anindo Chatterjee, Pt.Gobindo Bose, Pt. Samar Saha, Sree
Bikram Ghosh,Sree Subhankar Banerjee and many other renowned artists.
He has performed in almost all major music conferences in all over
India like Dover lane Music Conference, Spic Macay, Swar Ganga
Sammelan, Jalsaghar, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, ITC Sangeet
Sammelan, Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra, Saptak of Ahmedabad, Sangeet Piyasi
and many others. He has also made his performances in U.S.A, Canada,
all over Europe and Middle East. He is also regular artiste of A.I.R
Pandit Ashis Sengupta is a dynamic,
versatile percussionist and belongs to the Banaras gharana. He received
his initial training from his father Shri Ranjit Kumar Sengupta and was
later groomed by Pandit Nanku Maharaj, Pandit Mahapurush Mishra. His
highly aesthetic perception of the Tabla has enabled him to reach the
most profound depth of this extra-ordinary instrument and express a
range of emotions.
Pandit Ashis Sengupta has innovated to the various rhythmic
compositions learnt from his Guru-s. He is also blessed with a lot of
traditional compositions, Stotra-s and varieties of Gat-s from the
A most sought after artiste and a recipient of ‘Taalmani’
award, Pandit Ashis Sengupta is well versed in the art of playing
variations of compositions. His accompaniments are marked by rare sense
of aesthetics, grace and unexcelled sweetness. He has accompanied some
of the very distinguished Hindustani musicians of today and as well as
of the past including such musicians as Pt. Mallikarjun Mansoor, Smt.
Gangubai Hangal, Pandit Manilal Nag, Smt. Girija Devi, Smt. Kishori
Amonkar, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt Kaivalya
Kumar, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and
Pt Jayateerth Mevundi to name a few.
Apart from playing Tabla, the most unique thing in his musical career
is his wonderful compositions of Bhajans and music arrangement for the
light-classical music compositions which are recorded by many reputed
audio-video companies. He has been fortunate enough to work with great
play-back singers of Bollywood like Sadhna Sargam, Babul Supriyo and
Kavita Krishnamurthy to name a few.
Most recently, he has written a book on Tabla named “Facets of
Tabla Playing”, published by Kanishka Publishers, New Delhi in
2011 and his second book “Mridangam to Tabla…..a
journey” is yet to release.
At present he is a member of the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts,
University of Delhi.
The Cowles Auditorium is
located across the street from the 19th
Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey
Center, University of MN, West
Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st
Ramp is also convenient.
Center, University of Minnesota,
To get to the 19th Ave
- 35W to U of MN
exit (Washington Ave
S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St
S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- I94 to Cedar Ave
S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S.
East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- Washington Ave
SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on
Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2
Spring 2013 Concert
Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Arts
Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by the
Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for
Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the
of its members and donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI
Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).
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