Shashwati Mandal Paul (Hindustani Vocal)
Sanatan Goswami (Harmonium)
Ashsis Sengupta (Tabla)

May 12 2013, 5:00 PM


HHH Cowles Auditorium
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Ashish SenguptaShashwati Mandal PaulSanatan Goswami

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About the Artists

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

Sanatan Goswami

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 Nabadwip.

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 and T.V.

Ashis Sengupta

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 great Gurus.

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.

About the Venue:
The Cowles Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st Ave Ramp is also convenient.

Map of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis

To get to the 19th Ave Parking Ramp:

  • 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 block.


IMSOM’s 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 generosity 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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