|About the Artists:
Subhra Guha, a leading female Hindustani vocalist from India, is regarded
as one of the finest exponents of the Agra Gharana.
She has a refreshing open-throated style and
a voice of astonishing luminosity and power capable of soaring
from one octave to the next. Subhraji
had been a part of the Kolkata’s Sangeet Research
for the past twenty years, initially as a scholar and later on as a
Guru. She has a remarkable
collection of thumris, and ragas including some rare bandishes (compositions). In
addition to her prowess over
the traditional classical khayal, her
renditions of the thumri, dadra and
chaiti in the pure Benaras
tradition are a treat for listeners. She
is a regular artiste of the A.I.R and television and has given
all over India
and abroad. Her performances at prestigious Indian Music Conferences
Sawai Gandharva Music Festival Pune, The Dover Lane Music Conference
Vishnu Digambar Sangeet Samaroh Delhi and
ITC Sangeet Sammelans Delhi, Kolkata and Bombay, have
been greatly appreciated and
acclaimed by critics and music lovers. In addition to concerts, Smt.
Guha has given
lecture demonstrations at
various universities in the USA and Canada.
She has several cassettes and Cds to her credit.
Pandit Ramesh Misra is one of India's
outstanding instrumentalists and a master of one of the most difficult
and unique string instruments, the Sarangi. He started his
intensive training at a very tender age from his father Pt. Ramnath
acquired further knowledge and training from some of the finest
the Beneras Gharana such as Pt. Hanuman Prasad Mishra and Pt.
Mishra. Presently he is under the tutelage of the legendary Sitar
Pandit Ravi Sankar. Ramesh's high aesthetic sense and artistic
sensibilities have brought him wide recognition both at home and abroad
eminent soloist as well as an adept accompanist. His music
global audience. Ramesh has been honored with several awards
prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award. In 1959, Ramesh was sent
cultural delegate to Pakistan
by the then Prime Minister of India Jawharlal Nehru.
Ramesh Misra has traveled all over the world accompanying
reputed artists. In addition to his appearance in most of the major
festivals of the world he has featured in numerous recordings
his own solos and earned a niche in the hearts of millions of
lovers. Pandit Ramesh Misra is a very high-ranking and gifted
whose music takes the audience to a divine world, a world of pure
Pandit Samir Chatterjee is
a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He
travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in
festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both
western traditions. Sri. Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit
Ghosh, Pandit Balaram Mukherjee, Pandit Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim.
later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pandit
Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pandit Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of
teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of
which he now represents. Pandit Chatterjee is an A-Grade artist of the
All India Radio.
In concert Pandit Chatterjee has accompanied many of India's
including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil
Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt.
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Brij Bhusan Kabra, Vidwan M. S.
Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali
Khan, Ud. Sultan Khan, Ud. Munawar Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi
Shankar, Smt. Prabha Atre, Ajoy Chakraborty
and Rashid Khan, to name a few. Pandit
Chatterjee lives in New York, where he has become a catalyst in fusion
music, performing with Pauline Oliveros,
Ravi Coltrane, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Steve Gorn,
Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Ben Verdery,
William Parker, Dance Theater of Harlem, Ethos Percussion
group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston
Musica Viva and
other jazz and avant-garde musicians. He is a member of jazz trios,
MANODHARMA. He is the composer and director of Nacho Nacho - Gypsy
and Chhand-Anand, World percussion Ensemble. He is the Founder-Director
CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving
and culture by conducting classes and workshops, organizing concerts,
maintaining a library and running a store. Pandit
Chatterjee also has a career as a
musicologist and journalist. He
holds masters degrees in English and in History.