Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik, an artiste
of Hindustani Classical vocal music, was born in Nogaon, Assan, where
she started her initial lessons in music at a very early age from Sri
Ajit Dutta. Later she had the privilege of receiving extensive
training in the different styles of Hindustani Classical vocal music
from Sri Biren Phukan in Guahati, Assam. For further training,
Mitali went to Calcutta in 1983 where she initially received lessons
from Srimati Meera Banerjee, the noted vocalist. Since 1984
Mitali is under the tutelage of Padmabhushan Pandit V. G. Jog, the
famous violin maestro. Pandit Jog's vast and extensive experience in
the different musical styles and traditions have helped Mitali to blend
the best of few styles (Gharanas) in her music in contrast to sticking
to a single traditional Gharana style. This has been the essence
of Pandit Jog's philosophy in music and training methodology. Mitali
also received training in semi-classical (thumri, dadra, hori etc)
music from Smt. Dahlia Rahut, a senior disciple of Smt. Girija Devi.
Mitali has performed in several concerts both in India and the
USA. She has performed at the Ali Akbar College of Music in
several states such California and New York, and in several
universities including Southern Methodist University, Yale, Princeton,
and Rutgers. In India Mitali has performed at the Sangeet Research
Academy, Salt Lake Music Festival, Bhawanipur Sangeet Samaj, Dover Lane
Music Conference periodicals, Calcutta School of Music, World Bengali
Conference, SPIC-MACAY concerts, West Bengal State Music conference in
Calcutta, Delhi habitat center, IIC Delhi, NCPA Mumbai, Varanasi,
Rajkot & Surat & several others. She has also performed at the
Nehru Centre and Stratford in London UK.
Her melodious voice and perfect rendition of the ragas have won her
numerous acclaims and appreciation from the listeners. Besides
Khayals, Mitali also specializes in semi-classical music like Thumris
Mitali is the director of Ethnomedia Music Studio where she teaches
Hindustani Classical Music to several students in the area.
Mitali along with her students has won the prestigious New Jersey
Council of the Arts grant for four years.
received preliminary training in Hindustani Classical Music from his
grandfather, Shri Dadasaheb Naphade and from Shri Arvind
Since he was 10 years of age, Kedar has had the great good fortune of
training under the loving and expert guidance of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar,
one of the topmost harmonium players in India today. Under his
nurturing guidance, Kedar has imbibed the unique style of solo
harmonium performance developed by Pt. Borkarji’s guru, Madhukar
Pednekar or P. Madhukar. P. Madhukar was a genius with tremendous
mastery over the instrument that is to date unsurpassed. His glorious
tradition that exploits the strengths of the harmonium to the extreme,
is presented to the connoisseur today by his stalwart disciples like
Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and Pt. Anant Kemkar and the next generation of
disciples consisting of Sudhir Nayak, Seema Mestri-Shirodkar,
Kedar Naphade and others.
Kedar has also had the privilege of training under Smt. Padmavati
Shaligram-Gokhale, a veteran singer of the Atrauli-Jaipur gharana. She
played a pivotal role in his musical development and sowed in him
the seed that developed into a passionate love for the vocal art form.
As such, Kedar’s music derives inspiration from the stylistic genius
and dexterous wizardry of P. Madhukar as well as the character of the
traditional hindustani vocal art form, especially the Gwalior and
Kedar has performed harmonium solo and has accompanied vocalists at
numerous concerts in India, Europe and in the U.S. including
prestigious festivals and venues such as the Alladiya Khan Smruti
Samaroha, Dadar Matunga Cultural Center, Lincoln Center, and Symphony
Space. He has accompanied artists of high caliber such as his guru Smt.
Padmavati Shaligram-Gokhale, Pt. Phiroz Dastur, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Veena
Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, and Smt. Laxmi Shankar.
Kedar continues to train from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar and maintains
an active concert schedule in the U.S.
is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world
throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or
with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western musical
traditions. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo,
Norway on December 10th, 2007. His compositions are widely acclaimed as
well as his writings.
Chatterjee began his
studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pt. Balaram Mukherjee, Pt.
Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician
occurred under the guidance of Pt. Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and
Pt. Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from
the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now
Samir Chatterjee has been
teaching for the last 30 years and many of his students are established
performers. He is on the faculty at Yale University,
Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in CT. He also
contributes to several newspapers and periodicals.