Online Concert Featuring
Vidushi Kaushiki Chakraborty (Hindustani Vocal)
Sandeep Ghosh (Tabla)
Gourab Chatterjee (Harmonium)

Kalyanjit Das (Sitar)
Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla)

Saturday, September 26, 8:00 PM CDT


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About the Artists

Kaushiki Chakraborty
(Hindustani Vocal)

The journey that started from home under the tutelage of mother Chandana Chakraborty and father Ajoy Chakrabarty lead to her first major concert at the age of 16 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. The audience comprised a few of the greatest names in Hindustani music, including Zakir Hussain, Alla Rakha Khan, Sultan Khan, Amjad Ali Khan et al. The verdict of that evening was unanimous: the next big phenomenon in Hindustani music has arrived.

Kaushiki remained a scholar of ITC SRA till 2004 and graduated with ‘A Top’, the highest grade given by the academy. The grade was a vindication of what her audiences already knew. By then, she was the leading female vocalist of her generation, having had performed at all the leading music festivals in the country and with several foreign tours under her belt.

Given that there were not many formidable female vocalist from the Patiyala Gharana in her generation there was the added expectation of filling that void. Kaushiki more than delivered on both fronts: as a deserving inheritor of her father’s mantle and as torchbearer of the Patiala tradition.

She chose to adapt the tenets of the Patiala gayaki to suit her own voice and temperament. She tempered down the strong aakars and the weighty gamaks to adhere to a more feminine sensibility. Her understanding of femininity is a balance between lilt and power. Her gayaki adequately expresses this balance, as it strides effortlessly across khayal and semi-classical genres and beyond.

At a time when all young classical musicians are involved in collaborative music, Kaushiki has been a rather late entrant. But she has more than made up for lost time. Over the last 3 years, she has sung in films and has been part of the hugely popular MTV Coke Studio project.

(Biography sourced from

Kalyanjit Das (Sitar)

Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.

Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt. Laxman Bhattacharya of the Bishnupur Gharana and then from Late Pt. Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt. Kushal Das learnt from Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt.Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan. 

Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt. Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he  also receives guidance from Ud. Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt. Shankar Ghosh.


Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla)

A classical Tabla virtuoso Pt. Subhankar Banerjee today has been considered as a torch bearer and thunderously applauded by the greats of Tabla and stalwarts of Indian music for his scintillating and versatile way of playing. His consistently brilliant performances and masterful improvisational dexterity created a constant demand in India and gained him a worldwide fame. One of the most favorite accompanists of many of India’s greatest musicians and dancers, Subhankar has constantly been flying dotting the map of the world presenting his music in famous venues since last twenty eight years. His formidable command over the instrument and unique style of playing has set a trend amongst music lovers and connoisseurs all around the world.

At the age of four the musical wonder kid was placed to learn from Benaras Gharana for a few years from Pt. Manik Das and then from Pt. Swapan Shiva of Farukhabad gharana for twenty five years. Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Balmuralikrishnan, Vidushi Girija Devi and many of the greatest stalwarts consider him as one of the brilliant tabla players of the country today for his accompaniment with them for many years.

His performances in “Nobel Peace Prize Concert”, ‘‘Festival of India in Brazil”, South Africa, ‘‘Asian Fantasy Concert in Japan”, performance in London with the Symphony Orchestra are very highly rated. His collaborations with some of the great musicians of the world like John Mc Laughlin, Cheeko Freeman, Gill Goldstein, Ross Dally formed many bands of world music and went albums like Tabla Tale, Heart Beat, Art of Tabla, Calcutta to California etc created sensations in movies,in the chartbusters and in the music world at home and abroad.He has taken part in making music for the Hollywood movies like Night of the Wr, Space, Dark Street and so on. His latest creation in the world of music ‘‘Sacred Drums”, which is one of the most successful rhythm bands performing all over the world today. He has been ranked as a youngest “Top Grade Tabla Player” by All India Radio.

Recently he has been awarded with Sangeeth Samman and Sangeeth Maha Samman by the Chief Minister of West Bengal.


Sandip Ghosh

As a performer, Sandip has performed all over the globe across the following countries like USA, Germany, France, Singapore, Georgia, Canada, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kuwait, Denmark, Italy, UAE, UK and lots more, in most of the significant concerts like Doverlane Music Conference, Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, Saptak Music Festival, Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra, ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Shankarlal Music Festival, Darbar Festival, Ganga Mahotsav to name a few.

Sandip has accompanied with several globally distinguished artists like Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ud. Shahid Parvez, Ud. Shujaat Khan, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Vid. Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Ramesh Mishra, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Purbayan Chatterjee and many more.
Out of the many awards and accolades Sandip has received prestigious awards like The President’s award, Gold Medalist in South Asian Music Festival (twice), State Sangeet Academy Puraskar, National Scholarship from Govt. of India, Empanelled with ICCR and Spic Macay
At Present, Sandip is a performer as a solo artist and he is also collaborating with music bands like – Kyabaat (Hamburg), Raagas & Blossoms (Kolkata), String Struck (Mumbai), Asa, The Coral Life (Munich), Anouraag (Switzerland), You & Me (Germany), K3 (Austria), Big Band Orchestra (Hamburg Music University).


Gaurab Chatterjee

Gourab Chatterjee was introduced to Hindustani vocal music at the tender age of five by his mother, Shrimati Ajanta Chatterjee.  After her demise he received training under Sri Jainul Abedin.  As a student at the Academy he trained under Pdt. Sree Sunil Bose, a veteran Agra Gharana Guru of the Academy.  Later he became a Scholar of ITC, Sangeet Research Academy, under the tutelage of Guru Pdt. Sri Arun Bhaduri.  He completed his training as a scholar in 2007. Gourab has participated in various programmees throughout India and the world.

Apart from being a vocalist, he is also a well known harmonium accompanist.  He has accompanied many famous musicians including Pdt. Arun Bhaduri, Pdt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Vidushi Girija Devi, and many others.


IMSOM's Fall 2020 Concert Series has been is made possible in part, by the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell & US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & family, and the generosity of IMSOM’s members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St. Paul).

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