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Initiated into the ‘tabla’ from the tender
age of four years, Abhisek Mallick stepped
into the domain of sitar when he was
seven. Under the strict tutelage of
his guru, Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay,
who is the disciple of the Late Ustad
Md. Dabir Khan (the Last descendant of
Mian Tansen) as well as the legendary
maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, his musical
skills blossomed into refinement, helping
him evolve as one of the leading sitarists
of this generation.
He has also been fortunate enough to have
received training from the doyen of
Vishnupur Gharana, Pt. Manilal Nag.
Abhisek is an A-Grade artist of All India
Radio, Doordarshan and other media
channels. He has toured extensively across
the globe to present his concerts
A tabla player of note on the Indian classical
music scene, Subrata is amazingly talented and his
accomplishments and achievements in the field of
percussion music have earned him name and enviable
fame. Subrata is one of the leading tabla players
in India today. As an accompanist of choice of
some of the most renowned classical exponents, he
exhibits his command over the tabla and his
comprehension of the intricacies of the notes and
sounds of classical music.
He has received his taalim under Shri Tamal
Krishna Chatterjee, Shri Nripen
Karmakar and Shri Tapan Kr.
Banerjee before he was finally accepted as a
pupil of tabla maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh, all
of whom honed his talent to the level of
refinement now witnessed by audiences everywhere.
He has since proved himself a worthy exponent of
the Farukhabad Gharana.
He has to his credit numerous performances at
some of the most prestigious venues in India and
abroad. Subrata has impressed audiences in
the USA, the Middle East,
and Europe. Audiences at the Dover Lane
Music Conference (periodical), ITC
Sangeet Sammelan Calcutta, Gunidas
Sangeet Sammelan, Salt Lake Music
Festival, Bhawanipur Sangeet
Sammelan, Dakhini Sangeet
Sammelan, Golpark Rama Krishna Mission Annual
Calcutta, A.I.R.Concerts and Radio
FM Music Concert, to name a few, have had the
opportunity to see this immensely talented
musician perform. He has also performed in Sparsh
in Lucknow, and at the National Center for
Performing Arts, Mumbai, and India
International Center, Delhi.
The next milestone of his creativity and
innovation is “Naad- The Everlasting Sound,” a
group he has formed to experiment with fusion
music. It seems the next inevitable step in
Subrata’s career is a mingling and merging of
eastern, middle eastern, and western styles of
music; this is the current trend among makers and
lovers of music. He has been a part of the Chicago
based Indo-jazz band Flat Earth Ensemble since its
Subrata was a visiting professor at
the Universty of Urbana Champaign, IL.
Recognition of his talent has come in the form of
such awards as the Sangeet
Prabhankar and the Gold Medal and
the Saangeet Praveen from Prayag
Sangeet Samiti, Allahadad, and Sangeet
Bhushan from the Bhatkhande College,
Lucknow. Being an accompanist is an essential
aspect of any tabla player’s expertise, and here
too Subrata has made his mark. Renowned artists
whom he has accompanied in the past few years
are Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Dr. L.
Subramaniam, Dr.N.Rajam, Pt. Buddhaditya
Mukherjee, Ustad Shahid Parvez
Khan, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain, Pt. Tarun
Bhattacharya, Pt. Ronu
Majumdar, Chitraveena Ravikiran, and Pt.
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Samaresh
Summer 2021 Concert Series has been is made
possible in part, by the UHG “United for
Giving” program, 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. The activity is
made possible by voters of Minnesota through a
grant from Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks
to a legislative appropriation from the arts
and cultural heritage fund. All concerts are
co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7
FM St. Paul).