Birth Centenary Celebration of Late Pt. A. Kanan


 Pt. DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA through over 50 years of experience in study and performance, has pioneered a style of Hindustani slide guitar that is remarkable and unique. Through exhaustive research and experience, he has designed and patented 3 guitars for raga music, which he has named Chaturangui, Gandhravi and Anandi.

Gurus: Parents Shree Sunil Kumar Bhattacharya, Shreemati Manjushree Bhattacharya, Late Acharya Gokul Nag, Late Acharya Maharaj Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Late Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra, Late Swar Samrat Ustad Ali Akbar khan.

Debashish ji has played these guitars live and or on record with Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Late Mandoline U.Shrinivas, Jerry Douglas, Derek Trucks, Ballake Sissoko, Driss el Maloumi and many other world renowned musicians. In India, he has performed for Pandit Ravi Shankar and also appeared in many Indian music festivals.

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Smt. RUCHIRA PANDA is the current torch-bearer of the Kotali Gharana, a lineage of classical vocal masters originally hailing from Kotalipara in pre-partition Bengal. She is a solo vocalist and composer who performs across all the major Indian Classical festivals in India, USA, Canada and Europe. Her signature voice has an unusually deep timbre and high-octane power that also has mind-blowing flexibility to render superfast melodic patterns and intricate emotive glides across microtones. 

Twenty four long years of mentoring by her guru, Pandit Manas Chakraborty, the son of legendary vocalist Sangeetacharya Tarapada Chakraborty, shaped her ​gayki (style), Raagdari (command over the Raga) and finesse. 

Her repertoire includes Khayal,Thumri,Tappa,Tap-Khayal,Nirguni Bhajan and various other subtypes of Indian Light Classical music e.g. Jhoola, Birha, Patjhar, Chaiti, Kajri etc. 

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Ustad RAFIQUE KHAN was born in Dharwad and started playing the sitar at the age of nine. He was tutored by his father and his elder brothers Ustad Usman Khan and Ustad Bale Khan. He was also trained in Gayaki Ang by his uncle Ustad Dastagir Khan.

He won the prestigious “Sur Mani Award” from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, at the young age of 23 years. He has toured across the nation and the world, performing at various music festivals. He has performed at prestigious music festivals and collaborated with musicians all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.

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Smt. NAMAMI KARMAKAR is regarded as one of the finest vocalist among the younger generation of the Kirana Gharana. She had her initial training under Smt. Malini Mukherjee Bhowmick. Then she began learning under Late Pt. A. Kanan and Late Sangeet Bidushi Malabika Kanan and currently she is under the able guidance of their disciple, Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee.  

Namami has a Masters in Classical Vocal Music from the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University. She stood first in All India BSNL Cultural Meet in 2007 and has successfully ranked in the prestigious Dover Lane Music Competition and West Bengal State Music Academy. She has also performed at major conferences in and also in TV channels to great acclaim in India and USA. At present she is a faculty member at Suromurchhana and at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music, New York, imparting training to local as well as international students. She has a proven track record as a successful teacher as her students have earned applause from audiences and maestros of Classical Music. 

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Pt. SAMIR CHATTERJEE is a virtuoso Tabla player. 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 non-Indian musical traditions. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Samir is a firm believer in the transforming effect of music on the society and all aspects of his work reflects this conviction.

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 represents.

Samir ji has been teaching for the last 35 years and many of his students are established performers. He is the Founder-Director of CHHANDAYAN, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian music and culture.

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Pt. ARUP CHATTOPADHYAY is recognized as one of the most outstanding and sought after Tabla artists of this generation. He has established himself as a top-notch accompanist as well as a formidable soloist. Arup's performances are admired for their exceptional tonal quality, clarity and deep compositional repertoire, all presented with an innate sense of rhythm and melody. He began learning Tabla at age six from his father, the eminent Tabla player, Pt. Pankaj Chattopadhyay. He then came under the tutelage of the world-renowned Tabla maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh and is one of his premier disciples. 

He is also a highly accomplished tabla teacher and was a professor of tabla at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London. Since 1998 he has been a visiting lecturer of tabla at the University of California, San Diego.

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HINDOLE MAJUMDAR occupies a commendable position amongst the young tabla players of his generation. Inspired by his maternal grandfather, Late Sri Chittaranjan Roy, an ardent music lover, and his mother, Late Sunanda Majumdar, a teacher by profession and a Kathak dancer disciple of Pandit Ramgopal Mishra of the Jaipur gharana, Hindole started learning tabla at the tender age of 5. In his very first performance at the age of 10, he completely enthralled the audience.

He received his first formal training from Shri Shibshankar Karmakar, a disciple of Ustad Karamatullah Khan, Farukkhabad Gharana. He continues to receive training from the great tabla maestro Pandit Sankha Chatterjee (of the Punjab and Farukkhabad Gharana) in a guru-shishya parampara. He has also had the opportunity to learn South Indian Rhythm style from the Mridangam exponent  Pandit S. Shekhar.  

Hindole now performs all over the globe accompanying various artists, and his work and experiment is critically acclaimed by music enthusiasts all over the globe.

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RUPAK MITRA hails from a music oriented family. He started learning table under the tutelage of his father Mr. Rash Behari Mitra. He then came under the loving mentorship of his first Guru, Sri Sajal Karmakar of Farukhabad Gharana. Later he became a disciple of the legend Pt. Samar Saha of Benaras gharana and is still blessed to be under his guidance.  He is a young talented table player who has performed extensively with well known artists at several prestigious events and music festivals in India. 

ANIRBAN CHAKRABARTY hails from a family of Musicians. His father, Amal Chakrabarty is a dedicated vocalist. From his very childhood Anirban was initiated to Hindustani Classical Music by his father. He is a post graduate in music with first class from the Rabindra Bharati University. Although he is a good vocalist, his keen interest in playing Harmonium have driven him under the tutelage of Pandit Manas Chakraborty, the doyen of Kotali Gharana to master himself in the gayaki of Kotali style. He has also keen interest in composing music in lighter forms. The guidance of the Master Musician has already shaped him in well organized Harmonium player, and hoping him to be a musician of high repute in future.

Program Details

Venue:  Uttam Manch (Monoharpukur Road), Kolkata

Time: 5:30 PM onwards

Tickets: FREE 

Contact: (+91) 8697165145


2019 Highlights of Suromurchhana Activities

A concert in memory of Late Pt. Arun Bhaduri, Kolkata. All day Sangeet Samaroha - a music and dance festival, New Jersey.  Jugalbandi concert with Indrajit Banerjee, Sandip Chatterjee and Subrata Bhattacharya, New York. Suromurchhana participated in a local cultural event in New York City. Workshop on Thumri & Khayal with Rajyashree Ghosh, moderated by Sanjoy Banerjee, New York. Suromurchhana student recital, New York.