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"Ananda Dhwani literally means Happy Melody! Happiness and Peace through music is what Ananda Dhwani symbolizes. The seeds of Ananda Dhwani were sown by renowned Sitarist, Late Pandit Deepak Chaudhury and it is being nurtured by his student Sangeet Ratna Shree Prabir Bhattacharya, along with others.You could be a professional or an amateur, a student, a teacher or an audience, but if its music which makes you smile, you are part of the world of Ananda Dhawni. "

Press Conference 2019

At the  Ananda Dhwani press conference, the Carnatic - Hindustani Mandolin ensemble made an impromtu presentation! Only Pandit Anubrata Chatterjee was missing.
Come hear this energetic team perform at the inaugural concert of Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Saturday, November 16th at 5 pm .
Whitefield Music Festival 2019 Concluding Concert : Hindustani Vocal Recital by Ustad Rashid Khan (Padma Shri), with Pandit Subhankar Banerjee on the table, Ustad Murad Ali on the Sarangi and Pandit Vinay Mishra on the harmonium.
Master Armaan Khan will also be on stage to give his father vocal support!
Sunday, November 17th 2019, Inner Circle Grounds, 7 PM

Ustad Rashid Khan , belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, and is the great-grandson of Gharana founder, Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan. The Rampur-Sahaswan gayaki (style of singing) is closely related to the Gwalior Gharana, which features medium-slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic play. 

Whitefield Music Festival Concert 3:
 Sarod Recital by Pandit Rajeev Taranath( Padma Shri) with Pandit Nayan Ghosh on the Tabla
Saturday, 16th November 2019 at 7 pm
The Sarod is a stringed instrument, used mainly in Hindustani music
The word sarod roughly translates to "beautiful sound" or "melody" in PersianLalmani Misra opines in his Bharatiya Sangeet Vadya that the sarod is a combination of the ancient chitravina, the medieval rubab and modern sursingar.
The conventional sarod is a 17 to 25-stringed lute-like instrument.The strings are plucked with a triangular plectrum(java). The lack of frets and the tension of the strings make the sarod a very demanding instrument to play.
Whitefield Music Festival 2019 : Concert 4
Sitar Recital by Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya with Tabla maestro Pandit Kumar Bose
Sunday November 17th , 5 pm
The Sitar is a plucked stringed instrument, originating from the Indian subcontinent, used in Hindustani classical music. The instrument flourished under the Mughals, and it is named after a Persian instrument called the setar(meaning three strings). In appearance, the sitar is similar to the tanpura, except that it has frets.

Behind the scenes: Whitefield Music Festival 2019

The story of the famed  Konarak Sun Temple on Wheels will be recreated by Ohom Arteffects under the supervision of Robin Majumdar as the stage. The stage will feature the exquisite  temple architecture sculptured in wood n thermacol, unbelievably close to the original by the artist's team lead by Goutam Chakraborty, known for his stagecraft for more than two decades at various events.

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Our Inspiration: Sitar Maestro Late Pandit Deepak Choudhury

Ananda Dhwani Music Trust’s inspiration, Late Pandit Deepak Choudhury, was one of the foremost disciples of the much revered genius, Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Deepakji was considered to be one of the doyens of the Maihar Gharana, in his generation of musicians. Besides performing in concerts the world over, he was a faculty in the Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, till his demise.

The name ‘Ananda Dhwani’ originates from the Raga Anandhwani, composed by Deepakji. The Raga is a blend of the Carnatic Raga, Hamsadhwani and the Hindustani Raga, Anandi Kalyan.

Through Ananda Dhwani, the legend of Deepakji will be carried forward by his students and grand students, led by his foremost student, Sangeet Ratna Shri Prabir Bhattacharya.

 Our Heartfelt Pranams to Pandit Deepak Choudhuryji for his inspiration.

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MEET THE MAESTROS OF WHITEFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

A Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Mass Communication, Gurupriya Atreya is a professional musician, playback singer, arts curator, and radio jockey based in Bangalore, India.

After having interned with the likes of Radio Mirchi, Bangalore Mirror, Worldspace – The Satellite Radio, and The News Today, Gurupriya went on to work full time with Times of India, Yahoo! and finally, Timbre Media, where she currently works. As a part of Timbre Media, she has hosted shows for the Saregama classical app, handled the Tamil station Thenisai and RJ-ed for Amazon radio. Today, she continues her classical training under currently training from Pandit Kumar Mardur.

A PASSIONATE MUSICIAN

Gurupriya Atreya’s foray into music is nothing short of a life calling. While her late mother Dr. Padmavathy Shrinivasen spotted her inclination towards music and initiated her into Carnatic classical music, it was her Hindustani teacher Vidushi Smt. Geetha Hegde who honed it into a skill, a skill she continues to sharpen under the tutelage of Pt. Kumar Mardur.

While rooted in classical music, her repertoire spans several genres and avenues, including playback singing for films, commercial jingles, and music for television. Television was also an early platform for Gurupriya to showcase her talent, having won popular talent contests on Sun TV and Jaya TV. She has done a fair amount of playback singing, predominantly in South Indian languages, for many movies, including Village Lo Vinayakudu, Kurai Ondrum Illai, Kanden, and Cyber Yugadhol. Her most memorable song remains Rasiya – a duet with Ustad Faiyaz Khan for Yeh Dil Ramta Jogi.

Gurupriya has also collaborated on an album for kids with Vasu Dixit titled Jooba for Amar Chitra Katha, which was received with great appreciation and praise.

Today, Gurupriya finds herself in a creative space, where she enjoys collaborating with other young and passionate musicians towards creating new music in a contemporary space, influenced by her classical training and her experiences over the years. Over the past few months, she has put out two successful singles – Maula & Kula – both that garnered enthusiastic appreciation from viewers, fellow artists, press & critics alike. More singles are set to release in the coming months.

A CURATORIAL VENTURE

To celebrate the tradition of chamber music and to restore some of its glory, Gurupriya embarked on the journey of a lifetime by launching The Livingroom Kutcheri in May 2017. The property has already garnered widespread media coverage, and a loyal audience base over the last 2 years, having hosted a wide variety of performances – from music, to dance, theatre, and storytelling.

LRK was started with the hope to open a home to host a community of artists and art lovers, and create a space where performing arts could be relished in an intimate setting. Over the last two years, Gurupriya and her family have hosted one concert a month, holding anywhere between 45 and 85 people in her home for each event.

In just a short time, The Livingroom Kutcheri is a force to be reckoned with, attracting artists from across the country who want to share their work in intimate spaces. GoUNESCO has featured the property to be featured in their heritage documentary series, and several other collaborations are underway.

Hear her live, lending her voice to the Odissi Ensemble at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019, on Saturday, November 16th 2019

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Odissi Pratibha Kumari Meghna Das, grew up among dancers and musicians at the Nrityalaya Academy for Music and Dance in Singapore, where she took stage for the first time as baby Siddhartha at the age of 3. With this, began a lifelong passion for classical dance.

Meghnaji started her formal training in Odissi at the age of 5, under her mother Smt. Sahana Das, a highly experienced Odissi dancer & choreographer. After moving to India (Bangalore), Meghnaji joined the Nrityagram city classes, and trained under their able and generous guidance, absorbing the form and polish of the Nrityagram school of Odissi.

In 2012, Meghnaji joined the Nrityantar Academy of Performing Arts and their Odissi Dance Ensemble, under guru and artistic director, Smt. Madhulita Mohapatra. As a student of Smt. Madhulita Mohapatra’s and a part of Nrityantar, Meghnaji has performed in several highly acclaimed recitals in and out of Bangalore, including the Mukhteshwar Festival 2016. Her professional debut performance was well received. Since then, she has performed all over India, and abroad in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, the US, Sir Lanka, Colombia, Italy, the UK, and France and has attracted enthusiastic appreciation from audiences.

Meghnaji has written, directed, choreographed and produced 3 independent productions – Anamika, Neelachal, Ayam – that have taken stage to full houses across Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi. As the Founder of Akar Productions, Meghnaji hopes to continue to be an integral part of a changing environment in which classical and folk arts are produced for stage in India today.

Currently pursuing a PhD in Performing Arts under Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and TDU, Bangalore, Meghnaji is also the recipient of the national Chinta-O-Chetana Baishaki Award for her accomplishments as a young dancer and a graded Doordarshan artist, Meghnaji has been critically acclaimed for her technical finesse and grace.

Watch her perform live at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019, on Saturday, November 16th 2019

Born into a well-known family of musicians of Karnataka, Vid. Anoor Sunaad was introduced to the world of music at a very young age.  He is the fifth generation of musicians in the family. He is the great grandson of Vid. Anoor Shamanna, a renowned Veena artist, the grandson of Vid. Ganakalabhushana Anoor S Ramakrishna, an esteemed Violinist and Guru. 

Sunaadji is learning Mridangam and Khanjira from his father Vidwan Sri Anoor V. Dattatreya Sharma, his uncle Vidwan Sri Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma. He also receives valuable guidance from cousin Vid.Vinod Shyam Anoor.

Watch him perform live in concert with Vidwan U. Rajesh, Vid. Anoor Vinod Shyam, Vid. Anubrata Chatterjee and Vid. Mandola Joy at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Saturday, November 16th 2019.

Born into a well-known family of musicians of Karnataka, Vid. Anoor Vinod Shyam was introduced to the world of music at a very young age.  He is the great grandson of Vid.Anoor Shamanna, a renowned Veena artist, the grandson of Vid. Ganakalabhushana Anoor S Ramakrishna, an esteemed Violinist and Guru. His father Vid. Ganakalashree Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma is amongst the most respected percussionists and Guru in the field of Carnatic music.

He was inducted into formal learning at an early age of 10 under the guidance of Vid. R Sathyakumar. Vinodji continues his advanced learning from his father, Vidwan Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma.

Vid. Vinod Shyam is a versatile percussionist who excels in playing various percussion instruments. His ability to play multiple percussion instruments like Phakawaj, Khanjira, Tabala, Sri-Khol, Dholak, Dholki and Rhythm Pads besides the Mridangam, makes him a unique percussionist.

Having established himself as a sought after accompanist at an early age, Vinodji has the distinction of performing with many senior and scholarly musicians across India and overseas. He also performed at the world renowned Dumru Rhythm festival at Pune in 2015.

He is an active member in various percussion ensembles and has collaborated with multiple genres of music. He is a member of "Laya Lavanya" and "Nada Kalaarnava"- the innovative percussion groups.

Besides being a graded artiste of All India Radio he has to his credits several awards bestowed on him by many prestigious organisations, including the Kalavanta series organised by Karnataka Fine Arts Council, Ananya Nadajyothi Kala Pratibha Puraskara, Swara Sunada

Watch him perform live in concert with Vidwan U. Rajesh at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Saturday, November 16th 2019 

Born to a family of musicians based in Kolkata, Vid.Mandola Joy is a North Indian classical instrumentalist and composer. He plays the customized fretless Mandola that he has been experimenting with for the last two decades. He has redefined this Western instrument to make it more appropriate for rendering Indian classical music. His brain child, the electric fretless “Shreetaar” with “chikari” strings and copper plated fingerboard finally took her unique form as a result of Joyji's tireless experiments and trials. Made of Mahogany wood and bearing ten strings, Shreetaar is successfully capable of depicting each and every embellishments of Indian Classical music. The efficiency of playing technique, has also been pioneered by him, and  presently he is the only artiste to play this instrument.

Joyji received his initial training in classical music from Late Pt. V. G. Jog (Violin maestro) and later  from Late Pt. Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Sarod maestro). Currently he is pursuing his training from Sitar Maestro Pt. Partha Chatterjee in Kolkata.

A regular artiste in All India Radio, Vid. Mandola Joy has worked with many artistes of national and international repute.

Watch Vid. Mandola Joy perform along with Vidwan U. Rajesh, Vid Anubrata Chatterjee, Vid. Anoor Vinod Shyam and Vid. Anoor Sunaad at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Saturaday, November 16th 2019

Pt. Anubrata Chatterjee (born 1 June 1985) is an eminent Indian tabla player of the Farukhabad gharana. He is the son of world-renowned tabla maestro, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

Nurtured from a very young age, Pt. Anubrata Chatterjee has had the rare fortune of being the youngest and the last Ganda-Bandh disciple of the great guru, Padmabhushan – Deshkottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh in 1992. Subsequently, he continued his training under the gifted tutelage of his father.

Subsequently, he continued his training under the gifted tutelage of his father focusing on Farukhabad Gharana along with Lucknow & Ajrada Gharana styles. He made his debut as an accompanying artist with the legendary Pt.Hari Prasad Chaurasia and since then, has gone on to successfully accompany living legends, such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pt.Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Vid. T.H.Vikku Vinayakram, and other respected musicians all over the world. Pt. Chaterjee has proved himself both as a soloist and as an accompanist, by his consummate tabla renditions.

He has also given numerous memorable duet performances along with his father. Taking the ‘parampara’ forward, he has built upon his father’s style and expanded his own repertoire to display an amalgamation of power, grace, skill, and superb tonal clarity.

Internationally, he marked his debut with a solo performance at the B.B.C. World Radio, U.K. in the year 1991. Since then he has performed worldwide, in several prestigious International festivals held across the globe.

Taking after his father, Pt. Chaterjee gives great importance to imparting quality training to his students. He holds regular workshops in New York at MATRA (Music Academy for Tabla Research by Anindo Chatterjee) In the past, he has conducted numerous workshops in Japan, making many students to undertake advanced training under him.

While being deeply rooted in the traditional style of playing, he also understands the need for his art to be contemporary. He actively collaborates on projects that are traditional yet new age, which especially strike a chord with the youth.

Based on this thought, he formed a unique percussion group named Taal- India wherein every region of the country was represented by a percussion instrument. He has also been a part of various fusion bands

He has also created his band named, Laya Curry and Beats. His institution, Music Academy for Tabla Research by Anindo Chatterjee( MATRA) focuses on teaching the art all over the world.

Pt. Anubrata Chaterjee has been conferred with the Basavaraj Rajguru Award from the Government of Karnataka in 2014 and the prestigious, Sangeet Natak Akademi- Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva  Puraskar in 2016

Hear him live in concert with Vidwan U. Rajesh, at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Saturday, November 16th 2019

Pandit Vinay Mishra was born in the city of Varanasi, in a family of music lovers. As a child, his father indulged his wish to learn classical music and decided to take him to Pandit Channulal Mishra for vocal lessons where he received his early training. Later on, he studied harmonium rigorously under the tutelage of Ustad Mehtab Khan and his father Ustad Chand Khan of Varanasi. Vinay Mishra also got a chance to learn the finer nuances of Indian classical harmonium playing from the legendary harmonium exponent Pandit Appa Saheb Jalgaonkar.

Pandit Mishra also holds a Ph.D. in Music from University of Delhi and has a published a book called 'Harmonium - Vividh Ayam' which talks about the increasing importance of harmonium in today's classical music era.

Pandit Vinay Mishra has shared the stage with  several eminent artists including, Pt. Girija Devi, Pt. Ashwini Bhide, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Venkatesh Kumar, Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, amongst others over the  last 15 years in several prestigious music festivals across India and has toured extensively over United StatesEuropeAfrica and the Middle East.

He is a graded artiste of the All India Radio and recipient of several prestigious awards.

Hear him live in concert with Ustad Rashid Khan at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Sunday, November 17th 2019

Born in a family of musicians originally from Moradabad, Ustad Murad Ali is a sixth generation sarangi player. The intensive training, he had under his grandfather Ustad Siddique Ahmad Khan and father Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan has stood him in good stead, and he is presently regarded as one of the leading sarangi players of the younger generation. His ancestors, Ustad Sagheer Ahmed Khan Sahib, Ustad Fakir Ahmed Khan Sahib, Ustad Rafique Ahmed Khan Sahib and his grandfather Ustad Siddique Ahmed Khan Sahib were all renowned sarangi players, musicologists and gurus of the Moradabad Gharana.

Hear him live in concert with Ustad Rashid Khan at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Sunday, November 17th 2019

Vid. U.Rajesh was born on 17 May 1977 at Palakol, Andhra Pradesh, and is the  youngest child of U.Satyanarayana and Kantham. He is the younger brother of late U.Srinivas, a notable Carnatic Mandolin player.

In his childhood, his father and brother were his tutors in music. He started playing Carnatic classical music on the mandolin at the age of six.

He and his brother have performed in concerts together, and have released musical albums together, till his brothers untimely demise.

Vid. U Rajesh has performed all over the world with legends of the Music World, and has several solo albums to his credit. His work with John McLaughlin's album Floating Point, received a Grammy nomination in 2009.[4]

He lives in Chennai and is one of the directors of the music school, Srinivas Institute of World Music (SIOWM, named after U.Srinivas), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which is providing free music tuition to the students.

Hear him live, in a jugalbandi concert with Vid. Mandola Joy on the Mandola, Vid. Anoor Vinod Shyamon the mridangam, Vid. Anoor Sunaad on the khanjira and Vid. Anubrata Banerjee on the table, at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019, on Saturday, November 16th 2019.

At the age of four, the musical wonder kid was placed to learn from Benaras Gharana’s Pandit Manik Das and then under the tutelage of Pandit Swapan Shiva, the celebrated artiste and teacher of Farukhabad Tabla Gharana, for twenty-five years.

Pandit Shubhankar Banerjee’s command over the tabla, and his unique style of playing, has enthralled music lovers and connoisseurs all around the world. Over the years he continues to dedicate himself to learning from different maestros.

Being trained in vocal music as well from his childhood, has made him a competent vocalist as well.

In addition to being a reputed soloist, Subhankarji is one of the few choicest accompanists of some of the most prominent celebrity musicians of our country including Late Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.Pandit, Dr.L.Subramanium, Dr.M.Balamuralikrishnan, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit M.S. Gopalkrishnan, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Pandit V.G.Jog, Ustad Imrat Hussian Khan.

He has been performing in several venues the world over for the last eighteen years, including the Nobel Peace Prize concert, London Symphony Concert and the Festival of India Concert in Brazil.

Shubhankarji has received several awards from a young age, including one from the President of India in 1987.

Shubhankarji lives in Kolkata with his family.

Hear him perform live along with Ustad Rashid Khan and Pandit Vinay Mishra (on the harmonium), at the Whitefield Music Festival 2019 on Sunday, November 17th 2019.

Ustad Rashid Khan (born 1 July 1968), belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, and is the great-grandson of Gharana founder, Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan.

The Rampur-Sahaswan gayaki (style of singing) is closely related to the Gwalior Gharana, which features medium-slow tempos, a full-throated voice and intricate rhythmic play.

Born in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh, Rashidji received his training mainly from his maternal grand-uncle, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan in Badayun. A strict disciplinarian, Nissar Hussainji would insist on voice training (Swar Sadhana). Rashidji also trained briefly with his Uncle, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan in Mumbai.

Rashidji gave his first concert at of the age eleven in the year 1979. In 1980, he moved along with his Uncle Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan to the ITC Sangeet Research Academy(SRA) in Kolkata.  By 1994, Rashidji was acknowledged as a ‘Musician’ (a formal process) at the academy. There has been no looking back since, and Rashidji has enthralled audiences all over the world with his flawless performances.

He was awarded the Padma Shri, as well as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2006. He is also the receipient of several other awards including the GIMA award in 2019

Rashidji lives in Kolkata with his family.

Enjoy his live performance along with Pandit Shubhankar Banerjee on the tabla, Ustad Murad Ali on the sarangi and Pandit Vinay Mishra on the harmonium, at the Whitefield Music Festival on Sunday, November 17th 2019

Pandit Kumar Bose born 4 April 1953, is a tabla maestro and composer. He belongs to the Benaras Gharana style of playing.

Kumarji was born in Kolkata in a musical family. His father, Pt Biswanath Bose, a distinguished tabla player, taught him his first lessons in rhythm. After his father's untimely death, he started his training under Pandit Kishan Maharaj.

Having honed his skills under the tutelage of the legendary Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Kumarji rose to prominence with his mesmerising performances with Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar. Kumarji has been applauded for evolving a distinctive style of his own without diluting the purity of tradition. A master percussionist, he plays several other instruments, which include the sri-khole, the pakhwaj, the dholak, the nal, and the banga-kanga.

Kumarji gave his first public performance at the age of 4, and ever since he has performed at all major cities across the world with several legends of the Music World.

Kumarji has several awards to his credit, including the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 2007 and the prestigious Dinanath Mangeshkar Award in 2012.

In addition to his musical abilities, Kumarji is also an awarded sportsman, a carom champion, and fluently speaks four languages.

Pandit Kumar Bose is currently based in Kolkata, where he conducts private lessons. He is known for maintaining high standards for his students, emphasising on the importance of devoted practice and maintaining tradition.

Pandit Kumar Bose in Conversation with Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Hear him play along with Sangeet Ratna Prabir Bhattacharya at the Whitefield Music Festival on Sunday, November 17th 2019

Sangeet Ratna Prabir Bhattacharya started his music training at the age of 12, with his father Shri Amal Kumar Bhattacharya.

Soon after, the renowned Sitarist Late Pandit Deepak Choudhury took Prabirji as his student. Pandit Deepak Choudhury is still considered as one of the doyens of Maihar Gharana. Prabirji was trained intensively by Deepakji till his demise in 2010. Prabirji misses his Guru and feels Deepakjis guidance was the most precious gift he has received in the course of his music education and career.

Prabirji is an ‘A’ Grade Artist of the All India Radio.He is a Ph.D Scholar and a Gold Medalist  in M.A. (Music) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Besides other awards, he is also a recipient of the National Scholarship awarded by the Government of India.

Prabirji has been fortunate to play with several legends of the Music World, including his Guru Pandit Deepak Choudhury, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Kisen Maharaj, Vid. Mandolin Sreenivas to name a few.

Hear him play live, with tabla maestro, Pandit Kumar Bose, at the Whitefield Musical Festival on Sunday, November 17th 2019.

Pandit Nayan Ghosh holds a unique position in the Indian music scenario as a front ranking Tabla maestro and a Sitar exponent, with equal command in both streams.

Born in 1956, he received in-depth training in vocal music, tabla and then in sitar from his father Late Padma Bhushan Pandit Nikhil Ghosh, considered an important Tabla scion of the Farukhabad school of Tabla playing, a Guru and an educationist. Nayanji’s elder uncle was the pioneer flautist Pandit Pannalal Ghosh, also popularly regarded as the ‘Father of North Indian Flute’.

His first tabla solo broadcast was at the age of 4, in 1960, followed by extensive concertizing and teaching from 1974 onwards throughout the world, at prestigious venues and universities.

Innate artistry, tonal brilliance, a rich repertoire and intense melodiousness are his hallmarks. His Raga delineations are noted for their true depth and spirit. He has strived to strike a judicious balance of the ‘Gayaki’ (vocalization) and the ‘Tantrakari’ (instrumentation) elements in his sitar recitals. Likewise, his tabla solos project the stamp of tradition from the various schools of the tabla art, with focus on aesthetics, technique and virtuosity at the same time.

As an accompanist too, he has invited much acclaim for his sensitive support to stalwarts like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and many others.

Presently, as Director of India’s premier music teaching and research institute, Sangit Mahabharati, in Mumbai, and as Distinguished Guest Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay for their Cell for Human Values, he has been imparting intensive training to several young aspirants grooming them into performers and teachers.

Hear him play along with Pandit Rajeev Taranath, at the Whitefield Music Festival on Saturday, November 16th 2019

Padma Shri Pandit Rajeev Taranath, was born in Bangalore on 17 October 1932. He received his initial training in vocal music from his father Pandit Taranath. He gave his first public vocal performance when he was nine years old. Rajeevji was singing for the All India Radio before he was twenty.

Although Rajeevji held a PhD in English literature, he discontinued his career as a Professor , and  went to Calcutta, where he began his musical training under the tutelage of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Rajeevji continued to learn from his Guru, till Ustadji's demise in 2009. He has also had guidance from Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar, Vid. Annapurna Devi, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Pandit Aashish Khan.

In 1999–2000 he received the Indian's government's highest award in the arts from the Sangeet Natak Akademi. He researched and published the Teaching Techniques of the Maihar-Allauddin Gharana, as a Ford Foundation scholar (1989 to 1992). He was a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2019.

He is respected for his in-depth understanding as he unfolds the raga, the tonal quality and power of his strokes. His distinctive style shows technical excellence, imaginative power and emotional range. He has toured Australia, Europe, Yemen, the United States, and Canada. He has composed the music for many internationally acclaimed Indian films. He was the subject of a documentary made for the television in Aden entitled "Fannan Min-Al-Hind" (Artist from India).He has also served as the head of the Indian music program at the World Music Department of the California Institute of the Arts from 1995 to 2005.

He currently lives and teaches in Mysore, Karnataka.

Hear him live along with Pandit Nayan Ghosh, at the Whitefield Music Festival on Saturday, November 16th 2019

MEET THE SANGEET PRATIBHA 2019 TOP SCORERS

Zreyaa

Zreyaa Vinnyraj is class four student at Vydehi School of Excellence,Bengaluru. A thoughtful and kind-hear ted kid,her love for signing  started from her pre school days. She enjo ys singing bhajans,light music and loves movie songs and western music too. Inculcating her inter est for classical music from her father, she has been tr aining under the able guidance of Smt.Lavanya Rupakula for 2 years.

Dr. Madhumanti Chatterjee

She is a dental surgeon by profession., practicing since 8 yrs in Bangalore. She is presently the Founder Director of the Multispeciality Dental Brand "The Tooth Story ".
Music is in her blood. Her father is a reknowned Tablist and professor of Bengal Music College, Kolkata. Her mother is a professional singer.

Her first lessons of music started at home from her parents from her early childhood.
At the age of 6, she started learning the basics of Hindusthani Classical music from Pandit Shyamal Lahiri.
Later on, from the age of 10, her vocal training began under Pandit Ajay Chakraborty, the celebrated exponent of Patiala gharana.
She has been performing in various platforms like television, live shows since the age of 6.
She has won a dozen of music competitions over the years and across the state of West Bengal.
At the age of 13, she received the prestigious “Jugal Srimal” scholarship in Nazrulgeeti and light classical music.
In 2017, she received the “Dipti Dev Memorial Award for Excellence “ in Kolkata.
She relocated to Bangalore in 2014.
Presently,she is associated with Omkar Music Academy. She has been continuing her vocal training under the guidance of Pandit Iman Das.

Rohit

Master Rohit Mukkamala along with his brother Hemant Mukkamala is learning Tabla for the past three years under the able guidance of Sri Nilanjan Dutta, noted Tabla player in Bangalore. Rohit is a budding Tabla player who started learning Tabla with a great enthusiasm. He is currently studying 7th class in GIIS Whitefield school.

Aditya Ganesh

Aditya Ganesh is studying in 8th Grade. Aditya has been learning Tabla for the past 4 years from his Guru Sri. Nilanjan Dutta. Sri.Nilanjan Dutta is a disciple of renowned Tabla maestro Pt. Ravindra Yavagal.

Aditya has been participating in home concerts, small gatherings and few competitions under the guidance of his guru. He was one of the topper in the competition held by Ananda Dhwani Musical Trust in the last 2 years. He is also learning Carnatic vocal and guitar. Other than music, he has keen interest in football and loves to play the game with his friends.

Vishnumaya P

Me, Vishnumaya (8 years) learning vocal(Carnatic) for past two years from Smt. Lavanya Rupakala in AacharyaA music and arts conservatory. I am passion about music and enjoying my music journey. Learning Piano and Veena also in my music journey.

Avishi Gupta

Avishi Gupta is the winner of the second prize in the Hindustani classical vocal competition under the pre teens category.for the year 2019. She is a very talented little girl. She started to learn Hindustani classical music at the age of 3 plus and joined Sanidha school of Music with her Guru Smt. Sushma Sanghi. She is 9 years old and studies in the fifth standard in Vydehi School, Whitefield.

She has been very regular in her Riyaz and has also participated in various singing individual and group performances.She presented her first solo in Hindustani Classical Music in our annual Sanidha concert. She was also recently selected to perform at the Swartal-Jagriti Music festival. She has been a winner for singing in the light music category also in her school. Her dedication and consistency had helped her Secure a Junior Diploma in Hindustani classical music from the prestigious Ravindra Bharati University. She is also a student of Basketball and Bharatanatyam.

Wishing her all the best in her classical music journey and other fields of pursuit.

Awards

1. Last year in 2018 she got first prize for talent hunt competition in which she performed bharatnatyam.

2 This year 2019 also she got first prize in talent hunt competition for singing.

She is a part of school basketball team.

She likes to do calligraphy

Vishruth Gants

Vishruth Ganta is in grade 6 studying in Whitefield Global School. He started learning Carnatic Vocal from Smt. Lavanya Rupakula since 2015. This is the 2nd time participation in Carnatic Vocal competition organized by Ananda Dhwani Music Trust.

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Mihir Ramaswamy

Mihir's interest in Tabla started at a very young age, he would see his brother-Naren Ramaswamy** playing the tabla and start playing with him. He learnt the basics at an young age of 4 years from his brother. Mihir continued listening to the concerts with complete immersion, observing the artists playing the instrument.

After moving to Bangalore from Delhi, he started learning from Guru Veeranna Hiregoudar since 2016 and has performed in the annual festivals organised for Guru Poornima. He recently completed the Prarambhik Part-2 with distinction in theory & practicals. He hopes to accompany his brother on stage one day.

Mihir comes from a family of musicians, his grand mother is a professionally trained carnatic vocalist by the senior disciple of Semangudi Sreenivasa Iyer.

Mihir is studying in class-7 at Greenwood High International School. He enjoys playing chess and badminton in his free time.

**Naren is a professionally trained Bansuri artist by Pt. Barun Kumar Pal at the Pt. Ravi Shankar centre, New Delhi.

Sarvaananth

Sarvaananth is a child prodigy who is possessing extraordinary adeptness in music. He is a gifted young bud who has got a great support system as his parents who are nurturing his musical abilities. He is getting trained in Carnatic classical vocal from Vidushi Dr .Shwetha from past eleven months. In this short span has exhibited his talent on many of the stages and has won accolades. Sarvaananth is determined and dedicated young talent who is carving a niche in the musical arena.

Siri Hegde

Siri Hegde has been learning Carnatic Vocal from Vid Anjali Hebbar for last 6 years. Siri is a student of Vagdevi Vilas School in Varthur.

Nidhi Bharadwaj

Nidhi is a budding artist.She was born in Austin Texas.Currently studying in 4th grade in Deens Academy Whitefield.She started learning Carnatic and light music at the age of 4 under the guidance of Smt Rama Ramesh M.A .in music(disciple of Sri Chintallavari Subb Rao). Nidhi also started learning Veena from Smt.Sangeetha Srikanth at the age of 7
She has won many awards including Vijaynagar sangeetha sabha ,Heritage Art and cultural fest ,Royal concord school, Iskcon Whitefield .She has always been a top contestant in Gayana Samaja, Bangalore.She is identified as Pillar of her school choir. Nidhi is bold and spontaneous and enjoys being MC. She has hosted multiple cultural events.She is a good swimmer, athlete and artist .She is fondly known by friends and her family members as “All rounder

ALIYA MAITY

Aliya Maity, a 10 year old studying in grade 5 of Euroschool Whitefield, has been learning Hindustani Classical Music for last 1 year under the guidance of Guru Pandit Prabir Bhattacharya.

M.S. YASHAS

Yashas has been learning Carnatic music since the age of 5. He is a 2nd standard student from Asha Kiran Special school. Though he had an aptitude for music since very young age, his journey so far was not an easy one. Consistent support was required to read and then learn lyrics . His music teacher Shri Phaniraj Shivashankar’s sustained support and guidance helped him reach the present standards. Beyond music the only thing that he equally enjoys is relishing tasty food . He is still in the process of knowing and exploring music.

Saumya .P. Munje

Saumya Munje is student of class 9th and has been learning Hindustani Classical Vocal from last 1 year under the able guidance of her guru Dipanwita Mitra mam. Apart from classical Saumya is interested in light music also and stood runner up in the Times NIE competition for 2018.

Aditya Shyam Prasad

Aditya is 12 years now and has been learning Tabla for the past 7 years from his Guruji, Shri Rahul Pophali ji. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and enjoys reading books.

His grandfather Shri Santhanagopalan was a Mirudhangam artist associated with Pune University and his grandmother Smt.Mythili Santhanagopalan was a Carnatic vocalist. He got inspired by his grandfather and by listening to Ustad Zakir Hussain Saheb since he was a baby.

Sonakshi Bhaumik

 Sonakshi Bhaumik is a passionate student of Hindustani Classical . She started her journey in music in the year 2011 at the age of 5 years under the guidance of her first guru Smt. Bedadipta Bhaumik.
Since 2017, she has been learning Hindustani classical music from her guru Smt. Chandrima Sanyal Datta. She has completed Sangeet Vibhakar Part 1 and is actively pursuing and preparing for the advanced courses.
She has performed under the guidance of her guru Smt. Chandrima Sanyal Datta at the music festival Swartaal 2018 at Jagriti theatre.

JHANANI M

Jhanani Mahalingam is a passionate Carnatic Vocalist, Chartered Accountant and a disciple of the legendary musician Late Smt.Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan (Disciple of Sri.Satthur Subramaniya Iyer) for more than 2 decades. She has imbibed a vast repertoire of vintage, classical compositions and Smt. Ambujam Krishna compositions. Since 2011, Jhanani is continuing her advanced musical training from Kalaimamani Smt.Geetha Raja (Disciple of Sangita Kalanidhi Smt.T.Brinda). Jhanani is learning many rare compositions of Trinity, unique Padams and Javalis besides polishing her skills in manodharma sangeetham. She moved to Bangalore in 2017 and is parallelly continuing her musical training from Sangita Kala Acharya Smt.Neela Ramgopal. Jhanani has performed concerts in Tamil Nadu, Bangalore and Pondicherry, which include Shri Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, The Music Academy (Spirit of Youth Festival), Arkay Convention Centre, Bharat Kalachar, TTD, Ragasudha, Swami Hall and Pondichery Bhairavi Sabha.

KAVITHA N

Kavitha Narayanan is an ardent Carnatic violinist and a disciple of the living legend Padma Shri Sangeetha Kalanidhi Kum. A. Kanyakumari for more than two decades. Kavitha is an exponent of her Guru’s trademark style of melodious playing and silken bowing. She is continuing to learn and imbibe a variety of classic compositions from a variety of composers. Kavitha is now on a deep-dive into appreciating the musical genius of the Carnatic Trinity - the ingenuity of Muthuswamy Dikshitar, the bhakti rasa of Thyagaraja, and the musical depth of Shyama Shastri's compositions.

Kavitha, while adhering to the Carnatic music tradition, is also an innovative violinist. Her repertoire is enriched by the fact that she is a trained Western classical violinist as well.
Kavitha has performed concerts in premier Carnatic Music Sabhas including the Music Academy, Krishna Gana Sabha, and Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai. Kavitha has also performed concerts in Singapore including Singapore Fine Arts Society.  While a college student, she was a recipient of the Best Instrumentalist Award in Saarang – the IIT Madras cultural festival.
Kavitha is a senior finance professional and an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

SHREYA V MURTHY

Shreya V murthy is an aspiring vocalist who is a deciple of Ustad Faiyaz khan and she is training under him since last 8 years.
Shreya is doing her 11th cbse at sri kumarans children's Home mallasandra.
She has won several prizes in hindustani vocal conducted by Rotary, SWARASHRI,Classical voice of India and performed at Balbavan for Makkala habba to name a few.
She has secured 93%in junior hindustani classical vocal exam by the Karnataka State Board

NISHI RATNAM

Nishi Ratnam is an MBA from the coveted Indian School of Business, ISB- Hyderabad and has always been an academically inclined student with double majors in operations and Finance. Currently employed with IBM, she has also been extremely passionate about Kathak and Hindustani classical music. She has been learning Kathak since more than a decade and is a student of Shri Raghaw Sah, senior disciple of Pt. Birju Maharaj. Nishi has been performing in many prestigious festivals and is also one of the lead dancers in Shri Raghaw’s repertoire of performances. A mother of a three year old, Nishi also imparts kathak to many enthusiastic students in Prestige Shantiniketan Whitefields

VIHAAN

Vihaan is a student of grade 5. He is referred as a natural musician by his Guru Smt Chandrima Sanyal Dutta from whom He is learning Hindustani classical music for two and a half years.

He loves to listen and sing different kinds of music.His sharp grasp combined with proper practice has helped him to win awards in school and other places.
Vihaan is learning Harmonium from Smt Chandrima Sanyal Dutta and able to play different ragas and bhajans learnt in class.

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PRERANA NATH

Prerana is learning Bharatnatyam under the able guidance of Guru Preetha Arun since last 2 yrs.
Prior to that she learnt Bharatnatyam for 3 yrs from Trinity Dance Academy under the guidance of Guru Praveena.
Apart from dancing she shows great interest in baking , choreography, drawing, painting and swimming.
She is currently a 7th Standard student of Baldwin Girls High School

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RISHIKA

Rishika Souseelya is a 7 yr old loving and kind child . She started showing interest in music at a very early age of 2 years.She gave her first concert at the age of 3yrs and since then she is always keen to listen to music played anywhere .. In Carnatic music she has learned all the basics called sarili,janta, dhatu,alamkaras geethams and swara jathis by age of 4yrs. Her first guru is late Sri MS Kanthamgaru.Till now she has learned 9 varnams and many krithis from gurus Yanamandra Sri Srinivas sarmagaru and Srimathi Rupakula Lavanyagaru.From past 2yrs she is giving stage concerts as a program starter with guruvandana sthuthi in annamayya sahasra galarchana conducted every year in Hyderabad.. Rishika feels very happy and blessed participating in the competitions held by Ananda dhwani trust.Thanking Ananda dhwani trust for giving her this opportunity.

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 ARUSH PANDYA
Aarush Pandya (10) is a student of Ms. Chandrima Sanyal Dutta. He has been learning Hindustani vocal music from her for the past two years and has been immersing himself in the world of svaras and raagas assiduously under her excellent tutelage.

Besides vocal music, Aarush has also been learning to play the piano, an instrument that he truly enjoys.

Aarush has now performed in school programs (both vocal and piano), annual functions for his teacher and also participated in competitions. An all rounder at heart, he also enjoys playing various sports and reading voraciously.

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KAHAAN SHROFF

Kahaan, at 9 years of age, is the Spice to the Sugar & Spice with his twin sister Akaisha. He is an avid musician, being under the tutelage of his Guru, Smt. Chandrima Sanyal Dutta since the age of 5 for his Hindustani Classical training. In addition he is learning the piano since the age of 6 at the Bangalore Music Institute. Kahaan studies in Grade 4 at Greenwood High International School where he has also been part of the school band. Other than music, his other deep passion are science experiments (the kitchen is always exploding with the results of his various activities) and his desire to be the next Master Chef (he has his own 'secret' recipes book started).

He loves animals, feels deeply and loves being up-to-date on new riddles and jokes that he can try out on friends and family.

He had also participated in Sangeet Pratibha 2018

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ANANYA GANESH WITH THE JUDGES

Ananya Ganesh is a 14-year-old studying at The International School of Bangalore. She was initiated into Bharatanatyam by Guru Smt. Preetha Arun, and for the past 4 years she has been learning under Guru Shri Devaruju B.V at the Kalaayana Institute of Performing Arts. Ananya has had the fortune of performing in many notable stages across the country and was part of the Navaratri celebrations in Guruvayur. She has also performed in the Ananthapadmanabaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram and as part of the Sarani Dance Carnival and the Swartaal Music and Dance Festival. She has won several awards in the past, including first place in the Sri Swaanandaashrama Kalamahotsava competition, was awarded the title of “Kadambari Kalakousthubam” by Kadambari Kalakshetra.

She was a top scorer in Sangeet Paratibha 2018 as well!

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SARAYU PALUKURI

She is 8 years old and started going for music classes from past 1 and half years. She started showing interest in singing and she is now learning with more interest. Her Guru is Smt Lavanya Rupakula.

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SAHANA GIRISH

Sahana Girish, a 7 year old studying in Grade 2 in Deens Academy has been learning music ever since she was 3 year old. She was introduced into formal Carnatic music at the age of 5 under the tutelage of *Guru Smt Vatsala Sai Sampath*.

*Smt Vatsala Sai Sampath* has been teaching carnatic music for more than *50 years*. She hails from a family of musicians. Her *father Shri Pallavi Narasimhachari*, a renowned classical musician has won many titles during his period. He was also the *Guru to Shri K. J Yesudas for his Pallavis

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ASMITHA SATHYA NIRANJAN

Asmitha,13, has been learning Bharathnatyam for the past 8 and a half years starting at the age of five. Currently she is learning under the guidance of Guru Smt. Preetha Arun (Student of of Padmashri Kalaimamani Adyar K. Lakshman and Sangeetha Kala Acharya Kalaimamani Smt. Radha) for the past six and a half years.

Workshops attended: Two abhinaya workshops by guru B.Bhanumati and Sheela Chandrashekar  arranged by the Ranjani Fine arts,Sarjapur.( year2018- 2019)

Workshop conducted by guru.Smt.Sheela Unnikrishnan Of Sridevi Nrithyalaya From 26th to 28th April 2019

She has participated in several programs besides her school. She has won the following awards :

  • Has been awarded the Best Dancer(solo and group 2013-14)at Trinity school of classical

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  • Has been Awarded the  Best Performance Award in the Hosur Natyanjali (2019)
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SOWMYA ACHARYA

A graded artiste of All India Radio, Sowmya Acharya is a classical vocalist who has been practicing and performing Carnatic Music for over 20 years. She is a disciple of musical stalwarts, Chitravina Shri N. Narasimhan and Chitravina Shri. N Ravikiran.
Blessed with a melodious and vibrant voice, Sowmya’s musical training started at the early age of 6. She has been deeply involved with music since childhood and started her musical career in 1997 with a well-received debut 3.5 hour concert performance at Singapore with top-ranking accompanying artists. Since 2008, Sowmya has continued her advance training under Maestros Shri Chitravina Narasimhan and Shri Chitravina N Ravikiran. She has imbibed a vast variety of classical styles, techniques and repertoire including advanced laya concepts involving pallavis, padams, javalis, and masterpieces of great composers including Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi. On her Guru’s advice, Sowmya has also trained to play the 21- stringed Chitravina to improve her musical abilities.
Sowmya has performed at numerous venues around the globe including the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Lotus- Bay Area USA, Singapore Fine Arts, Parthasarathy Sabha Chennai, Unnati Bangalore among others. Sowmya has also released a CD entitled Bharatiyar Songs which has sold 500 copies worldwide.
Academically, Sowmya is a Software Engineer. A gold-medalist with a Masters in Computer Networking, Sowmya switched from a promising career in Tech to being a full-time professional musician since 2005. Her passion for music also led her to establish Acharyanet.com in 2010, a pioneering online service, to preserve and promote Carnatic Music learning traditions in digital format. The reputed online portal includes hundreds of lessons taught by renowned Carnatic Music gurus including Sangita Kalanidhi Shri R. K Shrikantan, Sangita Kalanidhi Shri Trichy Sankaran, Sangeet Samrat Chitravina N Ravikiran, Padma Bhushan Shri P.S Narayanaswamy and others. Sowmya currently resides in Bangalore with her family and her 2 children who are also being trained in Carnatic Music on vocal and chitravina.

Sangeet Pratibha Results 2019

The Ananda Dhwani team, thanks all the participants of Sangeet Pratibha 2019, the Annual  Talent Search in Classical Dance and Music,  for their enthusiasm.
While winning is not important, it is definitely a way of acknowledging and encouraging the dedication of the student and their learning. It is also a way of showing respect towards their Guru and Parents for their efforts
The Results of Sangeet Pratibha 2019 is listed below.

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