Santanu Das is a community leader and a promoter who has persistently worked to raise the value and interest of performing arts for the last two decades. To create the awareness among the mainstream audience, Mr. Das has hosted over hundreds of unique events due to his passion for the arts and diversified culture in many places in the USA. Several communities have feted him with accolades and honor through his industrious career to celebrate a real icon.
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Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, creator of the MOHAN VEENA and the winner of the GRAMMY AWARD, has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. It is due to Vishwa's maiden mega effort that he rechristened guitar as MOHAN VEENA, his genius creation and has established it at the top most level in the mainstream of Indian Classical Music scenario, thereby proving the essence of his name VISHWA (meaning the world) and MOHAN (meaning charmer) and indeed , a world charmer he is.
Being the foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan belongs to that elite body of musicians which traces its origin to the Moughal emperor Akbar's court musician TANSEN and his guru the Hindu Mystic Swami Haridas.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod & veena techniques, by giving it a evolutionary design & shape and by adding 14 more strings helping him to establish the instrument MOHAN VEENA to unbelievable heights. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide player s in the world.
Pt. Subhen Chatterjee bases his tabla? playing style on the Lucknow gharana, one of the six main tabl? styles, which he learned from the illustrious tabl? maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Not restricting himself to one single gharana, Chatterjee learned the intricacies and beauty of other gharanas, and he has incorporated them into his unique style.
Padmabhushan Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, renowned for his extraordinary vocal range and impeccable technique, enthralls audiences worldwide with his seamless exploration of ragas and heartfelt expression. His performances blend virtuosity, sensitivity, and spiritual intensity, earning him prestigious honors like the Padma Bhushan. Additionally, he passionately shares his expertise as a faculty member at esteemed institutions and through his music school, Shrutinandan, inspiring and nurturing the next generation of musicians through workshops and masterclasses globally.
Sri Kuchibhotla Sai Giridhar is an 'A' grade artist of All India radio for Mridangam and is a disciple of the legendary guru Sri M.L.N.Raju and Parupalli S.Phalgun. He has travelled extensively both within India and abroad and has performed at prestigious venues and famed theatres alongside legendary artists.
Sai Giridhar has also been a part of Jugalbandhis and fusion bands with reputed classical and Hindustani musicians and has had his name featured in several CD and DVD productions.
He is also a recipient of the prestigious Sangeetha Nataka academy YUVA PURASKAR award.
Pt. Ramdas Palsule is a popular name amongst Indian Classical Music enthusiasts and has carved a niche for himself since a very young age.
Born in well-educated family in Pune, his father Shri. Gajanan Palsule was a recipient of the prestigious Kalidas Sanman President’s award for his work in Sanskrit literature and for his Sanskrit book on Veer Savarkar. An alumnus of prestigious alma – maters like Jnana Prabodhin Prashala and College of Engineering, Pune, Ramdas has a strong academic foundation. He was introduced to Tabla by Pt. G.L. Samant. Later, he became the disciple of world-famous Tabla Maestro Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. It was after achieving his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering that he chose his passion as his
Ramdas chose his passion over a beaten path and an assured successful career in engineering at the age of twenty-three and ever since has been a devout torchbearer of the illustrious tradition of Indian Classical Music. Under the capable guidance of Taalyogi Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, Ramdas, with his natural ingenuity, relentless toil and insatiable thirst for knowledge made quick strides as an acclaimed soloist and a versatile accompanist.
Born in illustrious lineage of musicians of the ‘Banaras Gharana’ which has given many outstanding Musicians to the world of music, Ashwani displayed his strong affinity towards music at a very early age. His father, the internationally acclaimed Shehnai Maestro Guru Pt. Daya Shankar nurtured his son’s blooming talent and encouraged him with his personal inspiration and guidance. He also had the privilege to learn shehnai and take vocal lessons under the capable tutelage of his highly respected grandfather, the legendary shehnai virtuoso Guru Late Pt. Anant Lal disciple of thumri Samrat Guru late Pt. Mahadev Prasad Mishra of the 'Banaras Gharana'. As torch bearers of the precious Gayaki Ang (Vocal style) of the Banaras Gharana, his scintillating performances are the perfect platform to immerse
oneself in this rare vocal style as their influence of it is clearly visible. Regarded as innovators who’s efforts have widened the repertoire of shehnai manifold with the introduction of sitar’s technique and beautiful features like Jod, Jhala and building up the ragas in Dhrupad style, which shows the profound
influence and inspiration of their guru the legendary sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar.
After formal training in pursuit of proficiency in the highest order in raga, taal and laya, he was awarded scholarship by Govt. of India, Dept. of Culture, for his outstanding talent in the field of music.
He also won the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy’s Ustad Bismillah Khan “Yuva Puraskar” for the year 2010-2011 in the Hindustani Music Instrumental category and Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Award in 2015.
Hailed as one of the foremost and serious young musician in the country today who is carrying the 300 years old family tradition and the art of Shehnai playing forward to a new level, Ashwani’s music represent an unparallel blend of traditional classical music with modern approach.
Young Carnatic Flute exponent J.A.Jayant, is an artiste, collaborator, teacher and composer performing across the globe and popularizing the art of flute playing. A prodigy - having started performing at the age of 7, Flute J.A.Jayant is a young musician
of national and international repute with over 1600 solo concerts and jugalbandhi performances to his credit.
He has performed and enthralled audiences at various prestigious organizations and festivals in India and around the world including The Darbar festival - UK, Milapfest -UK, Sydney Music Festival, DUCTAC Auditorium- Dubai, Kennedy Center - Washington DC, SIRI FORT- New Delhi, Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, Reitberg Museum- Zurich, The Madras Music Academy, Shanmukhananda hall, Sangeet Natak Akademi, ICCR to
name a few.
Flute J.A.Jayant is regarded as one of the most popular and widely respected Carnatic flautists performing and collaborating with musicians such Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Veena Rajesh Vaidhya, Mandolin U Rajesh, Guitar Prasanna, Shehnai Ashwani Shankar, Violin Nandini Shankar, Sarod Debasmitha bhattacharya, Abhishek Borkar etc.
He has several Audio CDs and DVDs to his credit.
Niche Entertainment is engaged in the creation of various Theme Oriented Stage Shows, Telefilms, Films, TV programs, Serials, Music Albums with its state-of-the-art technical backup and creative team. Since inception in 2005, Niche has performed more than 1000 + shows all over the world across 100 cities. Famous stage shows of Niche Entertainment are 100 years of Bollywood, Black & White, Ghazal ka Safar, Baat Pashmine Ki, Pancham etc.
Sandip Ghosh's tabla playing is characterized by precision, versatility, and expressive depth. Seamlessly blending rhythmic patterns and intricate compositions, he captivates audiences with dynamic performances. His exceptional command over tempo and rhythmic cycles has earned him recognition, including the President's Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. As a dedicated teacher, he imparts his knowledge worldwide, emphasizing technical proficiency, musical expression, and improvisation.
Jyotirmoy Banerjee, a renowned accompanist, has performed extensively in India and abroad, enriching various genres with his melodic and rhythmic expertise. His deep understanding of ragas and improvisational skills allow him to enhance musical performances and respond dynamically to lead artists or vocalists. As an esteemed harmonium accompanist in Indian classical music ensembles, Jyotirmoy Banerjee is celebrated for his contributions, garnering recognition among music lovers and practitioners alike.
Dr. Sarita Sharma of Delhi, a former advisor to the Ministry of Culture and Chairperson of Bharatendu Natya Academy in U.P. government, is a veteran Hindi poetess of shringaar ras genre. She was born in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh and has a Ph.D. in Hindi literature. She is known for her deep meaningful and soulful poetry and its melodious spellbinding renditions. This extraordinary Hindi Poetess has been felicitated by the President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind at a Rashtrapati Bhavan congregation.
Gaurav Sharma of Mumbai hails from Rajasthan. He is the son of renowned Hasya kavi Shyam Jwalamukhi, and one of the most popular young humorists in India with over 2600 performances to his credit. He is an exceptional performer and a maestro of humor who has entertained millions of people in India and abroad. Gaurav is known for his unique style of expressional comic rendered in.
Sudeep ‘Bhola’ Soni, son of poet Sandeep Sapan, is a native of Jabalpur. He is a young talented poet who has established himself as a popular humorist. He is famous for his earthy wit and political satire and is celebrated for his entertaining melodies and parodies on social and political dissonance, including poems on Indian soldiers and martyrs, helpless farmers, and child labor. His creative writings and compositions have touched the hearts of poetry lovers across the globe via electronic and social media. With 200 episodes, and counting, he is a lead cast of ‘Lapete mey Neta Ji’ show on national TV. He has enthralled audiences with his compositions in U.K, Ireland, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, and Hong Kong. This is his 3rd visit to the United States.
Abhinav Shukla is recognized as a talented Hindi poet who transforms our hectic lifestyles to humor and happiness with his simple words and brilliance of presentation. Abhinav’s thoughtful poems on the latest national and international issues have attracted the attention of critics and media in the past. He was the co-editor of famous literary magazine ‘Hindi Chetna’ for about 10 years. He has appeared on several television and radio shows in India & abroad and has participated in poetic tours across multiple nations. He has been felicitated for his poetry by more than 100 reputed organizations across US, Canada, and India. He has spent a fair part of his life in Lucknow, attributing his poetic talents to this city. He earned his bachelor’s degree in technology from Rohilkhand University, Bareilly. He did his master’s from BITS, Pilani and is currently located in San Antonio TX.
Staccato is an Indian band, popularizing the genre Contemporary Classic, keen on giving an experiential listening to its audience. This experience promises new age interpretation of Carnatic Classical Krithis, seamless amalgamation of nostalgic film music with a contemporary twist and mellifluous originals composed for social causes that has been well received by the band’s fans and followers. Driven by zeal and passion to explore and learn new forms of music and incorporating our cultural roots make Staccato a very unique band.
Some of notable performances by Staccato band at prestigious venues are as follows:
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