Sanjoy Banerjee is a distinguished vocalist of international repute from India and one of the leading exponents of the Kirana Gharana of North Indian classical vocal music. He was a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able guidance of Late Sangeet Bidushi Malabika Kanan and Late Pt. A. Kanan, who considered him as their worthy successor to their musical heritage.
With his sonorous and unwavering voice he has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, performing extensively in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada, USA and within India including at Sur Singar, Swai Gandharva, Sangeet Piyasi, Ustad Faiyaz Khan Sangeet Sammelan.
He has received many awards and honors including Surmani Award from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, National Scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India and Junior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Govt of India.
In addition, Sanjoy Banerjee is a successful Guru teaching at his own institution - Suromurchhana in India & US, and at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music, New York, producing students who have already earned appreciation.
Rajeswari Satish is a South Indian Carnatic vocalist. Introduced to music by her mother Smt. Vijayam Ranganathan, Rajeswari began her formal training with Sri. M. A. Venugopal at the age of seven. She continued advanced studies with Sangeetakalacharya Sri C.S. Krishna Iyer and later with Padmabhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy. Rajeswari has been performing concerts since 1985 and has been featured in several prestigious festivals in India, USA and the U.K. In her teaching career that began in 1992, Rajeswari has trained several vocalists from young beginners to full-fledged concert performers. Rajeswari's performance approach remains rooted in tradition, while she engages in creative ways with students and fellow artists. Rajeswari is currently a doctoral student of Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from India. 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. Samir performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway in 2007. He also performed a few times at the United Nations General Assembly. 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 is rated ‘A’ as an artiste of Indian national radio and television. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Samir has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, Smt. Lakshmi Shankar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ud. Ali Ahmed Hussain, Ud. Aashis Khan, Dr. L. Subramanium, U Srinivas, Ud. Naseeruddin Sami, Smt. Veena Sahashrabuddhe, Ud. Shujat Khan, Ud. Saheed Parvez, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Ud. Nishat Khan, Ud. Rashid Khan, Pt. Tejendra N. Mazumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, Smt. Arti Anklekar, Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty, to name only a few.
Samir Chatterjee lives in the New York-New Jersey area, and has been a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Non-Indian music, in his own creations and others as well. He performs with Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Bell, Yoko Ono Lenon, Dave Douglas, Steve Gorn, Glen Velez, Boby Sanabria, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and other jazz, classical and avant guard musicians and ensembles. He is member of jazz trio SYNC with Ned Rothenberg and Jerome Harris and quintet Inner Diaspora together with Mark Feldman and Eric Friedlander. He also collaborates with Sufi-Rock singer Salman Ahmad of Junoon from Pakistan. He is the composer and director of Indo-Flame – a blend of Indian and Flamenco dance and music, Chhand-Anand - a world percussion ensemble, RabiThakur – a ballet on the life of Tagore, Meghadootam – a feature program of music and dance on an ancient Indian poem, and Dawn to Dusk and Beyond – on the effect of music on humans and nature. He performs with Sanjay Mishra on his CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia as guest artist.
Samir Chatterjee 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. He has authored a comprehensive 654-page book entitled A Study of Tabla, a guide book to Indian music titled Music of India and Those Forty Days, a journal of an austere practice regimen. He is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh and New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He also taught at the Yale University, Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University, among many other major institutions in the USA, Europe and India. He also contributes to several newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination and has two Master degrees, in English and History.
Since June 2008 Samir started working relentlessly towards the musical revival of Afghanistan. He made several trips to the country working with different levels of the society and administration and within a very short period of time was able to make a remarkable difference in the cultural life of the country. He is the recipient of several awards such as the Sunshine Award, Jadu Bhatta Award and Acharya Varistha Award.
In the Press
This was almost painfully reflective music, ending, finally, in an exuberant improvisatory interchange with Samir Chatterjee, whose Tabla playing also seemed less percussive than vocal. – The New York Times, 11/10/94.
The superb tabla player Samir Chatterjee joined the conversation in the second movement, pulsing tribute to the legendary Indian violinist L. Subramanium, and the music kicked into high gear, Kurkowicz’s scurrying violin riding Chatterjee’s intricate drumming over Technicolor splashes from the orchestra. Chatterjee’s solo legerdemain foreshadowed a violin cadenza, improvised by Kurkowicz in a slightly disparate Romantic style; an extended give-and-take between the two enthused soloists anchored the finale, framed by a torrential, exuberant tune up by the entire band, propelled by Chatterjee’s rhythmic authority and Kurkowicz’s energy. – Boston Globe (Matthew Guerrieri), October 22nd, 2007 about Swara Yantra of Shirish Korde performed with Boston Philharmonic
Tabla player Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a walking history book when it comes to Indian music. – WNYC (NPR).
This (‘Phoolan Devi Songs’ with Da Capo Chamber Orchestra at Markin Concert Hall) is a colorful, attractive piece, set on a lush, gaudy bed of amplification, aiming at an entertaining stylistic fusion; ….The highlight was the tabla playing of Samir Chatterjee in the final scene, which stood out from the other instruments with the kind of vivid, exciting performance that draws Western composers to a non-western music in the first place. - Anne Midgette, The New York Times, June 8th, 2006
Samarth Nagarkar is a Hindustani classical vocalist, known for his captivating performances and traditionally rich music.
Samarth features in prominent music festivals and venues in India and abroad including The ITC Sangeet Sammelans, The United Nations, World Music Institute, Chhandayan All Night Concert, Ragas Live Festival at the Rubin Museum of Art, Kashinath Bodas Festival, and several Global music festivals like The Winter Garden Festival and The International Fringe Festival. He has performed in some of the most iconic and historic venues such as Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, the Rockwood Music Hall, Jazz gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
He has two albums titled ‘Pranali’ and ‘Pravah’ and a book titled ‘Raga Sangeet’ to his credit. He has composed music for major international films and conventions. Samarth is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and a President’s Award for winning the All India Radio’s National Music Competition.
He is currently Guru and Director of Academic Affairs at Chhandayan, a prominent Indian music and dance school in New York City, and also teaches adjunct lectures and master-classes at Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Samarth was formerly head of the K. K. Kapoor Sangeet Research Academy in Lucknow. As a voice coach, he has trained celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Grammy nominee Chandrika Tandon and others.
He is a former scholar of the prestigious ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata and has trained in the strict guru-shishya parampara under two renowned gurus and top ranking musicians, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and Pandit Dinkar Kaikini.
Pursuing a full-fledged career as a performer, composer, teacher and author, Samarth is described by critics as one of today’s most prolific performers and a torchbearer of the traditions he represents.
Ramya Ramnarayan is a well renowned and accomplished Bharatanatyam performer, choreographer, educator and a torch bearer of this art, who blends tradition with innovation. Ms. Ramnarayan belongs to the vintage style of Vazhuvoor. She has been trained for number of years with doyens in the field of Bharatanatyam, Guru Kalaimamani Rajarathnam Pillai and Padmabushan Smt Kalanidhi Narayanan. Through the Production Company and school - Nrithyanjali www.nrithyanjali.org, Ms. Ramnarayan has carved her own niche as one of the leading Bharatanatyam exponents in the world. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recognized Ramya as a leading crafter of the art form through grants under the Master-Apprenticeship program. Ms. Ramnarayan has extended the outreach of Bharathanatyam by presenting educational and enriching dance showcases & full length performances at various universities, colleges, museums, libraries and under the auspicious of the Young Audiences NJ/PA reaching out to over 10,000 audience members per year.
Ramya is She had a visiting faculty appointment in the Dance Department at Mason Gross School of Arts, affiliated to Rutgers University. She holds a visiting faculty appointment from fall 2018 at Sarah Lawrence College, NY. Ramya is a recipient of number of awards from India and USA, she is an 'A' grade artist Doordarshan, ICCR empanelled artist. She has received the Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography from Mid Atlantic Foundation of Arts besides receiving the coveted Kalaimamani, Nadanamamani, & Nrithya Seva Mani. Moreover the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey have passed a joint resolution recognizing Ramya Ramnarayan for her commitment, dedication and achievement in the art.
Namami Karmakar is regarded as one of the finest vocalists 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, Sanjoy Banerjee.
She has a Masters in Classical Vocal Music from the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University. She has successfully ranked in the prestigious Dover Lane Music Competition and West Bengal State Music Academy, performed at major conferences and also in TV channels to great acclaim. At present Namami is a faculty at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music in New York and Suromurchhana India & US, 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.
After earning a bachelor's degree in jazz piano from the renowned William Paterson University jazz program, Andrew Shantz became immersed in the world of Hindustani classical music when he traveled to Kolkata, India in 2008. He was initiated into Hindustani vocal music there, by Smt. Madhumita Saha. Currently, Andrew studies pure classical khayal under Sanjoy Banerjee and light-classical styles under his Guruma, Madhumita-ji. He also receives special guidance and training from tabla maestro Pt. Samar Saha. Andrew has made four trips to India for vocal studies and has continued to learn rigorously from Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee in the US. On his most recent trip Andrew gave his debut performances in Kolkata as a soloist. He is the recipient of several scholarships - including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Apprenticeship - and other honors such as first place in the adult vocal category of the 2017 Marathi Vishwa classical music competition. He is also a member of Brooklyn Raga Massive since its inception. Andrew teaches Hindustani vocal in Denville, Jersey City, and Somerset, NJ.
run Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, educator and organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. His music is rooted in his lifelong training of South Indian Carnatic music and influenced by his various musical interests growing up in New Jersey. Arun is a disciple of the celebrated violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, the distinguished violinist Sri. Ananthakrishnan as well as many early years with western classical violinist Jim Mate.
He has carved a niche for himself as a multifaceted artist, performing internationally in both traditional Carnatic and Hindustani settings as well as bridging genres with his own innovative projects. Arun has been fortunate to perform with esteemed artists such as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Sri T.N. Seshagopalan, Pt. Krishna Bhatt, Pt. Ramesh Misra, Marc Cary, Amir ElSaffar, Awa Sangho, Adam Rudolph, Kaoru Watanabe, Falu Shah, Roman Diaz, Mike Block, Parul Shah, Jason Samuels Smith and many more.
He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to Carnatic classical repertoire and features Arun's original composition work. Praised by All About Jazz as “a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience", ART has been heard on stages like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Jazz Gallery and Pioneer Works. His other projects include Nakshatra with wife and violinist Trina Basu, reimagining string chamber music through the lens of Indian classical raga. Arun also performs regularly with A.R. Balaskandan's Akshara, Sameer Gupta's A Circle Has No Beginning, Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Neel Murgai Ensemble, BRM Coltrane Tribute, and Raga Maqam a collaboration with Amir ElSaffar.
As a composer, Arun has created new works for his Trio, scores for theatrical productions, composition for Indian classical dance, and for the pioneering musician's collective Brooklyn Raga Massive. Recently, Arun was commissioned through New Music USA to compose original music for Malini Srinivasan's 'Appeasing Radhika', an ambitious project investigating Devadasi lives in Indian Classical performing arts. Arun also created the score for Tom Stoppard's 'Indian Ink', a theatrical production at the Roundabout Theater.
Arun is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted-in and inspired-by the classical music of India. He also created the popular concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Café, an iconic jazz venue in New York’s West Village. As an educator, Arun teaches students ranging from beginners to professional musicians in Indian music performance, technique and theory. He has taught workshops on Indian classical music at music schools, universities, conservatories and summer music programs.
Suryaksha Deshpande is fortunate enough to have a good Literary and Musical heritage . His father Shri.Prakash Deshpande is a retired Professor of English and an eminent writer and critic in Marathi and his mother Prof. Hema Deshpande herself is a vocalist, disciple of Pt. Babanrao Haldankar( veteran of Agra Gharana).
He has taken tremendous efforts in balancing his academic career and Tabla training.1977 born, Science Graduate Suryaksha is a disciple of renowned scholar and performer Pt. Arvind Mulgaonkar of Farrukhabaad Gharana (senior disciple of Ustad Amir Hussein Khan Sahab) . He has also received training of “Delhi Baaz” from Pt. Sudhir Mainkar – a great Musicologist – disciple of Inam Ali Khan Sahab of Delhi Gharana. He has won many prizes in competitions held by reputed organisations and was also felicitated with prestigious V. D. Paluskar Award ( Mumbai).
He has a great national honour at his credit having secured First Class First Rank in Tabla Alankar (Masters Degree) Exam held by Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.
He is also a recipient of the prestigious National scholarship awarded by the Dept.of Culture,Govt. Of India
He is an ‘A’ Grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has performed in the National Program on All India Radio.
He has proved his versatile skills as a soloist as well as an accompanist. He has performed extensively in different parts of India and abroad .He has accompanied Padmabhushan Dr.N.Rajam (violin),Padmashee Pt. D.K. Datar (violin),Padmashree Pt.Satish Vyas(santoor),Pt. Ulhas Bapat (santoor),Smt.Ashwini Bhide –Deshpande (vocal), ,Shri.Ravindra Chary (sitar) Shri. Utsav Lal (piano) and many others.
He was recently awarded the Fellowship for Jr.Artists by the Dept. Of Culture ,Govt. Of India
Akshay Anantapadmanabhan is a reputed mridangam (South Indian hand drum) Indian-American artist swiftly establishing himself as an independent musician and composer in addition to his presence in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) music domain. He has accompanied and toured with leading artists in the Carnatic music field throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His latest works have been focused on composing avant-garde productions around Indian rhythms and its interactions with visualizations, digital music and cross-genre (percussive-centric) collaborations.
Along with his musicianship, Akshay holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union, New York. He has published several academic papers on the mridangam and kanjira in international Music technology journals in the area of music information retrieval and automated music generation through collaborations with NYUAD, NYU as well as IIT Madras. In April 2012, Akshay gave a TEDx talk using the mridangam as the medium to communicate the parallel between language and percussion. Akshay is the recipient of national awards in India and America including the “Best Mridangist” award from the Music Academy Madras, C.S. Murugaboopathy award from Krishna Gana Sabha, 2015 North America Young Musician Award, Dr. Vasantrao Deshpande Yuva Sangeet Pratiyogita Puraskar, and many others. He is also an educator of Carnatic percussion teaching both classical and multi-genre musicians.
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Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pandit Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).
Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few. He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc. (recordings available below). Dibyarka is a part of the Arpan ensemble featuring some of finest musicians from the NY/NJ area.
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.
Samyukta was trained in classical South Indian vocal music starting at age 8. She had begun singing in the South Indian music circuit by age 13, and a just a few years later had given invited solo concerts at a number of historic venues across the region. Since then, her experience as a classical Indian singer has been bolstered by an active performance career that included several cities in South Africa and the United States.
While she was a graduate student at Columbia, Samyukta had the chance to collaborate with and learn from some of the amazing talent the New York City has to offer. She has found herself thriving in this nexus of different musical styles, ranging from classical South Indian to out-and-out rock. In recent summers she's worked and performed with her band Electrik Buddha (www.electrikbuddha.com) here in the city. Staying true to her roots, she spends the Carnatic music season performing back in India.
Samyukta has completed New York Vocal Coaching's Teacher Training programme and has been certified in Voice Teaching. She now incorporates vocal technique in to her own style of singing and, in her capacity as a vocal coach and voice teacher, she is excited to share what she has learned with students, in India, the United States, and thanks to modern technology, all across the world. Her belief is that modern developments in western vocal techniques as taught by New York Vocal Coaching can be effectively adapted and brought into the realm of Carnatic music. Crucial advancements in technique, she believes, will bring increased longevity, stamina, quality, and vocal awareness, to what has been an art form that has been primarily taught “by feel”. She has also expanded her teaching and coaching to include a variety of genres. She currently has students who sing everything from from contemporary pop to Bollywood. She is happy to work with a range of singers, from professionals, recreational singers to young children.
Gifted with a rare taalim of one of the richest musical traditions of India The Kotali Gharana Anirban Chakrabarty plays harmonium to give solo concerts and to assist Khayal and other vocal performances of Hindustani Classical Music.
A rigorous taalim under the doyen of the Kotali Gharana Pt. Manas Chakraborty has created Anirban's artistic consciousness. His initial training has been under his father Shri Amal Chakrabarty.
A First class Masters' degree holder in Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Anirban has to his credit a number of brilliant performances as a harmonium accompanist throughout the country with reputed as well as upcoming musicians with notable participation in Tarapada Music Conference, Anirban Sangeet Sammelan, Sangeet Piyasi, Mahfil, Paramparik-The Tradition, Sur Chhandam, Sahana Baahar, ICCCR, Sangeet Darbar, Raga 2001, ‘Music For Peace’, Sur Sagar Society, Gharoa, Ranchi, Meifil Nagur, Sangeet Sankalp, Chandrapur, Habitat World, New Delhi, Epicentre, Gurgaon, Birth Centenary Celebration of Sangeetacharya Tarapada Chakraborty at Nazrul Manch and Rabindra Sadan, Harballav Music Festival, Jalandhar, West Bengal State Academy Annual Music Conference, Bishnupur Utsav organized by W.B. Tourism, Salt Lake Music Festival, Shantiniketan Society of Visual Arts & Design, Moore Avenue Music Conference, Kolkata; Krintan, Delhi; Dakshini Sangeet Sammelan, Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan and many others.
In harmoniumAnirban has accompanied musicians of repute like Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Pandit Dinanath Mishra, Pandit Arun Bhaduri, Smt. Kankana Banerjee, Gaan Saraswati Shreela Bandopadhyay, Pandit Madhup Mudgal, Sri. Sarathi Chatterjee, Smt. Ruchira Panda, Sri. Subhasish Mukherjee, Smt. Raka Mukherjee, Sri. Ratan Mohan Sharma and many more
Anirban is a regular artist of several television channels.
Alongside being a good vocalist Anirban is also adept at playing tabla, keyboard and guitar.
His work as an arranger has culminated into several light music albums.
Popular commercial artists like Indrani Sen, Srikanto Acharya, Manomay Bhattacharya, Shampa Kundu, Tarun Chakraborty have sung to albums of Modern Bengali Songs, composed and arranged by Anirban.
Invited by numerous music festivals Anirban has visited the United Kingdom, Canada and United States of America several times to take part as a harmonium accompanist and has earned accolades from music lovers and connoisseurs.
Rohan has been actively studying music for the past 18 years. He began his training in Indian Hindustani classical music on the harmonium on one of his trips to India at the Goa Kala Academy. Later, he continued this musical pursuit under the guidance of Dr. Kedar Naphade, a senior disciple of Pt. Tulsidas Borkar. At the same time he started learning harmonium, he studied classical piano with Mr. Edwin Lopez, the concert
master and conductor of Crescent Avenue Presbyterian church music program. He has studied classical contemporary composition at NYU Steinhardt and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.