Pandit Nayan Ghosh
Born in 1956, Pandit Nayan Ghosh is acclaimed in and around the world as one of ’s foremost musicians, with an unusual dimension – the only maestro with superlative command on two diverse instruments the Sitar and the Tabla. Artistic brilliance, rich repertoire and a magnificence of tone are his hallmarks. Deeply loved by the seniormost stalwarts of the music scene like Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Vilayat Khan, the legendary Ahmedjan Thirakwa and many others besides enjoying an unusually high level of respect from all his contemporaries and younger musicians, he is already held as an important reference source for a whole new generation of music seekers.
Son and disciple of the 20th century Tabla wizard Nikhil Ghosh and nephew of Pannalal Ghosh, “the Father of Indian Classical Flute”, Nayan has inherited the rich and learned legacy from his five or six predecessors and carries it with a dignity and grace that is rare.
His sitar recitals sparkle with intense melodiousness and rich delineations, bringing out the depth and the true spirit of the raga. His judicious balance of the gayaki (vocalisation) and the tantrakari (instrumentation) elements reveal his unswerving focus on musical form and beauty. His formidable tabla solos drawn from an enviable repertoire of the Farukhabad, Delhi, Ajrada, Lucknow and Punjab schools and his eloquent and mesmerising accompaniments have won him a strong stamp of recognition as a blue-blooded tabla player.
Having first broadcast his solo at the age of 4 in 1960, his prodigious talent was carefully nurtured by his great father with a highly restrained exposure. However, it was since the age of 18, in 1974, that his music took him across continents repeatedly and saw him represent India at some of the most prestigious International Music Festivals and Universities across Europe, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, North Africa and the Far East, with rave reviews in international dailies like the New York Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Tribune-de-Geneve, Franfurter-Allgemeine, the Kansas City Times and so on.
A 1998 recipient of the Achievement Award from the Governor of California, Gray Davis in Los Angeles, Nayan has shared the stage with such legends as Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan and Nikhil Banerjee, besides a whole galaxy of stars like Buddhadev Dasgupta, Shivkumar Sharma, Amjad Ali Khan, Rais Khan, Shamim Ahmed, Salamat Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Sharan Rani, Rajeev Taranath and L. Subramaniam among others. Like his father who interacted with the Kings of Jazz - Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dave Brubeck, Nayan too jammed with avant-garde pianist Yosuke Yamashita and guitarist Kazumi Watanabe in Tokyo and Kidd Jordan and Henry Butler in New Orleans.
Nayan Ghosh has to his credit several CD albums on noted international labels besides collaboration with acknowledged world musicians like Paul Grant, John Bailey and Ross Daly.
Presently, as Director of India’s leading music academy, the SANGIT MAHABHARATI in Juhu, Mumbai, Nayan is actively imparting advanced training to numerous young professional musicians, besides supporting his father’s monumental work, the ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF MUSIC IN INDIA which is soon to be published by the Oxford University Press, worldwide.
Pandit Sandeep Dev
Prof. Sandeep Dev, the great tabla maestro, was born in Kolkata into a renowned family where music was a part of household chores. By the grace of birth, he had the blue blood of a royal family. His parental grandfather was the great grandson of Late Ramdulal Deb Sirakar, one of the renowned business tycoons and pioneers in India Trade and Commerce. His parental grandmother was the youngest sister of famous Bengalee patriot Jatin Das.
As a starter Prof. Sandeep Dev had his training in the field of Music from his elder sister. Then he comes in contact with Sri Subodh Nandy to learn tabla from him. After that to uplift his quality in the field, he went to Pt. Nanku Mharaj, the legendary tabla maestro of Varanasi Gharana. Taking him as his real guru and one stop solution for all his requirements, he started practice tabla under his aegis over the years. In the course of time he comes in contact with well-respected Pandit Kanthe Maharaj and Pandit Anokhelal. Many high-esteemed vocalist, musician, tabla, sarod, Sarod, Sitar, Violin, and Flute player used to come to his residence from almost all parts of India.
Prof. Sandeep Dev attended All India Music Conference held in Sree Cinema Hall as a great artist. Later he took active part in All India Music conferences like Sadarang Sangit Sammelan, Tansen sangit Sammelan, North Calcutta Sangit Sammelan, Banga Sanaskriti sangit Sammelan. He joined toAall India Sangit Samaj etc. He showed his excellence in Solo Tabla performances as well as an accompanist to many high-profile singers, lyricists and music players. His proficiency and profundity in his specialized field has been praised warmly by many renowned Kothak Dancers, Drupad /Dhammers , Vocalists. His divine power to produce sublime quality bol and bani as well as distinctive styles and technique have been praised with full throated ease by renowned artists and celebrities like Ustad Vliayet Khan, Imrat Khan, Bhadur Khan, Pandit V.G. Jog, Gengubai Hangle, Pandit Binayak Rao Pattabardhan, Girija Debi, Hariprasad Churasia, Parvin Sultana Etc.
Prof. Sandeep Dev has been working as a full time artist at All India Radio since 1975. He has received invitation in National Programmee of music at Delhi Television. He is now an establish artist of Varanasi Gharana. His artistry and mastery lies in his tabla playing with open fingers with superb loy and tal. He has achieved Journalism award as a Best Tabla player in 1968 and 1969 consecutively. In 1987, for his unparalleled quality, magnificent style and distinctive technique, this legendary tabla maestro has achieved INDRA GANDHI award in 1987.