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Besides maintaining the technical aspects, Kanika Pandey also gives a lot of focus on the aesthetics and the mystical/spiritual aspect of Hindustani music, thus resulting in a unique style that is technically fine and yet very soulful and aesthetically appealing.
Anirban Roy Chowdhury, born to a musical family in Assam, is a young promising tabla player, both as a soloist as well as an accompanist.
Ramchandra Joshi is regarded as one of the most established Indian Hindustani classical harmonium musicians and vocalists.
About the Musicians
Born in a music-loving and musically dedicated family, Kanika Pandey was initiated into music by her father Pt. S. S. Pandey. Her journey in music began long before she started her actual formal taleem (training). An accomplished sangeet guru himself, her father Pt. S. S. Pandey was also the head of the department of vocal music at the prestigious music college in Jaipur - thus, music was an integral part of her growing up. After receiving a solid foundation in music from her father, in 1995 Kanika began her taleem (training) under the tutelage of the finest maestros, Pts. Rajan and Sajan Mishra of Banares gharana, learning the subtle nuances and stylistic techniques of the art form.
Kanika carries with her a rare artistic blend of Kirana and Banares gharana. Her training is very evident in her shruti shuddha swara, gradual unfolding and development of the raga, combining the poetry and its expression into singing. Besides maintaining the technical aspects, Kanika also gives a lot of focus on the aesthetics and the mystical/spiritual aspect of Hindustani music, thus resulting in a unique style that is technically fine and yet very soulful and aesthetically appealing. She has been a recipient of several prestigious awards and scholarships including an International Fellowship from the Ford Foundation (2004), Junior Fellowship from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India (2002) and scholarship from the ministry of HRD, govt. of India (1992-94), scholarship from Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy (State academy of music, dance and drama) (1989-90). In 1994 she was also awarded the “Bhamashah” award from the Maharana Mewar Foundation, Udaipur. Kanika has performed on stage throughout India, Europe, and the United States. Her gurus, Pts. Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Pt. S. S. Pandey have nurtured and continue to foster her art while helping her to develop a style undeniably her own.
Anirban Roy Chowdhury, born to a musical family in Assam, is a promising young tabla player, both as a soloist as well as an accompanist. Anirban's training in tabla started at a very young age of five years, initially from his father Akhil Roy Chowdhury and afterwards from his elder brother Animesh Roy Chowdhury.
In the year 1995, Anirban arrived in Mumbai and had the privilege of getting direct training from the great tabla Maestro Ustad Allarakha Khan for a period of seven years. Later on, he continued his training under Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Yogesh Samsi, one of the senior-most disciples of Ustad Allarakha Khan. Anirban's music is the spontaneous expression of his powerful emotions and his deep knowledge of Tabla. His ingenuity has ushered in a purely new style of Tabla playing that speaks undoubtedly through his clarity and elegance of performance, both as an accompanist and as a soloist.
Anirban has completed the Sangeet Visharad degree (Bachelors in Music) in tabla from Bhatkhande Sangeet Mahavidyalaya Lucknow and Sangeet Nipun (Masters in Music) from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad. In 2002, Anirban made a successful tour of Germany and France. In 2007, Anirban had the opportunity to perform tabla solos at World Bank & I.M.F in Washington D.C. Anirban has accompanied Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas, Ghulam Ali, Rakesh Chaurasia, Rupak Kulkarni, Pandit Dinkar Kaikini, Pandit Arvind Parekh, Pandit Dhruv Ghosh, Pandit Pradeep Barot, Smt. Konkana Banerjee, legendary flute Maestro Pandit Hariprasdhad Chaurasia, Ken Zukerman, Pandit Tejemdra Narayan Majumder and Grammy Award-Winning Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
Ramchandra Joshi is regarded as one of the most established Indian Hindustani classical harmonium musicians and vocalists. Presently he lives in Edison, New Jersey. Recognized as a Grade B Artist at All India Radio, Mumbai, India, he has come second 2nd in the All India Level music competition held by Akashvani (All India Radio) in 1994 in Light Classical Vocal music category. Ramchandra Joshi received his training from the vocalist of Gwalior Gharana Dr. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, who resides in Pune, India.