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Artist Profiles: Subrata De

Subrata De

Subrata De was born in 1970 in Jamshedpur. He was initiated in the art of playing Hindustani Classical Music on the sitar at the age of seven under the guidance of Sri. Amarjeet Singh of Jamshedpur. Later, he obtained training from Suramani Bauri Bandhu Sethi of Bhubaneswar, from where he has imbibed the essential elements of sitar with great devotion

After 10 years he placed himself in the hands of sitar maestro Pandit Manilal Nag of Calcutta of Bishnupur Gharana, with strict discipline and sincerity, to learn extensively the Dhrupad and Gayeki Style, Tankari, Alapang, Gatkari etc. of Bishnupur Gharana and now has become an accomplished sitar player. Currently, he is involved in various musical organizations as a lecturer in sitar.

As a professional artist, he has been awarded ‘Sangeet Praveen’ by ‘Prayag Sangeet Samiti’, ‘Allahabad and Sangeet Bhaskar’ by ‘Pracheen Kala Kendra’, Chandigarh. Also he has received ‘National Scholarship’ from Govt. of India Ministry of HRD, Dept. of Culture and he has been selected by ‘Indian Council’ for Cultural Relation for their panel of Musician. He has been associated with ‘All India Radio’ as a graded artist since 1990. He has been selected by ‘Sahitya Kala Parishad – New Delhi’ to perform in Yuva-Mahotsova’98.

The release of few audio cassettes and CDs like meditation de la India, Ganga, Insearch & Swaranjali, also created a milestone in his musical career.

He has given numerous performances in various International & major festivals all over India and many countries in abroad namely, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Cuba, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Paraguay, U.S.A, Armenia, Austria, Holland, Germany, Sweden, South Korea, Hong Kong, as a Solo and an accompanist and also he dedicated himself to extend and create an environment of Classical Music in rural areas of India and in abroad with leading organizations and eminent dancers. Apart from this, he has been associated with media & various cultural organizations as a sitarist and& cultural coordinator. At present working with G.D. Goenka World School, Sohna.


Artist Profiles: Surajit Das

Surajit Das

Sitar player Surajit Das was born in Calcutta (India) in a musical family. His aunt, Shrimati Suruchi Das, gave him his first sitar lessons at age of nine. After a few years of training he developed great interest in Indian classical music and received further guidance from the well-known sitarist Prof. Kashinath Mukerjee. In 1983 he obtained his Masters Degree in Indian classical music at the Music University Proyag Sangeet Samity in Allahabad. He gave many concerts, some of which were broadcast on radio and TV in India.

Surajit studied and developed all the ragas known to Prof. Chinmoy Lahere, a well-known classical singer in India, who gave him further guidance. To promote his music, he went on a European tour to France, Belgium, Switzerland in 1988-89 and later moved to The Netherlands where he still lives and works. He gave guest performances at the seminars of Deepak Chopra and recently has been working with Roy Martina.

He teaches the value of his music and regularly performs in several European countries. Surajit is convinced of the peaceful influence Indian classical music has. Except Indian classical music he also did experiment successfully with fusion music and world music.

Surajit has a fusion group called Shanti. The instruments used include sitar, tabla, mantra singing, didjeridu, and keyboards.


Sapta Rasa: Seven Moods of Our Mind (Oreade Music)
Secret Chants – A Trip To India (Oreade Music)
Ayurvedic Healing Cycle (Oreade Music)
Chakra Yoga Meditation (Oreade Music)
Ayurvedic Music Therapy (Oreade Music)
Kamasutra (Oreade Music)


Artist Profiles: Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay was born on September 16, 1954. He is a virtuoso of the sitar and is specialized in Hindustani instrumental music. Sanjoy started learning from his father Pt. Peeyush Prasanna Bandopadhyay at the age of 6. Later he had rigorous training under the late Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra of Senia-Shahajahanpur Gharana for 18 years. Sanjoy received advanced training from Pt. Bimalendu Mukherjee. He also received additional training from Pt. Manas Chakraborty, Dr. M.R. Gautam. He has performed in many important music festivals in India and Western countries.

Sanjoy?s education at the leading Indian schools of instrumental music ultimately helped him to develop a wide vision and as a result he developed a distinctive style. His exceptional fluidity in raga elaboration, musical applications of simple and intricate laya designs in combination with skillful handling of the instrument gives the listeners a remarkable musical experience. He loves both popular and rare raga-s and use different tala-s for desired platforms for different desired musical expressions.

Sanjoy is currently working as Chair-Professor [Ustd. Allauddin Khan Chair] at the Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata [India].


Moon Moods (On Air Communications, 2004)
A Tribute to Mozart: Live in Vienna (On Air Communications, 2005)
Joy & Peace (2007)


Artist Profiles: Sanjeeb Sircar

Sanjeeb Sircar

Sanjeeb Sircar is a sitar player based in New Delhi, India. He has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching the instrument at a number of places including the USA and Europe.

Sircar studied sitar at the Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, in the early and mid-1970, with Dr. Thakur Raj Bhan Singh, Dr. Gangrade, and then in Allahabad with Pandit Banwari Lal. He continued his post-graduation studies and has been receiving classes in the past years from renowned instrumentalist Ustad Shujaat Khan.

In addition to playing sitar, Sircar plays other instruments such as tabla, guitar, and piano. He studied and plays jazz to an intermediate level, and enjoys playing fusion music. He also sings in Christian choirs.


Artist Profiles: S. D. Batish

S. D. Batish

S. D. Batish was a leading figure the Indian music scene since 1936. His songs were broadcast from All India Radio nationwide. His old movies are regularly shown on Indian TV.

He was a true master of the various vocal and instrumental styles of North Indian music, including Bhajans, Geet, Thumri, Ghazals, Film Sangeet, etc. Shiv Dayal Batish was born December 14, 1914, in Patiala, India.

S. D. Batish studied singing from Guru Chandan Ram Charan of Patiala. He was an expert player of the Sitar, Tabla, Dilruba, Vichitra Veena, Violin and Harmonium. S. D. Batish specialized as a vocalist, composer, author and teacher. He recorded numerous albums for His Masters Voice – EMI (India), Topic Records and Batish Records, an independent label run by his family in Santa Cruz, California.

Some of his hit songs in India are: Khamosh Nigaahen from the film Daasi Pagadi Sambhaal Jattaa from the film Gowaandhi Ishk Ishk Qawaali from the film Barsaat Ki Ek Raat Aankhen Keha Gai Dil Ki Baat from the film Laadli Aae Sajanaa Hamaar from the film Taksaal Pucho Naa Kaise Maine Raina Bitaae from the film Meri Surat Teri Aakhen Aao Hamaare Hotel Me from the film Kundan Daayam Paraa Huaa Tere Dar Par private ghazal by Ghalib Laazim Thaa Ke Dekho private ghazal by Ghalib Manmohan Mana Men from film Kaise Kahoon Best Vocalist Award for the song “Manmohan Mana Men” in 1964 fom Sur Singar Samsad

Shiv Dayal Batish died on July 29, 2006 in Santa Cruz, California.


My Favorite Bhajans (Batish, 1980)
Kaise Kahoon (Saregama, 2004)
Hamari Manzil (Saregama, 2004)
Ram Bhajans: Devotional Hindu Folk Songs (Batish, 2006)
Om Shanti Meditation: Dilruba (Batish, 2006)
72 Carnatic Melakarta Series, Vol. 1 (Batish, 2006)
Rasik Raga Lakshan Manjari (Batish, 2007)


Artist Profiles: Purbayan Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee comes from a family steeped in the classical music tradition. His father and guru, Partha Chatterjee, is a distinguished sitarist in his own right, having achieved the status of a highly respected teacher and performer in Europe and USA as well as India. He had the great fortune to study extensively with one of India’s greatest musicians Nikhil Bannerjee, who holds a profound influence on Purbayan’s approach to music.

In the tradition of the Senia Maihar gharana, Purbayan’s playing is an aesthetically satisfying combination of the best facets of “Dhrupad” and “Khayal”, North India’s two greatest classical vocal forms. The discipline and richness of the “Dhrupad” form is interspersed with the exuberance and lyricism of “Khayal”.


Horizon (Peshkar)
Nirman (Sense World Music)
Samwad, with Kala Ramnath (Sense World Music)
Rasayana, with Shashank (Sense World Music) )
Aavishkar, with Kala Ramnath (Sense World Music)
Taalash (Sense World Music)
Rising Stars Magical Fingers (HMV)
Singing Sitar (Virgin Records India)
Lehar (Times Music)
Purbayan (Times Music)
Stringstruck (Times Music)
Sitarscape (EMI Virgin)
Hemisphere (Times Music)


Artist Profiles: Krishna Mohan Bhatt

Krishna Mohan Bhatt

Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt was born in 1949 in Jaipur, India. He’s the brother of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Krishna began learning from his father, the late Pt. Shashi Mohan Bhatt. In his teens he became the disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, and has also been influenced by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. He has performed in major musical programs in Asia, Europe, and the United States of America.


Sitar: Raga Chandni Kedar/Raga Kafi (Playasound, 1994)
Kirwani: Essence of a Raag (Amiata, 1997)
Dancing in the Light of the Full Moon (Amiata, 1997)


Artist Profiles: Irshad Khan

Irshad Khan

Irshad Khan is the son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of Ustad Vilayat Khan. His family represents the most respected gharana (musical heritage), known as the Imdadkhani gharana, of sitar and surbahar (bass sitar) players in the world. Dating back over four hundred years, Irshad’s ancestors had been among the best musicians and leading sitar players of India and are credited for the introduction of the ‘gayakiang’ vocal style on the sitar. His family has been essential in the evolution of the sitar into its present form as well as in the creation of the surbahar, which was invented by Irshad’s great-great grandfather Ustad Sahebdad Khan.

Irshad Khan

Having emerged as a child prodigy, Irshad Khan gave his first public performance at the age of seven. His international debut was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, England when he was only 13. At 18, he made history by becoming the youngest soloist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festivals held in London, known as the Indian All Night concert at the Proms. Since then he has played in over 30 nations that include performances in various music festivals and conferences throughout India, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, the Far East, and North America.

Irshad Khan perform pure classical Indian music, folk, or worldbeat and new age.

Irshad Khan is the founder and president of Universal Academy for Musicians, based in Mississauga and Mumbai. Apart from actively performing internationally, he also conducts workshops, lectures and master classes in various educational institutions. He has many commercial recordings, which are sold worldwide.

Irshad Khan currently resides in Toronto, Canada.


Awakenings (UAM)
Desires Talking Hearts (EMI)
Fire Grace Passion (New Dawn Productions)
Magic Of Twilight (Naxos World)
Romancing the Sitar (UAM)
Vaibhav Sitar and Surbahar (Legendary Legacy)
Imrat Khan and Sons (Edelweiss)
Surbahar and Sitar (Nimbus)
Live in Amsterdam (M A Recordings)
Infatuation Sitar Surbahar (Golden Tunes)
Irshad Khan Sitar & Surbahar (Rhythm House)
Imdad Khan to Irshad Khan (T-Series)
Transcendence (HMV-RPG/SaReGaMa)
Rich Heritage Malhar (Legendary Legacy)
Bilawal (Melodia)
Basant Bahar (UAM)
Raga Jansamohini (India Archive Music)
Jhinjhoti on Surbahar (Still)
Great Heritage Great Tradition (HMV)
Brilliance of Irshad Khan Sitar Surbahar (EMI)


Artist Profiles: Imrat Khan

Imrat Khan

Imrat Khan is a well-known Indian sitar master. He traces his lineage back through a family of musicians to the court of the great Moghul Emperor Akbar of the sixteenth century. He trained on surbahar with his uncle Ustad Waheed Khan, and studied sitar with his older brother, the celebrated Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Gayeki Ang (a vocal style of playing stringed instruments) has become a trademark of the gharana (musical tradition) of Imrat and Vilayat Khan. Gayeki Ang involves an extensive use of a technique called meend wherein a player pulls sideways across the frets and allows for an entire musical phrase to be produced with a single stroke of the plectrum.

Imrat Khan is renowned throughout the world, and maintains a busy travel and touring schedule. He performs regularly in the major cultural centers of Europe and the Americas, as well as in India, where he makes his home.


The Great Heritage ‎(His Master’s Voice, 1966)
Khan Sahib Imrat Khan (His Master’s Voice, 1967)
A Night At The Taj (Melodisc Records, 1967)
Ragas Marva · Sudda Saranga (His Master’s Voice, 1969)
Sitar & Surbahar ‎(His Master’s Voice, 1969)
At The Playhouse – Recorded Live 19th June 1972 album (Merseyside Arts Association, 1972)
Nordindische Ragas-Live (Harmonia Mundi, 1974)
Raga: Sree ‎(His Master’s Voice, 1974)
Raga Malkuns (STIL, 1975)
Great Heritage (His Master’s Voice, 1984)
Rāg Dārbarī / Rāg Chandra Kānhrā (Nimbus Records, 1988)
Rāg Mīyā Kī Todī & Rāg Bilāskhānī Todī (Nimbus Records, 1989)
Rag Jhinjoti, Rag Pilu – Sitar and Sarod Jugalbandi (Nimbus Records, 1989)
Ajmer (Water Lily Acoustics, 1990)
Maestro’s Choice – Series One – Surbahar (Music Today, 1991)
Ustad Imrat Khan and Shafaat Khan (India Archive Music, 1991)
Bahar Of Surbahar (T-Series, 1991)
Raga Marwa (Nimbus Records, 1992)
Rag Madhur Ranjani (Music Of The World, 1992)
Lalitā ‎(Water Lily Acoustics, 1993)
Sitar and Surbahar – Indian Music For Meditation And Love (Lyrichord, 2001)
Legendary Legacy ‎(Navras, 2006)
Yaadein – Memories (Sense World Music, 2006)


Artist Profiles: Ashwin Batish

Ashwin Batish

Ashwin Batish is a composer, performer, teacher of music, and recording artist. He was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. His field of expertise includes playing the sitar and the tabla. Ashwin Batish had training in North Indian classical music from his father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish (S. D. Batish).

Ashwin also studied accounting in the United States, where he now resides. For a few years, Aswhiwn Batish taught music at San José State University and University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, he teaches classes at the Batish Institute of Music &Fine Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. He has made several educational videos dedicated to Indian musical instruments, including
Sitar Tutor Video #1 – Introduction to the Sitar; Sitar Tutor Video #2 – Beginning Sitar Exercises; Tabla Tutor Video #1 – Introduction to Tabla; Tabla Tutor Video #2 – Tabla Bols Tanpura Tutor Video; Harmonium Tutor Video #1 – Introduction to the Harmonium (Co-Authored with Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish); Dilruba Tutor Video #1 – Introduction to the Dilruba (Co-Authored with Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish); Tweaking Your Sitar; Changing Your Sitar Strings; Vichitra Veena Tutor (Co-Authored with Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish); and Tanpura Tutor.

There is also a boxed set by Ashwin: Tabla For Accompaniment and Practice: a boxed set of 10 CDs or 32 cassettes. Ashwin Batish presents 10 of the most popular rhythm cycles of North India in this unique collection that has been compiled especially for classical and folk music of North India and is an invaluable resource for Jazz/World musicians and composers interested in jamming with Tabla grooves.


Sitar Power 1 (Batish Records, 1986)
Sitar Power 2 (Batish Records, 1994)