Songs - Indian Classical Light-Classical

Supriyo Dutta: A Young and Talented North Indian Hindustani Classical Vocalist of Indore Gharana - WBRi Feature

Supriyo Dutta

Washington, DC, Jan 15, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) SUPRIYO DUTTA was born to Shri Tapas Dutta and Smt. Soma Dutta in a Bengali family. His vocal music training started from the very early age of five years solely on the interest of his mother. At the age of fourteen he started training with Shri Bidhan Mitra which changed his attitude towards life and developed in Supriyo a keen interest in Indian Classical Music.

Later Supriyo was guided and trained by Late Pandit Ramkrishna Bose of Indore Gharana as a National scholar in HindustaniVocal Classical Music. Supriyo has already performed in various reputed concerts in India and abroad. He has graduated with a Master's degree in Arts as the Gold Medalist (1st class -1st ) from Rabindra Bharati University in his field of Vocal Classical Music( Kheyal ).

Supriyo DuttaSupriyo is groomed not only as a performer in Hindustani vocal classical music but also as an established teacher on this field. He is training students not only in vocal music but also in various different musical instruments where he is teaching to play proper Hindustani Classical Music. He is even attached to an institution where he is training almost 1000 students & holds workshop classes whenever he is touring abroad for performances.

His versatility not only ends in Pure Classical Music but also in Semi - Classicals like Thumri, Bhajan, Raagpradhan, etc. He has given a number of such performances onstage as well as in television channels; also performed as a playback singer in a couple of Title Music under reputed Music Directors.  In recent times he is also working on the idea of blending rock/jazz/funky western grooves with hard core Indian Classical Music. These performances are receiving overwhelmed responses from audience and media in recent times .

Read all about Supriyo and listen to his performances of Hindustani Classical ragas in the complete WBRi feature.


Tanmayee Banerjee - Award Winning Bengali Singer from London | WBRi Feature

[Tanmayee Banerjee]Washington, DC, Sept 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Born in North Calcutta in early 1980, Tanmayee Banerjee grew up in Konnagar in Hooghly district of West Bengal. Her parents tell her even before she was brought home from the hospital after her birth, a brand new harmonium was bought by her paternal aunts with a desire to give her lessons in music! Just as it is difficult to remember the early days of one's life before learning to talk or even walk, Tanmayee cannot remember the days when she did not sing.

Initially a music teacher who lived in her neighbourhood was appointed to give her lessons in Classical music. Tanmayee remembers taking her first music examinations, practical and theoretical, when she was a mere first grade student. It was an ordeal more for her mother than for her. Her mother had to go through the syllabus, read and understand the various musical terms and their definitions, learn how to write the ‘taals’ with proper scansion, and teach them to her. She had to make Tanmayee practice writing them a number of times before the exam.

Read all about the young singer and listen to her online via Washington Bangla Radio On-Demand Audio Broadcast Service.



Suddhashil Chatterjee - Promising North-Indian Classical Instrumental Santoor Player : WBRi Feature

Suddhashil is one of the most promising Santoor exponents of the younger generation. He started his initial training of vocal music from his mother. Later, he started taking his intensive talim of Indian Classical Vocal from Pt. Samaresh Chaudhury. Read all about Suddhasil and listen to his Santoor playing.

Sounak Chattopadhyay in Toronto: Interview

[Sounak at the National Mall, Washington DC]Washington, DC, May 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Sounak Chattopadhyay, one of the brightest shining stars of the young generation of contemporary Indian Classical vocal artists who is also known for his sterling presentation of Rabindra Sangeet, was recently in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to perform at the Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School on St.Andrews Blvd. Arijit Chakraborty caught up with Sounak in Toronto in this wonderful chit-chat with the young maestro, a performance of special significance to Sounak because he is himself an alumnus of the famous Don Bosco school of Kolkata at Park Circus.

Sounak speaks to Washington Bangla Radio from Toronto and sings a few lines for us.



Buddhadev Chattopadhayay - Indian Classical Flute (Bansuri) Maestro: Exclusive Interview & Extempore Live Performance

Buddhadev Chattopadhayay - North Indian Classical Instrumental-Flute (BANSURI)Calcutta, March 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On behalf of Washington Bangla Radio, Soumitra Talukdar speaks to the renowned exponent of the bansuri (bamboo flute), Sangeet Praveen, gold medalist, Sri Buddhadev Chattopadhayay in a video interview also incorporating an extempore classical flute recital that you will love.

In his early childhood, Buddhadev took his vocal training in classical music from his uncle late Pratikinath Chattopadhayay who was a direct disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri.

Listen to an informal and intimate interview with the remarkable flautist and watch him create magic with the instrument on-the-fly on Washington Bangla Radio.


Rwitobina Chakraborty - a young danseuse from Kolkata and live on stage performance

CALCUTTA, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ritobina Chakraborty is a cute girl from Salt Lake AKA Bidhannagar, Kolkata who is barely in her teens. We discovered her talent when we happened to watch her dancing on stage at a Salt Lake Block Durga Puja Pandal. The young danseuse caught our eyes immediately with her impressive performance dancing to the song Fagunero Mohonaye popularized by acclaimed Bengali Folk-Fusion Band BHOOMI. Watch her dance performance video on Washington Bangla Radio.

Sudipta Chattopadhyay from Cleveland, Ohio - talented singer, playwright and Shruti Natok (Audio Play) Actress

Sudipta Chattopadhyay Cleveland Ohio USA
Dr Sudipta Chattopadhyay performing in her home city of Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Sudipta Chattopadhyay, a current resident of Cleveland, Ohio, is a doctorate in Chemical Engineering and a scientist by profession, on top of all these she is a passionate aficionado of Indian Music. Sudipta is a professional, versatile singer, actress, reciter, creative writer, anchor, and music teacher. Her passion for music has taken her all over the world as an invited singer-performer-anchor.

Washington Bangla Radio presents an exclusive feature on Sudipta. Watch Sudipta performing live via WBRi On-Demand Video service.


Partha Pratim Roy - Indian Classical Instrumental Sitar | Exclusive Interview and Performances

An upcoming sitar player, Partha Pratim Roy started learning the Art and Musicology of Sitar playing from Prof. Devi Prasad Chatterjee from the age of five, thereafter from Prof. Nihar Bindu Chowdhury and from Sangitacharya Ajay Sinha Roy. Listen to performances from a few Indian classical Ragas on Washington Bangla Radio on-demand service by pressing the play button on the audio player.

Partha also took lessons in intricacies of Indian rhythm from Prof. Anil Palit.

Subhomoy Mukherjee of Washington Bangla Radio talks to Partha in an exclusive interview video.

Dharmendra Bhatt - North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Mandolin

Dharmendra Bhatt - North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental MandolinDharmendra Bhatt is an unusual instrumentalist from Ahmedabad, India - he is an expert in North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Mandolin.

Check out Dharmendra's performance of Indian Ragas on Mandolin in the player.



Toronto Tabla Ensemble - Acclaimed Independent Band Exploring World Music with Rhythms rooted in India

Washington Bangla Radio is pleased to present a selection of the beautiful and unique compositions of Toronto Tabla Ensemble (www.tablaensemble.com)  for your listening pleasure. These audio tracks are presented courtesy of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and their Artistic Director, Ritesh Das (e-mail: riteshdas [at] tablaensemble [dot] com). Click on the play button above to listen to the songs on WBRi On-Demand Radio.

The songs are:

  • Indo Africa -Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri
  • Weight - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
  • Tap Root -Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Donald Quan. Composer Ritesh Das & Donald Quan
  • Waterfall - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
  • Joyfully Seven- Toronto Tabla Ensemble
  • Weaving - Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Composer Ritesh Das
  • Bable - Ritesh Das and Hari Krishnan. Composers Ritesh Das and Hari Krishnan.

About Toronto Tabla Ensemble

This critically acclaimed independent band from Toronto, Canada, is a total music experience. The TTE has developed its own powerful style using rhythms from India, while exploring contemporary musical landscapes with artists from other cultures.

Playing to sold out audiences since 1991, this influential voice in Canadian music, brings together the North Indian percussive tradition of Tabla, with some of Canada's best music and dance groups.

Staying true to form, content and feeling, the TTE moves what is traditionally a solo instrument to an unparalleled level of ensemble work.

The intricate rhythms and abundant tonal variations possible on the tabla combine to make it one of the most expressive of all percussion instruments. Add to this the versatility of mallets, percussion, voice, violin, bass and dance, and you have what the Ensemble is all about.

The Ensemble has performed at all of Canada's best folk, jazz and art festivals, has appeared nationally and internationally on Bravo!, CBC News World and Much Music, and in 2003 was commissioned to create the current theme music for the CBC RADIO 1's daily morning show Metro Morning.

MP3 Download

Toronto Tabla Ensemble albums are available in MP3 Audio download format online. Click on the album names below to listen to free samples and download Mp3 Audio tracks.

Band Members

Ritesh DasRitesh Das

Ritesh Das, composer and musician, has studied tabla with gurus Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Ustad Zakir Hussain and most extensively with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He has toured throughout the US, Canada and India, and performed with many of India's great music and dance innovators. Since moving to Canada, he has established himself as an extraordinary teacher of tabla and founded the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 1991.

Joanna De SouzaJoanna De Souza

Joanna de Souza is perhaps the only Canadian born artist to achieve a Master's Degree in Indian Classical Kathak dance through Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad, India. Her study of Kathak, which began in 1978, continues under Pandit Chitresh Das. Since her return to Toronto, she has gained reputation as an excellent Kathak dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her traditional and collaborative works have earned her a variety of nominations and awards. She is Artistic Director of M-DO and has been a member of the TTE since 1993.

Neel PunnaNeel Punna

Neel, a native East Coaster, began studying with Ritesh Das upon his move to Toronto in 1993. As an integral member of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, he regularly accompanies kathak dance classes and is on the teaching staff of the M-DO and Toronto Tabla Ensemble Centre for World Music and Dance. Neel has traveled with the Ensemble on many tours and has attended all professional development workshops with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.

Jonathan GoochJonathan Gooch

Jono Gooch completed Grade 10 piano in 1996, under Clayton Scott at the Royal Conservatory of Music. A keen interest in rhythm lead him to the drums & he has been playing the kit drum since 1992 & has studied tabla with Ritesh since 1999. He has toured nationally with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble & plays locally with the Three Bears, Shiver Mc Timbers, Clocknuts and You Left Saving The Planet.

Heather ThorkelsonHeather Thorkelson

A passion for tabla lead Heather to begin studying tabla with Ritesh Das upon her return from abroad. She has toured internationally with the Ensemble and participates in all professional development workshops, including those with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. She is a member of the Ensemble's Board of Directors and plays a vital production and promotional role in all concerts and fund-raising events.

Bindu SadasivanBindhu Sadasivan

Bindhu made her debut with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble in 2007. She participates in all performances, classes and workshops and is studying the art of kathak dance accompaniment. Outside of the Ensemble, she works as a full-time occupational therapist.

Robin KalninRobin Kalnin

Robin had his first exposure to the Indian classical performing arts while completing a degree in music at the University of British Columbia. A saxophone player by training, he has composed music and played in a variety of jazz, classical and contemporary settings. Upon moving to Toronto, an interest in Indian percussion lead to studies in tabla. Robin performs with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and accompanies kathak dance classes and performances.

Vitra GosineVitra Gosine

Vitra has been studying tabla for the last several years and made her debut with the Ensemble in 2007. She participates in all classes and workshops and is studying kathak dance accompaniment. Outside of the Ensemble, Vitra is an Investment Finance Analyst.



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