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Interview | Padma Bhusan Debu Chaudhuri and son Prateek Chaudhuri - Sitar Maestros (Video)

On a typical humid rainy Kolkata evening we got the opportunity to meet Famous Sitar Pundits, Father Son Duo Debu Chaudhuri and Prateek Chaudhuri at Golpark Ramakrishna Mission where they came to perform Jugalbandi. Washington Bangla Radio caught up with the famous father and son. Watch the complete video online.


Bickram Ghosh - Electro Classical | Music Album Review and Online MP3 Download

Bikram Ghosh - Electro Classical Music albumAce Percussionist Bickram Ghosh has come out with his new album called Electro Classical which introduces us to a brand new sound that blends the soulfulness of Indian classical and the excitement of electronica. The album, while retaining the thrilling percussive energy of Rhythmscape, brings in an added electric element that hasn’t been tried earlier. Electro-classical is the true fusion of versatility and a bright new sound.

Listen to free samples and download the Album in MP3 format.


WBRi Features Shashika Mooruth | The girl "born in the wrong country" takes her sweet Bhakti Bhajans to over 25 countries

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Audio SongsShashika Mooruth was born and educated in the Republic of South Africa. Till the age of 24 she was untrained yet would sing with ease and skill. In her childhood, she performed in many local concerts around South Africa. At the age of 12 her talent was recognized by the legendary Kishore Kumar who invited her to sing in his concert in Durban, South Africa. Kishore-da labeled her as a singer ‘born in the wrong country’ and advised her father to send her to Bombay to train and become a playback singer! Shashika has also accompanied Shri Mahendra Kapoor and Pandit Hrdayanath Mangeshkar on stage.

A science graduate from University of South Africa, Shashika has also studied Speech and Drama at Trinity College of Music, London and the South African Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers’ Association.

Shashika Mooruth - Bhakti Bhajan Live Online RadioIn 1987 she enrolled for the degree course in Hindustani Music at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan with the intention of returning to South Africa to teach music, but soon realized the vastness of the music field and hence settled in India permanently.

In 1995, she was honored at the World Hindu Conference in South Africa for her contribution to Indian music.

She has travelled several times to twenty five countries with her devotional music and is always in demand for her  unique presentation style.

Many of her bhajan albums produced by herself are available on the net or her website www.urjamusic.com.

Says Shashika, “I love to experiment with different styles and therefore on the commercial front I have rendered my voice in devotional, pop, filmi, semi-classical and even techno compositions. Last year I decided to dedicate more time to commercial music in Mumbai and hence came my first song in Hindi cinema. I penned and recorded a piece in Western voice for a title song by Adnan Sami for a film titled Ek Second Jo Zindagi Badal De with music by Saawan Kumar Saawan. I hope to make a contribution to the music world in this lifetime.”

Listen to the beautiful voice of Shashika and her sweet Bhajans online using the player at the top, or on WBRi live radio channel.



Aditya and Ashidhara Das - Talented Singers from San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA | WBRi Exclusive Feature

The husband and wife pair of Aditya and Ashidhara Das are well known singers from the San Francisco Bay area in northern California. Aditya is currently a Pharmaceutical Consultant (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering and MBA (Strategy)) in the San Francisco Bay Area and Ashidhara is a Ph.D. in Anthropology and teaches at Ashford University (in an online Program designed for Undergraduates). Their sons Anirban (11) and Ayan (8) both learn Hindustani Classical Vocal from Shubhangi Sakhalkar in the Bay Area.

Among numerous acclaimed performances as talented vocalists, Aditya and Ashidhara are particularly proud of performing with the great Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka during a performance of Saare Jahan Se Accha (music composed in Raga Pilu by Guruji and sung by them during the madhyalaya gat) to celebrate India's 50th Independence Anniversary at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Their fondest memory is certainly the call they received from Guruji 4 days before the performance, inviting them to sing on stage with him.

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Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997  Pandit Ravi 
Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidara Das - Live in Concert, 1997
Pandit Ravi Shankar, Anoushka, Aditya and Ashidhara Das, Live in concert, 1997

Listen to audio recording of Aditya and Ashidhara performing live online.



Syed Rafique Mahmud - North Indian Classical Instrumental Flute in Modern Bangladeshi Style

Syed Rafique Mahmud Indian Classical Flute InstrumentalSyed Rafique Mahmud comes from a noble Muslim family in Bangla 13 Ashwin 1380(16 Ramadan) at Gaibandha district of Bangladesh. His father late Syed Abdul Baquee was a listed folk singer of Radio Rangpur and Rajshahi, He was a drama  writer  and actor also.

Rafique started to play flute (Bamboo Flute) during his childhood at 7 years old. His father bought a Bamboo flute from local BOISHAKHEE MELA according to his only demand. Hence he  starts to blow, and now a days he has built up his own style as 'Modern Bangladeshi style'.

Listen to Rafique's North Indian Hindustani Classical Flute presentation online on Washington Bangla Radio live and on-demand channels.


Pabitra Chatterjee - North Indian Hindustani Classical Sitar Instrumental

Pabitra Chatterjee Sitar Player SiliguriPabitra Chatterjee is a North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Sitar player living in Siliguri in Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. Pabitra is a B-High grade classical instrumentalist of All India Radio (Akashvani).

By profession, Pabitra is a Medical Representative of a pharmaceutical company.

Pabitra says, "I want to express my feelings through my music among the whole world."

Watch a live presentation of Raga Vachaspati on Sitar by Pabitra Chatterjee online. Accompanying Pabitra on the Tabla is Surajit.



My Father - My Guru : Sourabh Goho writes about his father Pandit Jyoti Goho

MY FATHER - MY GURU

BY SOURABH GOHO

Pandit Jyoti Goho and Sourabh Goho
Pandit Jyoti Goho and Sourabh. Image courtesy: Sourabh Goho

Mar 27, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rapidly rising North Indian Classical Tabla instrumentalist Sourabh Goho writes about his renowned father and Classical Harmonium exponent Pandit Jyoti Goho, his Guru Pandit Shankar Ghosh, and shares his on-going experience in apprenticeship of Indian Classical Music as a young disciple in the timeless traditions. A worthy son and a capable disciple, Sourabh expresses his gratitude and respect to his parents and his Guru. Washington Bangla Radio is honored to have previously published Melodic Musings - a biographical writing by Pandit Jyoti Goho himself, and also a feature on Sourabh Goho.

You & I .. - Back to the Future | Audio CD Album MP3 Download Release from the Kolkata Experimental Indian Classical-Fusion Band

You And I - Back To The Future - Bengali MP3 Download Audio
 
Songs AlbumMar 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) "You & I ... " is a musical unit formed by Soumyojit and Sourendro who are working together for years now. They have presented musical compositions on unique fields which came to high public applause and press circulation by major press houses of the town. Even the German Press house commented on their recent involvement with German and French musicians.

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Interview - Purbayan Chatterjee - The young Sitar maestro and founder of Shastriya Syndicate

Purbayan ChatterjeeMar 24, 2010, by Subhomoy Mukherjee, Washington Bangla Radio:

Purbayan Chatterjee is a highly acclaimed world-class contemporary North Indian Classical Instrumental Sitar player and founder of the modern Indian Classical band Shastriya Syndicate with Veenai Jayanthi (Veena), Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla), Rakesh Chaurasia (Bamboo Flute), Murad Ali (Sarangi), Pramath Kiran (Percussion) and Satish Patri (Mridangam). Subhomoy Mukherjee of WBRi talks to Purbayan in an informal and intimate interview.

Watch the video interview of Purbayan Chatterjee - a WBRi Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.


Melodic Musings - by Pandit Jyoti Goho | WBRi Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive Feature

Pandit Jyoti Goho

Melodic Musings

by Pandit Jyoti Goho

The famous North Indian Hindustani Classical Instrumental Harmonium exponent Pundit Jyoti Goho writes about his transformation from a singer to an accompanist.

More than 3 decades ago I used to learn vocal music from Pandit A. Kanan. He was a very popular teacher and his Bakul Bagan home in south Kolkata, which was a regular haunt of many a famous musician. One day, when Guruji (teacher) had gone out for a break, I started playing the harmonium. He heard it from outside and must have recognized some potential, as he encouraged me to play the harmonium with him and since then I have had the good fortune of accompanying many a musician of eminence ...


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