Songs - Instrumental

Arvel Bird - Acclaimed Celtic Violinist and Flutist - in Running for Five Grammy Awards

Nashville, TN, October 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PR.com)-- Celtic violinist and Native American flutist Arvel Bird is in the running for five Grammy Awards this year. Bird was named in the Field 4 Best Solo Rock Performance for his songs “Darkhorse” and “Take Me Home” from the album Ride Indian Ride. “Take Me Home” was also selected in the Best Rock Song category. The album’s title song, “Ride Indian Ride” was selected in the Field 13 American Roots Best Contemporary Folk category, along with “Red River Jig” from the album Red River Jig.

Released in January, Ride Indian Ride conjures up a classic rockin' guitar beat blended with Bird's signature Native American violin and flute melodies that resonate in every cut. Inspired by Bird's love of blues/rock and Indian motorcycles, the album features 15 songs, many reminiscent of pure, old-school rock and blues, but each marked with Bird's uniquely haunting violin rifts and often, the spoken word.

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.



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.


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.

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.


World Instrumental Fusion Music and Video Slideshow by TMuse

Watch the video slideshow accompaniment to World Fusion Instrumental Music composed by Tapan Sanyal and performed byTripti Sanyal (vocals), Ayan Mukherjee (keyboards), Rohan Dasgupta (sitar) and Tapan Sanyal (tabla).


Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod), Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla) - North Indian Hindustani Classical Live Concert, Kolkata, Nov 21 2009


North Indian Hindustani Classocal Instrumental - Ustad Amjad Ali Khan - Sarod - Live Performance
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod), Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla), Chaiti Halder (Tanpura)
11/21/2009, Kolkata

On 21st November, 2009 evening , the West Bengal Motion Picture Artists Forum in association with Basanti Bidyabithi opened a portal on Tollywood, The Bengal Film Industry at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata in the graceful presence of eminent actors Soumitro Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Lili Chakraborty, Haradhan Banerjee and Ranjit Mullick.

After the opening of the portal, the program continued with Sarod Recital by Ustad Amzad Ali Khan. Tabla Maestro Subhankar Banerjee accompanied him along with Chaiti Halder on the Tanpura.

Read about this wonderful Kolkata program and listen to Ustad Amjad Ali Khan playing north Indian classical instrumental Sarod.

WBRi exclusive report by Subhomoy Mukherjee, Washington Bangla Radio, Kolkata


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