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

Calcutta, May 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Suddhashil Chatterjee with a gifted  inarticulate sense of aesthetics has made an identity of solidarity in the doyen of Indian Classical Music.

His Guru, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma’s aesthetic training backed up by  immense training of  Hindustani Vocal Music amalgamated with intense training of Tantrakari style of Maihar-Senia Gharana has developed Suddhashil's own style of Santoor  playing.

Connoisseurs, critics and audience in India and abroad are moved by his presentation illustrating the tranquility of Indian Classical Music, otherwise critical in a complicated instrument like the Santoor.

His aesthetic touch on the strings make listeners emotionally moved crossing boundaries of language and culture. Connoisseurs are considering framing of  his ragas as rare in Santoor in his generation.

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.

After rigorous talim from Panditji, Suddhashil was initiated to Santoor by the Santoor exponent Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya. Later on, he has been trained by Pt. Tezendra Narayan Majumder (World Renowned Sarod Exponent of Maihar-Senia Gharana) for quite a few years.

Finally, Suddhashil has been fortunate to have the blessings from none other than Padmavibhushan Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and currently he is under his auspicous tutelage.

His Musical Virtuosity has been well appreciated at Prestigious Musical Organisations / Music Festivals such as:

  • AsthaVinayak Sangeet Mahotsav,Aurangabad
  • International Music Conference,BANGALORE
  • SHRADDHANJALI-A Tribute to Pt.Bhimsen Joshi(Dharwad)
  • Times of India’s KalaGohoda Arts Festival (Mumbai),  Bangalore Habba
  • Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Samaroha (Kundgol,Karnataka),
  • Mandu Festival (Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad- Govt. of M.P)
  • Kannad Prabha Music and Dance Festival celebrating 96th birth day of Padmavibhushan Smt.Gangubai Hangal, India International Centre (New Delhi)
  • BRHADDHVANI GURUKULAM, CHENNAI
  • Ram Krishna Mission (Bengal),
  • Pt. Mandrekar Bua Sangeet Samaroha (Goa),
  • Yuva Sangget Utsav(Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Pune)
  • Dept. of Kannada & Culture(Govt. of Karnataka- Mysore,Tumkur)
  • Pracheen Kala Kendra(Chandigarh)
  • CENTENARY Celebration of Pt. Viswadev Chatterjeee(Kolkata),
  • Salt Lake Music Conference ,(Kolkata)
  • SriMad Sai RajaRajeswari Trust(Mysore)

etc. to name a few

Suddhashil has been invited and honored in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Holland. Few of the prestigious international concerts / venues where he got standing ovation from the audience for his outstanding performances are:

  • ABRUZZO FESTIVAL(ITALY)
  • Peace Palace (Hannover)
  • Indian Embassy(Tagore Centre,Berlin, BELGIUM),
  • Maharishi Gandharva Veda  Meditation Concert (Stuttgart), Maquis (France)
  • MOCOBO CULKTURAL CENTRE(Italy)
  • SARASWATI HOUSE(Italy)
  • RagaMala Naad-Yoga Concerrt(Holland)

Educationally Suddhashil is an M.Sc in Geology and devoted himself fully into the eternal waves of HINDUSTHANI CLASSICAL MUSIC.

Suddhashil in the Press:

Suddhasil Chatterjee in the media

Suddhasil Chatterjee in the media
Suddhasil Chatterjee in the media
Suddhasil Chatterjee in the media
Suddhasil Chatterjee in the media

Suddhashil has been widely appreciated and interviewd by The Press in Dailies like “Nayi Duniya”( M.P), Maharastra Times (Mumbai), The Statesman (Delhi), Kannada Prabha(Karnataka), Gomantak(Goa), Praja Bani(Karnataka), Dainik Bhaskar (Chandigarh), The Tribune(Chandigarh),  etc.

Suddhashil Chatterjee can be reached by e-mail at suddhashil_chatterjee [at] rediffmail.com or suddhashil.santoor [at] gmail.com. Listen to Suddhashil on his you tube channel at www.youtube.com/suddhashilsantur.


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