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


Aditya and Ashidhara Das Live Recording
Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco, 2nd May 2010
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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.

Pandit 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

Aditya is (since 1994) a Senior Disciple of the Internationally renowned Vocalist Shrimati Lakshmi Shankar (Patiala Gharana). Introduced to Rabindrasangeet by his mother-Amita Das, one of the preeminent disciples of Shri Niharbindu Sen and Shrimati Gita Sen of “Gitabitan” in Kolkata. Obtained an initial introduction to Hindustani Instrumental music (Sarod) from his father-Shri Pradip Das, a disciple of Ustad Bahadur Khan. Aditya studied Rabindrasangeet at “Prangan” (Mumbai), for 15 years (1974-1989), under the guidance and tutelage of Shrimati Shukla Mitra. Received additional training and guidance periodically from Shrimati Gita Sen of “Gitabitan”at Kolkata. Tenor with the Madrigal Singers of Clarksburg (1990-1993) led by Don Gardner (Western Classical Chorale and Medieval Hymns). Aditya has performed in several programs and concerts in India and in the United States. Notable performances include: House of Soviet Culture (Mumbai); Renaissance Invitational Festival (Annapolis, MD); California Center for the Arts (Escondido)-accompanied Pandit Ravi Shankar on the occasion of India’s 50th Independence Day Anniversary Celebrations in a vocal presentation of “Sare Jahan Se Accha” and NABC ’99 (Santa Clara).

Aditya & Ashidhara Das Live in Concert, 2005Ashidhara Das is (since 1995) a Senior Disciple of the Internationally renowned Vocalist Shrimati Lakshmi Shankar (Patiala Gharana). Student of Hindustani Classical Vocal music for over two decades as a disciple of Pandit Judhisthir Nath (Rampur Gharana). She has performed in several Rabindrasangeet programs in both Southern and Northern California. Her interest and further development in Rabindrasangeet took place when her father Sabyasachi Bhattacharya was the Vice-Chancellor of Vishwa Bharati University in Shantiniketan (1990-94). Notable performances include California Center for the Arts (Escondido)-accompanied Pandit Ravi Shankar on the occasion of India’s 50th Independence Day Anniversary Celebrations in a vocal presentation of “Sare Jahan Se Accha” and NABC ’99 (Santa Clara).


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