Competition weekend commences with an inaugural concert by some of the finest musicians in the Indian Classical Music field. Throughout the history of the competition, this stage has been graced by such stalwarts as Ust. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee, Ust. Shujaat Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pt. Ronu Majumdar, and many more.
This year, we are presenting two artists: Deepak Ram (bansuri) and Indradeep Ghosh (violin). Tickets are available here.
Deepak is an incredibly versatile artist who is well known for his evocative performances in traditional North Indian classical music, his collaborations with musicians of other genres, his innovative compositions and for his excellence as a teacher. Deepak Ram's first love is North Indian classical music. Indeed, he is an accomplished soloist. He is a delightful and captivating performer, combining technical mastery with personal charm. He has performed in the United States of America (where he is currently based), South Africa, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, Lebanon, Turkey, India and Holland and had the honor of accompanying his teacher, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in Geneva, London and Paris.
Deepak began his formal training in bansuri and tabla under Sri Jeram Bhana in South Africa in 1975. Two years later he was off to Mumbai, India to study flute under the late Sri Suryakant Limaye (India's master flute maker); he simultaneously spent a short time under flautist, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao.
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3aextqlSTI
One of the top ranking Violinist of India & a torch bearer of Seni – Maihar gharana. Indradeep was initiated in the art of playing Violin at his tender age of six under the able guidance of Sri Anamitra Mustafi. From the year 1991, he is under the tutelage of Prof. Smt. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury. He has also the privilege of getting occasional talim from other maestros of Indian Classical Music like Pt. V.G.Jog and Pt. Kumar Bose. Apart from Indian Classical Music, Indradeep has the fondness toward the Western Classical Music too, and he has received his western lessons from late Sri Samir Sil.
His fortes are ‘taan’ and ‘jhala’ Along the years, Indradeep has participated in several music festivals and concerts of India and abroad like – 10th Asia Festival in Barcelona, YOMAD Festival in Croatia, Memorial Concert for Chile in Koln, Biswa Banga Sammelan, Baba Allauddin Memorial Festival, Salt Lake Music Festival, Prativa Utsav organised by EZCC, Dover Lane Music Festival, Kal Ke Kalakar Sangeet Sammelan Mumbai, Kala Prakash Varanasi, Kashi sangeet Samaj, Cultural Exchange Programme organised by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in Chennai, IIT Delhi, Delhi Cant.etc and has also performed extensively in USA and several European Countries like Germany, France, Austria, Luxemburg, Spain, Denmark, Netherland etc. Moreover he has participated as a guest violin player in “Evening Live Show” & “Subha Savere” from Doordarshan Kendra New Delhi and is a regular performer from All India Radio Kolkata.
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnsP2eaHoRI
Enayet is the son and disciple of Ustad Hamid Hossain. We well known tabla player in North America, he has accompanied all the top Indian artists throughout the world including Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Salamat Ali Khan, Sultan Khan, Shujaat Khan, Budhaditya Mukherjee and a host of other musicians. He is one of the few artists to be a full voting member of the Recording Academy, the organization that nominates and runs the Grammy awards.
Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DIt8xx0Mj8