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In Drums of India, the internationally renowned tabla player, Bickram Ghosh, brings together a virtuosic five-person ensemble that explores the ancient world of Indian percussion in an electrifying evening of drumming and vocalizing, with added sitar.
“The tradition of drumming in India is one of the oldest and most evolved in the world. The sheer diversity of instruments in terms of tone and technique is breathtaking. The mastery over each drum requires years of training and rigorous practice.
The great Pandit Ravi Shankar did much to showcase the cast repertoire of Indian drumming to the west. My own vistas expanded immeasurably through the honor of accompanying him for a decade.
With Drums of India, I bring you a concert that will leave you spell-bound. Each artist in this show is a virtuoso drummer and the combined effect of their drumming is a sound not to be missed!” – Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh’s Drums of India has been developed in partnership with the Ravi Shankar Foundation and Opus 3 Artists.
Maestro Bickram Ghosh, tabla, kanjira , body percussion, handsonic
One of India’s greatest Tabla maestros, Bickram Ghosh also holds the rare distinction of being one of the most well- known names in the world of Indo-fusion music. Having performed the world over with the legendary Pt. Ravi Shankar (whom he accompanied for over a decade), Bickram went on to form his hugely successful band Rhythmscape which made him one of the most popular musical stars of his generation. He has over 100 albums to his credit, earning multiple Grammy Award nominations. Bickram is also a prolific film composer and together with Sonu Nigam, received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for the Bollywood film ‘Jai’. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Banga Bhushan award, the second highest civilian State award , and in 2015 the Maha Sangeet Samman ,the highest musical recognition in West Bengal by the Chief Minister of Bengal Smt. Mamata Banerjee.
Beginning his long concert career from a young age of fifteen and after a number of significant encounters with other great musicians, Sharma has created his own style. Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma is considered as one of the most sought after gurus in the field of music (vocal and percussion). He has had many awards and merits conferred upon him in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of Carnatic Classical Music.
Gopal Barman, srikhol
Sri Barman a well known name in the musical world was introduced in the classical arena of Indian Classical Music at the tender age of four. As Gopal decided to specialize in Sreekhole he started to learn the intricacies of Sreekhole under the apt tutelage of Prof. Sanatan Saha. With Tabla Maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh he became an international performer accompanying Pandit Shankar Ghosh’s Music of The Drums both in India and abroad. He became instrumental in giving Sreekhole an independent identity as a classical percussion instrument and is considered a young maestro. He is a Sangeet Visharad and recognized artist of A.I.R and TV.
Suresh Vaidyanathan, ghatam and morsing
Hailed as the Pele of Percussion, Suresh has revolutionized the art of playing ghatam and is known for his outstanding technique, profound laya and elegant spontaneity. Suresh’s energetic performances with top drummers internationally, his luminous compositions, enlightening workshops on Indian music and drumming and his teaching abilities, have brought him global respect through jazz festivals to drum festivals and from universities to music schools around the world for over three decades.
Abhisek Mallick, sitar
Abhisek was introduced to the tabla at the tender age of four and the sitar at age seven. Under the tutelage of his guru Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay as well as the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, his musical skills blossomed and he has evolved into one of the leading sitarists of his generation. He has received many awards including the distinguished President’s Award from the Government of India. He is currently a member of Pt. Bickram Ghosh’s Rhythmscape, performing at prestigious venues and music festivals in India and abroad.