Sangeet Natak Akademi
National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama, New
Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam
A Festival of Music
19 - 21 February 2006
District Library Auditorium
"In the field of Dance, the great variety
of Indian styles has attracted the notice of all students
of arts and culture... What is most remarkable is
the continuity of the tradition and the vigour they
display to this day...
"In the field of theory of drama, Indian
achievements are perhaps still more remarkable and
serve as models even to this day...
"... in the field of music... The co-operation
of Hindus and Muslims for almost a thousand years
has... Brought about a consummation that has perhaps
no equal in the world...
"This precious heritage of dance, drama
and music is one which we must cherish and develop."
- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
The Sangeet Natak Akademi, with a rich heritage spanning
50 years, has played a key role in creating and reinforcing
awareness of various aspects of the performing arts,
stimulating fresh thinking among practitioners through
several major expositions held over length and breadth
of the country. Akademi feels happy and proud to bring
this festival of music to the Brahmaputra valley.
'Sangeet Sangam' is the confluence of different streams
of Hindustani music represented by leading musicians
of the country presenting Dhrupad, Khayal and instrumental
music on Flute, Sarod, Sitar, Violin, Tabla and Guitar.
Some of the musicians participating in the festival
have earned wide renown in their respective fields.
Among them Shri Uma Shankar Mishra (Sitar) and Shri
Suresh Talwalkar (Tabla) have been honoured by the
Sangeet Natak Akademi with the prestigious Akademi
A ward. Other participants also have won acclaim in
their respective regions.
'Sangeet Sangam', being presented in collaboration
with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government
of Assam. We are grateful to Smt. Hema Prabha Saikia,
Hon'ble minister for Culture, Government of Assam
for having accepted the invitation to inaugurate the
festival on 19th Feb 2006.
Sangeet Natak Akademi
Sunday 19th February, 5:30 pm
. MINOTI KHAUND, Guwahati Violin
. INDRA KISHORE MISHRA, Betia Dhrupad
. NARENDRA NA TH DHAR, Lucknow Sarod
Monday 20th February, 5:30 pm
. ASHWINI BHIDE DESHPANDE, Mumbai Vocal
. UMA SHANKAR MISHRA, Delhi with Sitar
PAWAN BORDOLOI on Tabla
Tuesday 21st February, 10:00 am (Morning
. DEBOJIT ROY, Guwahati Vocal
. M. RANDOLPH SINGH & G. LOKEN SHARMA Tabla-Pung
. DEBOBRATA MALLlK, Tripura Guitar
Tuesday 21st February, 5:30 pm
. L. DEVENDRAJIT SHARMA, Imphal Vocal
. MOHINI MOHAN PAT ANAIK, Bhubaneswar Flute
. SURESH TALWALKAR & GROUP, Mumbai Tabla
Born in 1940, Smt. Minoti Khaund initially learnt
to play the violin from Shri Indreswar Sarma of Jorhat.
She was later a student of Shri V.G. Jog, one of the
foremost violinists of India. Smt. Khaund has given
recitals in various cities Delhi, Kolkata, Cuttack,
Bhubaneswar, Benaras, Allahabad, Mumbai and there
have been acclaimed by the press and audiences. She
has also participated in many lecture-¬demonstrations
and seminars, and has published various articles on
music in newspapers and journals. She is imparting
training in violin to a number of young students.
Sukhamay Chakraborty: Tabla
Indra Kishore Mishra
Born in 1956 in Betia, Shri Indra Kishore Mishra
received his training in Dhrupad of the Betia gharana
under his grandfather Shyam Mallick and his father
Mahanth Mishra. He has performed in Dhrupad Samaroh
at Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal. Shri Indra Kishore Mishra
recorded a CD with a French recording company in 1995.
He commands a vast repertoire of compositions of his
Prithviraj Kumar: Pakhawaj
Ranjan Kumar: Violin
Narendra Nath Dhar
Born in 1954 in Kolkata, Shri Narendra Nath Dhar
received his initial training in Sarod from his father
Nemai Chand Dhar. He also studied under Samarendra
Nath Sikdar and was later a student of Radhika Mohan
Moitra. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan too has taught him for
Shri Narendra Nath Dhar has performed in a number
of music festivals and is an A grade artiste on All
India Radio and Doordarshan. A prize-winner in the
All India Radio competition in instrumental music
in 1970, he was awarded the National Scholarship from
the Department of Culture, Government of India, for
intensive training in Sarod from 1975 to 1978. Shri
Dhar has been honoured with the Naushad Award of the
Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1995 and the Uttar
Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002. An audio-cassette
by Shri Dhar has been released by HMV India.
Vinod Lele: Tabla
Ashwini Bhide Deshpande
Smt. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande received her initial
training in music from her mother Smt. Manik Bhide,
a representative of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. She
later studied with Pandit Narayanrao Datar to complete
her Sangeet Visharad degree, and subsequently under
Ratnakar Pai. She has also obtained a Master's Degree
in science and a Ph.D.
Principally a Khayal singer, Smt. Ashwini Bhide also
performs Thumri, Dadra, Bhajans and Abhangs, as also
Sanskrit stotras and stutis.
A top-grade artist on Akashvani and Doordarshan,
she has performed in many major festivals of music
in India and abroad. She has a number of cassettes
and CDs to her credit. She has also published a book
of her own compositions, Rangarachananjali.
Smt. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande is a recipient of the
Kumar Gandharva Sam man conferred by the Government
of Madhya Pradesh among other honours.
Vinod Lele: Tabla
Vinay Mishra: Harmonium
Uma Shankar Mishra
Born in 1933 in Madhubani, Bihar, Shri Uma Shankar
Mishra was initiated into instrumental music by his
father, Hariprasad Mishra, and later studied with
Pandit Ravi Shankar in the Senia gharana.
Shri Mishra has evolved a personal style of playing
the Sitar that is distinguished for its quiet elegance
and imagination. He is also .a reputed teacher, and
has trained a number of students over the past four
decades, including his son Madan Shankar Mishra. He
has performed widely in India as well as in the United
States, Europe, and many Asian countries. He has received
many honours and awards including the Parishad Samman
bestowed by the Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi, in 1991
and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1992.
Pawan Bordoloi: Tabla
Debojit Roy received his training in music at an
early age under Ramendra Narayan Roy Choudhury, Hirendra
Natha Sarma and Laxmi Saikia, who instilled in him
a deep and abiding passion for music and initiated
him in the Khayal form. Later, he was a student of
Shri Samaresh Chawdhury of the Senia gharana.
A post-graduate in economics and music, Shri Debojit
Roy has to his credit a number of awards. He has performed
all over India. A B High artist, he has been a regular
performer on Akashvani and Doordarshan. An audio-cassette
of select ragas sung by Shri Debojit Roy has been
Pawan Bordoloi: Tabla
Bikas Bhawal: Harmonium
M. Randolph Singh & G. Loken Sharma
Shri Randolph Singh initially learnt Tabla from Shri
Yaima and the late Indrajit Singh in Manipur. He subsequently
received advanced training in Tabla under Shri Abdullah
Khan of Delhi, Shri Mukund Bhale of Khairagarh, Shri
Bhai Gaitonde, Shri Ashok Godbole, and finally from
Ustad Alla Rakha of Mumbai.
Shri Randolph holds a Master's degree in percussion
music (Tabla) from the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya,
Khairagarh. He has also been awarded the National
Scholarship and Junior Fellowship by the Government
of India. He has performed in music festivals at Jorhat,
Majuli Island, Raipur, Nagpur, Guwahati, Kolkata,
Delhi, and Bali (Indonesia). At present, he is doing
research in Manipuri percussion under the guidance
of Guru Hajari Singh and Guru Thanil Singh.
Gurumayum Loken Sharma received his first lessons
in the Meitei Pung from Guru Jarma Singh of Manipur.
Later, he has received advanced training from a number
of gurus including Guru Mukta, Guru Thanil, Guru Leibakmacha,
Guru Gokulo, etc.
N. Guno Singh: Clarinet
Born in 1975 in Tripura, Shri Debobrata Mallik was
initiated into music at an early age by his elder
brother Shri Ashim Mallik. He first took formal instruction
in the guitar, and then began studying Indian classical
music under the guidance of Alokendra Debbarman, an
eminent Sarod player and senior lecturer at the Tripura
Government Music College. Shri Debobrata continued
his studies under Shri Debasish Mukherjee of Kolkata.
Today, he lends support on his instrument in music
recordings and also gives concerts on the stage, playing
Indian classical music as well as semi-classical and
folk music. He performs regularly on All India Radio
and Doordarshan and has participated in several well-known
music festivals in India.
Bivash Hrishidas: Tabla
L. Devendrajit Sharma
Born in 1959, at Imphal into a family of musicians,
Shri L. Devendrajit Sharma started learning Hindustani
vocal music at a young age under Shri I. T. Singh
and Shri L.M. Singh of Manipur. He was later a student
of renowned musicians such as Shri Abhay Narayan Mallik
and Dr. Amareshchandra Chaubey at Khairagarh. Shri
Sharma has obtained Master's degrees in both Hindustani
vocal and instrumental music (guitar) at Khairagarh
and has also qualified for the Junior and Senior Diplomas
in Sugam Sangit from the Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya.
Shri Sharma is a B High artist on Akashvani and Doordarshan
and also a performer of Manipuri sugam sangeet and
guitar. He has performed in different parts of the
country and has also published two books on Hindustani
music. At present, he is working as a lecturer in
the Department of Vocal Music, SSBD Government Music
T. Shyama Charan Singh: Tabla
S. Ramkumar Singh: Harmonium
Mohini Mohan Patnaik
Shri Mohini Mohan Patnaik was born in 1945 into a
landowning family of Orissa. He has had no formal
training in music but, pursuing his passion for the
flute, he has developed into a reputed performer,
teacher and composer. He is also a collector of flutes,
focusing on instruments of Orissa, and holds Master's
degrees both in music and political science.
Shri Mohini Mohan Patnaik has performed widely in
India and abroad, appearing in 5010 concerts as well
as companies of musicians. He is specially recognized
for his scores for large instrumental ensembles. Among
several other honours, Shri Patnaik has been bestowed
the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Award and the Orissa Sangeet
Natak Akademi Award.
Sandeep Rout: Tabla
Born in 1948 in Mumbai, Shri Suresh Talwalkar received
his training in Tabla under Shri Pandharinath Nageshkar
and Vinayakrao Ghangrekar of the Munir Khan Saheb
and Nanasaheb Panse gharanas. He has also studied
rhythm under the Mridangam maestro Ramnad Ishwaran
and has trained in Hindustani vocal music under Gajananbua
Joshi and Nibruthibua Sarnaik.
One of the leading solo Tabla players today, Shri
Talwalkar has acquired an eclectic style that draws
upon various schools of percussion art. He has also
accompanied eminent musicians and dancers in their
performances. Shri Talwalkar has trained a number
of young Tabla players including Shri Vijay Ghate
and Trilok Gurtu, and has initiated Western drummers
into Tabla music. He has produced a number of audio-cassettes
of his music. Among other honours, Shri Talwalkar
received the All India Radio Award in 1966 and the
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2004.
Samartha Nagarkar: Vocal
Charudutta Phadke: Tabla
Chinmay Kolhatkar: Harmonium