Aashish Khan was initiated into North Indian Classical Music at the age of five by his grandfather, the legendary Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan Sahib, exponent of the Senia Beenkar and Senia Rababiya Gharana founded in the 16th century by Mian Tansen, court musician to Emperor Akbar. Also under the guidance of his father Ustad Ali Akbar Khan , and aunt, Smt. Annapurna Devi, presently the leading exponents of the Senia Maihar Gharana in the Beenkar and Rababiya Anga of the Dhruvapada style. Aashish Khan gave his first public performance at the age of 13, with his grandfather, on All India Radio National Program along with Pandit Kanthe Maharaj on Tabla, in New Delhi. Aashish Khan pioneered the establishment of cross-cultural World Music Genre as a founder of Shanti in 1969 and later of the fusion group, The Third Eye. He was the first to write a sarode concerto in Raag form.
With Pt. Ravi Shankar, he has worked on many muscical projects for both films and stage, including Satyajit Ray's Apur Sansar, Parash Pathar, Jalsha Ghar, Goopi Gayen Bagha Bayen and Richard Attenborough's film Gandhi. He has also composed the music for Tapan Sinha's Joturgriha, for which he has received the Best Film Score Award by the journalist, and Aadmi aur Aurat. He collaborated with such diverse Western musicians like John Barham, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and many more of such renowned talents.
A teacher for many years and formerly on the faculties of Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafeal, California and the University of Washington, Seattle, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He teaches students throughout the United States , Canada , Europe , South Africa, and India. In 2002 he has received The Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts council, Chicago, Illinois , USA
Abhisek Lahiri has risen to prominence as an Indian Classical Sarod Player of India today. An ‘ A- Grade'Sarod artist of All India Radio and National Television, Abhisek has won the hearts of discerning audiences worldwide with his maturity, depth & perfection.
Abhisek was initiated in Sarod at an early age of 5 (five) & trained under the tutelage of his father as well as Guru,eminent Sarod artist Pt. Alok Lahiri, becoming one of his premier disciples. Abhisek's sarod recital has a blending of different styles of gharanas likeShahajanpur, Maihar & Seni Beenkar. Abhisek's playing reflects the subtlety, aestheticism & nostalgic spirituality while combining it with resonant power and intensity to captivate the listener with the beauty & originality of his playing.
Abhisek has been holding center stage in many major classical music festivals in India and touring extensively in USA , Canada, U.K. , Europe , South East Asiagiving concerts, conducting Lecture demonstrations and attending seminars in the Universities and music schools. Abhisek's major international performances includesMusee Guimet (Asian Museum)- Paris, The World Kinder Festival- Holland, World Music Day Festivalin Cannes- France, FIMU Festival - France, India Festival in Strasbourg- France, Indian Night in Stuttgart- Germany, TSS Multicultural Festival in Toronto- Canada, TMG Concerts & Lecture demonstrations in Hamilton- Canada etc.
Avijit is an extremely talented Sarod player of the Seniya Maihar Gharana founded by Late Acharya Baba Allaudin Khan. He had his talim initially from Late.Prof. Dhyanesh Khan and Ustad Aashish Khan, sons of the legendary Sarod Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Avijit is presently a senior disciple of Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar.
Avijit holds a first class M.A degree in Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He stood first in All India Radio Music Competition in Instrumental Music in 1996 and received the President’s Gold Medal. He is a B-high Artist of A.I.R. and T.V. He is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.) India.
Avijit has presented his Sarod recital at many important concerts in India. He performed at Bangladesh T.V. and Press Club He is the first Indian musician to perform at the Rainforest World Music Festival in 2002. He has also performed and conducted workshops at the 6th Festival of the Dhow Countries ( ZIFF) Zanzibar, in 2003 and Awesome Africa Jazz and Heritage Music Festival, Durban , South Africa in 2004.
Debasish Bhattacharya is an excellent Sarode Player of the country. Born in 1963 Debasish comes from a musical family. Late Sangeetacharya Kashinath Chattopadhyay of Rampur Sahaswan Gharana was his grand father. His musical training started at a very early age under the tutelage of his father Shri Shyam Sundar Bhattacharya, an eminent sitar player of that time. Thereafter he took training for several years with Pt. Ravi Laha, a disciple of Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra. Finally, since 1981 he has been taking extensive talim from Pt. Buddhadev Das Gupta, the ace disciple of Pt. Radhika Moitra. By dint of his hard labour and sincere adherence to the tradition Debashish has carved out a place for himself amongst the foremost Sarodiyas of his generation. His intelligent applications of extensive indigenous Bol(Banies) Ekharas with gamak with the deft left hand applications make his performances uniquely bright. He is a torchbearer of the Senia Shahjahanpur Gharana that evolved from Ustd. Murad Ali Khan and propagated through his descendants, Ustd. Abdullah Khan, Ustd. Md Amir Khan, and his celebrated disciple Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Debasish’s performances have been highly acclaimed at Prayag Sangit Samiti’s Annual Convocation at Allahabad, Madhya Pradesh, Kala Parishad’s conference at Bhopal, Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Festival arranged by Gandharva Mahavidyalayay at Delhi Kumar Gandharva Samaraho, Dewas (MP) and other music conferences throughout the country. Three times he played for All India Radio in their National programme of music. In 1986 he stood first in the All India Radio Music Competition.
He is an “A” Grade Sarode Player in the All India Radio and TV and also Lecturer at the Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.