The Bandish Fusion is an assorted album of bandish of folk, sufi, classical and instrumental from various provinces of India.
*SUBHEN : Tabla/ ethnic percussion/ composer
* SUBHAS : Key Board* SOMNATH : Ghattam/ ethnic percussion
* SUVAM : Guitar * BACHOSPATI : Bass * JONATHAN KAY: Saxophone
* ABHISHEK :Sitartronic* SAMBIT:Drums
Guest Appearance : PANDIT VISHWA MOHAN BHATT
Special Thanks to SUBHAM MOITRA for recording & arranging the songs.
Recorded at studio 43 LA
SUBHEN CHATTERJEE bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana-Subhen went on to learn the intricacies & beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing & which has made his style of playing so unique & distinctive.
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Smt. Girija Devi, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Sobha Gurtu,Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Misra, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Viswa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Ashish Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Manilal Nag, Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan,Pt. Ronu Mazumder, Pt. Chitresh Das and many others and has earned a very good name both from the audience as well as the press. Subhen is also a very fine soloist.
WOMAD(World Organisation of Music & Dance, founded by renowned guitar player Peter Gabriel) by collaborating with such distinguished artistes such as Paul Horn (Flautist), David Cosby (of Crosby, Still, Nash & Young famed) etc. Subhen has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA, (in the year 1985) which is still the only of its kind from the easter part of India.
Subhen’s recent collaboration with renowned percussionist, SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called FRIENDS OF DRUMS (F. O. D) whose main objective is to help the lesser known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones. F. O. D. has also planned for supporting old and handicapped musicians (financially or otherwise) who had served the music world for years.
His album BANDISH FUSION was nominated for JPF Music Awards (one of USA's leading music awards) in 2006.
Subhen's latest albums "BANDISH FUSION: Redefind" & "BANDISH FUSION: the lasting legacy" are already in the charts, both in India & abroad. For more details on this, please log on to:www.bandishfusion.com.
Creator of the MOHAN VEENA and the winner of the GRAMMY AWARD, Vishwa Mohan has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. It is due to Vishwa's maiden mega effort that he rechristened guitar as MOHAN VEENA, his genius creation and has established it at the top most level in the mainstream of Indian Classical Music scenario, thereby proving the essence of his name VISHWA (meaning the world) and MOHAN (meaning charmer) and indeed, a world charmer he is.
Being the foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan belongs to that elite body of musicians which traces its origin to the Moughal emperor Akbar's court musician TANSEN and his guru the Hindu Mystic Swami Haridas.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod & veena techniques, by giving it a evolutionary design & shape and by adding 14 more strings helping him to establish the instrument MOHAN VEENA to unbelievable heights. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide player s in the world.
Being a powerhouse performer, Vishwa's electrifying performance always
captivates the audience whether in the United States of America, Europe, Gulf countries or his motherland India. Vishwa Mohan has become the cultural ambassador of India by carrying the Herculean task of glorifying and popularizing Indian culture and music throughout the world.
Outstanding features of Bhatt's baaj (style) are his natural ability to play the 'Tantrakari Ang' and incorporate the 'Gayaki Ang' on Mohan Veena which is the greatest advantage of this instrument over traditional Indian instrument like sitar, sarod and veena. It was no surprise that Vishwa Mohan with his sheer virtuosity and limitless supply of melodies won the highest music award of the world, the GRAMMY AWARD IN 1994 along with Ry Cooder for their World Music Album, 'A MEETING BY THE RIVER' enhancing his celebrity status not only as a star performer but also as an improviser and a soulful composer.
Vishwa Mohan has performed extensively in the USA, USSR, Canada, the Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, then scaling the Gulf of Dubai, Al-Sharjah, Bahrain, Muscat, Abu Dhabi etc. and throughout India.
Sri Tushar Dutta, renowned ex-scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, presently a popular most young vocalist of Kolkata, has already proved his enormous talent in the field of Indian Classical Music. Tushar born in 1966, has started his musical career as a classical singer and acclaimed appreciation from every corner. He started learning the fundamentals of Indian Classical Music from Pandit Bimal Mitra of Durgapur at an early stage. Later he came under the tulelage of Pandit A Kanan, Pandit Arun Bhaduri and Pandit Sumit Bose as a scholar of Sangeet Research Academy. Tushar become a gandabandhshagird of Late Pandit K. G. Ginde.
Tushar has already achieved many colourful feathers in his musical cap not only from India, but from abroad also. He stood first in National Open Competition in Bangladesh in 1975. Tushar was selected in the Grade-A in Khayal and Bhajan by All India Radio in the first audition in 1996. In 1988, Tushar stood first in Khayal at All India University Music Competition in Benaras. He got national scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. He was nominated as one of the best new talent for Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar by Anand Bazar Group of Publications in the field of Bengali songs. Tushar has gotSurmoni title from Sur Singer Samsad of Mumbai. He has released a number of other albums.
Tushar has already performed in USA. Canada and UK as a member of the visiting S.R.A. team. He took part in the national concert of All India Radio. He also took part in World Music Festival in Spain in the year 2004. Besides all these, he has performed in various programmes organised by ITC-SRA and other organisation in many parts of India. Tushar, armed with his golden voice, has set himself to conquer the hearts of millions.