The Hyderabad Chapter of Jadavpur University Alumni Association is presenting a music concert by the Bandish Musical Group on 8th January at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The Bandish Group comprises of tabla maestro and ethnic percussionist Subhen Chatterjee, renowned Hindustani vocalist Raghab Chatterjee, lead guitarist Amyt Dutta, drummer Sambit of MTV Rock-on fame, and Grammy Award winner Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt on Indian slide guitar.
Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Born on 27th July 1952, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt hails from the Bhatt family of musicians. He had his initial training from his elder brother, Shashi Mohan Bhatt. He is credited for indianising the Western guitar by changing the original strings and adding 'Chikari' and 8 'Tarabs' (sympathetic strings), and has developed his own style of playing Indian classical music. The style is a combination of 'Gayaki Ang' (vocal style) and 'Tantrakari Ang' (instrumental style).
Vishwa Mohan won the highest music award in the world, the Grammy Award, in 1994, along with Ry Cooder for their world music album, 'A Meeting By The River'.
Vishwa Mohan has performed extensively in the USA, the USSR, Canada, Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, then scaled the Gulf, Dubai, Al-Sharjah, Bahrain, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and also throughout India.
Subhen is a senior disciple of tabla maestro Pt. Swapan Chowdhury. He has accompanied great musicians such as Pt. V G Jog, Girija Devi, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Begum Parveen Sultana, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt. Monilal Nag and Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan. He has also worked with world music masters such as Paul Horn (flute player) and David Crosby, and has been a performing artiste of WOMAD (World Organization of Music and Dance) founded by Peter Gabriel. Subhen's own band is Karma, which is an Indo-Jazz Fusion Orchestra.
Raghab started his musical journey under the supervision of his mother Shila Chatterjee, and then came under the association of gurus like Dr. Amiya Ranjan Banerjee, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, and finally Ustad Rashid Khan. He has also worked with music directors in both Kolkata and Mumbai such as Bappi Lahiri, Ismail Darbar, Monty Sharma, Sajid Wajid, Chiradip, Ram Sampat, Debajyoti, Santanu Moitra and Pritam Chakraborty.
In recognition for his contribution to Indian music, he has received many awards and accolades such as the National Scholarship, ITC/SRA Scholarship, R D Burman award, Uttam Kumar award, Kalakar award and HMV Golden talent award.
Amyt, who is a guitarist, a composer and a producer, has toured extensively with the rock band Shiva from mid 80's to 90's. He now plays and composes for experimental band Pink Noise and Rock band Skinny Alley. He is also a session musician, producer, teacher and mentor.
Born in a family of musicians, Sambit learnt tabla from his father Subhen Chatterjee and Rabindra Sangeet from his mother Sutapa Chatterjee. Influenced by Mike Portnoy's drumming techniques and Indian percussion legend Sivamani, he took to playing drums. Still in college, Sambit is a member of the fusion band Karma since 2007, and an integral member of his dad's Bandish Fusion.
Entry tickets are priced at Rs. 200 and Rs. 100 per head. Please contact Anindya Das at 91774-44081 or Banibrata De/Anuja De at 99596-66095 or Nilanjan Chatterjee at 98665-33154 for further details.