Musicians

Pt. Bhavani Shankar
Pt. Bhavani Shankar began his study of pakhawaj and tabla at the tender age of eight under the guidance of his father, Pandit Babulalji, who was a Kathak dance master. Today he is one of the most well known Pakhawaj players in the world.

Sri Debashish Sarkar
Sri Debashish Sarkar received his training in the ghazal genre under the guidance of Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Khan. He has accompanied some of India’s finest performers including the late Odissi master Guru Kelucharan Mahapatro, and notable Kathak artists such as Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Chitresh Das, Pandit Vijay Shankar, and Pandit Rammohan Mishra.

Sri Jayanta Banerjee
Sri Jayanta Banerjee is a young, upcoming Sitar artist from Kolkata, India. He currently accompanies dancers at the Padatik Dance Centre, Kolkata. Mr. Banerjee has had the honor of accompanying Pt. Chitresh Das in his acclaimed world tours throughout the US and India since 2004. Most recently, he worked with Pt. Das to compose the musical score for the Chitresh Das Dance Company’s Sita Haran.

Poovalur Srinivasan
Poovalur Srinivasan studied South Indian classical music from his father P.A. Venkataraman. For over three decades Poovalur has performed with leading artists from both South and North Indian classical traditions and a range of world musicians.  The album Tabula Rasa, where he composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen was nominated for a Grammy. He is the founding member of the group Brahmah. He founded and directs SNEW, the South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble. He is currently a faculty at the University of North Texas. He has taught at Cal Arts and San Diego State University.

Babu Parameswaran
Babu Parameswaran is the Director of the Keerthana School of Indian Music & Fine Arts, Los Angeles. He has been a staff artist of Bharata Kalanjali, the dance academy of the world-renowned dancers, the Dhananjayan’s, for the past 18 years. He has worked with Pt. Ravi Shankar on his musical theater production, Ghanashyam and was featured in the album Chants of India by Pt. Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.

S. Premila Devi
S. Premila Devi is a talented singer from Manipur with a melodious and powerful voice.  She has been performing with Manipuri Nartanalaya in Manipur’s major social and religious dance and music festivals in India and internationally for the past four years.

Amitava Mukherjee
Amitava Mukherjee is a senior fellow at the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in gauriya sangeet and one of the Founder/Director’s of Gauriya Nritya Bharati. He is a research scholar and a well-known vocalist and is credited for the revival and composition of more than fifty songs of gauriya nritya and has five Bengali music albums to his credit.

Aditya Prakash
Aditya Prakash has been trained under several accomplished vocalists and is currently under the tutelege of Palai C.K. Ramachandran and P.S. Narayanaswamy. Aditya is carving a niche for himself in the field as an accomplished young musician and has toured with many renowned artists including Pt. Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar.

V. Vedakrishnan
V. Vedakrishnan is a disciple of his late father Sri Venkatesan and his uncle Bhaktavatsalam. Veda has performed with many renowned musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar and Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri. Veda creates all the percussive works for the Shakti Dance Company.

Mahesh Swamy
Mahesh Swamy is a leading disciple of renowned Guru Sreenivas Murthy. Mahesh has toured with many well known dancers in India and the United States. He has been associated with the Shakti Dance Company since 1999.

Krishna Kumar
Krishna Kumar is a disciple of the violin virtuoso T.N. Krishnan and his son Sriram Krishnan. Krishna has accompanied leading dancers and musicians all over the US and in India and has been associated with Shakti since 1990.

Dr. Subrahmanyam Sudhakar
Dr. Subrahmanyam Sudhakar had his initial mridangam tutelage from Sri Kumbakonam Narayanaswamy Iyer and then with the Late Sri M.N. Kandaswamy Pillai of the Palani School.  He is currently taking advanced lessons from Kalaimamani Sri Guruvayur Dorai. Dr. Sudhakar has accompanied many accomplished musicians and dancers all over the US and in India.

Ekalabya Muduli
Ekalabya Muduli is a promising Mardala (Drum) player.  Born in a Gotipua dancing family, Ekalabya has had the opportunity to play for some of the world’s top Odissi dancers.  He has been awarded the Sangeet Visharad from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai and a diploma for Nrutya Shastra from Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy.

Vatapotta Devadasan
Vatapotta Devadasan received his diploma in kathakali maddalam (drum) from Gandhi Seva Sadan Kathakali & Classic Arts Academy.  During his tenure there he studied under some of the greatest kathakali and maddalam gurus including Kalanilaym Rajan Ashan, Kalamandalam Appukutty Poduval Ashan, Sadanam Sreedharan Ashan, Sadanam Sivan Ashan and Kalamandalam Nataraja Variyar Ashan.

Karthik Menon Aikkara
Karthik Menon Aikkara began studying music and kathakali at the age of five under Sadanam Harikumaran and started performing as a violinist on the professional stage at the age of 15.  He has performed in some of India’s most prominent Carnatic music and kathakali festivals.

Karimpuzha Padmalayam Ramakrishnan
Karimpuzha Padmalayam Ramakrishnanis a well-known Chenda (drum) player and received his postgraduate diploma from Gandhi Seva Sadan Kathakali & Classic Arts Academy. Among his gurus are Kalamandalam Achunni Poduval, Sadanam Gopalakrishnan, Kalamandalam Prabhakara Poduval, Sadanam Vasu and Kalamandalam Balaraman. He has performed in some of India’s most prominent dance and music festivals as well as internationally in Asia and Europe.

N.N. Ramamohanan
N.N. Ramamohananbegan studying Carnatic music at the age of five under K.M. Krishnan Namboodiri. In addition he has received training in kathakali music and kathakali vesham under Kalamandalam Sreekumar and Kalamandalam Soham.  He has performed along with Kerala’s most prominent artists across India and abroad.

Ravi Singh
Ravi began his studies in tabla with Smt. Hem Mathur in 1993, at the India School of Dance Music and Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1999, he graduated with the equivalent of a 3-year Bachelor’s in Music specializing in tabla from the India School of Dance, Music and Theatre and took on the role of teacher within the organization.  In 2003, Ravi Singh was awarded the Senior Arts Fellowship from the Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute to study in India where he began his studies under the famed tabla maestro, Pandit Kumar Bose.



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