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Faculty [ USA ]

Abhijit Banerjee
PRINCIPAL
Considered among the top class of tabla players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. With nearly 20 years of professional experience Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world for his sensitivity,skill and deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer.
 
Somnath Roy
GUEST INSTRUCTOR (SOUTH INDIAN PERCUSSION & TAAL SYSTEM)
Somnath, is an Innovative versatile percussionist who as made an in-depth study in both north and south Indian style of percussion. An inevitable part of TARANG since its conception and a sought after percussionist in the film industry, Somnath has shared the stage with great maestros of Indian Music and has the privileges of participating in World music festivals like ETNI MALAGA FEST (Spain), India Festival (Belgium).
                                                                                                                                  visit :  www.ghatamsomnath.com
 
Jyoti Prakash
SENOIR TABLA INSTRUCTOR
Jyoti Prakas started learning tabla at a very early age from his father Sri Nagendranath. Later with Pandit Brojen Biswas and Sri Sumantra Guha.As he proceeded with the musical activities, he came under the tutelage of Pandit Abhijit Banerjee,one of the top ranking tabla players in India.Jyotiprakas performed in All India Radio and Television. He has conducted workshops in West Bengal and was also being on the panel of judges for music competitions arranged by Calcutta University,India. Jyoti Prakas has participated in numerous music conferences in Calcutta and other cities of India and in the USA with world famous vocalist Pt.Jasraj and Kathak dancers like Smt.Sova Kosar India. He has also played with Flute Maestro Pt.Keshav Ghinde,Pt.K.Sidhar(sarod).He played in dance with Kathak Dancer Pandit Chitresh Das and Tap Dancer Jason Samuel Smith in Monterey bay University california.He also participated in community prog. Organized by San diego Meuseum.He also played with David Tasroff(sarod),Paul Livingstone(sitar). He did lecture demostraton in Lajoll elementary school,sandiego.
 
Rabi Sankar Bhattacharjee
TABLA INSTRUCTOR
Rabi Sankar Bhattacharjee is a highly skilled tabla player in the filed of Light classical devotional music and folk music. This is a special field which a percussionist, playing strictly classical music might not able to satisfy the need. He has performed at all major folk festivals in India and conducted seminars in different cities in India on folk percussion of north India and Bengal regions. He has extensively traveled to the countries like U.K, USA, Canada and Australia where he has conducted seminars on folk percussions. In the US he has performed in venues like Scribal Center Los Angeles and World Music Institute, New York. He is in demand of playing with the devotional songs in the community too. His special forte is BAUL and JAGARAN kind of music and lots of artists and religious organization including temples are corresponding with our organization to get him for their festival playing.
 
Daniel Hirtz
TABLA INSTRUCTOR - PHOENIX, AZ
Daniel has studied North Indian Tabla since 1981. Among his most important teachers Sunit Kanjilal, Debu Chakraborty, Jatinder Thakur, Anindo Chatterjee, Abhijit Banerjee. He has performed with various artists both in Europe and the US, playing north Indian classical, Bhajan and Kirtan devotional and light classical singing. He has also participated in various world music and jazz projects. Daniel moved from Vienna, Austria to Arizona in 1992 and started teaching in AZ 10 years ago.
 
Uchhal Banerjee
INSTRUCTOR (New York)

A Tabla Player of well repute in West Bengal, India. His main expertise lies in the strong knowledge of theoretical besides the practical experience in playing Tabla specially in different vocal styles of Indian Classical Music. He has dedicated a considerable portion of his life  for percussion music specially Tabla. At an early age, his strong affinity towards playing Tabla made his parents compelled to take him to Tabla maestro Pt. Jnan Prakash Ghosh and he was fortunate enough to be accepted. His intense ability and sincerity towards music inspired Pandit Ji and made him eligible to receive special guidance. He continued to gain knowledge for long four years.

After the sad demise of his first Guru he had continued his learning from Pt. Samar Saha. At present he is under the guidance of world renowned Tabla Player and eminent percussionist Pt. Abhijit Banerjee for more than 7 years as a serious learner. This was the turning point in his life. He re-started his journey with numerous local performances.  One to one teaching with his guru has given the depth of Knowledge in the form of classical music. Besides learning classical style, he learnt specially the style of playing with Devotional music and folk music. He became the Honorable Life Member of the prestigious Calcutta Cine Musician’s Association and Calcutta Stage Performing Musician’s Welfare Association.

His expertise lies in playing traditional table in various Gharanas and his specialty lies in Farukhabad Gharana. His main expertise is in Indian Classical Music and devotional percussion art form, he has performed at major programs in West Bengal and outside.

Some of his major performances includes – in Kolkata venues like Birla Sabhaghar, Kalamandir, Madhusudhan Manch, Calcutta Club, Girish Manch, Star Theatre etc. He has also performed at Ramakrishna Mission, Baranagar; Yogodyan Ramakrishna Math, Kakurgachi; Udyanbati, Kashipur; Vedanta Math, Bidhan Sarani; Vivekananda Society, Manicktala. He is a regular perform on R-plus Channel, Srijan TV Channel, Concuss Channel etc.

 

Board Members [ USA ]

Board of Directors
  • Abhijit Banerjee, Director (Artistic) & President
  • Baldev Jhita, Director
  • Jyoti Prakas Mistri, Secretary
  • Advisory Board Members
  • Mr. Alok Chatterjee (Scientist- NASA)
  • Mr. Paul Livingstone (Musician)
  • Mr. Popat Sawla
  • Mr. Pratyush Dave
  • Mr. Rashmi Bhai Shah
  • Mr. Vijay Bhatt
  • Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (Renowned Tabla Player)
  • Pandit Bhawani Shankar (Renowned Pakhwaj Player)
  • Prof Sanjoy Bandyopadhyay (HOD Instrumental Dept. Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India)
  • Executive Members
  • Dr. Dibakar Reddy
  • Mr. Alok Chatterjee