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Morag Pryde has been studying the classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam for 12 years. She is training under Barbara Dejung at the Nandikara Dance School in Zürich, following the style of Sri Udupi Laxminarayan from Chennai.
Under her teacher’s guidance, she completed her Arangetram in October 2011.Now she performs regularly and conducts workshops for various organisations.Every winter she travels to India to deepen her knowledge of the Indian arts.
Somjit Dasgupta. Born on 20th December 1960, Somjit Dasgupta is a multifaceted artist. He is one of the rare few
Sarodiyas from Rajshahi Garana of the great Maestro Late Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra.
Somjit received intense training on the Sarod as well as allied musical instruments like Sur Shringar,
Mohan Veena, Drupadi Rabab and Sur Rabab in the care of Late Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra himself.
He also received training in Hindustani classical vocal from the late Shri Radhika Mohan Moitra, the late
Shri Suresh Chakraborty, late Shri Rabindra Mohan Moitra & Shri Amiya Chattopadhya. A recipient of
the Senior Fellowship (2003) from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Somjit has performed extensively in
India and abroad.
As a performer, Somjit is a true representative of his Garana. His Gamaks in Gayaki Ang (first introduced
by Late Pandit Moitra) bring out the most touching nuances of the ragas. Emphasis on melody against a
backdrop of Drupad style is one of the characteristics of his interpretations of ragas. From time to time
Somjit delights his audiences with some of the rarest and intriguing compositions (Bandish) of his Guru.
Apart from his repertoire as a performer, Somjit is also a collector, researcher and restorer of antique
Indian musical instruments. His collection of antique instruments which are still playable, date back
almost three centuries. A collection of about sixty instruments, which he inherited from his Guru has
been acknowledged as the oldest and largest by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi and Cite de la
Being a multifaceted artist, Somjit is also a painter, a Terra‐cotta and Ceramic sculptor and an art
historian. A graduate of Indian Traditional Painting from Government Art College, Kolkata Somjit has
done his Masters in Ancient Indian History & Culture and has completed his PhD Seminar on Temple
Architecture of Bishnupur at the University of Calcutta.
Currently, Somjit is working on projects with Berlin Museum and Grassi Museum fur Volkerkunde in
Leipzig for restoration and documentation of their collection of Indian classical Instruments. He is a
regular contributor in reputed journals, and also carries out extensive researches in relevant fields.
Sayantani was born on 25th December, 1986 in Kolkata, India. Her parents, Dr. Pradipta Kumar Dasgupta and Dr. Mahua Dasgupta are ardent lovers of music.
Her initial training in vocal music started at the age of seven in a local music school. Eventually she became a regular student of “SHRUTINANDAN”, a well-known school of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and pursued her music training under his guidance. There, her classes started under all respected teachers, including Kaushiki Chakrabarty, an internationally acclaimed Indian classical vocalist.
In the year 2010, she became a scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy, a prestigious organization established with the motive of preserving and promoting Hindustani classical music, under “Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty”. This greatly inspired her towards learning and developing "Khayal" singing and also other lighter forms of Indian vocal music.
She secured 2nd position in All India Radio Music Competition in “Bhajan” in 2010 and became a regular artist of the All India Radio. She was awarded a certificate in “Bhajan” in the “Dover Lane Music Competition” in 2009. Also being a student of “SHRUTINANDAN” she did participate in quite a few television shows conducted by the school.
In the year 2013, her first music album “SOMOY” was launched. “SOMOY” is a collection of modern Bengali songs, directed by well-known musicians Buddhadeb Ganguly and Sayan Ganguly.
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