Bickram Ghosh is an internationally renowned tabla player, with over 100 albums to his credit. A worldwide-recognised name in the field of Indo-fusion music, Ghosh has worked with artists like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan,
Pandit Ravi Shankar
and even George Harrison (a Beatles band member), right before his death. He is also a composer and an actor, composing music for over 21 films, and has acted in two Bengali films. Born on 20th October, 1966 to a musical family: his father being the tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and his mother, classical vocalist, Sanjukta Ghosh, Bickram's training in tabla from his father began at a very early age.
He was born in Kolkata and studied in La Martiniere Kolkata, a renowned boys' school. He finished his BA in English from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and did his Masters in English Literature from Jadavpur University. He got married to actress Jaya Seal in 2004. Their love story began on the sets of 'Hotath Neerar Jonye'. They've been married for 12 years with two sons, Adit (11) and Arav (2). Ghosh's first ever classical solo album 'Talking Tablas' was released in 1996. Bickram started his band Rhythmscape in the year 2001 and also released his first experimental album, 'Drums of India: Father and Son' launched by the record label, Biswas in the same year.
Since then, he has been credited with over 100 albums. He has been an integral part of four Grammy nominated albums and also, one Grammy winning album. He won the Global Indian Musician Award for Best Single in the year 2012 for his recreation of '
'. He also received the prestigious Banga Bhushan award in West Bengal recently for his contribution to fusion music. Today, Bickram is singlehandedly credited for popularizing the tabla among the masses. Bickram has composed a number of famous soundtracks for both Hindi and Bengali films, with Jal and
, his collaborations with
, being the most popular of the lot.
He has also acted in two Bengali films, Hotath Neerar Jonye and Choy, but his acting career never took off; he was always more interested in music. He has also featured in an episode of MTV Roots, a popular reality TV show, that showcases music by bands and artists every week. His band perfectly blends pure classical and modern rock and pop sounds and has released 2 albums, Rhythmscape (2003) and Transformation (2011), with the latter winning Best Fusion Album in the year 2012 in Indian Recording Artists’ Academy Awards. Bickram Ghosh has been signed on as the music director of the upcoming release ‘Band of Maharajas.’