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 Born on April 7, 1920, in Banaras, Uttar Pradesh, >> Read More... 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 ' Vande Mataram Popular Hindi Channel ‘Aaj Tak’ started its docume >> Read More... '. 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 Little Zizou Click to look into! >> Read More... , his collaborations with Sonu Nigam Sonu Nigam is a renowned Bollywood singer and comp >> Read More... , 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.’

Mannan Shaah Hindi Actor

Mannan Shaah

Mannan Shaah is an upcoming Indian music composer and singer who has composed songs for movies such as ‘Commando’ (2013) and ‘Commando 2: The Black Money Trail’ (2017). Being one of the new talents, Mannan has garnered a fan following for his work in the world of Bollywood music industry in no time. Born in 1988, at the age of 5, Mannan started learning the art of classical music. He holds late Pandit Vinayak Vohra in high regards, acknowledging his gratefulness towards his first guru for bringing out the composer in him. He learned “tar shehnai” from late Pt. Vohra for two years. Notably, in one of the interviews, he stated his guru created his version of the instrument by using a dilruba. For those who are unaware of tar shehnai, it is a bowed instrument and it possesses a bit of resemblance to sarangi and dilruba. Mannan expressed his desire to use the mentioned musical tool in his forthcoming films. In 2011, Mannan Shaah began his career as a playback singer with songs like “Thoda Sa Pyaar” and “Baadlon Pe Paon” to his name, for the movie “Kucch Luv Jaisa” starring Rahul Bose and Shefali Shah. The movie did not fare successfully, but the film’s music was appreciated. Mannan worked as an assistant to Pritam Chakraborty, a well renowned Bollywood music composer, for a year. After getting a handful of experience, he began to compose his own music. The big break came when Dilip Ghosh, the director of Commando noticed his talent and met the young composer. The latter was narrated the whole script by the director and Mannan agreed to take up the challenge of composing songs for the movie. The film’s producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Dilip Ghosh listened to his work, and they selected a considerable number of songs for the project. Commando, starring Vidyut Jammwal and Pooja Chopra, was released in 2013 and got a positive feedback for the film as well its music. The songs “Saawan Bairy” and “Lena Dena” received favorable reviews for their uniqueness. Mannan emphasized the free flow of flute and sarangi for “Saawan Bairy” whereas for “Lena Dena” he used shehnai and dholki. Nevertheless, critics praised Mannan for his effective use of classical music in the movie. He contributed his music to a short film “Chasing the Rainbow”. Mannan returned to work in the sequel to 2013 hit Commando, Commando 2: The Black Money Trail which added Adah Sharma and Esha Gupta to its cast. As compared to its prequel, the sequel consists seven songs with Mannan composing six and Gourov-Roshin recreating Pritam’s “Hare Krishna Hare Ram”. Apparently Mannan was asked to lend his voice to the song “Seedha Saadha”, however he opted for Jubin Nautiyal, citing himself as the biggest critic of his voice. The sequel has an urban music touch as compared to the “rusty-rural feel” music of the first part. Like the prequel, the second part did not disappoint fans with its action as well as the music. Mannan decided to make use of acoustic and electric guitars in the song “Tere Dil Mein”. Mannan pursued his education at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The young music composer is a relative of film producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah who happens to be the producer of the ‘Commando’ series too. However, Mannan has brushed off any rumours of nepotism by stating that his professional relationship with the producer-relative has been a strict and no-nonsense but a co-operative one. Mannan considers Adele as one of his favourite artists of all time and considers music as a universal language. Films he has worked in: Kucch Luv Jaisa (2011), Commando (2013), Chasing the Rainbow, Commando 2 (2017)

Previous

Rajendra Prasanna

R. Prasanna is a multi-talented musician who can play guitar, piano, bass, and percussion in various genres like Carnatic, world fusion, jazz, and progressive rock. He is also a teacher, producer, singer, music educator, and composer. He was born on Oct 2, 1970, in Chennai, India. At the mere age of five, seeing his neighbor play guitar instigated his interest in the instrument. Five years later, he bought the guitar for himself and could recreate Tamil and Hindi mainstream songs on it. Aware of Prasanna's inclination towards music, his father's colleague would give him the cassettes of pop bands like Pointer Sisters, ABBA, Peaches and Herb, The Bee Gees, and Toto. It fascinated him. Simultaneously, he was also listening to Classical music and looked up to Illayaraja. C.G. Shanmugaraj, A. Kanyakumari, Tiruvarur Balasubramaniam, Sangeetha Kalanidhi, and Thangadural Samuel are his teachers. Besides music, he was also an exemplary student and exceptionally bright in Maths and Science. He has studied naval architecture from one of Madras's prestigious educational institution, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. After graduating from there, he took up a job with a software consultant but later gave it all up to continue his tryst with music. He has also done a major in Classical and Jazz composition from Berklee College of Music, Boston. In his year there, he won the Guitar Achievement Award for outstanding student accomplishment. He has performed at several locations in the country with his band. The President of India gave him a congratulatory citation for his work in the movie Smile Pinki. He has managed to achieve many awards like the Lifetime Achievement Award in Carnatic music from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. H.H. Jayendra Saraswathi presented the award to him. His composition Falsehood, featured in Henry Martin and Keith Waters' third edition book named Essentials of Jazz – the first 100 years. He has worked on several projects, irrespective of their language and medium, and has won accolades for it. He has also taught and guided several musicians like Ranjani Sridhar, Avyay, Shruthi, Shiam, Andre Fludd, Srivatsa, Ayyappan, Praveen, Gokul, Raghav, much more. He has also founded South Asia's state-of-the-art and largest college named Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music where music lovers can enroll themselves for learning contemporary, jazz, and rock music. Until February 2014, he was also the institute's president. He was also one of the faculty at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He is one of the most famous guitar players of the country who has can also play the instrument's modern version with relative ease. Another version Of Bio: Rajendra Prasanna is an artist of Hindustani Classical Music from Benares Gharana. He is an expert Flutist Bansuri (Indian Flute) and Shehnai (Indian oboe). Like many classical musicians and singers who had hailed from Varanasi, even Rajendra Prasad was born in Benares on 15 April 1956 and spent his childhood there. This 61-year old musician generally performs in stages at abroad. He was born in a musical family and music was in his genes. His father Pandit Raghunath Prasanna and Uncle Pt.Bholanath Prasanna were all bansuri player. His uncle was the guru of renowned flute player Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Every member of the family used to participate in AIR and Doordarshan. That is how music was passed from one generation to another and they all lived in this tradition with humility.  Later on,  when his family moved to Delhi in the early seventies, Rajendra Prasanna became the disciple of Hafeez Ahmed Khan and Sarfaraz Hussain Khan. He also took lessons from singer Mahadev Mishra of Banaras Gharana, and trained his vocal strengths. He was a top grade artist of the All India Radio. He had even won the Grammy Award certificate for his participation in "Concert for George" in 2004. In addition, he was conferred with Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1995). He was the first flutist and shehnai player who visited Pakistan after the partition for a music concert in 1986. He performed at many European and Asian nations including France, Belgium, Poland, Germany, U.K, Switzerland, Russia, Norway, Japan, Mauritius, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and all Middle Eastern countries. He also has given music in the famous teleserial “Sanjha Chulha”. He has composed music for some private albums too which were sung by singers like Sadhana Sargam, Chhote Majid Shola, and Nishant Khan. The private album ‘Kuch KarhoYaar Tum’ was sung by Nishat Khan and Sadhana Sargam, and another album song ‘Woh Ladki Yaad Aati Hai’ was sung by Chhote Majid Shola.The album song ‘Kuch Karho Yaar Tum’ was just not a solo one but it had duet voices too of Sadhana Sargam and Nishant Khan.

Next
Rajendra Prasanna Hindi Actor