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.

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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 Rajendra Prasad is a famous actor in Telugu. He is >> Read More... 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 Aired on DD national, Sanjha Chulha revolves aroun >> Read More... ”.

He has composed music for some private albums too which were sung by singers like Sadhana Sargam Sadhana Sargam is a playback singer of Indian cine >> Read More... , Chhote Majid Shola, and Nishant Khan. The private album ‘Kuch KarhoYaar Tum’ was sung by Nishat Khan Nishat Khan a man of great capabilities. The legen >> Read More... 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.

Bickram Ghosh Hindi Actor

Bickram Ghosh

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 'Vande Mataram'. 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, his collaborations with Sonu Nigam, 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.’


Ali Akbar Khan

Born on April 14, 1922, in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh, Ali Akbar Khan was the most prestigious sarod maestros and Hindustani classical artist of the Maihar Gharana. He is the son of Madina Begum and Allauddin Khan, a renowned artist. He belongs to the musician family and was prepared under the guidance and supervision of his dad who was a famous percussionist of his period. From age of three, he began learning to play instruments and by the age of 13, his father thought him fit and sufficiently prepared to play before audiences at the age of 13. Khan started to take in percussion, a musical instrument from Fakir Aftabuddin his uncle. His uncle ensured that he completely comprehended vocal and different melodic instruments so he could get deep information about music. Alongside his uncle, his dad additionally continued training him until his death in 1972. Amid the time when Khan was being instructed, he ran over a few conspicuous artists, similar to the sarod player Timir Baran and flute player Pannalal Ghosh. These performers come to learn with his dad. Later, his sister Annapurna Devi joined him in his lessons. In the wake of learning music for quite a while and getting prepared by the best people in the business, Khan gave his first open execution at a music meeting at the age of 13 in Allahabad in 1936. After three years, he went with Ravi Shankar on the sarod amid the latter premiere execution at a similar meeting. This was the first of numerous jugal bandies between the two performers in December 1939. In 1938 Khan gave his first presentation in Bombay on (AIR)All India Radio, went with on the tabla by Alla Rakha, and beginning in January 1940, he gave a month to month exhibitions on AIR in Lucknow. At last in 1944, both Khan and Shankar to start their professional vocations as artists left Maihar. Shankar shifted to Bombay, while Khan turned to the most youthful Music Director for AIR in Lucknow, and was in charge of solo exhibitions and creating for the radio ensemble. In 1943, on his dad's suggestion, Khan was selected a court performer for the Hanwant Singh, Maharaja of Jodhpur. There, he educated and made music other than giving recitals and Maharaja agreed on the title of Ustad. After the death of Hanwant Singh in a plane crash, Khan went to Bombay in 1948. In Bombay, he won approval of a several movies scores as a composer, including Aandhiyan by Chetan Anand (1952). Lata Mangeshkar sang "Har Kahin Pe Shaadmani" the main tune and as a symbol of her regard to sarod virtuoso free. This was trailed by film Khudito Pashan by Tapan Sinha (1960), Devi by Satyajit Ray (1960) and The Householder by Merchant-Ivory, for which he got the award of "Best Musician of the Year". He likewise played Sarod for a tune in motion picture Seema of 1955, whose music composer was Shankar Jaikishan. Later in 1993, he would score a portion of the melody for Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertolucci. In the beginning of 1945, Khan likewise began recording at the HMV Studios a progression of 78-rpm disks in Bombay. For one such record, he considered a new creation of Raga Chandranandan, in view of four evening ragas, Chandrakauns, Malkauns, Kaushi Kanada and Nandakauns. This record was a colossal achievement in India, and the raga found an overall audience when a version of 22-minute was re-recorded for the LP, the Master Musician of India, which was one of the fundamental recordings for Khan, in 1965. He voyaged broadly in the West. In 1956, he established the Ali Akbar College of Music, with the purpose to teach and extend the knowledge Indian traditional music in Calcutta. In 1967, he opened another school of a similar name in Berkeley city of California and eventually relocated it to San Rafael in California. He performed with Shankar Ghosh in Boston for the Peabody Mason show series in 1969. He started another one of the Ali Akbar College of Music in Basel, Switzerland in 1985. He was the principal Indian artist to play sarod on American TV and to tape in the United States, an LP collection of Indian classical music. Khan has taken part in various great jugal bandi pairings, most remarkably with Nikhil Banerjee, Ravi Shankar and L. Subramaniam, the violinist. A couple of recordings of duets with Vilayat Khan additionally exist. He likewise teamed up with Western artists. He performed at Madison Square Garden for the Concert, alongside Kamala Chakravarty Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha and different artists at the show included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton for Bangladesh in August 1971. A live collection and a film of the occasion were later discharged. Ali Akbar Khan was granted the Padma Bhushan in 1967and the award Padma Vibhushan in 1989, among different honors. He got a MacArthur Fellowship in 1991. In 1997, he got the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts', which is the United States' most noteworthy respect in the traditional arts. Khan has gotten five nominations of Grammy. He wedded three times. First was with Zubeida Begum, then Rajdulari Khan Sahiba and last one was Mary Khan, and is made due by and four daughters and eight sons. He was situated in the United States throughout the previous four years of his life. He visited widely until he was sick up to his demise from renal failure.

Ali Akbar Khan Hindi Actor