Abhisek Mallick & Biplab Bhattacharyya
Initiated into music with the tabla from the tender age of four, Abhisek stepped into the domain of sitar when he was seven. Under the strict tutelage of his guru, Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay, who is the disciple of the Late Ustad Md. Dabir Khan (the Last descendant of Mian Tansen) as well as the legendary maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, his musical skills blossomed, helping him evolve as one of the potential sitarists of this generation. Abhisek has also been fortunate enough to have received taalim from the doyen of Vishnupur Gharana, Pt. Manilal Nag in the past. He gave his first public performance at the young age of eight and has been a regular artiste of All India Radio since he was ten.
Abhisek has proved his musical acumen by receiving the prestigious President’s Award from the Government of India, after achieving the first position in All India Radio (Hindustani Classical Instrumental) Music Competition in Sitar in 2003. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India, has conferred upon him the senior National Scholarship for 2003, in the field of Hindustani Classical Music (Instrumental). His musical career is etched with numerous other awards – the I.T.C. Sangeet Research Academy Award 2003, Rajya Sangeet Academy Award, Pandit Ravi Kichloo Award, Saltlake Cultural Association Award, being some of them. His musical recitals have been widely acclaimed by critics.
Presently, as part of Pt. Bickram Ghosh’s Rhythmscape, Abhisek has performed at various venues including the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata and the Emirates NBD Classics concert at Dubai. He has also collaborated with Pt. Bickram Ghosh in playing for a number of film scores for upcoming Tollywood and Bollywood productions, notable among which is The Vayuputras – the Original Sound Track of Immortals of Meluha. He has also been a featured artiste in Pt. Subhen Chatterjee’s recent as well as forthcoming projects of Bandish Fusion.
Biplab was born in a family of genuine connoisseurs of music in the year 1975. At the tender age of three he was introduced to the tabla by his father Pt. Kanai Bhattacharyya. Since the year of 1993 he has taken talim under the tutelage of legendary Tabla Maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh.
Biplab was awarded B.Mus (1991) & M. Mus (2007) by Arya-Sangeet-o-sanskriti Kendra, Kolkata with gold medal. He is a recipient of Senior National Scholarship from Dept. of culture, Ministry of Human Resources, New Delhi (1995) and a recipient of most prestigious Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Memorial Scholarship from Sourav Centre of Art and Culture, Kolkata (1993-94). He stood first in all Bengal Tabla competition in the year 1990-91 and stood first in Dover-lane Music Talent search Calcutta in the year 1995. Biplab has been awarded by ‘Sangeet Kala Ratna’ award from Matri Udbodhon Ashram – Patna (2001).
He has participated in many Indian musical concerts including Doverlane Music Conference, Indo Occidental Symbiosis, ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra, Gurupurnima Festival at Patna etc. He has also performed as an accompanist for SPIC MACAY.
In addition to being a reputed Solo Tabla Player Biplab is among one of the select few accompanists of most celebrated artists like Late Pt. Srikant Bakre, Late Padma Bhushan Pt.V.G. Jog, Padma Bhusan Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, Late Pt. V. Balsara, Pt. Shyamal Chatterjee, Pt. Kartik Kumar, Late Pt. Kumar Prasad Mukherjee, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty, Pt Ulhas Kashalkar, Acharya Jayanta Bose,Pt Tarun Bhattachharya, Pt. Ronu Majumder, among others.
Biplab is a regular artist of ‘LAYAVINYAS’ – conducted by Vidwan N. Shankar. As a touring musician, Biplab has performed in U.S.A., Canada, South Africa, the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Italy Mongolia, Jordan, Egypt, Argentina, Chile, Bangladesh, among others. He has performed in prestigious international concert halls including “Queen Elizabeth Hall, UK”, “National Art Festival, and South Africa”; “Carnegie Hall, USA”; “Kennedy Centre, USA” etc. He has represented the ICCR (Govt. of India) as an accompanist in Mongolia, Jordan, Egypt, Argentina and Chile.
Biplab is a regular A-Grade artist of All India Radio and Door Darshan.
11 September, 8-9pm at Gorky Sadan
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