Nawund Kumar, started his journey in the field of Hindustani Classical Music, with vocal and Harmonium training under his guru, Pt. Tara Chand of the Patiala Gharana. Despite his busy schedule as a businessman, he continues to devote time to his passion for vocal music. Through his dedicated effort, he is emerging as one of the most promising Harmonium players in Southern California. At present, he is settled in the Los Angeles area, and continues to pursue his training under Joita Bose Mandal.
Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him. He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh.
Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, Late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr.Balamurali Krishnan to name a few. As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad.
Abhijit has toured extensively in USA, Canada, U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, South East Asia and Mexico as well as performing in all of the major classical music festivals in India. International performances of note include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Gevant Haus in Germany, Paleis in Brussels, Theatre de la Ville & Radio France in Paris,BBC whole night music series. Souht Bank, London. Abhijit also had had the honor of representing India in the Granada Festival of Music, Puerto Rico world percussion Festival, Bratislava World Percussion Festival.
In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu, Jon Santos, Keny Endo and many other. He has also collaborated with Balinese Gamelan Artiste Dewa Barata of CUDAMANI group and produced Rabindranath Tagore’s AMI CHITRANGADA which was first staged with Balinese and Indian Dancers and later was released as music Album. Abhijit founded his own ensemble TARANG performing his original compositions.
Abhijit has scored music for TV serieals, Documentaries, Puppet shows, Dramas and short films such as The Tales of Tista, About Ram (a prodution of KATKATHA group) Gulbadan, Ephigenia and 13 sisters (a Production of Whittier College, Los Angles) Dik Darshan & won the National Award for Documentary Music for the film about Calcutta ‘The Trail’, which screened in the Munich and Amsterdam film festivals.
Abhijit founded & established Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles and KOlkata attracting talented students from around the world. He has conducted workshops and educational performance seminars on the intricacies of Indian music in universities & cultural centers in The US, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Japan & Mexico.
In his academic life he is a graduate in English literature and post graduate in Journalism and worked as a journalist and music critic for major publications in India like The Telegraph, Calcutta, Amrita BAZAR Patrika, and others.
Snehasish Mozumder is among those few established musicians in India who has mastered the art of playing Mandolin, and has blended it perfectly into the style of Hindustani Indian Classical Music. Coming from a musically oriented family,he started his initial training at the age of four with Tabla and then Mandolin under the guidance of his grand father late Sri Bibhuty Ranjan Mozumder and then he took training under his father Sri Himangshu Mazumder and his uncle late Sri Ranjan Mozumder.Gradually he switched over to his cousin SriTejendra Narayan Majumdar who is a well-known sarode player of the country. He continued his study under late Acharya Ajoy Sinha Roy who was a beloved disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan Saheb,the founder of Maihar Gharana and he takes lesson of laykari under the guidance of Pandit Anil Palit who is a senior most disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Finally he came under the tutelage of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.Snehasish, has performed many major festivals in India like Sankat Mochan Utsav of Varanasi Swami Haridas Sangeet Sanmelan of Mumbai, Indian Habitat Centre of Delhi, Bhowanipur Sangeeet Sanmelan, GolPark Ramkrishna Missionof Kolkata and Saltlake Music Conference of Kolkata e.t.c, and also he has toured Europe, U.K., and USA and made a very good name amongst the music lovers . Snehasish is the recipient of Surmani and Jadubhatta Awards.
One of the top ranking Violinist of India; a torch bearer of Seni Maihar gharana, Indradeep was initiated in the art of playing Violin under the guidance of Sri
Anamitra Mustafi. Later, he is under the tutelage of Prof. Smt. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury. He has also the privilege of getting occasional talim from other maestros of Indian Classical Music like Pt. V.G.Jog and Pt. Kumar Bose. Apart from Indian Classical Music, Indradeep has the fondness towards the Western Classical Music too, and he has received his western lessons from late Sri Samir Sil.
With an excellent bowing technique and melody, his style of playing is a blend of gayaki and tantrakari ang. His fortes are taan and tala
Along the years, Indradeep has participated in several music festivals and concerts of India and abroad like 10th Asia Festival in Barcelona, YOMAD Festival in Croatia Benefit Concert for Chile in Koln, Biswa Banga Sammelan, Baba Allauddin Memorial Festival, Salt Lake Music Festival, Prativa Utsav organised by EZCC, Dover Lane Music Festival, Kal Ke Kalakar Sangeet Sammelan Mumbai, Kala Prakash Varanasi, Kashi sangeet Samaj, Cultural Exchange Program organized by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in Chennai, IIT Delhi.
Guru Vinod Venkataraman: Born into a family of rich musical ancestry, Guru Vinod Venkataraman is a native of Bombay India. He is a professional percussionists and a professor of Cognitive Neurology. Vinod has served as an integral collaborator with many Indian musicians as well as Jazz musicians like Stephane Grapelli, Larry Coryell, Hubert Laws and Alice Coltrane. Renowned Jazz artists and film directors have sought out Venkataraman, to add his unique flavor to their stage and/or recorded performances. Today Guru Venkataraman lives in Long Beach and continues to impart his knowledge of music through the ancient tradition called Gurukulavasam.
Pt. Arup Chattopadhyay is recognized as one of the most outstanding and sought after Tabla artists of this generation. He has established himself as a top-notch accompanist as well as a formidable soloist. Arup’s performances are admired for their exceptional tonal quality, clarity and deep compositional repertoire, all presented with an innate sense of rhythm and melody. Arup began learning Tabla at age six from his father, the eminent Tabla player, Pt. Pankaj Chattopadhyay. He then came under the tutelage of the world-renowned Tabla maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh and is one of his premier disciples. He was awarded Top-Grade by All India Radio and Television.
Arup has accompanied many of the leading musicians of India such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Nayan Ghosh, Pt. Ajay Chakarbarti, Lakhsmi Shankar, Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ustad Rashid Khan, the late V.G. Jog, Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya, Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Kushal Das, among others. Since 1998, Arup has been honored to accompany the legend Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar in tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and India, Including performances in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, in US, and Barbican hall in London. Arup toured the U.K. with the late Pt. Deepak Choudhury several times and with Pt. Kartik Seshadri (since 1997) throughout the USA, Canada, India, Mexico and Australia.
Arup is also a highly sought after teacher and since 1999 has been a visiting lecturer with University of California, San Diego; and previously a professor of Tabla at Baratiya Vidya Bhavan in London (Institute of Indian Culture).