Pandit Kumar Bose, the legendary tabla maestro, was born into a musically endowed family of Kolkata. He was initiated into the art of playing Tabla at a very early age by his father, the legendary Late Pandit Biswanath Bose and his mother, the Late Vidushi Bharati Bose, a disciple of the great Ustad Dabir Khan. Later he came under the tutelage of the legend of the Benares School of Tabla, Pandit Kishan Maharaj.
Kumar Bose’s genius is his ability to evolve a distinctive style of his own without diluting the sanctity of tradition with which he has been mesmerizing audiences all over the globe. His intricacies on the Bayan (bass drum) have captured the hearts of both young and veterans alike. He is just as facile in accompaniment as he is in solos, be it with vocal, instrumental, or dance. He is been sought after as an accompaniest, both in India and internationally, by the entire community of top notch artistes like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, and many more.
Kumar has more than 150 recording labels and has been the Assistant Music Director of the noted film maker Mrinal Sen’s globally acclaimed film “Genesis” with music director Pt. Ravi Shankar.
His journey started with his initial public performances in 1960 with legendary musicians like Shri Gokul Chandra Nag, Shri Shyam Ganguly, Smt. Angur Bala Devi, Pt. Hanumanji Mishra, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt. Siaram Tiwari, Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao and others. He feels that he still has a long way to go in his musical journey.
Pallab Bandyopadhay is a disciple of the late music maestro Padma Bhusan Pandit V.G. Jog and studied with him for 20 years. He has been a performing artist with All India Radio in Kolkata and Doordarshan for the for the last 18 years and is ranked as B-High grade artist in Classical instrumental music (Violin). He has given international music tours in Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, and Bangladesh.
He has an M.A. in Instrumental Music from the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata with Honors as well as a B.A. from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata. He has 15 years experience of teaching School Children in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. He is the founder and teaches at The Heritage School, Kolkata and has been working there for the past 12 years. He also is a visiting Teacher of violin at the South Point School in Kolkata and is the former Head of the Department of Music at The Lowrence School, Sanawar, Dt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India (1996-2000).
Born in a highly enriched musical family of Kolkata, Kalyanjit is one of the brightest young sitarists in the field of Indian Classical Music. His music primarily signifies the ‘Senia Maihar Gharana’ style of playing. Maintaining the true heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, his aesthetical approach along with resonant power and delicate intricacies with the rhythm naturally captivate the listener.
Kalyanjit represents the fourth generation of his family as a Musician. His great-grandfather Late Shri Bimal Chandra Das was an ‘Esraj’ player. His grandfather Late Shri Sailen Das learnt Sitar from Late Pt.Laxman Bhattacharya of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ and then from Late Pt.Ravi Shankar. His father, one of the greatest Sitar maestros across the globe, Pt.Kushal Das learnt from Late Shri Sailen Das, Shri Santanu Das (Pt. Das’s Uncle), Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee, Late Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy, Late Pt. Manas Chakraborty and Late Pt. Ramkrishna Basu. Kalyanjit’s maternal grandfather Late Shri Jugal Kishore Sarkar was an established tabla maestro, one of the senior students of Late Ud. Keramatullah Khan.
Kalyanjit started learning the sitar at the age of three under the guidance of his father Pt.Kushal Das, and continues his rigorous and intensive talim under him. Kalyanjit also receives training in advance sitar techniques and art of music-making from Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. His mother Smt. Sujata Das initiated him in vocal training at a young age and now he also receives guidance from Ud.Rashid Khan as well. He is cared about the different Talas, Layas & their variations by Sri Biplab Bhattacharya, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, & the famous Tabla Wizard Pt. Shankar Ghosh.
Kalyanjit started playing solo concerts from a young age and has also performed duet-sitar recitals with his father Pt. Kushal Das in India as well as abroad, some of which include RKM, Golpark, Shakhri Begum Memorial Trust, Kalashree Music Circle, Sangeet Piyasi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Circle, Shrutinandan, Sangeet Ashram, Live In India, Moore Avenue Music Conference in Kolkata, ITC-SRA Festival at Nazrul Kala Kshetre in Agartala), NCBS and SAPTHAK in Bengaluru, Raga Tapasya Festival in Pondicherry), ‘Sitar Festival’ at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and The Nehru Center in London, Raga Spirit Festival in Los Angeles and MERU in Seelisberg, Switzerland)
Kalyanjit has been fortunate to perform with eminent Tabla maestros Pt. Swapan Choudhury, Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt.Arup Chatterjee, Pt. Subhankar Banerjee, Pt.Parimal Chakraborty, Pt.Abhijit Banerjee and has a private album “ETHNIC…A Tribute to Pt. Ravi Shankar” with Pt. Kumar Bose.
Kalyanjit stood 1st in the All India Radio Music Competition in 2013 and was invited to perform at NCPA(Mumbai) & was honored the “Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award” by The International Foundation for Fine Arts.
He is a “B-High” musician of All India Radio & Doordarshan. He has received the prestigious Jnana Pravaha Scholarship in 2012. In 2014, Kalyanjit received the National (Senior) Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Kalyanjit has toured extensively in France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.