After beginning his musical career as a jazz pianist Andrew Shantz immersed himself in the world of Hindustani – North Indian – classical music in 2008. He currently studies classical vocal (khayal) under Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee of Kirana Gharana and was initiated into Hindustani vocal music in Kolkata, India by his Guruma Smt. Madhumita Saha with whom he studies light-classical music. Andrew also receives special guidance from tabla maestro Pt. Samar Saha.
Andrew has received several awards and scholarships including the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Apprenticeship to support his vocal studies. He also took 1st place in the 2017 Swaradhara vocal competition (adult division) held in New Jersey by Marathi Vishwa.
Andrew is also a trustee of Suromurchhana USA which, was founded to continue the work of the Kolkata Suromurchhana cultural organization founded in India by Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee to promote the Indian classical arts.
Acclaimed as a Sangeet Visharad from Bhatkhande University via Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Mumbai), Smt. Deepal Chodhari has been pursuing the santoor since her school years from her guruji, Shri Dineshkumar Sampat (immediate disciple of Pandit Kartik Kumar). With the blessings of her guruji, she pursues the santoor with style evolved out of gayaki (vocal), gatkari (instrumental technique) and layakari (rhythmic improvisation).
As guided by the santoor maestro Rahul Sharma, Smt. Deepal is studying the santoor padhiti (style) of the legendary padma-vibhushan santoor maestro, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma with his senior disciple, Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar. She also took training from Shri Dilip Kale.
Her raga renderings on the santoor have a consistent clarity of tone & vigor. These styles of music compositions have been passed on from her guruji through Maihar gharana. Her solid foundation in Hindustani classical music also brings soulful emotions on the santoor with traditional (raagdari) patterns and compositions.
She mastered the intricacies of the santoor in bridge setting, string setting, tuning, and using a combination of strings in the right gauges to bring the best quality of sound.
Gifted as a vocalist and an instrumentalist, she underwent vocal training during her Sangeet Visharad from Smt. Shashikala Kaikini at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.
Smt. Deepal has been honored by State level awards and has been felicitated from several renowned cultural organizations in India and USA. She has attained the New Jersey Folk Art Apprenticeship Award under the guidance of Smt. Mitali Bhawmik and has also performed on National Television in India with her Guruji Shri Dinesh Kumar Sampat. Alongwith lecture demonstrations on the santoor, she recently directed an instrumental ensemble with close to 30 instrumentalists, both western and Indian, to create a fusion of an Indian composition.
Smt. Deepal has performed successfully at various cultural organizations in India & USA. She is one of the very few santoor performers in the tri-state area preserving the rich cultural heritage of the oldest instrument of India- the santoor.
Shivalik Ghoshal comes from a musical family. From the age of seven, Shivalik has been a student of Sree Kinner K. Seen of Punjab gharana since 1989. Kinner-ji’s father, Pandit Lachman Seen, is the gurubhai of the late Ustad Alla Rakha Khan-Saheb. Presently, he is a student of the tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri of the Lucknow gharana since 1997.
Shivalik has had the honour and privilege of accompanying maestros like Pandit Manilal Nag,
Smt Girija Devi, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Phalguni Mitra and Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain. Last but
not least, Shivalik has performed all the tabla drumming in the Oscar winning soundtrack of the
2004 docu-drama, “Born Into Brothels.” In 2013, Shivalik participated in the "The Jungle Book" Musical with Walt Disney Theatrics, working with, Toni-winning theater director Mary Zimmerman, Toni-winning dance choreographer Christopher Gatelli for Broadway's " Newsies” and multi-talented music director Doug Peck who remixed the Jazz based music of the movie with Indian classical instrumentation for the "The Jungle Book” musical that toured in Chicago’s Goodman Theater and Boston’s Huntington Theater, respectively. Currently, he is a part/member of the Raga Renaissance movement in Brooklyn as part of Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) community that is dedicated to promoting Indian Classical/Raga based music throughout the NY area.
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Chhandayan Center for Indian Music