Tarun is one of the leading santoor players of India today. He has studied with his father, Shri Robi Bhattacharya and Pt. Dulal Roy. For the past fourteen years he has been under the tutelage of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Wedded to the santoor from as young an age as eight, Pt Bhattacharya had picked up the art form from his father Pt Ravi Bhattacharya during the initial years. After presenting his first stage show at eight years of age, he went under the tutelage of Pt Dulal Roy, further refining him self on the instrument. His stint as a student under Pt Ravi Shankar helped him the most. As the artiste admits, "Although Pt Ravi Shankar's discipline is sitar, he is well-versed with the nuances of santoor. He passed on to me the invaluable knowledge of the principles of music, its ideals and disciplines. Ever since childhood, I was reared in an ambience filled with music. It was natural for me to become a musician."
Pandit Samir Chatterjee
Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western traditions. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Pandit Chatterjee began his studies early with Pandit Bankim Ghosh, Pandit Balaram Mukherjee, Pandit Rathin Dhar and Mohammad Salim. His later formation as a musician occurred under the guidance of Pandit Amalesh Chatterjee (since 1966) and Pandit Shyamal Bose (since 1984). All of Samir's teachers have been from the Farrukhabad Gharana (school) of Tabla-playing, which he now represents. All India Radio maintains Pandit Chatterjee as an A-rated artist. He can be heard on numerous recordings featuring as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding caliber. In concert Pandit Chatterjee has accompanied many of India's greatest musicians including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ud. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, Pt.V.G. Jog, Pt . Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Brij Bhusan Kabra, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, Ud. Amjad Ali Khan, Ud. Salamat Ali Khan, and Ud. Sultan Khan to name only a few.
Gifted with a voice that possesses the necessary attributes – exactness of sur, flexibility, range and tonal modulations – his singing is characterized by delicate imagination, exquisite creativity and the best of taalim. Top ranking at the Dover Lane Music Conference’s competition, the West Bengal State Music Academy’s competition and that of the Bharatiya Sanskriti Samsad in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1996 respectively, for Khayal and Thumri, Shantanu has performed widely in and outside his country; the major ones being the ITC Sangeet Sammelan; Ustad Allauddin Khan memorial festival; The Dover Lane Music Conference; India Habitat Centre; India International Centre; Sangeet Natak Akademi Festival; Gandharv Mahavidyala; Indian Council for Cultural Relations; The Thumri Festival; West Bengal State Music Academy’s Annual Conference; Ramakrishna Mission; Shrutinandan, and the National Programme (Live) for AIR.
To sing soulfully, in sur and in impeccable sense of laya and tala, invoking the Divine Presence, is the priceless quality the young vocalist Durba Bhattacharyya possesses. Imbibing music from her parents, her mother Tapati Banerjee being a vocalist, she was nurtured in the basics of Hindustani vocal music at a very early age by Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan of Patiala gharana. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, the celebrated maestro of this gharana subsequently took charge of her taalim, and nurtured her to perfection, while she was a scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta. Durba also took specialised lessons from Shrimati Meera Banerjee, the veteran musician who was the shagird of none other than Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Durba Bhattacharyya has performed in Calcutta, Delhi, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Ambala, Patiala Davangere, Auroville and Pondicherry in many an important programme. She has regaled listeners in France, England and Bangladesh too, and has to her credit cassettes & CDs of Bhajans that are a treat for the heart’s fulfillment.
Mrs. Seema Sabo
Mrs. Seema Saboo, has been singing & performing since the age of six, in various music concerts, singing in All India Radio & Doordarshan. Her first Guru was Mrs. Sugandha Kulkarni (Gwalior gharana- disciple of Pt. Govind Rao Rajurkar) since the age of six. She took music lessons from her for 12 years at the same time taking Bhatkhande Music School exams too. Later, She started learning from Mrs. Lilawati Adsule (Gwalior gharana-disciple of Pro.B.R.Deodhar & Pt. Kumar Gandharva).She is Triple Gold Medalist and all Rajashan topper in her Bachelors & Masters degree specializing in North Indian Classical Vocal Music.She has been doing performances and giving music lessons in U.S.A.She is also learning music from Mr. Haresh Bakshi ( disciple of Pandit Eknath Padgaonkar, and Ustad Gulam Kader Khan, both of Gwalior gharana).She has been writing music articles for various organizations in USA.Recently, She made her first Krishna bhajan album in direction of Mr Ashok Mukherjee of Jaipur.
Born in Kolkata, Abhisek is the disciple of Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay, who is the disciple of Late Ustad Md. Dabir Khan (the Last descendent of Mian Tansen)and then the legendary Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. He was initiated into ”Tabla” from the very tender age of 4 years. At about 7 years he started learning ‘Sitar’ having the privilege to come under the tutelage of Pandit Shyamal Chattopadhyay, who has established Abhisek as one of the potential sitarist of this generation.
Shri Suhas Joshi
Shri. Suhas Joshi is a disciple of Pandita Tripti Mukherjee. He has been with Pandit Jasraj Institute since its inception in 1995. Suhas developed his interest in Hindustani classical music in the early seventies by attending the "Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav" in Pune. He never had the opportunity to learn classical music in India and when the Pandit Jasraj Institute opened its doors in NJ, it was a dream come true. Since 1995, Suhas has been groomed by Pta. Tripti Mukheree and has also received guidance from Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj ji, as well as Pandit Ratan Mohan Sharma, Pandit Mukesh Desai, Pandit Girish Wazalwar and Pandit Suman Ghosh. Suhas has sung in many concerts both in USA and in India. Besides classical music, Suhas likes to sing Marathi Natya Sangeet and Bhakti Sangeet.
Shri. Nitin Damle
Shri. Nitin Damle Nitin is a biotechnology professional and learned to play harmonium from his mother, late Mrs. Jayashree Damle, who had a large "Bhajan" group in Pune (India). While not formally trained in classical music, Nitin has developed a strong affinity for Indian classical music which was enhanced by his exposure to Marathi "natyasangeet". Nitin has accompanied over the years a number of visiting and local vocal artists in concerts on both east and west coasts. He has been a regular, accompanying on harmonium, Suhas and many others affiliated with the Pandit Jasraj Institute.
Shri Gopal Kalluri
Gopal Kalluri first started learning Tabla in the year 1978 from Pandit Gurudath Kamath who was a disciple of the late Pandit Garud Dattatreya in Banagalore, who was a re-nowned tabla player in his time. Pandit Gurudath Kamath exposed Gopal to all tabla Gharanas but placed a lot of emphasis on the Benaras Gharana. Gopal is an excellent solo tabla player in addition to being an accompanist. Gopal has accompanied a variety of artists of all musical disciplines including vocal, instrumental and dance through the years and has been playing in the PJIM since 2005.