Know the scholars – II

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Rajiv Trivedi

Director, ICH Events, Madhukali | formerly Professor in Literature, Indore University

Erstwhile professor in literature; now, devoted to safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage practices in the field of Indian Classical Music. Dr. Trivedi considers the rising impact of “visuality” may be resolved by “intangibility” alone.

Dr. Trivedi has organized seminars, conferences, workshops and documented related activities in print, film and electronic media. Involved in design and development of software for use in distance education. Apart from films on music, he has collaborated with EMRC, Indore on documentary films ranging from Hindi, English, American literature and drama to international cultural policies; from architectural heritage to novel experiments in prisons.

Ravi Sharma
Professor, Department of Music, M. D. University, Rohtak [India]

Ravi Sharma, a prodigy, born to Smt. Bimla Devi Sharma and Pt. Tirathram Sharma appears like an amiable figure rather than a Sitarist. He started playing sitar at the age of eighteen, inspired by his father, Pt. Tirthram Sharma, popularly known as ‘Azad ji’ and eminent dance scholar of kathak style. Considering his excellent career and absolute command on the subject, he was awarded a National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (Deptt of Culture) Govt. of India, to further his studies under Prof. Debu Choudhary of Senia Gharana, a noted master of international repute. He also received the prolific guidance from Acharya Bimlendu Mukherjee and his son Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee of Imdad Khan Gharana , a noted masters of International repute.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from Delhi University, from there he got the privilege of learning from Pt. Anil Dhar. Pt Balvant Rai Verma , Pt. Ravindra Adeshra Pt. Debu Choudhary and Ustad Asad Ali khan Rudra Veena player.

Sharmila Tailor
Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan [India]

I am currently working as Professor in the faculty of fine arts at Banasthali Vidyapith (deemed to be university), Rajasthan. I have a UG and PG teaching as well as research experience of 22 years. My research interests include folk music, ritukalik ragas and ragaangs. Four books have been authored by me out of which one is based on my PhD thesis. Many of my articles have been published in journals of repute. I have attended and presented papers in about 25 conferences. I also have an E publication to my credit. My music based programmes are regularly broadcasted on 90.4 FM and I have also given programme on national television. I have been honoured with Sangitayanaward. Eleven scholars have successfully completed doctoral research under my guidance and presently six are pursuing the same. I have also done UGC orientation and refresher courses.

Suvarna Tawase
Professor & Head, Department of Music, Mata Jijabai Women’s Government Post-Graduate College, Indore [India]

Dr. Suvarna Tawase is a Professor in Sitar at the Department of Music, Mata Jijabai Women’s Government Post-Graduate College, Indore. She is an MA from the Khairagarh University and the gold medalist [1983]. She received her Ph.D. from the same university on the studies of folk musical instruments of Madhya Pradesh in 1995. She Ph.D. advisor to the scholars at Devi Ahilya University, Indore and external expert in different universities including Ujjain University, Amravati University and others.


Adi Sankara Peruman
Senior Lecturer in Music & Acting Head Vocal Music Department, School of Performing Arts, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Republic of Mauritius

Adi Sankara Peruman was born in a family of musicians. His father and uncles founded an orchestra way back in the 1950’s, the Vauhini Band. He started his apprenticeship in Vocal Carnatic in 1980 at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius. He started working as teacher in the same institution as from 1994. Mr. Peruman has contributed to the curriculum development as well as in performance.

Adi Sankara completed his B.A Hon in Carnatic Music at the Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India in 1998 with a First-Class mention. He completed his Post-Graduation in Vocal Carnatic Music at the University of Madras in 2007 with merit. Both programmes were sponsored by the MGI. At present he is completing his PhD research on “the development of music in Mauritius from indentured till date’. He has also embarked on a project on behalf of the Mauritius Research Council in collaboration with the MGI on “The musical voyage from South India to Mauritius”.

His first publication entitled “Singing with Saivite Saints: from Tirumurai to Natchintanai” was launched by Minister of Education Hon. D.Gokhool in 1998. He travelled several times to Reunion Island and across the island to perform and disseminate Indian classical music.

At present, Mr. Adi Sankara Peruman is the acting-Head, Vocal Music department, School of Performing Arts, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Republic of Mauritius. He is specializing both in teachings and research.

Awadhesh Pratap Singh Tomer
Assistant Professor, Dr. H.S.G. Central University of Sagar M.P. [India]

Born with music in his blood, Awadhesh Pratap Singh Tomer, was discovered as singer, by a student who use to come to his house to learn music from his father shri Ram Singh Tomer. She asked him to sing unknowingly that he can . He started singing Yaman than Bhupali, Kafi ,Khamaj and many more .She told his father about his 2 and half years old child prodigy.  After few days a paper published his story .The article attracted violinist Smt. N. Rajam .She asked a cultural committee of Bhilae (C.G.) ,to arrange program of him as his first public performance in the age of four .

He won award for this event’s poetic presentation as “The most amazing day of my life” from Royal commonwealth society London.  Scholarships  namely from C.C.R.T New Delhi, Ministry of Inf. & Broad Casting and Ministry of Culture 2006 goes to his credit.

Beside performances in many cities of India, he also performed in D.D. Documentary on “Samaya Siddhant” & a series of 4 educational programs, “Pratibha Utsav” in Bharat Bhavan, “Sadhana Mahotsava” in Bilaspur ,“Guru purnima mahotsava” in Bakayan by Allaudeen khan academy ( M.P. Govt.). He won many awards including Youva Pratibha Puruskar, Pratibha Protsahan award 2008 by MP Govt., Lata Mangeshkar Competition IInd 2006 & 2007. He participated in 11 National and 3 international Conferences. 4 books of him are published and 3 are under publication with ISBN.

He is Assistant Professor in Dr. H.S.G. Central University of Sagar M.P. India.

Bisakha Goswami Poske
Assistant Professor, Department of Musicology, Rabindra Bharati University [India]

Bisakha Goswami Poske received her first post-graduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Calcutta University (India) in 2001. She then continued her study about culture and Musicology and obtained her second post-graduate degree (2003) in Musicology from the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta (India). She was awarded the prestigious Haraprasad Shastri Research Fellowship in 2004 by the Asiatic Society, Calcutta. Presently she is editing an unpublished manuscript of Indian musicology as her doctoral work and working as an Assistant Professor in Musicology, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. Title of her recently published book is – ‘Women In The Field of Music : A Study of Bengal (Up to Pre-independence Era).

Chandan Kumar Roy
Guest Teacher, department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University [India]

Dr. Chandan Kumar Roy did his Ph.D. from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 1997 on ‘Bharatiya Raag Vargikaraner Kramik Itihaas ebong Sutranusandhan’. He started serving the RBU immediately after receiving his research degree. He received training in Hindusthani Khyal under the tutelage of Pt. Natabar Haldar of Shyam Chaurasi Gharana. He published a number of books and research papers on music.

Chandrani Das
Assistant Professor in Vocal Music, Rabindra Bharati University

Dr. Chandrani Das was born on 9th January, 1966. She did her B.Sc. from Calcutta University, obtained a Degree in Special Honours and Master Degree in Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and was conferred the Ph.D. Degree in Music. Now she is working as Assistant Professor in Vocal Music, Rabindra Bharati University. She published eight (8) Articles in different journals. She also published three (3) books of Music titled [1]         Kolkatar Babusamajer Gaan, January, 2011; Dey Publications, Kolkata. [2] Khayāl Gāner Kramavikās : Ekti Samikshā, March, 2011; Levant Books, Kolkata and [3] On the Development of Bengali Songs, December, 2011; Levant Books, Kolkata.

Monojit Choudhury
Researcher, Microsoft Research Lab [India]

Dr. Monojit Choudhury is a researcher in Microsoft Research Lab India since 2007. His research areas include Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Cognitive Science and Computational Music. He is an avid listener of Hindustani classical music, and is interested in scientific and theoretical analysis of this form of music. Prior to joining Microsoft Research, Monojit received his B.Tech and PhD, both from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. He has more than 50 publications in reputed international journals and conferences, and has served in the organizing and program committees of various conferences and workshops.

Srikumar Subramanian
Independent Researcher / Ph.D. from the Department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Srikumar received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the department of Communications and New Media, National University of Singapore (NUS), for his research under Dr. Lonce Wyse and Dr. Kevin McGee, culminating in a thesis titled “Modeling Gamakas of Carnatic Music as a Synthesizer for Sparse Prescriptive Notation.” and his M.Sc. in 2000 from NUS for work in algorithmic music composition under Dr. Peter Kellock, dissertation titled “Representing and Manipulating Musical Rhythm: A Pulse-Form Approach”. He graduated from IIT Madras in 1996 with a B.Tech. in electronics and communication engineering. He learnt to play the vina from his father Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian, which lineage drives his current research interests.  He’s had more than a decade of experience in the industry working on artistic uses of audio and video technology, with much of the work done at muvee Technologies Pte. Ltd. in Singapore (2002-2011). He has worked on music and video analysis algorithms, algorithms for automatically constructing music videos from photos and raw video content, a realtime rendering system for these music videos, and created a programming language called “muSE” (a dialect of the Scheme programming language in the LiSP family) for describing the construction of such videos. Apart from playing the vina and singing, his interests include music of all kinds, programming languages, music education, computational musicology, music technology, mountains, trekking, curd rice and filter coffee.

Ragini Trivedi
Government Girls’ College, Indore [India]

Born in Kanpur, Ragini grew up in Varanasi, the youngest member of an academic, musi­cal family. She completed her doctoral work in Performance and Composition [Sitar] from BHU in 1983 under the supervision of Dr. K. C. Gangrade. She inherited zeal for accuracy and beauty in performance and depth and thoroughness in academics from father Late Dr. Lalmani Misra, Dean and Professor of Music at BHU and after him, her brother, Late Dr. Gopal Shankar Misra, Reader of Music at BHU.

Dr. Ragini Trivedi teaches regular students at Government Girls’ College, Indore; but she has innovated techniques for teaching string instruments Sitar and Vichitra Veena online, as well. She created Ome Swarlipi – a digital notation system for Indian Music. Her book – Sitar Compositions in Ome Swarlipi – has found readers in Japan, England and America. For Indian students, Hindi Madhyam Karyanvaya Nideshalaya released her book — Raga Vibodh: Misrabani — in two volumes, in 2010 and 2013. Both volumes were typeset using digital version of Bhatkhande Swarlipi; the software created by her son, Terence Tuhinanshu. Her Ministry of Culture SRF project on modalities of Sitar Schools is awaiting publication.

Selective in her performance, Ragini gives Sitar, Jal Tarang and Vichitra Veena concerts to encourage use of various Tal-s and acquaint audience with splendour of Raga-s, no longer performed by contemporary artistes.

Rajyasree Ghosh
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Rabindra Bharati University [India]

Rajyasree Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Rabindra Bharati University (RBU). Born on the 8th December, 1962, Ghosh was a gold medalist in both B.A and M.A in Classical Music (Khayal) at RBU.  She was later awarded the National Scholarship by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India in 1986 under the training of Pandit Amiya Ranjan Banerjee. She was a Scholar at the Sangeet Research Academy, where she studied music under the guidance of Smt. Girija Devi and Pandit Arun Bhaduri. Later she also supplemented her talim from Late Pandit K.G. Ginde.  She also received training in Nazrulgeeti  from the Late Smt. Suprava . Until recently she has been a disciple  of the late  legendary Shri Ramkumar Chatterjee from whom she has been receiving training in Bengali Tappa and Puratani.

She has performed widely and frequently both in India and abroad. She has several albums to her credit.

Renu Johri
Assistant Professor (Stage II), Music & Arts Dept ,University  of Allahabad

Dr.  Renu Johri is an Assistant Professor Stage II[tabla] in the department of music and performing arts, University of Allahabad. In her current position she teaches B.A, B.Mus, M.A, M.Mus students and she is guiding research scholars.

Her primary areas of research include Different schools of Tabla. She has researched Banaras school of tabla at the label of Ph.D and submitted her Post Doctoral research in specific manner on Banaras school of Pt Samta Prasad alias Gudai Maharaj. She is the author of the book ‘Bhartiya Sangeetik Jagat Mein Varanasi Ka Yogdan’ and has published articles in research publications including the Journal of ‘Sangeet’ Hathras, ‘Research Link’ Indore, ‘Research and Evaluation’ Jaipur and several other publications.

She has held various administrative positions at the University of Allahabad. She has received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and B.Ed degree from Rohilkhand University, Bareilly &degree of Praveen (tabla)from prayag sangeet samiti Allahabad.

She has been getting the training of ‘Tabla Playing’in guru-shishya tradition through’ GandaBandhan’  ceremony from Pt Kumar Lal Mishra, scion of Banaras School of Tabla of ‘ Pt Samta Prasad alias Gudai Maharaj’ since October 2000.

She has been awarded a ‘Major Project’ by U.G.C starting from 1st April, 2013 on the topic ‘Uttar Bhartiya Sangeet ke pramukh pracheen va Madhya Kaleen Sanskrit Granthon mein Varnit laya va taal sandarbhit tathyon ka vishleshnatmak adhyayan’.

Terence Tuhinanshu
Independent Researcher, Philadelphia [USA]

Terence is a Software Engineer based in Philadelphia. He takes advantage of a unique familial background of music and literature, and combines it with his own interests in software development, semantic representation, user interfaces, visual design, and typography for his work on digital music notation. Working with Omenad, Terence has developed web sites, designed branding and identity, created new fonts, fashioned animated teaching aids, and published books. In his free time he likes to write poetry and practice yoga.

Sangeeta Pandit
Assistant Professor, Department of Vocal Music, Banaras Hindu University [India]

Dr. Sangeeta Pandit is a classical and semi-classical vocalist from Banaras Gharana and alumni of F.O.P.A. B.H.U., Varanasi. Having deep quest for research oriented studies, she has focused her academic interest towards teaching, performance and research as well. She is continuously engaged in exploring newer and traditional avenues of music. Widely covering the various aspects of Indian Classical Music like styles, Gharanas, theories, biographies therapeutic usage of music through research studies and guidance. Presently woring as Astt. Professor in Vocal Music, Department of Vocal Music, F.O.P.A., B.H.U. for last eleven years.

Tapasi Ghosh
Assistant Professor, University of Calcutta, Kolkata [India]

Dr. Tapasi Ghosh, born in Burdwan, in the state of West Bengal in India, graduated from the University of Burdwan,  topped the list of Sangeet Praveen Examination (Masters in Music)  in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music and remained a record breaker and recipient of Gold Medals. She did her Ph.D. from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwa Vidyalaya. She has vast experience of teaching formal music from School level to University level and presently working as Assistant Professor in the University of Calcutta.

In addition to obtaining formal degrees, she learnt music under strict Guru-Shishya Parampara (traditional way of learning) for more than fifteen years from legendary Pandit D. T. Joshi, she has a large repertoire of Joshiji’s vast compositions and has inherited his beautiful and unique style. After his demise she received taalim from Ustad Safi Ahmed Khan of the Agra Gharana.

Besides teaching music Dr. Tapasi Ghosh is a research oriented musician and musicologist. She authored a book based on her in-depth research and study  titled “Pran Piya” on the life and contribution of Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan of the Agra Gharana, published by the Atlantic Publishers, Delhi, which has received wide popularity among scholars, researchers and music lovers of the country and abroad. She has supervised scholars of music in the country and abroad. She has presented vocal recital, lecture demonstration and papers in many seminars, workshops and conference etc. She made public performance in various parts of the country. To name a few of her performances are in Mumbai, Delhi, Banaras, Baroda, Jaduguda, Shantipur, Allahabad, Burdwan and Kolkata which have been highly appreciated by the audience. Her audio CD of Hindustani classical music ‘Nivedan’ has become widely popular. She is a regular performer of different TV channels like TARA MUZIC, Zee Bangla, Om Bangla,  DD Bharati etc.

Sujit Deoghoria
Associate Professor, Banasthali University, Rajasthan [India]

Dr. Sujit Deoghoria was born in a highly esteemed musical family in West Bengal’s district Purulia. He had his initial training from his father Shri Mihir Kumar Deoghoria, a renowned vocalist. He has taken vocal music training from Pt. Ganesh Prasad Mishra, Banaras Gharana, Principal of Bhatkhande Sangit Mahavidyalaya, Lucknow and received the degree of Sangit Visharad from there. Later as he impressed by the sonorous tune of Violin, he began taking Talim of Violin from Prof. Gopal Chand Nandi and awarded the degree of Sangit Nipum from Bhatkhande Sangit Mahavidyalaya, and he came out first class first in all over India. Deoghoria also trained in the art of Tantarekari ang of Violin playing from the renowned Violinist Sri. Ashok Goswami who hailed from Rampur Seniya Gharana and Pt N.N. Dhar disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra.   At present practicing special techniques of Violin with Dr V. Balaji renowned artist of India.

He is B-high artist in All India Radio & Doordarshan and has been honored with many prestigious awards like SUR-MONI from Sur Singer Samsad (Mumbai). He bagged national scholarship by Govt. of India.

Uma Shankar Sharma
Bhatkhande Music College, Jabalpur (M.P.)

Dr. Uma Shankar Sharma was born at Jabalpur (M.P.) on 9th March 1956. Received initial training in Music from Father Pt. Dashrath Lal Sharma. Later on became deciple of Pt. Kiran Deshpande, Late Gajanan Tadey, Pt. Lal Jee Gokhle. He has also received training from Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan and Swmi Ram Shankar Das (Pagal Das jee). He has earned Gold Medal from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwa Vidyalaya , Khairagarh in M.A. (Tabla). He has also Post Graduate degree in Philosophy. He travelled around the world countries such as China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, S. Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Denmark, England, etc. He has also served as visiting fellow at M.I.U. University America.
He has done Ph. D. in Music. The Topic was (MANAV JEEVAN KE VIKAS MAIN SANGEET KA YOGDAN) from R.D.V.V. University Jabalpur.  In his music direction number of cassettes of Geet, Gazals and Bhajans were recorded. He has also composed a song for DARE DEVILS of Indian Army ( Signal Corpes).
He has published a book titled MANAV JEEVAN KE VIKAS MAIN SANGEET KA YOGDAN from Eastern book Linkers New Delhi. Number of articles and Research Papers also are to his credit. At present working with Bhatkhande Music College, Jabalpur (M.P.) since 1977.

  1. Premalatha
    Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Performing Arts, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh [India]

Dr. V Premalatha, is an Assistant Professor of Music in  the Department of Performing Arts, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. She possesses a Post-graduate in Music from the Madurai Kamaraj University and Ph.D. from the University of Madras, Chennai, under the guidance of Dr. N Ramanathan. Study of music manuscripts has been her area of study and she has compiled a comprehensive Catalogue of music manuscripts from all over the world. As part of her Ph.d thesis, she has made a critical edition and translation of an unpublished work, the Natyacudamani of Somanarya and its Telugu Commentary, which is under publication by the National Manuscripts Mission, New Delhi under the Prakasika series.

Premalatha has completed an UGC- Major Research Project on the music manuscript collection of the Oriental Research Institute, S V University, Tirupati. She is also a recipient of the National Culture Fellowship in Arts for Music (Junior) awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. She guides research scholars for their M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees and is a member of Board of Examiners of various Universities. She has presented Research Papers at National & International Seminars held all over India and has published research articles in the Journals of Music. Dr. Premalatha has also published many research reference materials and music lessons in  Her Index of keywords and articles of the Journal of the Madras Music Academy, for the years 1930-2010 has been placed in the web-site, www.

Vishal Jain
Assistant Professor, Department of Music & Performing Arts, University of Allahabad [India]

Dr. Vishal Jain, a Dhrupad exponent of Dagarbani tradition, is presently working in the Department of Music & Performing Arts, University of Allahabad as an assistant professor of Vocal music. Born in a musical family at Madhya Pradesh, he started his training of Hindustani Vocal (Khyal) under the tutelage of Pt. Madhav Raje. After that in Dhrupad Kendra, Bhopal he took an advance full time training of Dhrupad under the able guidance of Great dhrupad maestro Late Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar in Guru-Shishya Parampara for 4 years, since 1998. He is a B High grade artist of All India Radio, Bhopal and has performed in various concerts and festivals all over India like Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan Mumbai, Dhrupad Jugalbandi Utsav D.D. Bharti, Lalit Kala Akademi Foundation Day Concert New Delhi and many more. He is awarded by Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuwa Puraskar from S.N.A. New Delhi in 2008, Youth Promising Artist Awards by S.R.A. Mumbai, Surmani by Sursingar Sansad etc. He is a commerce graduate and has obtained his masters degree in sociology and Vocal Music with gold medal from D.A.V.V. Indore. He was awarded by scholarship for young artists from Deptt. of Culture (Govt. of India) in 2001 and J.R.F. from U.G.C. in 2004. He completed his research work for doctoral degree on Dhamar under the supervision of Prof. Ritwik Sanyal from B.H.U. in 2010. He has one book and 16 research papers to his credit.

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