Know the scholars -I

Asit Kumar De
Senior Professor and Head of the Theory Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata [India]

AsitDe_webAsit Kumar De is currently Senior Professor and Head of the Theory Division of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, one of India’s premier research institutes for basic sciences. Prof. De has done his graduate studies in theoretical physics at Carnegie Mellon University and The Ohio State University in the USA, and his post-doctoral research in Institute of Theoretical Physics, RWTH, Aachen in Germany and Washington University, St. Louis in the USA. Prof. De is a well-known physicist in the area of quantum field theories on lattice. At the same time, Prof. De has had extensive training in Hindustani vocal classical music since childhood. He took his first training from Ustad Dabir Khan, the last well-known descendent of Miyan Tansen and a Dhrupad and Veena exponent of repute. Later Prof. De also learned for extended periods from Pandit Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. His eldest sister, Mrs. Sabita Ghosh who was a disciple of UstadDabir Khan, acted throughout as a musical mentor and from her Prof. De learned Thumri and various other semi-classical forms.Although seriously constrained by his academic profession, Prof. De is a performing vocalist in Khayal and has performed in several prestigious venues and received high acclaims from both critics and general audience. Prof. De takes keen interest in musicology and has worked on the structures of Indian Ragas for the last 30 years. He has been invited to deliver lectures and write articles on his work on musicology by reputed institutions. In the late eighties, Prof. De taught the Indian music part of a course on Ethnomusicology at the Ohio State University, USA.

Atish Bagchi
Community College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [USA]

AtishBagchi_webAtish Bagchi received a B. Sc. degree with honours in Physics from Presidency College, Calcutta, WestBengal, India. He received MS degrees in Physics Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and a Ph. D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He studied Indian classical music on the violin since childhood under the tutelage of the late violinist, Professor Dilip Ganguli of Bengal Music College, Calcutta. While at Carnegie-Mellon, he had studied western classical music on the violin formally for a brief period through a programme affiliated with the University. He has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA and has held research fellowships at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, California, USA. He currently teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. His research interests include various areas of mathematics, music, and linguistics.

Beth Bullard
Former-Director,  World Music Studies, George Mason University [USA]

Beth BullardBeth Bullard first studied Indian Music at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She holds a doctorate in western music, with a specialty in the history of musical instruments, from The University of Pennsylvania. To build her knowledge of Indian music, Dr. Bullard, a performer on western flutes, was awarded fellowships for research in Madras on the South Indian flute and its history: an Indo-American Fellowship with the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (1992) and a Senior Research Fellowship with the American Institute of Indian Studies (1995-96). While in Madras, she studied flute with Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar, vocal with Radha Vishwanathan, and history with T.S. Parthasarathy. Dr. Bullard went on to earn a second doctorate, in ethnomusicology, from The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Her dissertation is “Wind of Change in South Indian Music: The Flute Revived, Recaste, Regendered” (1998).  She has published articles in Sruti and The Journal of Indian Musicology and reviews in The Journal of the American Instrument Society. Dr. Bullard taught at Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, Temple University, Georgetown University, the Eastman School of Music, and at George Mason University, from which she retired in 2008 after serving as Director of World Music Studies.

 

Chatradari ‘Chats’ Devroop
Programme Coordinator for Music at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, [South Africa]

Chats-Devroop_web2Born on the east coast of South Africa during the turbulent apartheid years, helped shape Chats’s thinking about music and career reinvention in order to face whatever challenges the education and music industry threw at him. His musical family presented him no shortage of talent and already as a child he set about pursuing a career in music. During these formative years he engaged as a performer with music of all genres around him – popular, jazz, African, Bollywood film music and European art music.

His formal training in european art music performance culminated in a Masters Degree (South Africa) and Kuenstlerishe Ausbilding (Germany) specializing New music and Historically Informed Performance Practice. This was followed by doctoral studies in the area of music technology. Upon returning to South Africa in 1994, Chats has held several academic positions at leading universities in South Africa and been guest professor in Germany and China. He features regularly on music adjudication panels. His current academic engagement straddles two areas: diaspora studies that deals with the condition of Indian South African musicians; and the state and nature of transformation of music as a discipline in South Africa. Chats is currently the Programme Coordinator for Music at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa.

Daniel M. Neuman
Professor, Ethnomusicology, Mohindar Brar Sambhi Chair of Indian Music, and Interim Director, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost emeritus, UCLA [USA]

DanSpecializations: Music of India, especially Hindustani and Rajasthan regional traditions; social organization of musical specialists; anthropology of music; multimedia applications in ethnomusicology; geographical approaches to the study of music traditions.

Daniel Neuman has written and co-edited three books: The Life of Music in North India: The Organization of an Artistic Tradition, published by Wayne State University Press (1980) and republished by the University of Chicago Press (1990) and Ethnomusicology and Modern Music History, published by the University of Illinois Press (1991) and Bards, Ballads and Boundaries: An Ethnographic Atlas of Musical Cultures in West Rajasthan (co-authored with Shubha Chaudhuri), published by Seagull Press (2007). Neuman had earlier also been active in multimedia development, receiving several grants for the development of the World Music Navigator, a computerized ethnographic atlas of the early 1990s. Previously Neuman has taught at Dartmouth College and at the University of Washington, where he served for ten years as Director of the School of Music, before serving as Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture between 1996 and 2002 and as UCLA’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost from 2002 to 2006.

Dipak Ghosh
Former Professor & Dean, Faculty of Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata [India]

Dipak GhoshProf. Dipak Ghosh, a University Gold medalist and a PhD in the area of High energy physics, published more than three hundred papers in international journals across the world. He was the Professor and Dean of the faculty of Science, Jadavpur University. He supervised the PhD thesis of 60 students and still continuing in doing so. From 2004, he started to work in the area of physics and music and established the Sir C V Raman Centre for Physics and Music, Jadavpur University. He worked as the coordinator of the Centre till his retirement in 2010. In this connection he has published several papers on music information retrieval. Presently he is the Emeritus Professor at the Centre. His area interest for the last three years is to study the effect of music on human brain from the neuro-physics perspective. Prof. Ghosh is the recipient of many awards for his in-depth research work.

George Ruckert 
Senior Lecturer in Music, Massachussetts Institute of Technology [MIT], USA

GeorgeRuckert_webGeorge Ruckert is a performer with an extensive background in the disciplines of both western and Hindustani classical music. He was introduced to the music of the legendary sarod master, Ustad Ali Akbar Khansahib in 1968 and, under his tutelage, he focused his attention on sarod and vocal music for nearly thirty years. During this period he served for many years as teacher and Director of the Ali Akbar College of Music near San Francisco.  As a solo artist on the sarod, he has performed, recorded, and taught in India, Europe, and the United States.

While at the Ali Akbar College, he composed and arranged much music for the innovative east-west ensemble, the New Maihar Band.   He has composed not only for traditional dance dramas, such as Giri Govardhan  and Sita Haran, but also for Chitresh Das’ original kathak work, The  Gold Rush.

In 1992 he earned his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from University of California at Berkeley.  He has published five books on the music of India.  His most recent publication is on the fiddle traditions of Cape Breton Island—The Music of John Campbell, published 2008 by MelBay in St. Louis.  A solo sarod CD of ragas Zila Kafi and Shenan Mand, with tabla masters Samir Chatterjee and Swapan Chaudhuri, has recently been released by Nilaswati Productions.

Mr. Ruckert presently resides in the Boston area, and is a Senior Lecturer at MIT where he teaches western, World and Indian classical music, while continuing his performing career on the sarod.

Gautam Nag
Professor, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University

GautamNagProfessor Goutam Nag is one of the renowned artistes in the field of Indian Classical Music. He completed M.A. [Double] from the Rabindra Bharati University and started his life as Lecturer in Vocal Music in the year 1985. After this he joined the Department of Instrumental Music as a Musicologist in the year 1995. He also served as a Head of the Department of Musicology at the Rabindra Bharati University. He had his Ph.D. titled ‘Hindusthani Sangeeter Utsa Vishleshan’ under the guidance of Professor Nimai Chand Baral. He is associated as examiners for a number of universities. He authored a number of books based on his researches. He also published a number of music CDs.

He performed Hindusthani Vocal Music in many prestigious concerts and also performed Santoor in some concerts.  He had his music training under Pt. Nabin Krishna Sen Sharma, Pt. lalit Mohan Sanyal a disciple of Ustd. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, pt. Chinmay Lahiri, Uma Dey  and Padmabhushan Pt. Jnan Prakash Ghosh.  Currently he is taking lessons in santoor with Pt. Dulal Roy.

Guru P. Das
Senior Scientist [Retired], Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton [USA]

GuruDas_webDr. Guru Das was associated to the Air Force Research Laboratory at Dayton [USA]. He  is a retired scientist and is currently pursuing Indian music and musicology, which has been his lifelong passion. A Ph.D.  in Theoretical Physics from the University of Chicago, Das has come in contact with many renowned Indian classical vocalists and instrumentalists and has taken a strong interest in the scientific discipline of the Indian Raag system. Recently he has founded a center of Indian classical music “Cincinnati Sangeet Kala Kendera” in Mason, Ohio, USA.In this seminar Dr. Das will give a joint presentation with Dr. Rajyashree Ghosh, RBU.

 

 

Karaikudi S. Subramanian  
Former Professor of Music, University of Madras [India]

KaraikudiSubramanian-webAs a ninth generation performing vina artiste in a family of vina players Prof. Karaikudi Subramanian started learning vina from his mother Lakshmi Ammal. Later became the disciple of hisgranduncle and adoptive father, the legendary vina player, Karaikudi Veenai Sambasiva Iyer (1888-1958). He has also learned from and performed with his sister RajeswariPadmanabhan and RanganakiRajagopalan.

He was awarded Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, USA, for his thesis: “South Indian Vina-Tradition and Individual Style” (1985), with a Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council (1983). He retired as Professor of Music from the University of Madras (1986-2002).

His record album ‘Music Fur Vina’, with Rajeswari Padmanabhanmade by Museum fürVölkerkunde, Berlin-1975, won the Schallplatten Kritik Award (1980). His vina album ‘Sunada’ with Prof.Trichy Sankaranwon the Naird Award, USA-91). He has produced and directed music educational programs for festivals and for Television Serial (Singapore, India).He has presented and published articles in International seminars organized by AIIS, New Delhi (1993) and Berlin Phonogram Archiv (Germany) on the occasion of the 100th anniversary (2000).

He founded Brhaddhvani, The Research and Training Centre for Musics of the worldin Chennai (1989) with Dr. S. Seetha. He developed a system of holistic music education, Correlated Objective Music Education and Training,COMET, combining tradition and technology, arts and science, preservation and propagation methods reaching out to dancers, actors, children and in therapy. Currently this system of education reaches out to Chennai city schools benefitting more than 1000 children and creating jobs for music teachers.

Lars-Christian Koch
Head of Department of Ethnomusicology and Berlin Phonogram Archive at the Museum of Ethnology in Berlin (Germany) and Professor for Ethnomusicology at the University of Cologne and Honorary Professor for Ethnomusicology at the University of the Arts in Berlin [Germany]

LarsKochProf. Dr. Lars-Christian Koch is the Head of Department of Ethnomusicology and Berlin Phonogram Archive at the Museum of Ethnology in Berlin (Germany) and Professor for Ethnomusicology at the University of Cologne and Honorary Professor for Ethnomusicology at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He was Guest Professor at the University of Vienna and at the University of Chicago.

He has conducted field work in Gujarat, Calcutta, Santiniketan and Kolkata (India), as well as in Seoul (South Korea). His research focuses on the theory and practise of North-Indian Raga-Music, organology with special focus on instrument manufacturing, Buddhist music,  aesthetics of music in intercultural perspective, music and medicine, media and ethnomusicology, popular music and urban culture, historical recordings, and music archaeology.

Marc Duby 
Professor of Musicology, University of South Africa [South Africa]

MarcDuby2Marc Duby was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in English) from the University of Cape Town in 1975, having begun his professional career as bassist in Cape Town in 1972. He returned from overseas to begin musical studies at the University of Cape Town, culminating in the award of the first masters’ degree in jazz performance (cum laude) in Durban 1987.

Appointed in 2001 as the first director of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, he completed his PhD thesis in 2006 on Soundpainting, the New York composer Walter Thompson’s sign language for live composition. Awarded established researcher status in 2010 by the National Research Foundation, Prof Duby has presented academic papers in Bologna, New Orleans, and at Cambridge University, as well as serving as visiting lecturer at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Universidad Veracruzana (México).

Recent performances and collaborations include:

  • In the clouds (Grahamstown 2009, 2010) (Winner of 2010 Ovation award for best Fringe performance)
  • Tim Kliphuis (Netherlands) and Johannesburg Youth Orchestra (Johannesburg 2010, 2011)
  • World Sounds of Jazz: with Vigleik Storaas (Norway), Efraïm Trujillo (USA) and Lloyd Martin (SA) (Grahamstown 2011)
  • Official accompanist for SAMRO International Singers’ Competition (Johannesburg 2011).

In four decades as professional bassist, Marc Duby has worked with many iconic figures of South African music including Barney Rachabane, Nelson Magwaza, Philip Tabane, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, John Fourie, Bruce Cassidy, Darius Brubeck, the Kalahari Surfers, as well as international artists such as Ernest Khabeer Dawkins (USA), François Jeanneau (France), Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay (India), and Roberto Bonati (Italy). A prize-winning composer of film music, he is active as a performer, composer/arranger, and music educator, and currently serves as Professor of Musicology at the University of South Africa.

Meki Nzewi
Professor of African Music, University of Pretoria & Director, Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices of Africa (CIIMDA), Research, Education & Performance for SADC based in Pretoria [South Africa]

MekiNzwei2Professor Meki Nzewi, African musical arts and science theorist, composer, music-dramatist, performer and creative writer, ‘mother’ drummer –oral and literacy. Professor of African Music, University of Pretoria & Director, Centre for Indigenous Instrumental Music and Dance Practices of Africa (CIIMDA), Research, Education & Performance for SADC based in Pretoria

Devoted to practical and research studies and explications of the underlying philosophy, principles, soft science and creative theory informing African indigenous musical arts conceptualizations, creative aspirations and logic as well as performance practices. Dedication to investigating and discerning contemporary documentation, analyses, interpretation, advancement, theoretical and creative continuum of African musical arts heritage has resulted in:

  • Scholarly books, philosophical essays, research monographs, compositions, novels and journal articles, narrative scholarship style that explicate indigenous African creative philosophy, logic, intentions and grammar, and their contemporaneous viability in education and practice
  • Designing, writing and producing literary musical arts works -operas, musicals, music/dance drama & TV series/serials – deriving from indigenous knowledge models
  • Re-orientation projects on creativity, education, research and public action performances

Michael Nixon
Department of Music, University of Cape Town [South Africa]

MichaelNixon_webThe most generous, accomplished and creative musicians in South Africa, India, and the USA taught me Indian classical music, and I continue this study today. In the early 1970s, I assisted Jeram and Jaydevi Bhana run music, art and pottery classes at MK Gandhi’s Tolstoy Farm south of Johannesburg. We cared for this historic resistance site, where we welcomed many thousands of visitors. From 1977 – 1986 I studied music in Chennai, India. Alongside performance, I sought to make theoretical and historical sense of India’s vast musical tradition, producing a number of publications with my teacher, Savithri Rajan, and co-founding Sampradaya (a performance, research and archival project) with Ludwig Pesch. Thirty years later this project and its archive are housed in Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Chennai where they inform the curriculum, and form a basis for research.

Studying ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, I produced an unpublished thesis on an important South Indian musical-dramatic work, Gopalakrishna Bharatiyar’s Nantanar Carittiram. This 19th-century Tamil work deals in an original, imaginative, humane way with a Dalit saint’s life. In the 20th century, the story and the songs caught the imagination of the Indian nationalist movement, and of Indian South Africans, who found in it parallels with their personal and political conundrums.

Studying at Wesleyan and later at the University of Washington, Seattle enabled me to further develop my interest in African musics. Besides lecturing in the USA, at the University of Durban-Westville, and I am now at the University of  Cape Town, I have been involved with audiovisual archives and museums since 1980, including Sampradaya, the University of Washington World Music Archives, and the District Six Museum. I find curating the Percival R Kirby Collection of Musical Instruments at University of Cape Town an exciting stretch of skills and intellect. My PhD research on Kirby and his collection involves writing biographies of the collector and the collection, which spills over well beyond the field of music. When not working on research or teaching, I can be found practising the vina, that lute found in the hands of Sarasvati, goddess of knowledge.

N. Ramanathan
Former Professor & Head, Department of Indian Muisc,  University of Madras [India]

NRamanathan_webBorn in 1946, N.Ramanathan, received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, and Master of Music and Ph.D. in Musicology from the Banaras Hindu University. After working for a short period of four months at the Indira Kala Sangit Vishvavidyalaya, Khairagarh (CG), he joined the Department of Indian Music, University of Madras in 1978 where he worked as a Lecturer, Reader and as the Professor & Head of the Department. He retired in July 2004. For a few years he worked as an Adjunct Professor in Music at the Chennai Mathematical Institute (Deemed to be University) and later as a Distinguished Fellow at the Kalakshetra, Chennai. He is continuing his music teaching and research, supported by three websites – southindianmusic.inwww.musicresearch.in and musicresearchlibrary.net- .

Besides being involved in teaching and research guidance, he has presented more than 100 papers in seminars in India and abroad and has contributed articles to journals and authored two books. He has been associated with a number of research projects. He his also a performer of South Indian Art Music on the Violin and voice and used to perform on the violin over the All India Radio and Doordarshan (Television).

Partha Ghose
Senior Scientist, Platinum Jubilee Fellow (National Academy of Sciences, India) and associated to the Center for Astro-Particle Physics & Space Science, Bose Institute, Kolkata [India]

Partha GhoseDr. Partha Ghose is a Senior Scientist, Platinum Jubilee Fellow (National Academy of Sciences, India) and is associated with Center for Astro Particle Physics & Space Science, Bose Institute. He was also a former faculty of SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. He did his graduation and doctorate from Calcutta University. He has occupied distinguished positions in different academic institutions in India and abroad. His work on Bohmian trajectories of photons, in which he demonstrated trajectories that could be ascribed also to photons in the approach of the De Broglie–Bohm theory, formed the basis for a comparison of these trajectories from those that were later observed experimentally with weak measurements. Prof Partha Ghose has written many popular science articles in Bengali and English for various Journals and magazines and dailies. He was associated with the production of videocassette series on ‘Classical Mechanics’ and ‘Quantum Theory’ for UGC Country-wide Classroom series. Prof Ghose was associated with many episodes of the popular television science serial titled ‘Quest’. He has also been a part of different science programs involving students from various levels.

Ranjan Sengupta
Scientific Consultant, Sir C.V, Raman Centre of Physics and Music, Jadavpur University, Kolkata [India]

RanjanSenguptaWebDr. Ranjan Sengupta, a PhD in High energy Physics, was the Senior Research Scientist and Head, Scientific Research Department, ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata for 27 years. Thereafter he joined Sir C V Raman Centre of Physics and Music as a Scientific Consultant. He has published more than 150 papers in the area of High Energy Physics, Music Signal Processing, Speaker Recognition, Music Information Retrieval, Music Perception and Cognition and Music Acoustics. He is a recipient of Sir C V Raman Award from Acoustical Society of India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandeep Bhagwati
Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Inter-X Art Practice and Theory, Department of Music, Concordia University [Canada]

SandeepBhagwatiProfessor Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple award-winning composer, theatre director and media artist. His compositions and comprovisations in all genres (including six operas) have been performed by leading performers at leading venues and festivals worldwide. He has directed international music festivals and intercultural exchange projects with Indian and Chinese musicians and leading new music ensembles. He was Professor of Composition at Karlsruhe Music University and Composer-in-Residence at the IRCAM Paris, ZKM Karlsruhe, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, IEM Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow.

As Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Arts at Concordia University since 2006, Professor Bhagwati currently directs matralab, a research/creation center for intercultural and interdisciplinary arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, inter-traditional aesthetics, the aesthetics of interdisciplinarity, gestural theatre, sonic theatre and interactive visual and non-visual scores.

Sebastian Klotz
Professor of Systematic Musicology, Leipzig University [Germany]

SEbastianKlotz_Web2Dr. Sebastian Klotz is a Professor of Systematic Musicology at Leipzig University.  Dr Klotz was a researcher at the Istituto Storico Germanico in Rome and Bosch Fellow at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the expert panel musicology of the European Science Foundation (ESF). His research interests span from Quattrocento dance to theories of musical action and to musical knowledge cultures. His cross-disciplinary project “Berlin, Chicago, Kolkata – toward a comparative musicology of the metropolis” (2008 to 2012) was supported by Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. An essay devoted to Donna Summer, “Arcadia, Musicland. Variants of Eloquence form the Renaissance Madrigal to Disco”, has been published in VARIANTOLOGY 5 (Cologne 2011).

His most recent academic contribution, “Tartini the Indian. Perspectives on World Music in the Enlightenment”, is due to appear later this year in the The Cambridge History of World Music, Philip V. Bohlman (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (The Cambridge History of Music Series).

 

Soubhik Chakraborty
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, BIT Mesra, Ranchi [India]

SoubhikCDr. Chakraborty is a PhD in Statistics. He is an Associate Professor in the department of Applied Mathematics, BIT Mesra, Ranchi, India. He has published several papers in algorithm and music analysis and is guiding research scholars in both the areas. He is a reviewer of prestigious journals like Mathematical Reviews (American Mathematical Society), Computing Reviews (ACM) and IEEE Transactions on Computers etc. besides being the Principal Investigator of a UGC major research project on music analysis in his department. He has received several awards including the prestigious Glory of India award and Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award given by India International Friendship Society and the National award for Teaching Excellence given by Indus Foundation.

He is also an amateur harmonium player.

 

 

Subhendu Ghosh                                              
Professor, Department of Biophysics, University of Delhi South Campus [India]

SubhenduGhosh-web02Dr. Subhendu Ghosh, a scientist and a performing artiste (Hindustani Vocal) was born in Kolkata and migrated to Delhi. He learnt music in a traditional fashion under the tutelage of Lt. Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan (Padmashree) of Rampur Gharana and later under Lt. Pandit Ramesh Nadkarni of Bhendi Bazaar Gharana. Subhendu has directed and sung in the production of a number of commercial music albums, to name a few Khwab-e-Sahar (Ghazals)Sab Rango Ka SamaveshColors of Passion (Classical).   A founder director of the cultural organization Pratidhwani based in Delhi Subhendu has performed in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, UK and the USA (New York, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Massachusetts) and all over India. He is also a founder member of the Indo-European music group DHUN based in Dresden, Germany (www.dhun-music.net).

As a dramatist Subhendu has acted, directed and music directed in several plays. He has directed music for the films “Imagine Kalpana”, a short film on the life of the great freedom fighter Kalpana Dutta (produced by Doordarshan), “Asli Azadi”, “Apne Haque Ke Liye” and the ballet “Azadi ke Taraane”.

A scientist and academic by profession, he received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He served as a Professor at the University of Hyderabad and is currently working as a Professor at the Department of Biophysics, University of Delhi South Campus. He is actively engaged in the researches on how we learn and remember (Cognitive Science), e.g. musical patterns, rhythms.

Suneera Kasliwal Vyas
Professor, Department of Music, University of Delhi [India]

SuneeraKasliwal-WebA Professor in the Department of Music, Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, University of Delhi, Dr. Suneera Kasliwal Vyas has combined her performance career with academics and research in music.

Born and brought up in Jaipur, she had her early training in Music under Dr. Sharda Mishra at Jaipur. Later, she became a disciple of Late Pt. Lal Mani Mishra, a renowned Vichitra Veena player and musicologist at Banaras Hindu University. She completed her Doctoral Program under the guidance of Dr. K C Gangrade and also learnt from Dr. R D Chakravorty. At B.H.U. she won the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of UGC. From 1987, she had the privilege of learning under the renowned artist of Delhi, Pt. Uma Shankar Mishra (Maihar Gharana), the senior-most disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar.  She is a regular “A Grade” artist of AIR and Doordarshan.

Suneera has given successful concerts in many prestigious music festivals in India and abroad. She was a member of the Indian cultural delegations to Russia in 1987, South Korea in 2002 and Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 2003. Her concerts in USA in 2011 were much acclaimed. Suneera excels in Lecture-Demonstrations of practical and theoretical aspects of Hindustani music.

Suneera is a hard core researcher, won Govt.’s Senior Culture Fellowship (1997-99) and Research Award (2011) from Music Forum, Mumbai. Her books “Classical Musical Instruments”, “Sur Tar” and “Ravanhatta” are landmarks in music literature.  She has anchored many music programmes and serials on All India Radio and Doordarshan.

Vidyadhar Vyas

Former Head, Music Department, Mumbai University | Former Vice Chancellor, Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow |  Former Executive Director, ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata [India]

VidyadharVyas_webPandit Vidyadhar Vyas is a senior leading performing vocalist of Paluskar Tradition of Gwalior Gharana of Hindustani music.  Born in 1944 in Mumbai (Maharashtra), he is son and disciple of Gayanacharya Pt. Narayanrao Vyas, one of the foremost disciples of Sangeet Maharshi Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar.  Trained in Khayal, Tarana Gayaki of Gwalior Gharana and Bhajan in Paluskar tradition, Vidyadhar matured as an accomplished performer with his own aesthetic applications. Endowed with rich, mellifluous voice, he keenly maintains purity of Raga and form in his renderings.  He has given innumerable concert performances all over India and abroad, musically rising with every experience. He is “Top grade” artist of AIR and Doordarshan since 1993, empanelled “Outstanding” artist of ICCR.  His music is released on many cassettes and CDs.

Vidyadhar Vyas is also known as renowned Guru, music administrator, having headed Rajasthan Government Music College, Jaipur as Principal; Mumbai University Music Department, Mumbai as Head; Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow as Vice Chancellor and ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata as Executive Director. Presently he is President-Trustee of The Vyas Academy of Indian Music, Dadar, Mumbai.  He is MA (Sociology) and Sangeetacharya (Doctoral Diploma), recipient of ICSSR Senior Fellowship for Post Doctoral Socio-Musicological research project and has organized several national music seminars, workshops and written research and analytical articles.

Vidyadhar Vyas has received many prestigious felicitations including Sangeet Natak Akademi (National) Award.

Yaroslav Senyshyn
Professor of Aesthetic and Moral Philosophy, Simon Fraser University [Canada]

Yaroslav-Senyshyn_webProfessor Yaroslav Senyshyn of Aesthetic, Music and Moral Philosophy of Education studied at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto (Faculty of Music and OISE). He is also a recording concert with Albany Records, New York, pianist and Steinway Artist whose performances include recitals in Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Moscow Conservatory’s Bolshoi Hall and, most recently, Melba Hall at the Melbourne Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Senyshyn publishes extensively in international and national journals such as the Philosophy of Music Education Review, Musica-Realta, Interchange, the Journal of Educational Thought, Educational Leadership, the Canadian Journal of Education, and other publications. He has also published provocative curriculum theory papers relating to teachers as artists and their concomitant roles with subjectivity, objectivity and performance anxiety.  He is author of  “The Artist in Crisis” (Platon Promotions Publishing) written to inspire all musical performers and artists alike who are in danger of quitting their respective artistic activities.In addition to his solo concert activities, Dr. Senyshyn performs with his wife, scholar and flautist,Dr. Susan O’Neill.

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