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The college has a faculty of about 35 members comprising senior gurus along with talented young teachers and accompanying musicians in its different departments and disciplines. Senior disciples of the gurus also provide assistance from time to time in imparting training to the youngsters. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops by visiting artists and teachers further enrich the training programmes of the college.

 

Names of the faculty members are as follows:

 

MUSIC

HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL VOCAL

Manjeet

MANJEET SINGH was introduced to the field of Hindustani Classical Vocal Music by Prof. B.S. Bali (retired Principal of Music & Fine Arts College, Jammu). He received guidance from Late Smt. Shanti Sharma, a renowned vocalist who had been a guru at the Kendra.

 

He has been honoured twice by the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir for his contribution to the field of Hindustani classical vocal music. He has also received the Swar Mani Award from Mumbai and the Sadbhawna Award from the Government of J&K. He has also been a recipient of a National Scholarship from the Department of Culture, Government of India.

Hameed

MOHAMMED HAMEED KHAN is an accomplished North Indian Classical Vocalist, whose repertoire includes sufi, ghazals and folk singing. He completed the seven year postdiploma in Hindustani classical music at the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi. He has been trained in the Kirana Gharana by his guru the late Smt. Shanti Sharma.

 

He has taught music at the Pandit Shambhu Maharaj Kathak Academy (Dhwani) in New Delhi.

 

Hameed Khan has performed across the world, and has received the Surmani award and the Delhi Sanskrit Academy award.

Archana

ARCHANA SINGH, a disciple of Late Shanti Sharma of Kirana Gharana, obtained her Sahitya Alankar degree from Hindi Vidyapeeth, Devghar, Bihar and Post Graduate Diploma in Music from Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi.

 

She completed her Sangeet Alankar from Akhil Bhartiya, Gandharva Mandal, Mumbai, Sangeet Visharad f rom Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. She is also a Praveen from Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad.

 

She is a recipient of the national scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, for advance training in Hindustani classical vocal music.

 

She has several performances to her credit, and has represented Delhi in the All India Youth Festival in Haryana, Bihar and Kerala, and also the Youth Festival of Sahitya Kala Parishad in Delhi.

 

SEMI-CLASSICAL VOCAL

Padmaja

PADMAJA CHAKRABORTY is adept in different forms of vocal music including Hindustani classical, semiclassical (Pooravang forms like Thumri, Tappa, Chaitee, Jhoola, Hori,etc) and Bhajan (devotional songs). She also has equal flair for different forms of Bengali music like Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti, Folk, Kirtan, and Aadhunik.

 

Padmaja excels in rendition of Thumris and Chaitees in her unique style with age-old technique learnt from her Guru and Thumri Queen of the famous ‘Banaras Gharana’, Vidushi Girija Devi.

 

Padmaja is a visiting faculty with Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She has adjudged many popular music competitions, and has received many awards including the Sangeet Samman Award and Sangeet Ratna Award.

 

HINDUSTANI INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Biswajit

BISWAJIT ROY CHOWDHURY - One of today’s brilliant and serious exponents of Hindustani Classical Music, Biswajit Roy Chowdhury stands out not only for his singular commitment to music, but also for his conscious combination of all that is the best in the Indian musical tradition. Initially groomed in music by his father, he learnt Sarod from Pandit Indranil Bhattacharya in Kolkata and subsequently from Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in Delhi. He thus received training in both the major schools of Sarod-playing – Maihar and Gwalior.

 

He received advance training in music from legendary vocalist Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor, and also learnt briefly from Vidushi Sumati Mutatkar and Pandit Balasahab Poochwale.

 

First as a student and then as a teacher, Shri Biswajit Roy Chowdhury has a long association with the Kendra. He has performed all over the country and abroad, and on radio and television. He has been honoured by the Government of France with its prestigious award of Chevalier de L'ordre des Arts et Letters in 2006.

 

Nirmal

A commerce graduate, NIRMAL MONDAL was born in Siliguri (North Bengal). He had the privilege of learning Tabla from renowned Gurus and Ustads of different Gharanas – initially from Shri Lalu Chaki and Shri Batuk Jee, and later from Pt. Lachhu Maharaj of Banaras Gharana and Tabla Maestro Ustad Lateef Ahmed Khan of Delhi Gharana.

 

He achieved Sanget Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and is Grade-A artist with All India Radio. He has performed in various music and dance conferences with India’s top ranking musicians, vocalists and Kathak dancers in India and abroad. He has also participated in the Festivals of India abroad.

 

He was on deputation through ICCR as a Tabla teacher-cum-Performer at Guyana from 1993-1997 and at Nepal from 2009-2011. He has retired from Kathak Kendra in 2016 after 30 years as Tabla Vadak & Tabla Prashikshak.

He was awarded Sangeet Bhushan Samman by the Society for Action Through Music (SAM), Delhi in 2016.

 

DANCE

KATHAK

Krishan

Born in a family of hereditary dancers, KRISHAN MOHAN MISHRA, the eldest son of Pt. Shambhu Maharaj belongs to the illustrious Kalka Bindadin Gharana of Lucknow.

 

From his early childhood Krishan Mohan Mishra received training from his father and started performing at the tender age of eight along with his father. Today, he is regarded as the torch bearer of an ancient tradition and great lineage. His signature style shows a tight command over layakari and tayyari.

 

He is a retired senior Kathak Guru from the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, and has toured extensively in India and abroad. He is also a gifted percussionist , playing tabla, pakhawaj and folk drums. He is an Outstanding grade artist with ICCR and A-grade ar t ist of Delhi Doordarshan. He has received many awards, including the Nritya Ratan from the Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award of Uttar Pradesh.

 

Dheerendra

DHEERENDRA TIWARI, a disciple of renowned guru of Jaipur Gharana, Pandit Rajendra Gangani, has been trained at the Kathak Kendra, National Institute of Kathak Dance, New Delhi.

 

Earlier, he was initiated into dance by Ruchi Sharma and Taposh Giri in Agra. He has been a recipient of scholarships from Delhi Sahitya Kala Parishad and from Kathak Kendra where he completed Diploma Honours, and studied upto postdiploma level. He has also learnt Hindustani vocal music and Yoga.

 

Dheerendra has made a mark on the Kathak stage as a talented soloist of the new generation and has performed in many festivals in India and abroad. He has also performed in the choreographic works of renowned Kathak gurus and choreographers. As a senior dancer and rehearsal director of Drishtikon, New Delhi, he has performed in many renowned venues like Laban Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Edinburg Festival. He has recently concluded his tenure as a Kathak dance teacher in Government of India’s Cultural Centre in Seoul.

Raksha

RAKSHA SINGH DAVID, a promising Kathak dancer, started learning at a very young age under the guidance of Smt. Sharmila Chatterjee. Thereafter, she pursued her M.A. from Khairagarh University under the tutelage of Prof. Rama Das. After her post-graduation, she underwent training at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra under the guidance of Guru Shikha Khare.

 

At present, she is taking advance training under the guidance of Kathak Maestro Pt. Birju Maharaj for the past four years. She is also ‘Prabhakar’ in Classical Vocal and Junior Diploma holder in Light Classical Vocal.

 

She has received National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, and has also been awarded Nritya Ratna Samman. She has done many choreographic works such as ‘Yamuna Beech Shyam Chavi’, Dhruv’ and ‘Pakhi’. She has performed at various festivals, and also in a TV serial, ‘Bharat Ke Sant Kavi’ on DD Bharti.

 

She has also written articles for various magazines and books.

Anukriti

ANUKRITI VISHWAKARMA belongs to that new generation of Indian classical Kathak dancers who embrace modernity along with tradition, to enrich the art journey. She completed her formal training in the style of Lucknow gharana at Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, under the guidance of reputed Guru Pt. Jai Kishan Maharaj. She was awarded the senior scholarship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and is a Graded artist of Doordarshan.

 

An exquisite performer with a keen and sensitive mind, Anukriti strives to imbibe the essence of this beautiful art form and share her knowledge with those who seek.

 

ODISSI

Priyambada

PRIYAMBADA PATTNAIK, a talented Odissi dancer, was born in a traditional art family of Orissa. The grand-daughter of the great Odissi maestro, late Pt. Chandrashekhar Pattnaik, she received her initial training from her father, late Indra Kumar Pattnaik and later with late Guru Mahadeo Raut for 10 years.

 

Priyambada moved to Bhubaneswar in 1993 to receive advance training from Guru Gandhadhar Pradhan and Guru Bichitrananda Swain. She was also trained for seven years at Nrityagram, Bangalore. She has been a recipient of the National Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture. A post graduate in Odissi dance, she is a graded artist of Doordarshan.

 

Priyambada has performed all over India and abroad.

 

BHARATNATYAM

Justin

JUSTIN McCARTHY is a dancer, musician and choreographer. He has taught Bharatanatyam at the Kendra since 1990 and has choreographed many works for the Bharatanatyam dancers of the Kendra. Apart from creating innovative performance experiences, he also engages with dance through writing, speaking and film-making.

 

He studied Bharatanatyam under Guru Subbarayan Pillai in Madras before spending a decade with Leela Samson at the Kendra.

 

He has imparted training to a large number of students from India and abroad.

 

Justin McCarthy has been honoured with Pt. Jasraj Cross-Cultural Understanding Award in 2010 and the National Film Award in the Art & Culture Category by the President of India in 2013.

 

Sudha

SUDHA JAGANNATH commenced her training in Bharatanatyam in childhood under Smt. Swarna Saraswati and later under Guru Govindarajan. She continued her training at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, primarily under Shri Justin McCarthy for over a decade. Sudha Jagannath has taught at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra for over a decade too. She has worked with eminent choreographers such as Chandralekha, Justin McCarthy and Navtej Singh Johar among others. Retaining a keen interest in pedagogy, she has been part of the Dance Curriculum designing team of the National Institute of Open Education. Sudha composes repertoire for a varied group of students and continues to present interesting solo and group choreographies.

Suhail

SUHAIL BHAN, a Doordarshan Graded artist studied Bharatnatyam at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra under the guidance of Gurus Justin McCarthy and Sudha Jagannathan. He proved himself to be a natural dancer from the very beginning. He combines grace and strength in a distinctive way that is both lyrical and dynamic.

 

He has an excellent command of all the parameters of Bharatanatyam, and has performed in numerous dance programmes in India and abroad. He was awarded the title of Arsha Kala Chudamani by the late Swami Dayanand Saraswati in the United States. He has also received the Natya Mayooram Award.

 

He has taught Bharatanatyam for several years at the Kendra in the past.

 

CHHAU & DANCE DRAMA

Raj

RAJ KUMAR SHARMA joined Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in 1989 as a young Chhau student under Guru Olakh Niranjan Bisoi and Guru Shashidharan Nair. He has taken part as a lead artist in Kendra’s ballets such as Ram, Krishna, Parikrama and Dance of Shiva. He also learnt contemporary dance under Daksh Seth and Astad Deboo.

 

He has taken part in various performances in India and abroad including USA, Canada, Europe and Malaysia. He has also been part of Jashne Khusro with Dadi Pudumjee and Zila Khan.

 

He also assisted in the play Mirza Ghalib directed by Sayed Alam. He has performed solo and duet performances with Aditi Mangaldas, Astad Deboo and the Sri Lankan dancer Khema D’Costa.

 

YOGA

Anurag

ANURAG JHA is an avid follower and practitioner of the art of Yoga since his school days. He initially did a Foundation course from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi which was followed by a six month Certificate course from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi. Subsequently, he completed a one-year Diploma course in Yoga from the Bhawan. He is also trained in gymnastics, Chhau dance and Western dance techniques.

 

He has won several competitions at State level and National level by winning first and second prizes in Yoga. For the last five years, he has been teaching in the discipline of Yoga by holding private classes. He specializes in Acrobatic Yoga, Power Yoga and aerobics.

 

Since 2013, Anurag Jha has been an Artist of the Repertory of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra and has participated in several dance drama productions.

 

 

ACCOMPANYING MUSICIANS IN FACULTY

TABLA

Zaheen Khan

Manoj Gangani

Maneshwar Parihar

Mukaram Ali Qadri

SabirHussain

Nissar Ahmed Khan

Naved

Amir Salim

P.P. Nagar

MRIDANGAM

P. Mani Raman

 

MARDALA (ODISSI)

Prashant Kumar Mangaraj

 

SARANGI

Juned Khan

Gulam Farid

VOCAL

Zaki Ahmad

 

HARMONIUM

Zafar Ahmad

Updates
The prestigious SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be presented to the eminent Hindustani vocalist Smt Girija Devi (posthumously) on 17 November 2017 in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The Award was decided by the Governing Council of the Kendra in the month of August and was accepted by Girija Devi ji. Due to her sad demise meanwhile on October 24, the award will be received by her daughter Dr Sudha Datta (Munni ji). The Award will be presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India at a special function on 17 November at 6.45 pm. The presentation ceremony will be followed by a musical tribute by disciples of the late Smt Girija Devi. All are welcome.

 

The prestigious SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be presented to the eminent Hindustani vocalist Smt Girija Devi (posthumously) on 17 November 2017 in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The Award was decided by the Governing Council of the Kendra in the month of August and was accepted by Girija Devi ji. Due to her sad demise meanwhile on October 24, the award will be received by her daughter Dr Sudha Datta (Munni ji). The Award will be presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India at a special function on 17 November at 6.45 pm. The presentation ceremony will be followed by a musical tribute by disciples of the late Smt Girija Devi. All are welcome.