Bickram Ghosh

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Bickram Ghosh
Bickram Ghosh - Kolkata 2011-05-09 3386.JPG
Bickram Ghosh in Kolkata 2011
Background information
Born (1966-10-20) 20 October 1966 (age 48)
Kolkata, West Bengal
Origin India
Genres Indian classical music
Occupation(s) Composer, Actor
Instruments Tabla
Labels Folktronic, Angel, Music Today, Sa Re Ga Ma, Music of the World

Bickram Ghosh (born 20 October 1966) is an Indian tabla player who performs Hindustani classical music and fusion music.[1] His music is strongly influenced by thumri and khayal genres of the Patiala gharana.[2] Bickram is known to experiment and reinterpret music and culture; he dabbles in a vast repertoire of musical genres, from classical, rock, new-age, fusion to film music.[3]

Early life[edit]

Bickram was born in Kolkata, West Bengal to the tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and classical vocalist, Sanjukta Ghosh. He studied at La Martiniere Calcutta and graduated in English from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and Masters in English Literature from Jadavpur University.

He started learning tabla from his father Pandit Shankar Ghosh, who had played with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.[4]


Bickram Ghosh has performed with well-known performers including Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.[5] He also performed in jugalbandis with his father in some concerts. Bickram worked with George Harrison just before the ex-Beatle’s death.

Bickram performs in various avatars. His long-standing band, Rhythmscape, which performs neo-fusion music, celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2011. To celebrate the occasion Rhythmscape collaborated with Greg Ellis to perform in Kolkata and Mumbai, an event organized by Folktronic.[6] The band also released their second album, Transformation, which went on to win the Best Fusion Album at the Indian Recording Arts Awards 2012.[7] Bickram performs within Troikala with Assamese folk/indie singer Papon and Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni. Troikala was curated and organized by British Council in association with Folktronic.[8] He performed as part of fusion Sufi act, "Sufusion" with vocalists Ambarish Das and Parvati Kumar, keyboardist Indrajit Dey, and drummer Arun Kumar.[9][10]

Bickram collaborated with Sonu Nigam to compose the music for the film "Jal".[11] Bickram has also scored music for many movies including the Mira Nair production, Little Zizou.[12]

Bickram launched his music company, Melting Pot Productions, in October 2010.[13]

Recent activities[edit]

Bickram Ghosh performing fusion music during 2nd Guwahati International Music Festival.

On 1 October 2012, Bickram won the 2012 GIMA (Global Indian Music Awards) in the Best Pop/Rock Single category for his composition, Vande Mataram, featuring a host of artists across India, including Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan.[14] In June 2012, Bickram performed a concert 'One World Fusion Extravaganza' at Shilpakala Vedika auditorium in Hyderabad to mark World Music Day.[15][16] He appeared in an episode of MTV Roots.[17] Bickram Ghosh taught a percussion course entitled "Repercussion" for Ace Open University via online streaming.

Personal life[edit]

He married Jaya Seal in 2004.[18]


Bickram Ghosh performing in 2011

New-Age Experimental

Year Album Record Label
2013 Nazrulaana Times Music
2011 Transformation Sony Music
2011 Tagore Lounge Veecon Music & Entertainment
2011 Talking Drums: Masters of Percussion Music Today
2011 Blazing Drums Times Music
2010 Tablasphere Veecon Music & Entertainment
2009 White Note Sony BMG
2009 Electro Classical Sony BMG
2009 Decade of Great Fusion 2000-2009 EMI Virgin
2009 Journey with the Master Percussionists of India Drumzine
2009 The Kingdom of Rhythm (With Pete Lockett)[19] Saregama
2008 Folktail Thoughtify
2008 Interface (with Rahul Sharma) Thoughtify
2007 Beyond Rhythmscape Sagarika Music
2007 Drum Invasion Music Today
2007 Pulsating Drums (with Zakir Hussain, Taufiq Quereshi) Music Today/Living Media
2003 Rhythmscape[20] Navras
2003 Best of Swar Utsav Music Today
2003 Definitive Collection- Rhythm & Zen Sony Music
2001 Drums of India: Father and Son Biswas


Year Album Record Label
2008 One- Bickram Ghosh and the Mezcal Jazz Unit Saregama
2002 Brain Washed- George Harrison Capitol/EMI
2002 Axiom of Choice- Unfolding Narada
2002 Kora So Far- Ravi (J.P. Freeman) Terra Nova
2001/2002 The Afro-Indian Project: Travels with the African Arc Music
2000 India: Jewels of the Subcontinent Latitudes/Music of the World
2000 Cello- Barry Phillips Gourd
1997 Nomad Christmas Nomad/Music of the World
1997 Chants of India- Ravi Shankar/ George Harrison EMI Angel

Classical Solo

Year Album Record Label
2008 Pride of Bengal- Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Bickram Ghosh RPG
2006 Drumscape [DVD] Saregama
2004 Tabla Odyssey Music Today
1998 Language of Rhythm: Drumming From North & South India Music of the World
1996 Talking Tabla Music of the World

Classical Accompaniment

Year Album Main Artist Record Label
2011 The Very Best of Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar EMI Classics
2010 Crossroads Tejendra Narayan Majumdar Indya
2008 Musical Horizon Tarun Bhattacharya Horizon
2006 Raag Rageshri Tarun Bhattacharya Universal Music
2005 Rise Anoushka Shankar Angel Records
2005 A Spiritual Journey Tarun Bhattacharya Universal Music
2004 Raga Rasa: That Which Colors The Mind Kartik Seshadri Traditional Crossroads
2002 Raga Basant Mukhari Tarun Bhattacharya India Archives
2002 In Portrait Ravi Shankar Naxos
2001 Hypnotic Santoor Tarun Bhattacharya Biswas
2001 Full Circle: Carnegie Hall (Grammy winning title[21] Ravi Shankar EMI Angel
2001 Live at Carnegie Hall Anoushka Shankar EMI Angel
2001 Vairagya Ajoy Chakraborty Navras Records
2000 Anourag Anoushka Shankar EMI Angel
2000 Mental Bliss Tarun Bhattacharya Mind of Light
1999 Raga Mala (Sitar Concerto No. 2) Ravi Shankar EMI Classics
1998 Anoushka Anoushka Shankar EMI Angel
1996 Kirvani Tarun Bhattacharya Music of the World
1996 Thumris Ajoy Chakraborty India Archives
1995 Twilight Melodies Ajoy Chakrabarty Chhanda Dhara
1995 Mukundarasam: Songs of Lord Krishna Dr. Balamurali Krishna Chhanda Dhara

Experimental Accompaniment

Year Album Main Artist Record Label
2008 Monsoon Melodies U. Rajesh Kosmik
2006 Golden Krithis Vol. 3 – Beginning of the Beginning A. Sivamani, Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma, Bickram Ghosh, Kalaimamani M.K.S. Siva, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Fontana India
2005 Spirits U. Rajesh, Pete Lockett Living Media India/ Music Today
1993 Travellers Tale Ronu Majumdar Magnasound/ OMI
1992 Songs of Nature Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Tarun Bhattacharya, Ronu Majumdar Original Music Impressions


Actor :

Composer (Bengali Films) :

Year Film
2015 Ebar Shabor
2013 Aborto
2009 Piyalir Password
2008 Neel Rajar Deshe
2005 Devaki
2004 Iti Srikanta

Composer (Hindi Films) :

Year Film Notes
2015 Bachelors Not Allowed
2015 Happy Anniversary
2015 Chowky {Promotional song}
2014 Jal
2013 Sooper Se Ooper
2010 Gumshuda
2009 Little Zizou {With Giuliano Modarelli}


  1. ^ Manisha Mahaldar (3 January 2008). "Fusion king Bikram Ghosh drums a new beat". Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Chaudhuri, Dibyajyoti. "Musicians Set to Reinvent Fusion." The Times of India, 22 June 2012. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  3. ^ Nandy, Priyadarshini. "I Have Personality Disorder: Bickram Ghosh." DNA, 14 July 2011. Web. 19 July 2012. <>.
  4. ^ Sengupta, Ratnottama. "Can We Equate Seniors and Juniors, Wonder Musicians." The Times of India, 22 May 2012. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  5. ^ Nettl, p. 63
  6. ^ "Rhythmscape Celebrates 10yrs of Neo Fusion Music." Indian Music Talks, n.d. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  7. ^ Chaudhuri, Dibyajyoti. "Bickram Wins Award." The Times of India, 4 June 2012. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  8. ^ VIP. "Troikala - the Art within a Trio: Bickram Ghosh, Papon and Rachel Sermanni | Music Aloud." Music Aloud, 28 Dec. 2011. Web. 19 July 2012. <>.
  9. ^ Chaudhuri, Dibyajyoti. "Bickram Ghosh Concert in Kolkata." The Times of India, 5 June 2012. Web. 19 July 2012. <>.
  10. ^ "Sufusion." Live in Concert, 2 June 2012. Web. 30 July 2012. <>.
  11. ^ "Bickram Ghosh-Sonu Nigam Team Up, Combine Marwah-Purva With Armenian Duduk! - Planet Bollywood News." Planet Bollywood, n.d. Web. 30 July 2012. <>.
  12. ^ Arora, Chandna. "Bickram Ghosh Tells All..." The Times of India, 10 Mar. 2008. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  13. ^ "On the Beaten Track- Interview with Tabla Maestro Bickram Ghosh | Music Aloud." Music Aloud, 8 Sept. 2010. Web. 30 July 2012. <>.
  14. ^ "The Chevrolet Star GiMA Awards 2012 Powered By LR Active - Non-Film Music Winners." GIMA, n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2012. <>.
  15. ^ "Bickram Ghosh to Rock Hyderabad on World Music Day | Editorial-News |", 20 June 2012. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  16. ^ Salvadore, Sarah. "World Music Day Concert at Shilpakala Vedika." The Times of India, 23 June 2012. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  17. ^ "MTV - Roots - Artist - Bickram Ghosh." MTV Roots, n.d. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  18. ^ "Making sweet music". The Telegraph. 30 October 2004. 
  19. ^ Primal By Bickram Ghosh & Pete Lockett Album Kingdom of Rhythm. YouTube, 2 Feb. 2009. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  20. ^ Bickram Ghosh - Rhythm Speaks. YouTube, 7 May 2010. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.
  21. ^ Lalitha Suhasini (4 October 2005). "Percussionist Bikram Ghosh revisits his roots in the folk fusion album called Folktail". Mumbai Newsline. Retrieved 3 April 2009. 

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