|Pandit Shankar Ghosh|
|Born||1935 (age 78–79)|
|Genres||Hindustani classical music|
Pandit Shankar Ghosh (born 1935) is a noted Indian tabla player from the Farukhabad gharana of Hindustani classical music. He is also an occasional Hindustani classical singer where he follows the Patiala gharana.
He was awarded the 1999-2000 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Tabla, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists, by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.
Early life and training
He started learning training taleem in 1953 under Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh of Calcutta (now Kolkata), who pioneered the concept of tabla ensembles, which employed numerous tabla players playing the same pieces; a tradition later taken forward by Shankar himself. His other gurus were Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh,Ustad Feroz Khan, Pandit Anath Nath Bose and Pandit Sudarshan Adhikari.
He started touring the US in 1960s with sarod maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and won rave reviews, and over the years he toured with Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Sharan Rani, Pandit V. G. Jog. In India he has performed with vocalists such as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan, Girija Devi and Smt. Akhtari Bai. During his stay abroad he also collaborated with artists like Greg Ellis, Pete Lockett and John Bergamo.
He is married to Hindustani classical vocalist of Patiala gharana, Sanjukta Ghosh, and is the father of the tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh, whom he has also trained in tabla, and who went on to perform with musical legends like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.
- Zakir Hussain
- Chandra Nath Shastri
- Anindo Chatterjee
- Swapan Chaudhuri
- Kumar Bose
- Yogesh Samsi
- Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay
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