Shankar Ghosh

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Pandit Shankar Ghosh
Born 1935 (age 79–80)
Genres Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) percussionist
Instruments Tabla

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.[1]

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.[2]

Early life and training[edit]

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.[1][3] 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,[4][5] 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.[6]

He has received awards like ITC Sangeet Research Academy award and the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan award. Teaching tabla over three decades, presently he teaches in institutions at Kolkata, Paris and Bonn.

Personal life[edit]

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,[7][8] and who went on to perform with musical legends like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tabla maestro turns vocalist for melody concert". The Times of India. Jul 3, 2002. 
  2. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Official website. 
  3. ^ Nettl, p. 212
  4. ^ So Who's On Tabla? Miami News, Jul 3, 1966.
  5. ^ Ali Akbar Khan In Theatre Montreal Gazette Archive, Sep 21, 1965."..Shankar Ghosh, who was making as a virtuoso on the tabla"
  6. ^ Pandir Shankar Ghosh, biography
  7. ^ "Parents as pillars of strength". The Telegraph. April 26, 2004. 
  8. ^ "Bikram Ghosh concert". Screen. August 25, 2006. 
  9. ^ Nettl, p. 63

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