Kushal Das

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Kushal Das
Born Kolkata, India
Occupation Musician
Musical career
Genres Indian classical music
Instruments
Labels
  • Ocora
  • Peshkar
  • India Archive Music

Pandit Kushal Das (pronunciation:[kuɕəl̪ d̪ɑːs̪] Bengali: কুশল দাস), born in Kolkata in 1959, is an Indian classical sitar and surbahar player.

Early life[edit]

Kushal was born in a musical family in Kolkata. His grandfather Bimal Das was an ‘Esraj’ player and his father and uncle were both sitarists. His father Sailen Das was a disciple of Lakhsman Bhattacharya and Ravi Shankar. His uncle Santanu Das was a disciple of Ali Akbar Khan.

He started his training under the guidance of his father and uncle. Later he received training Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and from Ajoy Sinha Roy (a disciple of Allauddin Khan) and took vocal lessons from Manas Chakraborty and Ramkrishna Basu.

Career[edit]

Kushal has participated in many concert festivals in India and abroad, including:

  • The Doverlane Music Conference (Kolkata)
  • ITC-SRA Sangeet Sammelan (Kolkata)
  • Swami Haridas Festival (Delhi)
  • Bengal Classical Music Festival (Dhaka)
  • Philharmonie (Paris)
  • Darbar (Queen Elizabeth Hall, UK)
  • Theatre de la Ville (Paris)

He is a top-grade musician at All India Radio and Doordarshan.[1]

Discography[edit]

Raga – Bilaskhani Todi & Sohini from “Ocora Radio France”(France). Raga – Desh & Mishra Pahadi from “Peshkar” (Germany). Raga – Aabhogi & Sindhu Bhairavi from “Mavas Music” (India). Raga – Marwa (Sur-Bahar) from “Ocora Radio France” (France). Raga – Kaushi kanada & Jhinjhoti from “Rhyme Records” (U.S.A). Raga – Malkauns, Gorakh Kalyan & Bharavi from “Sumani” (U.S.A). Raga – Marwa (Sitar) from “India Archive Music” (U.S.A). The Divine Soul-Raga – Ahir Bhairav, Bageshree & Folk Tune from “Bihaan Music” (India). Double CD [A] Raga- Mishra Shivaranjani, Mand, Mishra Kafi & Madhyam Se Bhairavi. [B] Raga- Nat Bhairav from “TIM International Music Company” AG, Pastels (Germany). Essence of time – 11 Ragas from “Rhyme Records” (U.S.A). Bandishana – from “Bihaan Music”

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sitar and Surbahar". Retrieved 2014-06-09.