Swapan Chaudhuri

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Swapan Chaudhuri
Swapan Chaudhuri playing at the Other Minds festival in San Francisco in 2013.JPG
Background information

Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, born on 30th March, 1945, is an Indian tabla player, and is considered to be one of the all time great masters of the instrument. He has accompanied several musicians of Indian classical music, including, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Bhimshen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj.,[1][2] Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and many more.

Guru: Pandit Santosh Krishna Biswas

Gharana: Lucknow Gharana.

First Public Performance: age of 13, on All India Radio with his grandfather, accompanied by Pandit Kanthe Maharaj of the Benaras gharana

Awards:  He received American Academy of Artists Award and was nominee to Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. In 1996, Swapan Chaudhuri received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the President of India, the highest awards for Classical Music in India. In 2019, he received the Padma Shri, one of India's highest honor from the Indian government.[3][4]

Achievements: He collaborated with Asha Bhosle and Ali Akbar Khan on two Grammy nominated records, Legacy (1997) and Passing on the Tradition (1998), with Asha Bhosle and Ali Akbar Khan respectively.

Teaching: In spite of having an extremely busy schedule of touring and performing, Swapan has dedicated a significant time of his life in teaching Tabla. He’s been the Director of Percussion of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael and Basel, Switzerland and Department Chair and Senior faculty member at CalARTS.

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  1. ^ "Review/Music; Translating the Spirit of Classical Hindustani Raga, by JON PARELES". New York Times. 4 May 1992.
  2. ^ "Review/Music; North India Vocal Works With Rules By BERNARD HOLLAND". New York Times. 1 June 1990.
  3. ^ "2019 Padma Awardees List". padmaawards.gov.in.
  4. ^ "Government announces Padma awards 2019: Gautam Gambhir, Prabhu Deva, Kader Khan among awardees". The Economic Times. 16 March 2019.

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