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Birth name Jayanta Bose
Born (1956-07-04) 4 July 1956 (age 61)
Origin Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Hindustani classical music
Occupation(s) classical musician, composer
Instruments Tabla, Harmonium, and Omni-Shringar
Website [1]

Pandit Jayanta Bose (4th July 1956) is a maestro in the arena of Hindustani classical music. A great composer of rare talent. Bose started off as an exponent of the Bishnupur Gharana but later developed his own school of training and presentation, popularly known as the Binkar Gharana. In addition to being a master musician, Bose is also a class photographer by passion. In addition, Bose is a prolific writer in English, Bengali and Hindi.


Pandit Bose has been breathing in an atmosphere of musical bliss over the last three generations. His father, Late Prof. Biswanath Bose was a highly famed Tabla player of India hailing from Benaras Gharana and his mother, Shrimati Bharati Bose is still remembered as an eminent sitarist, of the Senia Gharana, of her time. She was a disciple of the great Dabir Khan, Ustad Mustaq Ali Khan and also Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Bharati received several awards in her career, including the recognition from the All India Radio Music Conference where she received the President's Award for the best sitar performance in 1956.

Music Career[edit]

Bose's first teacher was his mother who groomed him up with the basic and standard levels of North Indian Classical Music. He had exclusive harmonium tutelage from Pandit Taranath Thakur. The virtue of an association with Late Pandit V. G. Jog, with whom he played several duets on the harmonium, also enriched and enlightened him with rare knowledge of Indian classical music. Later he had been, for some time, under a very affectionate guidance of Late Sangeetacharya Satyakinkar Bandopadhyay for his vocal faculty.

Pandit Bose is admired as a versatile genius in the global field of music. He is a vocalist of unparalleled caliber, a Harmonium soloist of rare merit, a Tabla player par excellence, a poet and above all a gem of a composer. He did his academic study in the stream of commerce and then completed M.Mus in both the faculties of vocal music and percussion and stood first in first class (Gold Medalist) in one of them.

Pandit Jayanta Bose Bose sings both classical and light classical compositions. He is widely known to have done many awe inspiring experiments in the field of Semi-Classical and North Indian Classical compositions. Bose has been applauded for evolving a distinctive style of his own without diluting the purity of tradition. Bose has been devoted to classical singing and playing harmonium for more than 40 years without interruption and is considered one of the most complete and admired musicians of all times. Presently, he is highly regarded for his dynamic and innovative style of musical compositions. Many of his admirers call him as "Maha" (great) Pandit.

A few of his audio releases truly reflect his innovative ideas and demonstrate his outstanding ability of singing. He is the one who has for the first time, exposed Indian audience, to

  • ‘Vocal Symphony’ with experimental visuals
  • Experimental ‘Tabla Symphony’,
  • Fusion music,
  • Numerous experimental songs,

through his original, imaginative and innovative compositions and music arrangements.

‘Vocal Symphony’, ‘Tabla Symphony’ and ‘Taal Natika’ are his maiden creations. He is a well-known lyricist and poet and is a recipient of recognition by the Govt. of India. Pandit Bose is the first scorer of Bengali Cantata Opera.

Presently Pandit Jayanta Bose is attached to Rabindra Bharati University as an external honorary member of the ‘Board of Studies’. Pandit Bose runs a complete institution of music and culture (‘Mindmiles’) under the hegemony of his own organization called Binkar Musical Society.

Vocal Symphony[edit]

  • It’s the most dynamic experiment ever done in India, by Pandit Jayanta Bose, on community singing elaborated by a visual theme. It is precisely a voice symphony, singing no language but only phonetics with no instrumental aid, along with the visual collage conceived and created by Pandit Bose that creates an audio-visual form of a real cinema.

Classical Choir[edit]

  • Classical Choir, a unique creation of Pandit Jayanta Bose, is basically a choir orchestra with all the grandeur of Indian Classical Music fused with contemporary western orchestration.

Classical Orchestra[edit]

  • Pandit Bose has created many classical and fusion orchestras in the country and abroad which showcase his extraordinary mastery and skill in this field.


  • The overall structure of “musicomime” is close to a musical. But component wise it’s the newest of its kind as it uses a story format in a form of vocal symphony, while the visual form of the item involves the reciprocation of mime drama and creative dance.

Taal Natika[edit]

  • Another creation of Pandit Bose. It is short drama where all the Bengali dialogues rhyme with Tabla Bols.

Tabla Symphony[edit]

  • Tabla Symphony is an experimental creation of Pandit Bose. It consists of a complete orchestral music piece, including harmony, created by Tabla only, and no other instrument or voice.


  • Conceived and composed by Pandit Bose where he weaves a garland of modern Bengali Songs and Chhota Khayals (small pieces of Hindustani Khayals without any break in between the songs.


Pandit Jayanta Bose started his career as a Harmonium soloist and accompanist and in a very short time earned a tremendous reputation as an able companion of many great virtuosi of India. Pandit Bose is the only living musician in India who has elevated the Harmonium as an independent musical instrument in its own right, through unforgettable solo performances with Harmonium as the lead instrument. He has toured all over India as a Tabla player and performed in numerous big, prestigious concerts along with the musician stalwarts of India.

In early 2012, Pandit Bose unveiled a unique instrument he invented. “Omni-Shringar” as it was fondly called by Pandit Bose, is not only a dream of a musical instrument but

Omni-Srinar: Created by Pandit Jayanta Bose

also a scientific breakthrough second to none as was described by Dr.M.K.Sanyal, the Director of Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and the official advisor to the Prime Minister of India, during the unveiling of Omni-Shringar on 23rd February 2012 at Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata.

Omni-Shringar [2] is a maiden creation of Pandit Jayanta Bose. It is an add-on extension to the form of harmonium. The reed-sound hold part is enhanced with an added tail of stroke sustenance. Flexibly attached to this is another instrument similar to a harp. But a couple of strings have been added to the device, which is known by the Indian name as “chikari”. Another mid tone main tonic string and also a low tonic string have been added along with the “chikari”. The most unique part of this modification is about putting together two completely different and contrasting brands of wind and stroke of instruments. The stroke part mostly complements the reed-hold tail with a sustenance of strings and also an ambiance of harp octave strings. The design of the instrument also contemplated to finally round up the entire sound with an analogue gate modulation device in form of an extra chamber attached to it. This extra chamber is being used to gate modulate the entire combined sound. The uniqueness of playing the instrument is also as obvious as its design. While being played with those two aspects together on one plane, it sounds as a singular merit instrument. Playing key reeds, “chikari”, low tone tonic and other harp octave strings, maintaining consistent standing bellow air pressure – all with just two hands of the player needs extensive mastery over both the instruments and requires a unique expertise was aptly demonstrated by a breathtaking performance by Pandit Bose during its unveiling in Kolkata on 23rd February 2012.


Pandit Bose has extensively toured UK and the subcontinent of Europe, the United States of America and many other countries across the world as a lead vocalist, composer and musician of Nitin Sawhney’s Band.

He toured the World extensively from 1991-2003. During the tour of England in 1991 his first assignment was as a composer. He was the first Indian to use Bengali Song in the Global Fusion & Jazz Music. Few of his famous tracks of International acclaim are

  • "Phote Phool"(Track Id: Bengali Song),
  • "Kotha Jao" (Track Id: Boatman),
  • Pauroshe Kar (used in the film The_Namesake_(film))
  • Extensive tour of Europe in the 1990's and early 2000:
  • Several live performances during the North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland) in 1998-1999
  • WOMEX (The World Music Expo) Festival in Germany in 1997 - 1998
  • Glastonbury Festival (England) in 1996 - 1997
  • Cast-musician in Hay Market Theater, UK
  • The only Asian musician in BBC Proms, England.
  • Performed in Ottowa Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada in 1999-2000
  • Extensive tour of Europe with String, London's Foremost Live Indian (Asian) Band as the lead vocalist.
  • Performed in Trinidad and Tobago Jazz Festival, South America in 1999 - 2000
  • Malaga Festival Spain in 2000-2001.
  • Barcelona Festival, Spain in 2000-2001
  • Milan Festival, Italy in 2000-2001
  • Lead vocalist of a band in electronic media e.g. BBC, Global MTV, Canal Plus (France)
  • Scored Swarga Sabha, a north Indian classical orchestra, based on a mythological episode for a dance project in UK.
  • Scored an exclusive fusion orchestra for “Moments of Give”, a dance project named in UK.
  • Vocalist for Pandit Ravi Shankar’s work “Shantidhwani”.
  • Composed an exclusive orchestra “megh utsav” for Sutapa Talukdar, a famous veteran Odissi dancer of India.


Pandit Bose is specially known for his unique method of voice training which helps with an overall process guidance to follow up a chronological development in vocal renditions. He has his own academy, Mindmiles in Calcutta. He has some unique self developed patterns of lessons that are very much of their own kind and result in a remarkable development in a very short time.

Collaborations and Achievements[edit]

Experimental Works (Community Items):[edit]

  • Vocal Symphony (Audio CD) - This is a maiden creation of Pandit Bose. This consists of complete symphonic pieces sung by choir, up to seven parts harmony, without any instrumental support and without any use of language. But listening to it, it seems impossible that every bit of the entire musical piece is done by voices only!
  • Bengali Operatic, Light N Light And Taal Natika (VCD) : This single VCD has all the three unique pieces created by Pandit Bose.
Bengali Operatic: In Bengali Operatic scripted for the first time ever in a regional language (Bengali), pure Operatic singing has been done in India. This particular Operatic doesn't include the drama and dance but includes a story and clear vocal mannerisms.
Light N Light: A short non-talkie film on Child Education.
Taal Natika A short drama where all the Bengali dialogues rhyme with Tabla Bols.
  • Tabla Symphony And Melbandha (VCD) - This VCD consists of Tabla Symphony, a unique creation of Pandit Bose and Melbandhan another such unique creation, weaves a garland of modern Bengali Songs and Chhota Khayals without any break in between. Tabla symphony consists of a complete symphonic musical piece, including harmony, created by Tabla only.
  • Vocal Symphony Audio-Visual And Classical Orchestra (Double VCD Pack): In this VCD pack, vocal symphony is complemented by abstract visuals shot and edited by Pandit himself. The item Classical Orchestra, composed and conducted by Pandit, is an experimental fusion of pure Indian classical music and pure western classical discipline.


Classical (Vocal):

  • BLUEING - Raag Durga, Brahmananda Bhajan
  • KHAYAL – Raag Marwa
  • RARE RAGAS – Raag Gopi ka Basant, Kedar, Hussaini Kannada, Hamir Naut and Pancham

Classical - Instrumental (Harmonium Solo Double CD Pack):



Bengali Semi-Classical And Lyrical Songs (Vocal - Double CD Packs):


Bengali Lyrical Songs(Double CD Pack):


Bengali Semi-Classical And Experimental Songs:

  • MEGH BAJE [4]
  • EKA

TV & Radio[edit]

Press Releases[edit]

  • An Evening of Classical Music - HT City, September 28, 2003
  • My Fundays - by Prashant Arora, Telegraph, January 23, 2008
  • The Masters' Voices - by Shantanu Sarkar, Times of India, August 7, 2011
  • I'm fusing my poetry with Tagore's - by Priyanta DasGupta, Calcutta Time of India, August 12, 2011
  • An Ode to the Bard - by Atanu Biswas, Times of India, August 14, 2011.

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