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Debasish Sarkar,Kolkata

Debasish was born in Calcutta in 1963, and over the years, has emerged as one of the finest tabla virtuosi of India. At the age of five, Debasish was introduced to the late Pandit Kanai Dutta by his parents, who are themselves connoisseurs of percussion music. From that point, there has been no looking back.

Between 1968 and 1977, Debasish studied with Kanai Dutta, and after the latter's premature death, became a disciple of Padma Bhushan Jnan Prakash Ghosh, one of the most respected pedagogues of classical music in India in this century. For twenty years, Debasish imbibed from Jnanbabu, the intricacies of all six tabla gharanas, and also some of Mr. Ghosh's own compositions. Debasish's repertoire draws mainly from the Farrukhabad, Punjab and Lucknow Gharanas.

Debasish's performing career started very early in life when he won the All Bengal Music competition in 1976 at the age of thirteen years. By fifteen, he was already accompanying a number of renowned artistes, mainly students of Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Again, in 1980, Debasish made the headlines by winning the President's Gold Medal for the All India Radio Music Competition.This coveted prize earned him a honorary empanelment with All India Radio and he started his professional career as a musician.

At age seventeen, Debasish Sarkar gave a solo tabla recital for His Excellency President Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy at the Presidential Palace (Rastrapati Bhavan) in Delhi. Debasish Sarkar is currently an "A Grade" artiste of AIR and National Television (Doordarshan).

His success also caught the attention of many serious professional musicians including the stalwart of sarode music, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. Since 1981, Debasish has been performing regularly on the concert stage as well as in recordings with Dasgupta. Among others, he has had the privilege of performing with Pandit Ravi Shankar and the late Ustads Nissar Hussain Khan and Munnawar Ali Khan.

He has also been a part of the "Jnan Prakash Ghosh rhythm ensemble" for a number of performances. Debasish's participation in leading Indian music conferences such as Dover Lane (Calcutta), Tansen (Gwalior), Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (Delhi), Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan (Nationwide) and Gharana Sammelan have left a lasting impact on the audiences.

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