Priya Purushothaman - voice
Sandip Bhattacharya - tabla
recorded and broadcasted by the Concertzender
Priya Purushothaman is a part of the new international vanguard of young and diverse Hindustani vocalists. Based in Bangalore, Priya is training under Smt Aditi Kaikini Upadhya, daughter and disciple of late stalwart Pandit Dinkar Kaikini. She has had the rare privilege of training in the gurukul style, and her tutelage has been supplemented with advanced guidance from Pandit Kaikini in Mumbai. She has documented her interactions with him in her book, “Living Music: Conversations with Pandit Dinkar Kaikini,” published by Popular Prakashan in January 2011.
Priya has performed at noted venues in India and the United States. Some of these include: the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai; Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai; India International Centre, Delhi; Kalakshetra, Chennai; Bangalore International Centre; and Hindustani Sangeeta Kalakara Mandali, Bangalore. In the United States she has performed for the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series; Sangati Center, San Francisco; Seattle Indian Music Academy; and the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, New York, to name a few. Before studying Hindustani Ragsangit, Priya trained extensively in both Carnatic vocal music and Western classical violin, giving her a diverse musical foundation. Utilizing her training in all forms of music, Priya is committed to increasing musical awareness through educational efforts. She teaches a select group of private students, and conducts workshops and lecture demonstrations.
Sandip Bhattacharya is a prominent name among Indian music lovers. He was born and raised in India's oldest cultural and holy center, Benares. A place that gave the world such musical giants as Pandit Anokhelal Misra, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Kishen Maharaj, Pandit Mahadev Misra, Pandit Samta Prasad, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, Smt. Bageshwari Devi, Pandit Jyotin Bhattacharya, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra, Smt. Girja Devi, Pandit Mahapurus Misra and Pandit Ishwar Lal Misra.
Since early childhood Sandip was in close contact with several of these celebrated performers of Indian classical music. They shaped his musical thinking. While some of these masters taught him the essence and details of the Indian classical tradition, others, such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, inspired him to explore new musical fields. Sandip has performed and recorded Indian classical music alongside many of its greatest exponents, including Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Prabha Atre, Pandit V.G. Jog, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Lakshmi Shankar, Shujaat Hussain Khan, Buddhaditya Mukherjee, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Sruti Sadolikar, Tarun Bhattacharya, Ustad Hafiz khan, Meeta Pandit, Pandit Ulhas Bapat, Ashok Pathak and many others.