Sanjukta Biswas (2010-11)
Sanjukta Biswas has been awarded the first Sanskriti –
Madhobi Chatterji Memorial Fellowship for the year 2011
in Indian Classical Music. She has proposed to learn Agra
Gharana Alapchari according to dhrupad tradition, dhamras
and some rare ragas typically associated with Agra Gharana.
Sanjukta was born into a music loving family in West Bengal.
Her earliest lessons in music were from Sri Amalendu Pal
and Sri Kalyan Guha Thakurta. Since 1999 she is learning
from her Guruma, Vidushi Subhra Guha. She is a 1st class
graduate with Honors in Music from Rabindra Bharati University,
Kolkata. Sanjukta sings khayals in the style of Agra Gharana
and also excels in thumri, dadra, and kajri in the perfect
“Poorab Ang” of Benaras.
Ms Bilva Raman Gandhi (2012-13)
A disciple of Sushree Leela Samson, she is the second
recipient of the Sanskriti-MadhobiChatterji Memorial Fellowship.
The fellowship has helped her resume her passion in Dance
despite motherhood and other duties. Her focus has been
to better understand the conventional margam of Bharatnatyam.
She has relocated from Mumbai to Chennai to pursue the
same.Bilva performed at the IIC Auditorium, New Delhi
on 6th September under the Fellowship.
Shri Omkar Dadarkar (2013-2014)
Shri Omkar Dadarkar, an exponent of Indian Classical Music
aims to develop his potential and perfect his skills under
the guidance of Guru Ulhas Kashalkar. Through this fellowship
he would like to learn few uncommon and Jod Ragas like
Raga Basant Bahar, Raga Hindol Bahar and Raga Khokar etc
under Pandit Ulhas ji. He will be performing at the India
International Centre on 6th September 2014 under this
Vishal Krishna (2014-15)
An accomplished Kathak dancer, Vishal was born in 1991
in the illustrious family of Acharya Sukhdev Maharaj.
At the tender age of 3, he started his dance training
under the tutelage of his grandmother Kathak Queen Sitara
Devi and his style has all the unique flavours of the
Benaras culture. Apart from being a Dancer of repute,
he teaches students and choreographs pieces for audiences
both in India and abroad. His repertoire and performances
have earned him several prestigious awards including the
Shringar Mani 2007 and the Pt Birju Maharaj Sangeet Samriddhi
Samman. Under the present fellowship, Vishal proposes
to receive tutelage under Smt. Madhavi Mudgal on “Creating
rhythmic compositions based on the Kavit parans of the
Banaras Gharana of Kathak”.
Amrita Lahiri (2015-16)
Amrita is widely recognized as one of the foremost young performers of Kuchipudi today. Critics describe her as ‘gifted with a radiant stage presence’, and her dance performances and choreographies have been acclaimed for their elegance and dynamism, combined with a refined approach .Amrita began dancing at age 7 in Washington, D.C. until she shifted to New Delhi at age 15. Her dance reflects the influences of all her outstanding gurus, Anuradha Nehru, Leela Samson, Swapnasundari ,Seetha Nagajothy and Jaikishore Mosalikanti. Amrita has a Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has over 10 years of experience in arts management. Through her performances, writings, teaching and choreographies, Amrita strives to expand and share the beauties of the Kuchipudi dance form.
Ayan Sengupta (2017-18)
A Scholar of ITC Sangeet Research Academy under Pt. Partha Chatterjee and Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ayan started learning to play the Sitar at the age of six. He has also learnt from Pt. Manilal Nag and then Pt. Kushal Das. He is currently doing an M.A. in Instrumental Music from Rabindra Bharati University after obtaining a 1st class B.A. (Hons) degree in Instrumental Music from the same university. Ayan has many awards and scholarships to his credit. An A-Grade artist of All India Radio, Ayan has performed all over the country as well as in Dhaka. He has had the privilege of being invited to play at the National Festival ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ organised by the CCRT in New Delhi, among other prestigious concert stages.He is the recipient of the Sanskriti-Madhobi Chatterji Memorial Fellowship in 2017.