Samvaad / संवाद
A Conversation of Melody and Rhythm
Indian Classical Concert (Hindustani)
Shri Indradeep Ghosh (violin)
Shri Kuntal Roy (tabla)
Indradeep Ghosh is one of the premier Violinist and one and only Hindustani Classical Violist (Bass Violin) of India and a trailblazer for Maihar Gharana. He is an A grade artist of All India Radio and Television. He has learned from Sri Anamitra Mustafi, Professor Smt. Sisirkana Dhar Chowdhury and Pandit V. G. Jog and Pandit Kumar Bose. Being gifted with a unique creative ability, Indradeep is one of the few Indian Classical violinists to play a custom made five-string violin with eight sympathetic strings, modeled after the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. His performances integrate many different styles and techniques of Western Classical and Oriental music. His style of
playing can be described as a blend of Gayki and Tantrakari Ang with his fortes being taan and jhala. He has participated in several prestigious music festivals and concerts in India and all over the world. Indradeep also collaborated with western musicians such including Grammy winners and world-famous rock band drummers.
He is the Artistic Director for Global Creative Arts Academy (GCAA), Houston, Texas and serves as a faculty instructor at School of Indian Percussion and Music, Austin, Texas. In 2019, he was appointed as “International Cultural Ambassador” by Alliance Clubs International. He has created several new Ragas, receiving global appreciation. He has served as Consul General and Chancellor General for South Asia by International Commission of Diplomatic Relations Human Rights and Peace and served as Goodwill Messenger of Peace, Arts and Culture, Chancellor, South Asia by International Special Court. City of Houston has recognized his contribution for promoting Indian Classical Art and Culture in Texas and has honored him with a proclamation stating October 15, 2017 as
Indradeep Ghosh Day.
Kuntal Roy is a senior disciple of the legendary tabla player and Guru Pandit Shankar Ghosh. He traces his musical roots to his teachers in the earlier phase of his training namely, Shri Radha Raman Nath and Shri Narayan Chandra Haldar. He has performed across the world including the USA, UK, Russia, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Australia, Kenya and Bangladesh. His performances have received high accolades from renowned maestros all over the world. His tours have given him opportunities to interact and collaborate with great musicians, composers, choreographers from different countries and to appear in a number of music albums. He has played with many fusion and world music artists and continues to compose his own music as well. Kuntalda also had the rare honor of being part of the Building Bridges project to perform in different countries with many accomplished musicians from various parts of the world, a remarkable work of musicians from diverse national traditions. Melody, clarity and precision are some of the characteristics of Kuntalda’s playing. Kuntal Roy is a dedicated teacher with students around the globe including many in Seattle area. He enjoys passing on the knowledge to dedicated students and has also given numerous workshops to students of Indian music and dance in worldwide. For Kuntalda, music and life are inseparable. Rhythm is his quest of truth and beauty – it transcends all the other priorities in his life.