Abhishek Adhikary , Sitarist-kolkata, India Resume

      Abhishek Adhikary is one of the brilliant Sitarists of the present generation, belonging to the Senee Maihar Gharana. His performance reflects the traditional Dhrupadang Beenkar baaz and the purity of the Ragas. His soulful Alap and Vistar and the heart touching Meends create an aesthetic appeal among the listeners. Though Abhishek mainly plays the Tantrakari ang but he assimilates the Gayaki ang too in his performance. His style of playing reflects spiritualism with dexterity.

Groomed in the atmosphere of music from the very childhood, Sri Abhishek Adhikary took to music instinctively. His musical lineage starts from the great musician Pandit Haricharandas Swami of Varanasi.This great Beenkar and Sitar player is thus, the torch-bearer of their gharana.The eminent Surbahar and Sitar player Aacharya Bhagabandas Sitary,who was garlanded with the honourable rank of the precetor of music in the Dacca Nawab Estate is one of the worthy decendants of Pandit Haricharandas Swami and an ancestor of Abhishek. Abhishek's grandfather Late Pandit Manmohan Sitary who spent his last days in Kolkata, devoted his entire life in propagating music. Both the parents of Abhishek , Sangeetacharya Nandalal Adhikary and Smt. Rakhi Adhikary are reputed vocalists of Kolkata. Intially Abhishek started his sitar lessons from Late Sri Sukumar Chandra. Thereafter, he was also fortunate to have his extensive talim in sitar from Late Pandit Deepak Choudhury, one of the finest Sitarists of India. (Both were the foremost disciples of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar).

In the year 2004, Abhishek graduated from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata with Honours in the subject of Instrumental Music in First class First. And in 2006, he has completed his Master's degree(M.A.) in Music with First class and Distinction from the same university. He is also a First class Sangeet Prabhakar holder from Prayag-Sangit-Samiti Allahabad in the year 2001-2002.

Achievements:
●In 2003, Abhishek was honoured with the title SURASHRI from Mattri Udghatan Ashram,Patna.
●9679;In2005,abhishek has been conferred the NIKHIL BANERJEE MEMORIAL PRIZE and the Nirod Baran Memorial Prize at the 30th Annual Convocation of Rabindra Bharati University for Securing highest marks in the B.A. Examination(instrumental Music)2004.
●In the year 2007 he has been awarded the NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP in Sitar from the Ministry Of Culture Government of India.
●In 2009,Abhishek has been awarded the title SUR MANI from Sur Sringar Samsad of Mumbai.
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Special Performances:
He has performed in a number of prestigious musical concerts
● Music conference organized by Hindol Music Circle, Kolkata
● Concerts in Bangladesh
● Nadam Music Festival, a tribute to Late Pandit Biswanath Bose of Kolkata
● Nisha Gandhi festival in Trivandam,Kerala
● Music concerts in Patna, Bihar
● Janmatsav Sangit Samaraha of Swami Vivekananda society of Kolkata
● India Club, Guwahati
● Silver Jubilee programme of Zangam, Sivsagar
● The 45th Ostad Bhagaban SItary Smriti Sangeet Sammellan with his Guru Pandit Deepak Choudhury
● The silver jubilee programme of Chaulkhowa Music College, Dibrugarh,Assam
● Vivekananda Kendra, Dibrugarh, Assam
● Represented West Bengal in the National Integration Programme held in Kochi , Kerala
● Concert held at Radhakrishna Devasthan organized by the Murulidhar Jalan Memorial Trust of Dibrugarh
● Swar Sadhna Samiti ,Mumbai
● Kalke Kalakar Music Festival, Mumbai
● Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan of Mumbai
● Sangeet Madhury, All India Music Festival organized by Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Assam, India.
● Malhar Aavishkar in association with Indian Council of Cultural Relations & Symbiosis International Cultural Centre at Pune etc.
● India Club, Guwahati
● Silver Jubilee programme of Zangam, Sivsagar
●Moreover, he has also performed several times in Television CTVN, NE TV, AKASH BANGLA Channel and KOLKATA DOORDARSHAN(DD7) recording in Viswabharati (Santiniketan).

Updated:  December 30, 2011

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