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Pandit Ravi Shankarji - Photograph Courtesy:Ravi Shankar Institute of Music and Performing Arts,[RIMPA,Budapest] Hungary.

Pandit Ravi Shankarji

At the outset, I humbly touch feet of Pandit Ravi Shankarji and my guruji Pandit Gyan Shankar Ghosh, who is one of the senior most disciples of Pandit Ravi Shankarji. ....Sanjay Dixit

Gyan Shankar Ghosh

Popularly known as Gyan Ghosh, a prominent disciple of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankarji, is a front rank Sitarist scaling heights with every performance. Born in a family of musicians, Gyan started learning music at a very young age. He started learning Tabla at the feet of Pandit Sudarshan Adhikari. At a tender age of 10, he had already started playing Tabla from All India Radio and had accompanied many a top ranking artists in public performances.

During these years Gyanji, had the opportunity to come in close contact with Pandit Ravi Shankarji. Gyanji was impressed by the wealth of knowledge, sensitivity and creativity of Pandit Ravi Shankarji and thus started learning Sitar, under the guidance of this illustrious maestero. Pandit Ravi Shankarji was equally happy about Gyanji's talents, sincerity and dedication to music and thus adopted him as his disciple in 1958 for Sitar.

Gyanji toured across the country, for several years along with his master and Ustad Allarakha and has witnessed countless public performances of Raviji, often accompanying him on the Tanpura. This experience added a rich flavour of performing acumen along with a purist blend to his learning of music. Gyanji's knowledge and experience, stand an authentic testimony to the originality of Raviji's music in the prime years of his zestful musical career.

With highly versatile command over Sitar, he has performed in many programmes with a wide audience appeal in concert halls all over the country. He follows the "Gayaki Ang" (Vocal Simulation) of playing Sitar. He has a unique style of playing Alaap, Jod and Gat with great ease. He has been constantly enriching his immense knowledge of classical music, with serious self-motivated research for over thirty-five years. This pioneering effort has made him a sheer genius of rare combination. His artistic acumen firmly stands on the foundations of traditional puristic values coupled with novelty, very much along the path of his Guru Pandit Ravi Shankarji. Apart from being a performing artist of top ranking calibre, Gyanji has shared his god gifted talent with a number of his students, which include prominent industrialists, businessmen and professionals in and around Mumbai.

Gyanji was on staff of Kinnara school of Indian Music, Bombay founded by Pandit Ravi Shankarji, during the years 1962 to 1970. He contributed his talents to two extravaganzas presented by Pandit Ravi Shankarji, "Melody and Rhythm" and "Nava Rasa Ranga". He was awarded the title of "Sur Mani" in the year 1975 by Sur Singar Samsad of Mumbai. He was the first artiste to broadcast from Radio Ceylon in a special one hour programme in 1975. He has also performed at the NCPA, Mumbai on February,15,1985.

This page is a humble tribute to Pandit Gyanshankar Ghosh, my Guruji. I have solely, taken this initiative and responsibility to feature this homepage. All material is written by me and is based on information gathered from my Guruji.
The center photo of Pandit Ravi Shankarji is from the RIMPA homepage. Click here to go to RIMPA - Ravi Shankar Institute for Music and Performing Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

This site is constantly under construction and I am aware much more needs to be done. Please visit again and please do not forget to give your valuable suggestions to Sanjay Dixit at sdx_2000@yahoo.com