Shankar Ghosh

Hailed as one of the all-time greats of Indian Classical Music, Pandit Shankar Ghosh has, for more than five decades now, regaled audiences all over the world with his unique baaj (style) of Tabla playing. Universally regarded as an innovative genius, he has revolutionized both the art of Tabla solo playing as well as Tabla accompaniment. He is the creator of the much acclaimed all-drum orchestra Music of the Drums (later called the Calcutta Drum Orchestra).

Pandit Shankar Ghosh has trained mainly with the legendary Guru Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh. His other teachers include, Ustad Feroz Khan, Pandit Anath Nath Bose and Pandit Sudarshan Adhikari. Since he learnt from Gurus who belonged to different gharanas, he was able to use this knowledge and create a unique style of playing which is followed by his students, many of them most prominent names of the current generation.

Even those who did not learn directly from him, play many of his compositions. The greatest of Tabla players who have come after him (including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Swapan Chowdhury, Pandit Anindyo Chatterjee, Pandit Kumar Bose; the list is endless) openly admit to his monumental contribution on the subject of Tabla playing.

Pandit Shankar Ghosh - The Great

It is universally agreed that Pandit Shankar Ghosh is one of the greatest living Gurus of the Tabla. His students constitute over forty percent of the current crop of successful Tabla professionals.

Today he teaches two hundred odd students. His method, developed over the decades, involves (as opposed to the older traditions) a scientific and documented research of the subject, binding all the aspects together by an immune logic system. In his methods, Pandit Ghosh has found brilliant success that works wonderfully towards creating new generations of Tabla players that view the subject with logic and dynamism.

Pandit Shankar Ghosh's greatness as a Guru is amply demonstrated by the simple fact that a great number of his students are established Tabla players today.

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