Pancham Nishad, which hosts thematic concerts across the country, has organised Aavishkar, a classical show that blends music and dance. It will feature renowned artists such as percussionist Anindo Chatterjee, vocalist Kaushiki Chakrabarthy, Kathak dancer Sandeep Mahavir and percussionist Ranjit Barot.
Anindo Chatterjee is a disciple of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. He performed at Rashtrapati Bhavan when US President Barack Obama visited India in November 2010 and is the recipient of many awards including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002. Vocalist Kaushiki Chakrabarty started learning Indian Classical music at the academy of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh since she was seven. She has participated in several major concerts including the Dover Lane Music Conference, the Spring Festival of Music (California), and Parampara Program (Los Angeles).
Ranjit Barot started out as a drummer with Louis Banks when he was 17 years old, and travelled to the West with leading Indian Jazz and Classical musicians. His first big performance was at the Jazz Yatra 1980. He also performed at the Yatra with the late Ravi Shankar’s ensemble, Jazzmine, featuring John Handy, George Adams and Mike Richmond of the Mingus Dynasty.
Kathak exponent Sandeep Mahavir belongs to a family of musicians and vocalists of the Jaipur Gharana. At 5, he began learning vocals from his father. At Nrityadarshan, Mahavir learnt Kathak under the late Sushri Madhurita Sarang.