Our Scholars Perform
Abir Hossain was born into a musical family of Burdwan, West Bengal. His father Gulam Emam was his first mentor in music, both his parents being students of the revered Pandit D.T.Joshi. At the age of 12 he came under the tutelage of sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta, whose residence soon became his second home. He later became a scholar of ITC-SRA and continued to receive talim from his Guru.
Considered to be well on his way to becoming a torch bearer of the Seni-Shajahanpur Gharana, Abir has been the recipient of many laurels: he stood second in the Talent Search Contest conducted by the Ravi Kichlu Foundation in 1995, won the National Scholarship of Government of India in 1997 and has also won the gold medal at the ‘Sangeet Prabhakar’ examination. He has performed at several venues at Kolkata, Bangalore, Patna (Sangeet Natak Akademi), Bilaspur, Vishakhapatnam, Chandigarh as well as ITC Mini Sangeet Sammelan, Raipur (2005), Ballygunge Maitreyee Music Circle (2001, 2003 & 2006), ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Delhi (2007) and ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata (2009). In July 2009, he became a musician-scholar of the Academy and as of June 2012 has joined the ranks of the Musician Tutors of ITC SRA.
Following are excerpts of his performance at ITC SRA, where he has been accompanied by Shri Sandip Ghosh on the tabla.