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R.I.P. (✞ 22nd Jan 2016) – Tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh is no more…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 23, 2016

On Friday evening (Indian time) one of the greatest percussionists of our times found his ethernaly peace. – Our heartfully condolences go to his son Bikram Ghosh (born: Oct. 1966), his family and close friends. We all – the community of music lovers for Indian classics all around the globe had been worried since December for Shankar Ghosh. – R.I.P. /ElJay Arem (chief editor)

Pandit Shankar Gosh with son Bikram

Pandit Shankar Gosh with son Bikram

Pandit Shankar Ghosh (1935 – 22 January 2016) was a noted Indian tabla player from the Farukhabad gharana of Hindustani classical music. He is also an occasional Hindustani classical singer where he follows the Patiala gharana

He was awarded the 1999-2000 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Tabla, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists, by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.

He had been at the ICU of the super-speciality hospital on E M Bypass, since mid December and underwent angioplasty on December 14, 2015.He had been admitted to the hospital following heart ailments, was in coma for past 40 days and died at 9 pm on 22 January, 2016.

Early life and training

He started learning training taleem in 1953 under Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh of Calcutta (now Kolkata), who pioneered the concept of tabla ensembles, which employed numerous tabla players playing the same pieces; a tradition later taken forward by Shankar himself. His other gurus were Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh,Ustad Feroz Khan, Pandit Anath Nath Bose and Pandit Sudarshan Adhikari.


He started touring the US in 1960s with sarod maestro, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and won rave reviews, and over the years he toured with Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Sharan Rani, Pandit V. G. Jog. In India he has performed with vocalists such as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, Pandit Vinayakrao Patwardhan, Girija Devi and Smt. Akhtari Bai. During his stay abroad he also collaborated with artists like Greg Ellis, Pete Lockett and John Bergamo.

He has received awards like ITC Sangeet Research Academy award and the Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan award. Teaching tabla over three decades, presently he teaches in institutions at Kolkata, Paris and Bonn (former capital of Germany).

Personal life

He was married to Hindustani classical vocalist of Patiala gharana, Sanjukta Ghosh, and was the father of the tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh, whom he had also trained in tabla, and who went on to perform with musical legends like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit RaviShankar.

(Source: 01/2016 – Wikipedia (ENG) – )

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Tabla Solo by Shankar Ghosh in 2012…


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