Debapriya and Samanwaya


Debapriya Adhikary – Vocal
Samanwaya Sarkar - Sitar
Suryaksha Deshpande - Tabla

Debapriya Adhikary

Debapriya, an outstanding vocalist of the younger generation, was nurtured into music by his mother Smt. Anita Adhikary. After learning the rudiments of classical music from Pt. Samaresh Chawdhury of Senia Gharana, Debapriya changed his approach towards music under the guidance of Pt. Kumar Prasad Mukherjee and then under Pt. Vijay Kichlu, both of the Agra Atrauli gharana.

Finally under legendary Padmabhushan Girija Devi of Benaras Gharana he acquired mastery on thumri, tappa, dadra, kajri, jhula etc along with the subtleties of khayal. With a silken voice and uncanny command over the octaves his style of singing is marked by both elegance and grandeur.

Samanwaya Sarkar

Samanwaya, an excellent sitarist of the young generation started his primary lessons from his very childhood at the hands of Pt. Sasanka Bandopdhyaya. His subsequent taalim from Pt. Manilal Nag, Pt. Shyamal Chatterjee and Pt. Kumar Prasad Mukherjee respectively belonging to Bishnupur, Senia Maihar and Agra Atrauli gharana has greatly contributed to his unique style of blending Tantrakaari ang ( i.e. style of instrumental music) with gayaki ang (i.e. style of vocal music) of Dhrupad and Khayal. Since his childhood he got his father Sri Swapan Kumar Sarkar in every step of his musical pursuit. Presently, he is getting the tutelage of the legendary Padmabhushan Girija Devi. With mesmerizing strokes he demonstrates ease as he plays meends, gamaks, choot, fast and intricate taans rising through the octaves.

Recently the duo composed and performed music for an Australian film “The Sleeping Warrior” to be released worldwide in 2012. Suryaksha Deshpande will accompany the singers (on Tabla).