ABOUT SAMANWAYA SARKAR

Samanwaya, is an A Graded of All India Radio and Doordarshan and an outstanding artiste of the younger generation. He is known for his mesmerizing approach and sparklingly perfect strokes on his expression of meends, gamaks, choot, fast and intricate taans from the lower octaves to soaring heights with ease. His unique way to unfold ragas gives his audience a unique aesthetic bliss of mind, for which he has achieved a remarkable reputation throughout the country and abroad at such an early age.

He started his primary lessons from his very childhood at the hands of Pt. Sasanka Bandopdhyaya. His subsequent taalim from Pt. Manilal Nag for 12 years, 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 has been under the tutelage of the legendary Padmavibhushan Girija Devi as a Gandabandh disciple, from whom he has imbibed the intricacies of khayal, thumri, tappa, dadra, jhula etc in his Sitar.

According to her gurumaa Smt. Girija Devi ji “He is the only Sitarist of the country who is playing tappa after learning the proper intricacies of the form.”

He has been also performing duet of Sitar and Vocal with a fine young Vocalist maintaining the traditional way of tantrakaari ang and gayaki ang.

Recently he composed additional music and performed live with Debapriya Adhikary, for an Australian film “The Sleeping Warrior” based on Indian and Aboriginal spirituality got released worldwide in 2012.

He directed with Debapriya a documentary film featuring her Gurumaa’s immense contribution towards world the music named Girija “A lifetime In Music” that got awarded as the Best Documentary Feature by Los Angeles Independent Music Festival in April 2016.

 

Awards and Prizes

1993 and 1994 First twice in the Rajya Sangeet Academy in Instrumental competitio

1995 First in HMV Golden Talent arranged by Ravi Kitchlu Foundation in the junior Group.

1995 First in Calcutta Youth Festival organised by Govt. of West Bengal.

1997 First in the competition arranged by West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts in Rabindra Bharati University.

2000 First in the Eveready Golden Talent contest arranged by Pt. Ravi Kichlu Foundation. & First in the All India Radio Music Competition at the national level in Hindustani Instrumental Music.

2003-05 Recipient of NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

International Music Festivals

PARRAMASALA for South Asian Arts Australia, 2015
WOMAD UK 2013
High Peace Festival Augsburg, Germany 2013
High Peace Festival Augsburg, Germany 2013
They were the first ever Indian Musicians to be invited toNational Theatre of Operas and Ballet, Tirana, Albania. 2010 to commemorate Mother Teresa’s Birth Centenary.
Festival Les Orientales, Saint-Florent le Vieil, France, 2010
Festival Autres Rivages, Uzes, France, 2010
Festival in Evora, Portugal, 2010
Learnquest Music Festival, Boston, USA 2010
Voix d'été en Creuse, France, 2009
Deia International Festival of Music, Spain, 2009
Festival International de Musique d'Uzerche, France 2009
National Multicultural Festival of Australia. Australia 2008
Mananan International Festival for Music and Arts, Isle of Man, British Isles. 2008

Concerts in India

Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, Pune.
Srimath Dagru Seth Halwai Ganpati Sangeet Mahotsav. Pune
Ganavardhan, Pune.
Pune Festival, Pune
Mahamrityunjay Mahotsav , Varanasi
West Bengal Rajya Sangeet Music Festival, Kolkata
Sakhti Sardotsav, Shaktinagar UP.
Swathi Tirunal Sangeetotsav, Trivandrum.
Gangamahotsav, Varanasi.
Pt.Ram Sahai Foundation, Varanasi.
Pt. Mallikarjun Music Festival DHWANI, Bangalore.
Institute of Culture, Ramkrishna Mission, Kolkata.
Laxmi Devi Lalit Kala Academy, Kanpur.
Sindri Officer’s Club. FCIL Sindri, Dhanbad.
Samrat Sangeet Sammelan, Goa.
Chaturang Chaitrapallavi Sangeet Mahotsav by Chatugarang, Dombivalli.
Chawlkowa Music College Sangeet Sammelan, Dibrugarh.
National Centre Performing Arts, Mumbai.
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Shadaj, New Delhi
Swargiya Vasantrao Chandorkar Smriti Pratisthan, Jalgaon.
Acharya DevSarmaFoundation, Lonavla.
Saptak, Nasik.
Srjan( An institution founded by Guru Keluchran Mahapatra) Bhuvaneswar
Swar –Sudha & Kalasri Sangeet Sansthan, Jodhpur.
Mehraangad Fort Trust, Jodhpur.

Other Concerts abroad

Theatre De La Ville (Abbesses), Paris, France 2013.
Le Rocher De Palmer, Cenon France,2013.
Ragamala Calgary and Edmonton, Canada 2013.
SIA of Victoria, UVIC, Canada 2013.
Learnquest Music Festival, Boston USA,2012.
Indian Music Society, Houston,USA. 2012.
Swaradhana , Tampa, USA,2012.
Hindu Temple of South Florida, Fort Myers, USA.2012.
Holi Mahotsav, Bharaiya Vidya Bhavan Sydney, Australia.2011.
Kulcha Arts Perth, Australia.2011.
Nexus Multicultural Arts. Adeliade, Australia 2011.
Boite, Melbourne, Australia.2011.
Theo Notaras Multicultural Arts. Canberra, Australia.2011.
HarmonyOm’s First Anniversary celebration, in collaboration with World Music Institute and WKCR. 89.9 FM. New York, USA.2010
Basant Bahar, San Jose, USA.2010
Ragamala, Calgary, Canada, 2010
Indian Music Society, Bloomington, 2010.
Vedanta Society, Providence, USA. 2010
Vedanta Society, Chicago, USA.2010.
Vgedanta Society, Seattle, USA.2010.
Jhankar, Cincinnati, USA. 2010.
Basant Sandhya,New Jersey.2010.
World of Sounds by CASC and ISAH, Connecticut, USA.2010.
Palau Marche Summer Concert Series, Spain, 2009
Summer Concerts at Andratx Cultural Center, Spain. 2009
MilapFestival for South Asian Music and Art, London and Liverpool,UK.2009
Tara Arts, London, UK 2008
Indian Association of Manchester, UK 2008
Vedanta Society, Sydney, Australia. 2008
Bengali Cultural Society, Brisbane, Australia 2008
Bengali Association of Canberra, Australia.2008
World Peace Day at Sydney Olympic Park of New South Wales in Australia by Sokka Gokai
International and Bharaiya Vidya Bhavan. Sydney, Australia.2009
South Indian Fine Arts Association in Australia, Canberra.2009
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Sydney, Australia.2009
Seminar at Box Hill Institute of Melbourne. Australia2009
Indian High Commision , Canberra, Australia by the invitation of Her Excellency Mrs. Sujata Singh.2009
In Byron by Ku Promotions. 2009