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Bickram Ghosh

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Biography

One of India's greatest Tabla maestros, Bickram Ghosh also holds the rare distinction of being one of the most well- known names in the world of multi-percussion and  Indo- fusion music. Having performed the world over with the greatest names in classical music (especially Pt. Ravi Shankar with whom he played for over a decade), Bickram went on to form his hugely successful band Rhythmscape which made him one of the most popular musical stars of his generation. Bickram played on four albums that were nominated for Grammies including George Harrison's Brainwashed. He played on "Full Circle" with Pandit Ravi Shankar which won Shankar a grammy. Bickram's subsequent super successful solo albums like Beyond Rhythmscape, Folktail , Drum Invasion. Kingdom of Rhythm, Interface ,Electro classical , Transformation etc have consolidated his position as a pioneer of a new fusion sound. Bickram also holds an enviable position as a composer of film music today. Having composed for  21 feature films so far including the Mira Nair presented, Sooni Taraporewala directed Little Zizou, Bickram has now teamed up with Bollywood singing star Sonu Nigam and together the duo have just begun their journey as co- composers in Bollywood  with three films, the first of which - Jal , recently  made headline news with an oscar contention for the best original score. The son of the illustrious tabla maestro Pt. Shankar Ghosh and well known vocalist Sanjukta Ghosh , Bickram also learnt the nuances of Carnatic percussion from  the great Maestro of the mridangam Pandit S.Sekhar. Bickram Ghosh was the brand ambassador for the Indian Election commission in 2011 in West Bengal and his participation led to a record 8.5 percent increase in urban voting. He has over 120 albums to his credit and his albums have won several awards. In 2012 Bickram was awarded the prestigious Banga Bhushan award, the second highest civilian State award ,  and in 2015 the  Sangeet Maha Samman , the highest musical recognition in West Bengal by the Chief Minister of Bengal Smt. Mamata Banerjee. In 2012 Bickram had recreated the Indian National song Vande Mataram with 22 of India's greatest musical . Bickram has four GIMA(Global Indian Music  award ) awards to his credit. Bickram was the only tabla maestro to perform for the finale of the commonwealth games in 2010. He was one of the Composer's for the opening of the Indian Super League. This year he added another feather in his cap by composing and presenting an extravaganza  with 120 artists for the T20 World Cup finals.

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