Principal

Siddhartha Roy Chowdhury was born into a musical family. His father, Sangeetacharya Late Anil Roy Chowdhury was an eminent sarod player and one of the renowned teachers of Indian Classical Instrumental Music in West Bengal.

Endowed with heredity and environment and inspired by his mother, Siddhartha’s training in sitar and sarod commenced under his father and Late sarod maestro Pt Radhika Mohan Maitra and tabla under Shri Samar Banerjee, a disciple of Pt Jnan Prakash Ghosh and Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan “the wizard of tabla”. He also took lessons from Sangeetacharya Late Ajoy Sinha Roy.

Since he was 12 years old, Siddhartha came into close contact with the sarod maestro Late Pt Radhika Mohan Maitra, who was also his father’s Guru and who took up the responsibility of Siddhartha’s musical learning right at the beginning and from him he has learned many common and uncommon intricacies of Indian classical music.

Siddhartha has already established himself as a composer, accompanist as well as a soloist in the minds of Indian classical music lovers in India and abroad. As a teacher he has earned respect among his numerous tabla, sitar and sarod students all over the world. His students are nurtured with love and care and they share a unique guru-shishya relationship in a spirit which is a blend of the traditional rigour and the modern friendly informality. Sri Roy Chowdhury is one of the few teachers of his generation who has simultaneously made exceptionally good students, well accepted by music lovers, in the fields of sitar, sarod and tabla. As well as teaching at Vistar he also teaches at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata, since 2001, and online.

Apart from several appearances in Kolkata, on TV and radio, and many appearance all over India, Siddhartha has also travelled intenationally as a soloist and accompanist, most recently to Australia in 2010. As a member of the Government of India Cultural Delegation he visited the Phillipines and Hong Kong in 1980 with Late Pt Radhika Mohan Maitra. In 1981 and 1982 he visited Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, USSR. He visited the UK in 1997, the USA in 1995 and 1997. During these tours he gave lectures and demonstrations at various schools and universities.

Siddhartha’s compositions and performances have been widely acclaimed by audiences and press in India and internationally. He took a Classical Orchestra comprised of his students to the USA where they participated in the 15th North Amercian Bengali Conference in New York (1995) and the 17th North Amercian Bengali Conference in Philadelphia (1997).

Siddhartha continues to teach a growing group of students from early ages and tours with them as part of the orchestra.

Since 1998 Siddhartha has been successfully composing and conducting classical orchestra programmes with his students all over India and abroad, such as:
•15th North Amercian Bengali Conference in New York (1995);
•17th North Amercian Bengali Conference in Philadelphia (1997);
•Viswab Banga Sammelan held at Netaji Indoor Stadium in January 2000;
•Yubabharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium Kolkata) in April 2001;
•Bharatiyam Multiplex, Salt Lake, Kolkata 2003;
•Kalamandir, Kolkata, April 2005;
•Calcutta Rowing Club, 2005;
•Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, January 2006;
•Amaltas Auditorium, Habitate World, New Delhi, 2007;
•Mother International School, New Delhi, 2007;
•Aranmula Sree Parthasarthi Dance and Music Festival Kerala, 2008;
•Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture Ranikuthi, Kolkata, January 2009;
•World Habitat Centre & Heritage School New Delhi in 2002 and 2009;
•Birth Centenary Programme of Sangeetacharya Late Anil Roy Chowdhury at Aban Mahal (CLT) in January 2010 in Kolkata & April 2010 in New Delhi;
•Kala Mandir & Triguna Sen Mancha, Kolkata in December 2010.


3 Responses to “Principal”

  1. Bablu!!!!!

    I sincerely hope this is you….

    It is Kim your trusty ‘nozenze’ kiwi gurubai..

    Please email me matey..I would really love to catch up again..

    KIm

  2. Sri Siddarth ROY CHOUDARY JI IS A GEM OF A PERSON, TRULY A
    MUSICIAN, WHO IS READY TO HELP ANYONE WHO IS SERIOUSLY INTRESTED IN LEARNING MUSIC. THOUGH i HAVE NOT YET MET HIM PERSONALLY, BUT I HAVE DEEP RESPECT FOR HIM ALREADY IN MY MIND. I HOPE TO MEET HIM SOON AND THANK HIM PERSONALLY. GOD BLESS HIM.

    RAJESH JOSHI
    HARIDWAR

  3. Respected Sir, I am interested to perform in the coming sarod and sitar festival. I will be grateful, if I get a chance.
    regards

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