Sitarist Rabindra Goswami has been a professional musician for 40 years and is recognized as one of the senior-most artists in the musically rich city of Varanasi, India. Unlike many Indian classical musicians who have become well known in the West, Goswami plays pure, traditional raga music. Goswami is a disciple of the late Smt. Amiya Devi, and he studied the ancient Dhrupad style with Pandit Ramakant Mishra and the advanced intricacies of the music with the great Dr. Balchandra Patekar of Bombay and Varanasi. He has won a number of national awards in India, including first place in the Prayag Sangeet Samiti All-India Competition in 1967, and second place at Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1972. He is an “A level” Artist of All India Radio and Television, and has performed throughout India (Delhi, Bombay, Lucknow, Indore, Patna, Allahabad, and many others) and the world (Greece, Nepal, Switzerland, United States). Goswami is also one of Varanasi’s foremost sitar teachers.
Sameer Gupta is an original artist within improvisational styles of jazz, world, and fusion music. Since 10 years old he has lived in Tokyo, San Francisco, New York City, and visited India annually. Today his skills and musicianship are appreciated globally. Sameer has performed t at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NJPAC and the Birla Auditorium in Kolkata. He has played at The Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Asagiri Jam in Japan. Sameer has also conducted and produced several lec/dems on Classical Indian music with Carnegie Hall’s Global Encounters Program, Bard College and Berkelee College of Music in Boston. He has the distinguished honor today of studying with tabla Maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in Kolkata, with his first few years spent under the guidance of the legendary Ustad Zakir Hussain. Sameer can be heard live and on recording with such known artists as Marc Cary, Anindo Chatterjee, Ramesh Misra, Chitresh Das, Wil Calhoun, Vijay Iyer, Kiran Ahluwalia, Rez Abassi, Richard Howell, Snehasish Mozumdar, Srinivas Reddy, Prasant Radhkrishnan, Marcus Shelby, Parijat Desai, Stephen Kent, Sekou Sundiata and numerous other fine artists. Sameer is also a founder and co-director of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an one-of-a-kind Artist Collective dedicated to the Indian Classical Music Community of Brooklyn NYC.