Sh. Subrata De

About Shri Subrata De

Personal Details:

Subrata De is the most promising name in Sitar today. A sitarist from Bishnupur Gharana, Mr. De has not only earned his reputation as a performer, but as a cultural ambassador of India, propagating Indian culture in its purest form all over the world. He also works for cultural exchanges between India and foreign countries through concerts, lecture demonstrations and facilitating exchange programmes. He is also looked up to by young artists for getting suitable opportunities and mentoring to showcase their talents at appropriate stages.

Subrata De, born in Jamshedpur (Jharkhand, India), was initiated into the art of playing Sitar at the tender age of seven under the guidance of Shri. Amarjeet Singh of Jamshedpur. Later, he trained under late Suramani Bauri Bandhu Sethi of Bhubaneswar where he imbibed the essential elements of sitar. Subsequently, after 10 years of practice, he placed himself in the hands of sitar maestro Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur Gharana. Under a routine that demanded strict discipline and sincerity, he learnt the depths of Dhrupad and Gayeki style, Tankari, Alap ang, Gatkari and other styles of Bishnupur Gharana.

Now, an accomplished sitar player Subrata De is involved in steering various institutions of Hindustani Classical music in the roles of educator and facilitator. He derives inspiration from his father, Shri. Bhutnath De, an exponent vocalist cum scholar of Indian classical music.

Achievements:

Subrata De has been awarded Sangeet Praveen by Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and Sangeet Bhaskar by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. Additionally, he has received the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India. He has also been selected on the panel of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) as a musician and teacher. Further he has been associated with the All India Radio as a graded artist since 1990. He was selected by Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi to perform in Yuva Mahotsav’98. He also worked as a sitar teacher cum performer at ICC Bangkok for ICCR from 2009 to 2011. In addition, he has released numerous audio cassettes & CDs including Meditation de la India, from Peru, In Search (by Swaranjali), Water In fury (by Shruti), Five elements, Sarang (by Bihaan music), Ganga- journey called life (by HMV-SAREGAMA) and many more. His music is also available through online streaming on Saavn, Twaang, Spotify.com, Gaana.com, and Hungama. Created few Raagas in Covid 19 pandemic duration by name called Raaga Shikha Shree, Jogiya Ranjini, Jawahar , BhupMalab , Ataal & Raag Lata.

Performance:

Subrata De is a sought after artist globally. He has given performances in various national and international festivals. He has travelled widely and performed in numerous cities spanning over 35 countries across the world including: Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Cuba, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Costa  Rica, Paraguay, USA, Armenia, Austria, South Africa, Ireland, Russia, Réunion, Martinique, France, Holland, Germany, Turkey, Armenia, Denmark, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, South Africa, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Spain ,Tajikistan, La Palma Island …

As a solo artist and accompanist, he has dedicated himself to create and extend an environment of Indian classical music in rural areas of India as well as abroad by collaborating with leading organizations and eminent dancers, both on a national and international level. More recently, he has been involved in multiple projects like “Flamenco India” with famous filmmaker Carlo Saura of Spain, a musical collaboration with Martinique Jazz musicians, World aquatics fusion group project and others. Moreover, he has also been associated with media & various cultural organizations as a Sitarist and is also cultural coordinator of Pracheen Kala Kendra.

About Swaranjali:

Swaranjali (Regd.no S-47921, U/S 12A Income Tax Act 1961 Registration no- DEL – SR2394 -11092014, Donation Exemption Certificate U/S 80G under Income Tax act 1961.) was founded by Subrata De in India to promote not only Sitar, but all the genres of Hindustani Classical music in India and abroad.Registered under the Society Act, 1861 in December 2003, the organization is a platform for students and enthusiasts of Indian classical music aimed at providing them a platform to exchange knowledge about the various disciplines and styles and encourage collaborations. Swaranjali organizes concerts for students and budding artists several times a year to nurture talent by creating a performance space. 

To revive Indian classical music within the country, Swaranjali provides music appreciation and learning courses. Indian music has an unbroken musical tradition in the world. Indian music, also known as “Sangeet” consists of vocal music, instrumental music and dance. “Raag” and “Taal” define the present day Indian music streams of Hindustani Sangeet and Carnatic Sangeet. There are many musical instruments that are peculiar to India and many others without due recognition. Indian music is believed to be developed from the Vedas, through a complex interaction between people from diverse races and cultures. However, Indian youth are increasingly being driven away from Indian classical music due to the wave of western influence. In contrast, people outside India are becoming more receptive to classical music forms.

Additionally, it encourages a contemporary approach to performance and delivery rather than the traditional style of presentation to better connect with the changing diaspora of audience. To uphold India’s unbroken musical traditions, Swaranjali has organized many concerts including Samay Chakra, Sufiana EveningShraddhanjali, Shaam-e-Mausiqui, Samagam, Sur-Sandhya, Sur-Taal 2006, Swar Utsav, Ozone Prativa Manch and others. Every year, Swaranjali hosts the Gharana Festival, NRI Music and Dance Festival, Murchhana Festival, Jharkhand Mahotsava, Pravasi Bharatiya Sangeet Nrittya-Mahotsava etc.  During Covid 19 Pandemic time Swaranjali’s Financial supports and helps 100+ freelance artists in India and organsied online concerts like Music without Boundaries ( Aug 2020 & 2021), World Sitar Festival in Aug 2020 , Bhairavii, and Swaranjali Online Talk Shows, Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav 2021, Republic Day Celebration 2022.

In association with Pracheen Kala Kendra, OZONE Groups, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Sangeet Natak Academy, India Habitat Centre, ICCR, Zonal Cultural Centres, Lok Kala Manch, MNC etc., Swaranjali has organized several  concerts of Indian classical Music and Dance in various cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, Bhopal etc.

CONTACT:

Founder, Swaranjali,

Address- A 2315, SFB, Green Field Colony Faridabad, Haryana 121010, India

Email- sitarsubrata@gmail.com Tel # +91-9910300319

Website# www.subratade.com www.swaranjali.org

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