BASIC TRAINING : My journey with music began with my father Shri Dwijendra Nath Bera (a student of Sangeetacharya Surendranath Bandyopadhyay, one of the stalwarts of Bishnupur Gharana ) from whom I took my initial vocal training in Indian Classical music, till the age of 10.
ADVANCED TRAINING : For the past 21 years I have been training under Pdt. Santanu Bandyopadhyay of ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ in ‘Indian Classical Vocal’ music. I have also had the privilege of receiving vocal training from Sangeetacharya Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay for a short period of time, which has only enriched my singing and made me into a better vocalist.
I am also an equipped ‘Harmonium’ Player. I have received training in Harmonium playing from my father, from the age of five. I have accompanied my Gurus in Harmonium at various prestegious programmes.
MUSICAL PHILOSOPHY : To me, Indian Classical music is all about imagination Raagdari is generally expressed through Bistaar using Pakads, Meers and Alankaras. I concentrate more in bringing out the philosophy and essence of the Raaga in a way that the audience can connect to it.
ACHIEVEMENTS : Received FIRST rank in the prestigious ‘All India Radio Competition’, preliminary stage from ‘Kolkata Zone’ in the year 2010, qualifying for the finals in Delhi.
~ ‘BHOWANIPUR SANGEET SAMMILANI’ (multiple performances)
~ BISHNUPUR GHARANA WEBSITE LAUNCH, ICCR, Kolkata
~ BISHNUPUR UTSAV, Bankura
~ GHATAL RAMKRISHNA MISSION
~ ADVAITA ASHRAM, Kolkata
~ DASPUR UCCHANGA SANGEET SAMMILANI, DASPUR MILAN MANCHA, West Medinipur
~ SARADA CULTURAL ACADEMY ANNUAL PROGRAMM, MADHUSUDAN MANCHA, Kolkata etc.
EXPERIENCE : I have been teaching Indian Classical Vocal Music (mainly Khayal) and Harmonium for over ten years at my Institute named ‘Sangeet Bhaban’ in Kolkata and Howrah and other Institues like ‘Parampara Bishnupur’, ‘Rabindra Tirtha Kala Kendra’ etc. I am also a Stage and Sound Groomer.
Many of my students are performing Hindustani Classical and also music of other genres after learning from me for a period of around two to three years.