While many have heard of Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt Anindo Chatterjee, Swapan Chaudhari, perhaps not that many people are familiar with the name Nayan Ghosh. While revered amongst the Indian classical music fraternity, lay people are less likely to be aware of him. This is a tragedy, as Pt Nayan Ghosh is an absolutely outstanding musician.
The first and foremost thing to note about PNG is that he is adept at both tabla and sitar. While this is in itself quite remarkable, what is also remarkable is that he is a tabla player of the highest order, having been trained not only by his father Pt Nikhil Ghosh (himself an outstanding and multi-faceted musician, as well as a scholar and teacher of music) but also having directly received taleem from none other than Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa himself.
His virtuosity is on display in this excerpt of a tabla solo where he plays a dazzling Tisra Jati Rela featuring extensive use of the bol Dhir Dhir, a composition of Ustad Amir Hussain Khan:
We may then observe that he is equally at home on the sitar:
Last but not least, in a clip well worth watching, Nayan-ji recalls the backstory of how his father came under the tutelage of Ustads Amir Hussain Khan and Ahmedjan Thirakwa:
Having learned directly from these great masters, Nayan-ji is in possession of many rare and old compositions, and is somebody that is well-worth further investigation by any serious connoisseur of Indian classical music.
Pt Nayan-ji is the director of the Sangit Mahabharati music academy in Mumbai.