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Aloke Dasgupta entered the world on January 26, 1953 - India's Republic Day. After studying with the late Binoy Dasgupta starting at the age of eleven, he became a student of Pandeet Jogesh Bannerjee, Professor Shiba Prasad Chakraborty, and finally the renowned master Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
Erudite and articulate, with a master's degree in Ethnomusicology from San Diego State University, Aloke made his debut in 1981 at the New York Folk Festival, where he was introduced by composer-performer David Amram. Since then, Maestro Dasgupta has enjoyed a steady journey of success all over the world. He has toured with India's greatest violin player Pandeet V.G.Jog, who recorded with Eric Claption. Aloke has also performed with Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, Gwen Stefani and Cheap Trick for their top-rated show Sgt. Pepper Live, engineered by Beatles' producer Geoff Emerick.
Maestro Dasgupta has played on NBC and CBS television and his performances have been broadcasted live in major cities in the U.S. and India. Recently, Aloke has performed in ESPN's "Sideline", Disney's "The Zach and Cody Show : Sweet Life on Deck", and his music has been featured in the award-winning movie "Outsource" as well as "Ocean of Pearl'.
In 1995, Aloke was presented with the prestigious SOPAN award in Calcutta, instituted by leading intellectuals of Bengal, for creative excellence in music. Today, Aloke is a much sought after performer world-wide and, along with his wife, classical vocalist Sanjukta Dasgupta, runs the Raga Ranjani School of Music in Los Angeles area. Aloke has won the hearts of critics and discerning audiences worldwide. Indeed if there is one thing that remains strongly etched in the memory after Aloke's performance, it is the soft touch, the subtle sweetness of his notes, that are reminiscent of the haunting mystical sequences of the late master, Nikhil Banerjee. In fact, Aloke believes that Nikhil Banerjee was a mystic who attained spiritual perfection, through the practice of music, nada-vidya, and Aloke aspires to the same goal. It is this, more than anything else, that makes a performance by Aloke Dasgupta especially noteworthy and imparts a lingering introspection underneath the good humored playful banter of his life and work. Aloke Dasgupta is among the most remarkable and innovative sitar players in the North Indian Classical style. Though grounded in the malhar gharana of Allauddin Khan, Aloke has rapidly assimilated phrasing and tonality from other gharanas, to pioneer a versatile originality, which has carved for him an inventive and vibrant niche. He has composed several Indian-American jazz selections for the album Usha, and has published a CD of short raga-based pieces, titled "Caress of the Sitar".
Maestro Dasgupta is available for private lessons both in person and world-wide through webcam. He is also available for private parties and concerts. His Indian ensemble is also available for both Classical Hindustani and fusion/pop music.