India International Guitar Festival 2016

2 - 4 December 2016

India International Guitar
Festival 2016

Kolkata, 2 - 4 December 2016


  • Guitar Symphony
  • Bollywood Hawaiian Guitar Night
  • Talent Hunt, Competition and workshops, Indian slide Guitar Talent hunt by Maha Gurus.
  • Performances by Guitar Innovators
  • Indian Slide Guitar night

India International Guitar Festival 2016, in collaboration with ICCR, from 2nd to 4th December 2016 ( From 11 AM to 9 PM ).

Venue : ICCR, Kolkata.

Featured Artiste line up:

  • Guitar Maestro Derek Gripper ( Capetown, Souith Africa )
  • Debashish Bhattacharya with Galaxy of maestros - ( Bengal, India, World ) - Indian Classical Music.

Line up of Young Guest Artistes for Vasundhara Mahotsav:

  • Anandi Bhattacharya - Vocal (India).
  • Chandrima Roy (India)
  • Amano Manish - Chaturangui (India).
  • Charu Hariharan - Mridangam, Kahon (India).
  • Naomi Jean - Vocal (Germany).
  • Monia Rękoś - Vocal (Poland).
  • Carola Ortiz - Singer, clarinetist and composer (Spain).
  • The Bodhisatwa Trio (India).
  • Katy Murphy (Australia).
  • Nishad Pandey - Guitarist and Composer (India).
  • "O Shakuntala" a musical choreography composed by Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya.
  • Performance of Young Guitar Innovators from India and abroad.
  • Bollywood and beyond on Hawaiian lap steel guitar contemporary songs and many more dedicated to the legendary composers of Bollywood.

Registration for all programme Rs 500/-

Contact us: +91 98302 04542

****Program subject to change



Greetings from IIGF.

We are going to present the third edition of India International Guitar Festival: Vasundhara Mahotsav– a classical music carnival with guitar-stalwarts from across the world on three winter days : 2 to 4 December, 2016. Beyond the time frame of 11am to 9pm every day the festival will bring the Indian guitar enthusiasts & music lovers together under the spell of some of the most blessed performing guitarists coming from various schools of classical guitars in India & the world. Efforts are on to offer the musical fraternities of vocalists as well as instrumentalists along with large number of art inclined Kolkatans a lot more than what First Festival delivered to their acclaim.

The festival will present pioneers, doyens and maestros including Grammy Awardees & other internationally famous Guitarists and besides stage performance will engage them in diverse interactive and knowledge sharing programmes. Providing scholarship, cash, awards, stage, guitars and musical accessories to the deserving musicians in need of support is also included in the Mahotsav activities.

Your association and collaboration as a sponsor, member, participant or volunteer is what we are sincerely looking forward to make this event a gala success.

Thanking you
Tripti Bhattacharya, Convenor
Contact +91 9830204542


A Grammy nominee and two World Music Awardee from Kolkata The Guitar God Debashish Bhattacharya, born in1963, is among the leading performing purveyors of Indian classical music, especially in the field of classical Guitar. Acknowledged as the pioneer of unique Kolkata Gharana in Indian Classical guitar he mastered disparate Indian classical instrumental styles as well as vocal music under his parents and some eminent music teachers in his formative years. Asof the last millennium he inclined to slide guitar and became a disciple of Brij Bhushan Kabra, the father of Indian classical guitar and Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty. Later he has been accepted by the great Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, the sarod legend for enriching his command of ragas.

Today Pt. Bhattacharya is widely acclaimed for his unique signature style. With a rare poise and talent he has been reinterpreting Indian Ragas, on Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi - three specially created Indian Slide Guitars.Over the last few years he has been featured in billboard top 10, Song Line Magazine top 10, Central Asia and Asia Pacific world music top 10, Amazon top 100 albums and in National Geographic. He is also in the world’s who’s who list of artistes in 2012. Among the laurels conferred to him are Sangeet Ratna Award in 2011, BBC Planet Award in 2007, Asiatic Society Gold Medal in 2005 and President of India Award in 1984. He also won the prestigious Grammy Nomination in 2009.

Pt. Bhattacharya has been ceaselessly promoting Indian Classical music through Slide guitar since past thirty years by propagating the nuanced art of Indian Classical music among the slide guitarist in India and abroad. Vasundhara Mahotsav, and India International Guitar Festival is the festival has been conceived by him as a confluence of evocative music of \Indian Ragas and Western Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock and more – brought alive by guitar maestros from the world over. It is a platform for Indian global music. It's a platform for young budding talents young maestros to create and collaborate.


Slide guitar owing its origin to Hawaiian Guitar has evolved as an instrument of Indian Classical music during last 85 years. Legends like Pt Brij Bhushan Kabra of Jodhpur and even before Pt.Nalin Majumdar of Allahabad are among the pioneers of Indian Slide Guitar. Presently Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya and Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt are furthering this evolution that has added a indelible impetus to Indian Classical music with a soaring popularity graph. Simultaneously it is equally adored to strum contemporary music. Today thousands of musicians, both famous and budding talents in India and on the foreign shores, are engaged in Indian classical and other genres of music on slide guitar.

India International Guitar Festival like its first edition in the last year will showcase some extraordinary performers from this growing pool of talents who have been expanding the horizons of music on guitar. This year more is on the card to take the festival to the next level as the master guitarists representing Indian and Western Classical, Blues, Jazz and Hawaiian music from around the world will not only perform but also deliberate in workshops, seminars and post concert media meets among others.

Mass Media, particularly electronic, digital and print are also being convincingly persuaded to play their part for giving the Festival both pre and post concert coverage in best possible ways. This festival, for its inherent magnificence, has already kindled interest among the guitar enthusiasts and music aficionados in the country and abroad. To simply put, Vasundhara Mahotsav enshrines a musical esprit de corps to unite the world through Guitar.

- Debashish Bhattacharya.

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