India International Guitar Festival 2016

6 - 10 January 2016

India International Guitar
Festival 2016

Kolkata, 6 - 10 January 2016


IIGF January 2016

Programme Schedule:


    6th January, 2016, Venue: ICCR  |

  • 11am - 5pm

    Rehearsal of the Symphony

  • 5pm - 6pm

    Press Conference

  • 6pm - 6:15pm

    Lighting the Inaugural Lamp

  • 6:15pm - 7:00pm

    The Anandi Bhattacharya Trio with Gal Maestro and Charu Hariharan

  • 7:15 - 8:30 pm

    Daniel Shane Thomas - Acoustronica Blues

    7th January, 2016, Venue: ICCR  |

  • 11am - 5pm

    Guitar Competition and Talent Hunt
    a) Rabindrasangeet
    b) Nazrulgeeti

  • 6:15pm - 7:30pm

    Performance: Giuliano Modarelli and KEFAYA Band (UK)

  • 7:45pm - 9pm

    Performance: Bart Stenhouse and fusion Band (Australia)

    8th January, 2016, Venue: ICCR  |

  • 11am - 1:30pm

    Guitar Competition and Talent Hunt
    Subject: Rock

  • 5:30pm - 7pm

    Performance: Amyt Dutta (Original Instrumental Jazz/Rock)

  • 7:20pm - 8.50pm

    Performance: Underground Authority

    8th January, 2016, Venue: Gandhi Bhavan

  • 11am - 4pm

    Guitar Competition and Talent Hunt
    a) Indian Classical Music
    b) Modern Songs

  • 5:30pm - 5:45pm

    Slide Guitar Symphony

  • 5:50pm - 6:05pm

    Gyanendra Bhatt Solo

  • 6:10pm - 6:25pm

    Tanmoy Roy and Monika Chakraborty Chaturangi Duet

  • 6:30pm - 6:45pm

    Subhodeep Bose, Shyamol Roy, Gautam Das Chaturangi trio

  • 6:50pm - 7:05pm

    Aloke Mukherjee and Uttam Bhattacharya Chaturangi duet

  • 7:10pm - 7:30pm

    Sushmita Kabir Asha (Hawaiian Guitar - Nazrul Geeti)
    Debashish Karmakar (Hawaiian Guitar - Adhunik)
    Somranjan Chakraborty (Hawaiian Guitar Adhunnik)
    Shyamol Chaudhary and Band - (Popular Songs on Hawaiian Guitar)

    9th January, 2016, Venue: ICCR

  • 11:00am - 5pm

    Seminar and Masterclasses on Slide Guitar, Jazz and Blues

    9th January, 2016, Venue: G.D. Birla  |

  • 6pm - 7:15pm

    Performance: Rene Lacaille and Marc Lacaille

  • 7:30pm - 9pm

    Performance: Calcutta Chronicles featuring Rene Lacaille, Daniel Shane Thomas, Tanmoy Bose, Srikanto Acharya, Lopamudra Mitra

    10th January, 2016, Venue: ICCR

  • 11am - 1pm

    Masterclasses on Slide Guitar

  • 2pm - 4pm

    Slide Guitar Workshop on Contemporary Song

    10th January, 2016, Venue: G.D. Birla  |

  • 6:15pm - 8:15pm

    Performance: Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya and Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri

  • 8:15pm - 9pm

    Prize distribution, vote of thanks and closing ceremony

Availability of tickets for the Evening Concert (IIGF JAN 2016)

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Five days long IIGF 2015 was held at RTC, ICCR, Kolkata from 7- 11th January.


  • Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt
  • Pt. Bickram Ghosh
  • Pt. Tanmoy Bose
  • Pt. Yogesh Samsi
  • Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya
  • Dr. Kamala Shankar
  • Shri Prakash Sontakke
  • Grammy Awardee Jeff Peterson (Hawaii)
  • Alan Akaka (Hawaii)
  • Johannes Moller (Holland)
  • Shoichiro Goto (Japan)
  • Tomo Nori (Japan)
  • Dipon Sarkar (Bangladesh)
  • Sushmita Kabir Asha (Bangladesh)

The festival was graced by musical luminaries like Ms. Minakshi Mishra (Regional Director, RTC, ICCR), Pt. Anindo Chattopadhyay, Pt. Vijay Kumar Kichlu, Pt. Shankar Ghosh, Actor Jaya Sil Ghosh, Actor Saheb Chatterjee, American Consulate, French Ambassador, Director of Alliance Francaise and Pt Brij Bhushan Kabra.

There were several major workshops and interactive sessions with guitar masters and budding talents, besides Competitions in different categories to bring the talents into the limelight, Press conference, Evening concerts of solo, duet, trio and orchestra performances.

IIGF 2015 Reconnaissance (Acknowledgement)

Our Hospitality Partner with a view of their website


Leading Creations in Indian Silde Guitar

Bhattacharya's School of Universal Music

Acknowledgment IIGF 2015 Sponsors

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Special Thanks to ..

  • The Times of India
  • Ananda Bazar Patrika
  • The Statesman
  • Ei Samay
  • Saptahik Bartaman
  • Aajkal
  • Gana Shakti
  • DD Bangla
  • Kolkata TV
  • Taza TV
  • Tara TV
  • 24 Ghanta
  • Times Now Hotel
  • SGK Gyan Peeth
  • Gateway

Messages from the stalwarts for IIGF 2015

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma

Dear Debashishji,

I am very happy to note that you have planned a 5 day Guitar festival in honour of your Guru - Living Legend Pt. Brij Bhushan Kabraji. My association with Brij Bhushanji goes back several years and decades when we first did "The Call Of The Valley". He is not only very well versed in playing the Guitar but also knows about the finer nuances of Music. The most endearing part of his personality is he is a very humble, simple and down to earth human being. I regret, I will not be able to come on the day of the inauguration of the festival tributes to him but, my Good Wishes are with you all on this very very prestigious day.

My blessing and best wishes to you also, for taking your Guru's music forward through this big five days India International Guitar Festival. Musically,

Shiv Kumar Sharma

John McLaughlin

My Dear Debashish,

I was very happy to hear your voice yesterday. Please let me know if my words are useful to you.

Here are some notes about your festival.

I became aware of the music of Maestro Brij Bushan Kabra in the 1970's. Prior to this, the only music on Slide Guitar was the recordings of the Mississippi Blues guitarists. I was amazed by Brij ji's artistry. Subsequently I was introduced to the music and playing of Maestro Debashish Bhattacharya. It was clear to me from the outset, that Debashish Ji was a disciple of Brij Ji, but that Debashish Ji has taken the Slide Guitar to new heights of artistry. I am delighted that he will create a festival to the honour of his Guru, and I send my deepest congratulations and blessings for this great event.

John McLaughlin