India International Guitar Festival Jan 2019

12 - 13 January 2019

India International Guitar
Festival JAN 2019

Kolkata, 12 - 13 January 2019


Late Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra

This Festival is dedicated to Late Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra

The father of Indian Slide Guitar Philanthropist and educationist Sangeet Natak Academy awardee introduced a foreign instrument (Hawaiian Guitar) to the world of Hindustani music as a legit Indian classical instrument 1958. Known as Papa and Bulaji by musicians and acknowledged as one of the world's greatest musicians, Pandit Brijbhushan Kabra rested in peace at Ahmedabad, on 12 April 2018 , at the age of 81.

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His innovativeness mingled with the support of his Guru, legendary Sarod Maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, the classical hawaiian guitar touched the apex of the Indian as well as the world classical music. His performance at various concerts earned him huge accolades from several respected musicians. Early in his career, he recorded the successful album Call of the Valley (1967) with Bansuri player Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Santoor player Pt. Shivkumar Sharma.This album excelled all records of the then time to go to Platinum and it is considered the most popular Indian clasical recording ever been ever.

Panditji made several notable achievements throughout his musical career; He was awarded the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1983–84, was conferred on the fellowship of the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi for 1995–96, and received the National Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2005.

The great guitarist undertook remarkable research works in self-realization through music (Naad Yoga) & published papers stressing involvement of music. Kabraji inspired several young Indian musicians to take up guitar for classical music.

India International Guitar Frstival IIGF 2019 directed and curated by his primary disciple Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya and produced by Bhattacharya’s School of music is dedicated to serve the vision and musical teaching of Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra for ever.

  • Slide guitar workshop by Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya Indian Classical Guitar (Modern Song on slide guitar and How to create your own music on slide guitars).
  • Guitar competitions and talent hunt (Scholarship program certification and award).
  • INDIA National Slide Guitar Symphony (Composed and directed by Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya).
  • Concerts of Hawaiian guitarists Tagore Songs Nazrul Geeti and Bengali Modern songs (Presented by Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya).
  • Indian Classical Guitar concerts by young talents (presented by Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya).
  • Final concert by Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya and Pandit Bickram Ghosh.

India International Guitar Festival 2019, in collaboration with ICCR, from 12th to 13th January 2019 ( From 11 AM to 9 PM ).

Venue : ICCR Rabindra Nath Tagore Center, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata.

Featured Artiste line up:

  • Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya - Indian Classical Music.
  • Pandit Bikram Ghosh - Indian Classical Music.

Line up of Young Guest Artistes for Vasundhara Mahotsav:

  • IIGF Symphony:

Suryadipta Bhattacharya, Subhadip Bose, Lipika Bag, Pronoti Roy, Krishnendu Sekhar Dey, Papri Kundu, Jayanta Battabal, Gautam Das, Keya Das, Amitabha Saha, Naba Kumar Das, Monika Chakraborty, Dhyanistha Gautam, Satyajit Maharana, Nahar Ahamed, Shyamal Roy and Madhusree Indu.

  • Light Music on Slide Guitar:

Madhusree Indu, Papri Kundu, Debasish Karmakar, Nahar Ahamed, Shyamol Banerjee (pune), Naba Kumar Das, Bhaskar Mukherjee, Sandip Dey, Krishnendu Sekhar Dey, Lipika Bag and Babusona Bose.

  • Indian Classical Music on Slide Guitar:

Subhadip Bose, Babusona Bose, Madhusree Indu, Pankaj Kumar Das, Gautam Das, Shyamal Roy, Debasish Karmakar, Bhaskar Mukherjee and Monika Chakraborty.

  • Tabla:

Sudhir Gharai and Arindam Chakraborty.

  • Keyboard:

Subroto Pramanick ( Tana ).


Registration for all programme Rs 1000/-

Contact us: (+91) 94773 30503 or (+91) 86974 12379

****Program subject to change



Greetings from IIGF.

We are going to present the fourth edition of India International Guitar Festival: Vasundhara Mahotsav - a classical music carnival with guitar-stalwarts from across the country on two winter days: 12 to 13 January 2019. In between 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 made to bring along with large number of art inclined Kolkatans, musicians and music lovers a lot more than what First Festival delivered to their acclaim.

The festival will present young talents of slide guitar under the kind mentorship of Guitar Guru Three times Grammy Nominee Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya. 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.

Your association and collaboration as a sponsor, member and participant, those what we are sincerely looking forward to make this event a grand success.

Thanking you
Tripti Bhattacharya, Convenor
Contact (+91) 98309 73333


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. Legend late Guru Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra of Jodhpur and even before Pandit Nalin Majumdar of Allahabad are among the pioneers of Indian Slide Guitar. Presently Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya is carrying the torch and 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 previous edition will showcase some extraordinary performers from this growing pool of talents who have been expanding the horizons of music on guitar. This year more highlights are given to Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya’s world famous dynamic teaching workshops, master classes concerts of budding talents and young talents dedicated to the teaching of his Guru Late Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra 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.