Suchismita and Debopriya sisters, born at Allahabad hail from a family of musicians. Their parents Mr. Robin & Mrs. Krishna Chatterjee are well known musicians and have imparted early training of vocal music to them. Under the guidance of late Pandit Bholanath Prasanna, they received their initial flute training at Allahabad. Belonging to a family of musicians they were later inspired to, and have had the privilege of being disciples of the great flautist Padmavibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
They completed their D.M. (Docenten Musicus) and U.M.(Uitvoerend Musicus) with distinction from the "Rotterdam’s World Music Conservatory", (Holland) in the year 1997-1998. They also studied western classical music apart from their main subject flute.
They completed their “Sangeet Prabhakar” (Bachelor of music.) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti – Allahabad, in the year 2000-2001, in both Vocal & Flute. Suchismita won the gold and Debopriya won the silver medal in flute.
They have completed the “Sangeet Pravin” (master of music) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti - Allahabad, in the year 2004-2005, in both Vocal & flute and topped the list of successful candidates, where Debopriya won the gold and Suchismita won the silver medal in flute.
They are graded artists of "Aakashwani" (Mumbai Kendra).
Suchismita and Debopriya were both awarded a scholarship from “Nuffic” through the Indian Embassy (Holland) for the year 1996-1998, while they were studying there.
Debopriya has been awarded the National scholarship from the department of culture (Govt. of India) for the year 2001-2003 to pursue her musical endeavors.
Both of them had also received a scholarship from “Vrindaban Gurukul” for the year 2000-2001.
For the past fifteen years they have had the honor & privilege of accompanying their guru on stage for various prestigious concerts in India and abroad. To name a few, The Dover Lane Music Conference - Kolkata, Savai Gandharva Music Festival - pune. Saptak music festival- Ahmedad, Uttar Pada music conference - Kolkata. They have also performed individually at various music conferences and soirees, in Delhi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Varanasi, Hariyana, Pune, Bombay as well as in America, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, London, Dubai, Srilanka & Muscat.
Their first individual performance at Bombay was the prestigious music conference "Sampoorna Yugal Sangeet Ratri"on the 7th of Jan 1995, which was telecast on National Hook up, which earned them name and appreciation from connoisseurs of Indian Classical music.
They have performed in one of India’s most prestigious conferences “Kal Ke Kalakar” where they were awarded the title “Sur Mani” and also performed at "Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan” in December 2001, which is one of the most prestigious conferences of Indian Classical Music.
Debopriya has been bestowed the “Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar” for the year 2008 by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
They have to their credit audio releases like,
Beyond Dusk released by ‘Questz’ & Guru Shishya released by ‘Sense World Music’ and ‘Times Music’ in which one CD is along with their Guru, and the other is Jugalbandi of both the sisters, which is earning wide spread popularity.
Suchismita & Debopriya are one of the only performing women flautists, and have a long way to go…
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