A Few Words About Me

My Story

I am an Indian Slide Classical Guitar, Hawaiian guitar & Mohan Veena performer, teacher, and working in this field for 20 years. I have started my musical journey at the age of 7 with my grandfather late Shree Haradhan Mukhopadhyay as my first guru. Then at the age of 10, Shree Swapan Mazumder, a very well-known slide guitarist, took me under his tutelage. Finally, it was the sitar wizard late Pt. Soumitra Lahiri (of Bishnupur Gharana ) trained & guided me to explore the upper level of Indian Classical music. I have also attained workshops of legendary Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Maihar Gharana). Currently I am taking talim from Setar Exponent of Imdadkhani Gharana, Pandit Anjan Chattopadhyay. I have won numerous competitions and awards and performed in various cities all over India, & Abroad as well. Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt certified me as the true representative of Mohan Veena. At Present I am an empaneled artist of ICCR & All India Radio (Kolkata) and also a Senior Research Fellow of UGC and perusing PhD ( subject History).

Soumalya Mukhopadhyay
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Soumalya's Techniques and innovations

To create melodious and euphonic sound Soumalya is continuing his experiment with both the ‘Gayaki Anga’ and ‘Tantrakari Anga’ which has made Indian slide guitar as tantamount with the other Classical Instruments.
Soumalya has innovated some new right hand techniques in his playing style. The main bol of ‘ Tantrakari ‘ are ‘ Da ‘ and ‘ Ra ‘. Instead of using thumb as ‘ Da ‘ and index finger as ‘ Ra ‘, Soumalya has reverse this pattern to create more melodious sound and speed. Along with these he also uses index and middle finger as ‘ Da ‘ and ‘ Ra ‘ respectively. The another unique technique of his playing is that he can play all the three finger at a time when needed. In ‘ Jhaala Anga’ he uses ‘Sitarkhani Baj’ technique. Soumalya is also doing experiment with ‘ Meend Khandi Taan'( Ustad Amir Khan Style),which is very unique in Indian Slide classical Guitar. Along with these right hand techniques Soumalya also has innovated very rare left hand technique to create harmonious and melodious slide sound.

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