- Awarded as Fellow by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India in 2009 ·
- Felicitated with JADUBHATTA AWARD, by Salt Lake Music Festival in 2009
- Empanelled artist of Hindustani Classical Music by ICCR
- Felicitated with SANGEET SAMMAN, by Salt Lake Silver Jubilee Music Festival in 2011
Ruchira Panda……blessed with a voice which invites listeners down memory lane into the golden era of Hindustani classical music, is an ardent upholder of the Kotali Gharana. Mentored by her guru, Pandit Manas Chakraborty, whose careful attention, her own dedication and discipline, have propelled Ruchira to where she stands out with her excellence from most of her contemporaries, carrying on the legacy of the Kotali Gharana. Her cerebral approach to both classical and semi-classical forms of music witnesses her profound knowledge, versatility, an intelligent, modern outlook enabling her to create a universe of music, adored by the connoisseurs……
ABOUT RUCHIRA …
Ruchira, an outstanding vocalist groomed in the Kotali gharana has earned an enviable distinction amongst the younger musicians in the realm of Hindustani Classical Music. The competent upholder of this rich heritage was born in high traditional family of educationalists, arts and music. She had the privilege of being initiated to this parampara and went under the protégée of the great maestro musician Pandit Manas Chakraborty, her one and only Guru. The master mind of her guru noted the quality of her gifted and rare voice and creative capabilities. Being a perfectionist and trend setter his strict and vigilant guidance moulded her musical genius into a unique blend of highest order. Her gayaki speaks out for her keen interest in aesthetics, spiritual awareness and serenity which is seldom found in modern days. She carefully keeps up with the purity and nuances of the Kotali gharana aligning with the multifarious gayaki of her Guru and his predecessors. The flawless manner in which she brings out the texture of the ragas and taans shows that a rigorous training, hard, and sincere labour has gone into her making as a vocalist and culminated her craftsmanship to what it is- perfect and finished to every detail. Her cognition and remarkable ability to execute intricate combinations of notes in rare ragas, specially her delineation of innovative sargams and taans confirm her eagerness to reach out to wider and wider dimensions. Her voice, the crest of a class can execute a total feast of melody and classicism in khayal, thumri and other semi classical forms. Her music is not only perfect craftsmanship but a rare blend of immaculate precision and emotive imagination, which takes the listeners into a peaceful journey through the unseen and unheard marvels of a new world. She craves for perfection and attains it with ease, the more she attains bigger becomes her reach, richer she becomes newer becomes her dimension. To her, Music is not only an art to perform but a love to live with - it’s a voyage towards eternity that can only be realized by feeling one and the same with Music.WORK AND CONTRIBUTION…
Ruchira, since her debut performance at an early age, has, over the years, been performing in a number of prestigious and reputed music conferences throughout India and Abroad. Ruchira, presently a national grade, regular artist of All India Radio has been featured on a number of leading Television channels of India. Besides Ruchira is assisting her Guru in all major music-festivals and workshops throughout India. She has worked for a documentary as a playback-singer based on ‘traditional development of Thumri’ for the National Channel. For the last few years she is also engaged in giving basic and advanced training of Hindustani Vocal Music to the devoted learners of young generation.
Ruchira, is one of the founders and now the general secretary of “PARAMPARIK-the tradition”, an organization created with the objective of upholding the traditional values and ingredients of the heritage of Hindustani Classical Music, while recognizing the changes that have occurred in social and cultural fields. “PARAMPARIK-the tradition” organizing Classical music conferences for ten years with eminent artists and organizing concerts for upcoming artists and workshops for the students of this field. The organization is also extending its helping hand in the field of education, health and society at large.AWARDS AND RECOGNITION …
Ruchira, a post-graduate in Economics from Jadavpur University has already been the recipient of several awards and recognition in her starting days of musical career. She has stood first both in KHAYAL and THUMRI in the Talent Search Contest organised by Dover Lane Music Conference/Academy in the year 1998-99 and received the prestigious Ustad Amir Khan Award as the best vocalist , HMV award as the best young talent of the year 1998-99 and Rotu Sen Memorial Award for Thumri. The Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has selected her for award of a scholarship in the field of Hindustani Music in the year 1998-99. She has received Sangeet Kalaratna Award from Matri Udbodhan Ashram, Patna. She has been invited as visiting artist for lecture demonstration in World Music Department of several Universities of USA and also at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK. Further the Ministry of Culture, Government of India has awarded her as Junior Fellow in the field of Hindustani Music for the year 2008 – 2009. She has been felicitated with ‘Jadubhatta Award’ by Salt Lake Cultural Association in the year 2009 - 2010. This year she has been empanelled as Hindustani Classical Vocalist in Indian Council of Cultural Relation, ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. A national grade artist of All India Radio Ruchira, to her credit has been performing in all Major Music conferences in India, UK, Europe, USA and Bangladesh for a decade. Recently Ruchira has been felicitated with ‘Sangeet Samman’ by Salt Lake Cultural Association on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee Celebration ( 2011 – 2012 ). Further Questz World has released her compact disk namely “ Saanjh “ .
- Jadavpur UniversityEconomics, 1994 - 1999
- Lady Brabourne CollegeHumanities, 1992 - 1994
- Holy Child Girls' High SchoolNursery to Madhyamik, 1979 - 1992
- Self Employed