A fusion singer of the Indian diaspora, Isheeta Ganguly celebrates her new CD, Her Sense and Sensuality, with special guest, danseuse and activist Mallika Sarabhai a special Rubin concert.
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Isheeta Ganguly is a fusion singer of the Indian diaspora. Born in India and raised in the U.S., Turkey, Japan and Indonesia, Isheeta began singing at the age of five and went to Kolkata as a teenager to train in Rabindrasangeet under the great maetro Suchitra Mitra and in Indian classical music with virtuoso A.T. Kanan. Rabindrasangeet became the thread of continuity for Isheeta, while growing up amidst various cultural contexts around the world. Isheeta released her first album, titled "Tomari Nam Bolbo" (It's Your Name I Call) at the age of fifteen, which struck a chord with listeners and also made her the youngest artist to release an album in Tagore's music. "Nutan Joubaneri Duth" (Call of the Young) is Isheeta's first release with SAREGAMA/HMV which has also been directed by her guru, Suchitra Mitra. The album includes a selection of popular, inspirational, Tagore songs which revolve around themes of rejuvenation, courage and reinvention.
After her first release with Saregama, Isheeta also released “Pauther Pradip Jwale Go” (The Light of the Way) with Saregama and, most recently, “Damaru – I Feel Your Rhythm” with Times Music.
Since her first acclaimed release as a teenager, described by The Times of India as "a most exciting find", Isheeta has performed Rabindrasangeet widely both in India and the U.S. where she was a regular feature at the annual North American Bengali Conferences, as well as several international music festivals. Additionally, Isheeta recorded four more highly anticipated albums in Rabindrasangeet, two of which were collaborations with her guru Smt. Suchitra Mitra, in a series titled, "Aj Khala Bhangar Khala" (Celebration of Life).
Simultaneously, Isheeta was inspired in Western opera and jazz through her training with Nancy Wilson from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Subsequently, during her college years at Brown University, she performed with a pop a cappella group called the "Chattertocks", which regaled audiences all over the U.S. with jazz and pop favorites.
Her proficiency in both Rabindrasangeet and Western styles of singing led to collaborations on a number of international projects including: a multi-media work called "Riot" with Shabana Azmi, Madhur Jaffrey and Shashi Tharoor in New York City, the inaugural performances of four Indo-American Arts Council Film Festivals with Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta and the late Ismael Merchant, a multi-media collaboration with danseuse Mallika Sarabhai and The Battery Dance Company titled "Still I Rise", as well as a collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan in Tanushree Shankar's Tagore based production titled "Chiranthan".
Isheeta’s recent release with Times Music, “Damaru – I Feel Your Rhythm”, features arrangements by Bollywood arranger Shantanu Moithra, Grammy award winning Tanmoy Bose as well as New York-based elektronika producer, Phil Levy. The album also features guest performances by Bollywood actor, John Abraham, percussionists Bickram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose and vocalist, Mashkoor Ali Khan.
"Isheeta's voice inspired poetry, ignited dreams and left the ear wanting more." - Times of India