Ritwik Sanyal

Ritwik Sanyal

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Ritwik Sanyal (born 12 April 1953) is one of the virtuosos of the north Indian vocal classical style, Dhrupad and a professor of vocal music and Dean,faculty of performing arts at Banaras Hindu University.

Early life

Sanyal was born in Katihar. He was trained in the dhrupad style of vocal music of the Dagar brothers, descendants of Haridas Dagar, who lived in the fifteenth century and trained the legendary Tansen.

Between 1963 and 1975, he received his training in Dhrupad under the senior Dagar brothers, Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Zia Fariddudin Dagar in Mumbai, India. He received an M. A. in philosophy from Mumbai University and a Master in Music from Banaras Hindu University, securing the gold medal. He completed his Ph.D. in musicology from the same university, 1980 under the supervision of Prem Lata Sharma.


Ritwik Sanyal is a Professor & Head of the department of vocal music and Dean at Faculty of Performing Arts Banaras Hindu University. He also composes dhrupad lyrics.


He has assimilated the Dagarvani tradition of Dhrupad and evolved a distinctive style of his own in the rendering of Dhrupad. He has specialized in advanced technique of Alap - Jod - Jhala, laykari, voice culture and pedagogy both traditional and institutional.


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