Jnan Prakash Ghosh, one of the most celebrated teachers and an institution by himself in modern times was a versatile genius whose expertise ranged from vocal music to harmonium ...

The Legacy...

Pt Jnan Prakash Ghosh

Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh (May 7, 1912 – February 18, 1997) was the voice of Calcutta’s music scene at a critical moment in its history. He created some of the finest compositions in Music and Rhythms and was one of the greatest teachers and musicologists in the Indian Classical music scene, apart from  being one of the leading tabla players of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Some of the best recordings of the Great masters of that time including  Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar have Jnanbabu on the Tabla. 

Jnanbabu was a singer, composer, harmonium player and above all a tabla guru, who trained and taught 3 generations of Tabla players and singers and reared maestros in each of these.  He was an institution all by himself, the like of which will never be seen.

Some famous tabla students of Jnan Ghosh include : 

Nikhil Ghosh, Kanai Dutta, Shyamal Bose, Shankar Ghosh, Anindo Chatterjee, Sanjay Mukherjee, Govinda Bose, Abhijit Banerjee and his son Malhar Ghosh 

Famous singers include : Prasun Bannerjee, Smt Meera Bannerjee, A Kannan, and Malvika Kannan, Tanima Thakur , Ajay Chakrabarty, Arun Bhaduri

He expired on February 18th, 1997 at the age of 85. 

Pandit Manik Paul

Pandit Manik Paul, A senior disciple of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, was one of the noted Tabla Players of Kolkata. He also received training from Ustad Firoz Khan, Pandit Anath Nath Basu and ustad Keramat Ullah Khan. He was a staff musician in All India Radio, Kolkata and has numerous students who are now established as tabla players. Abhijit received training for more than ten years from Pandit Manik Pal, who eventually took Abhijit to his Guru Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh.