Niti Ranjan Biswas
Niti Ranjan Biswas is an open-minded and keenly sensitive percussionist, firmly grounded in traditional styles of Tabla playing, as well as a versatile accompanist in Jazz and experimental ensembles. His subtle and rhythmically complex performance style reflects an extraordinary level of maturity and attention to compositional detail, rendered in a gutsy, playful and polished manner.
Based in Amsterdam, he is one of the most sought after Tabla players and teachers in Europe. He has played with legendary Indian classical musicians such as Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Dhruba Ghosh (Sarangi), Buddhaditya Mukherjee (Sitar), Buddhadev Das Gupta (Sarod), Rajan-Sajan Mishra (classical vocal), and Kala Ramnath (Violin). He has also been acclaimed for his astute accompaniment of Terry Riley, the Metropole Orchestra, and the Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra. He was a privileged percussionist with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Orchestra, accompanying the former Dutch Queen Beatrix, on Her Majesty’s visit to India in 2007. As a member of the Nordanians band he was invited to perform at the prestigious annual world music expo, WOMEX 2015, in Budapest, Hungary.
Two questions for Niti Ranjan Biswas:
What is Niti Ranjan Biswas going to teach his students?
Niti Ranjan Biswas is an exciting Tabla player and percussionist who has managed to incorporate an appealing blend of tradition and creativity into his music. As a Tabla teacher he is able to convey an extremely intricate body of knowledge in an accessible, systematic and inviting way, attracting students from all over the world.
How is he going to do that?
“We teach in order to prepare our future colleagues”. First two years of bachelor (and first year of master) the students will be taught Indian classical tradition. In the second half, we will be guiding the students towards achieving their goal, whether to become a traditional Tabla soloist or a combination with the modern approach. Students will be asked about their future musical plans during the audition, and will be taught and guided accordingly.