ARAPAN Soma Sarkar School of Hindustani Classical Music

Hindustani Classical music singing - Online and In-person Lessons


 Shri Dilip Baran Sarkar

Soma's Guruji, Shri Dilip Baran Sarkar, a senior disciple of Ustaad Sharafat Hussain Khan, of Agra Gharana and Pt. Jnan(Gyan) Prakash Ghosh.  

Soma considers herself fortunate and blessed to have the guidance of Shri Dilip Baran Sarkar through whom shdeveloped the ability to carry on with the direct lineage of Ustaad Sharafat Hussain Khan Sahib's teachings in Agra Gharana as well as Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh's teachings.

Shri Dilip Baran Sarkar was born in the earlier part of the 20th century.  Since his childhood he spent most of his time learning and singing Indian classical music.  He  was trained under six Gurus throughout his flourishing career in Indian Classical music.  They were Late Shri Sukhdeb Mukhopadhyay (Geetoshri Sandhya Mukhopadhyay's brother), Ustaad Sharafat Hussain Khan ,  Late Shri Gopal Bandhopadhyay,  Late Shri Sukriti Sen,  Late Pt. Gour Goswami and Late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh

Shri Dilip Baran Sarkar founded his music school, "Suralahari," and dedicated his entire life to practicing and teaching Indian Classical music to hundreds of students.  Today, his teachings continue to impact many more through his daughter, Shri Minu Chatterjee, in the town of Serampore, West Bengal, India.

Soma is committed to maintaining the purity and authenticity of Indian classical music through her performances and teachings which she learned from her Guruji Shri Dilip Baran Sarkar.                                      

Currently, Soma is continuing her taleem (training) under Ustaad Raza Ali Khan (grandson of Ustaad Bade Gulam Ali Khan saheb and son of Ustaad Munawar Ali Khan Saheb).

Training at New England Conservatory, Boston:


While receiving her degree at New England Conservatory, Boston, Soma was trained in teaching and explaining Hindustani Classical Music to non-Indian musicians and non-musicians.  Soma received this training under the guidance of Sitarist 
Prof. Peter Row and Internationally acclaimed Hindustani Classical Vocalist Warren Senders