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 of Music

Lyle Davidson - While working on her masters degree in music education at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Soma's research advisor, Professor Lyle Davidson, trained her on theories and philosophies of education and developmental psychology. He showed her the path to finding common ground between western and Indian music which lead her to learning about building age appropriate music curriculum for both children and adults. 

Peter Row -  At the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Soma was trained by Professor Peter Row, a disciple of Guru Gokul Nag. Peter Row trained Soma in finding ways to explain Hindustani Classical Music to Western musicians and non musicians of various cultures.