Pt. Chandra Nath Shastri is one of the most acclaimed senior most Tabla (Indian hand percussion) artists & musician form India, currently based in Kolkata, India. Born in the year 1947, in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, in a well known Bramhin (Pandit) family he has been groomed in a musical atmosphere since his birth. Soon his parents and family shifted to Varanasi (Banaras / Benares / Benaras), Uttar Pradesh. Where later he has his training in Banaras Gharana. He comes with a family link with the Great Indian Poet, Lyricist, Writer, Nobel Prize winner Kaviguru Ravindra Nath Tagore. His Father Dr. Mouli Nath Shastri was a physician by profession but he was also a great spiritual guru and musician (also a Tabla player), student (singing) of Rabindra Nath Tagore. He had also done many Theater Acting performance and some Film making in his life time. Grand Father of Chandra Nath Shastri was Sri Priya Nath Shastri, who was one of the first three trustees of Visva Bharati University.
Discovering Chandranath's interest in hindustani classical music from very young age his father initially taught him to play some Taals on Tabla. Then from the age of just 5, Chandra Nath Shastri had started (got Gandabandhan) learning from his Guruji Pandit Anokhelal Mishra - The Tabla Samrat, from Banaras. He and his elder brother Sri Partha Nath Shastry used to go to Pandit AnokhelalJi together to learn Tabla. After death of Tabla Samrat he also took leasons from Late Pandit Ramji Mishra (son of Pandit Anokhelal Mishra). Taking guidance from his Gurujis he became an excellent 5th generation Tabla maestro of Banaras Gharana. From the very early teeanage he also became close to Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra, Pandit Kisan Maharaj, Pandit Samta Prasad, Pandit Sarda Sahai, Ustad Karamatullah Khan & many more and got blessed by them.
Pt. Chandra Nath Shastri done his schooling (Intermediate) from C. M. Anglo Bengali Inter College, Varanasi, U.P. After that he done his Graduation in Science from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
Pt. Chandra Nath Shastri Became The Champion in All India Radio National Competition just at the very young age of 23, displaying his extraordinary talent. Often referred to by the title Pandit (from a very young age), he is a topmost All India Radio staff artist and Indian National Television Channel (Doordarshan) artist and also a stage performing artist. As a regular performer in TV and radio and stage, till now he has done several thousands of performances and recordings. He is a big name in music broadcasting media in India. Now he is retired from All India Radio, Calcutta.
Pt. Chandra Nath Shastri has performed in many concerts in many places, including tabla solos, percussion ensembles and accompanied with countless instrumentalists and vocalists, and worked with some of the great music composers and film directors. Beside performing solo he also performed with many renowned musicians, such as - Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra, Pandit V. G. Jog, Ustad Sagiruddin Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Lalmani Mishra, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Pandit Manilal Nag, Pandit Rajbhan Singh, Pandit Shrichand Mishra, Bidushi Girija Devi, Pandit Jotin Bhattacharya, Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, Pandit Shivnath Mishra, Pandit Shalil Shankar, Pt. A. T. Kanan, Bidushi Malabika Kanan, Bidushi Purnima Sen, Pt. Prasun Bandhopadhyay, Singh Bandhu Brothers, Pandit V. Balsara, Pandit Askaran Sharma, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Pandit Usha Ranjan Mukherjee, Pandit Timir Baran, Pandit Soumitra Lahiri, Bidushi Jaya Biswas, Pandit Anup Dasgupta, Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya and many more. He has judged many musical competitions and talent hunt contests. He also has done many researches in Indian music and has done lots of unique creations on music especially in the field of Tabla. He is also a Pakhawaz, Khol / Mridangam and other Indian percussion expert.
Pt. Chandra Nath Shastri is awarded with many prestigious awards for his excellence in music. He also got awarded by President of India for his Tabla playing skills. He established himself as a topmost accompanist as well as a outstanding soloist. He is recognized as 'Taalmani' for his excellence in rhythm and melody on Tabla.
He also enjoys teaching Tabla and other musical instrument to students. Many of his students are now established Tabla/ Percussion player all around the world. Pt. Chandra Nath Shastri has countless fans and followers. He has taught in many music schools, academies and institutes & done many musical workshops, also presently he is into these activities.
Beside Music, Pt. Chandra Nath Shastri also studies and research about Spirituality and on how it effect our life. His father late Dr. Mouli Nath Shastri was grand disciple of spiritual guru Sri Sri Bijoy Krishna Goswami & disciple of Sri Kiran Chand Darbesh Ji Maharaj. PanditJi is researching on the connection between Music and Spirituality for a long time and also gives advises to others on these topics. He is also an expert Astrologer.
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