Arup Chattopadhyay: Arup Chattopadhay is recognized as one of the most outstanding and sought after tabla artists of the younger generation. As a premier disciple of world-renowned maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Arup established himself as a top- notch accompanist as well as a formidable soloist. Arup's performance is admired for its tonal quality, crystal clear bols, and spontaneous sense of rhythm and melody. Arup began learning tabla at age six from his father, the eminent tabla player Shri Pankaj Chattopadhyay. He then came under the tutelage of Pt. Shankar Ghosh with whom he continues to train. Having achieved grade-A status as an artist, Arup's performances are broadcast on Radio and TV throughout India. Arup accompanied many of the leading musicians of India such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Rais Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Kartik Kumar, Pt. Nayan Ghosh, Pt. Rajeev Taranah, Ronu Majumder, Ustad Nishat Khan, Pt. Ajay Chakarabarti, Lakhsmi Shankar, Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Ustad Rashid Khan, the late Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Manas Chakravarty, Pt. Arun Bhadhuri, Pt. Samaresh Choudhury, Pt. Satish Vyas, Tarun Bhattacharya, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Kushal Das, Niladri Kumar, Purbayan Chaterjee, Partha Bose, Partha Sarathi, and Debashish Bhattacharya. Since 1998 Arup has been honored to accompany the living legend Pt. Ravi Shankar in tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and India, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, in US, and Barbican hall in London. Arup toured U.K. with Pt. Deepak Choudhury several times, and toured US and Bangladesh with Tejendra Narayan Majumdar in events hosted by SRA. Since 1997 Arup toured US, Canada, Australia, and Mexico with the virtuoso sitarist Kartik Seshadri. Arup is also highly sought as a teacher of tabla. He was a professor of tabla at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London (Institute of Indian Culture). Since 1999 Arup has been a visiting lecturer of tabla at the University of California San Diego.