An ardent love for music from childhood made him battle against all odds and on all fronts. Moreover, he did not hail from a family steeped in the practice of music. However, his family’s friendly nexus with Pandit Nikhil Banerjee earned him the privilege of learning the art of Sitar from Pandit Debiprasad Chatterjee, a close successor of Banerjee. This was followed up by his receiving lessons in music from the late Pandit Niharbindu Chowdhury and the late Sangitacharya Ajay Sinha Roy, both veteran exponents of the Maihar School. He also received lessons in the intricacies of classical Indian rhythm from Pandit Anil Palit. However, notwithstanding all these, Roy is liberal enough to imbibe the style of Ustad Vilayat Khan of the Etawah School alongside the obvious influences of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee of Maihar.
Since childhood he has been performing solo Sitar in various musical soirees in India. His superb solo performance in the presence of 1 lakh audience at the Youth Festival held at the Ranji Stadium, Calcutta, in 1978, and a three-hour solo Sitar recital at the Max Muller Bhavan, German Consulate, Calcutta, in 1980 earned admiration from music lovers and press.
He has earned distinction with his solo performances at North Calcutta Music Conference; Gita Music Conference; Haldia Music Conference, Dhrupad Gurukul, Naad Brahma, Ramakrishna Mission Malhar Utsav Kolkata (Golpark) and Lucknow; National Seminar of Music, Lucknow; India International Centre, New Delhi; India Habitat Centre – HCL Concert, New Delhi; Attic, New Delhi; Epicentre, Gurgaon; Ninaad Music Festival, Jodhpur; Sangeet Ashram, Jaipur, Swaralaya Christmas Fest, Pallakad, Kerala (2010), Soorya Festival at Trivandrum (2012), Sangeet Natak - Rasavikalpam Festival at Trishhur (2012), Lakshmi Narain Rag Sabha (Amritsar) (2019) , Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan (2019), Bharat Bhavan (Kerela) (2015,2016) , 150 th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organized by EZCC (Ranchi) (2018)to name a few of his performances in India.
Roy has also been giving performances abroad since 1996. His major foreign performances include the ones given in Bangladesh, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Japan, Norway, France and many other parts of the globe on several occasions. He has been interviewed by Cataluniya Radio, Washington Bangla Radio, Time Out, Jadavpur University FM Radio (Calcutta), etc. He performed live on Albrez Television (Spain). Several of his performances were also broadcast by Wolverhampton City Radio (U.K.) and Radio ARA (Luxemberg). His awards include Best Instrumentalist Award, IIT (Madras) (1987); Pride of Region, Government of India; Sangeet Gaurav Award of the Award Council of India (2012), etc.
Apart from a solo performer Roy is also a music composer and created fusion music. He is a post graduate in Economics from the University of Calcutta.
This is Ninad Daithankar, son and disciple of Dr. Dhananjay Daithankar ( who is a senior disciple of Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma). I’ve been learning Santoor for last 12 years. I have been awarded with ‘ Ajay Bakshi Smruti Puraskar’ at the hands of Taalyogi Pt. Suresh Talwalkar. I am recipient of ‘ Indumati Kale Yuva Vadyavadak Puraskar ‘ given by Ganwardhan (Pune). Recently I have received Citi-NCPA scholarship for young musicians 2020-21 by NCPA (Mumbai) . I’ve also been fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in front Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and received his appreciation and blessings.