Bickram Ghosh is one of the most well-known names in the world of Indo-fusion music. The son and disciple of the illustrious tabla maestro Pandit Shankar Ghosh and well-known vocalist Sanjukta Ghosh, Bickram also learnt the nuances of Carnatic percussion from the great maestro of the mridangam, Pandit S. Sekhar. Bickram has performed the world over with the greatest names in classical music, and learned the intricacies of accompaniment from Pandit Ravi Shankar, with whom he played for over a decade.
Bickram played on four albums that were nominated for Grammy’s, including George Harrison’s “Brainwashed.” He performed on “Full Circle” with Pandit Ravi Shankar, for which the latter won the Grammy. Bickram later went on to form his band Rhythmscape, and his subsequent solo albums were met with great success, which has cemented his position as a pioneer of a new fusion sound.
With Rhythmscape, Bickram has performed throughout the length and breadth of India, and the band made it UK debut in 2003 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. In 2004, Rhythmscape performed at the Forum in Barcelona, where they shared the stage with Sting, Phil Collins, Norah Jones and Bob Dylan.
Bickram has over 100 albums to his credit, and a myriad of awards. In 2012, Bickram was awarded the prestigious Banga Bhushan award—the second highest civilian state award in West Bengal. In 2015 he received the Sangeet Maha Samman, the highest musical recognition in West Bengal. In 2012, Bickram recreated the India National song, “Vande Mataram,” with 22 of India’s greatest musicians. Bickram has four Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA) to his credit.