Pandit Amiya Dasgupta
Pt. Amiya Dasgupta
Prof. Amiya Dasgupta was born in Barisal, East Bengal on Oct. 12, 1924. He was a distinguished North Indian musician, an artist on the sitar and surbahar, a teacher of vocal music, sitar and other Indian instruments and a composer in Indian classical and European classical forms. He directed the Ravi Shankar Kinnara School of Indian Music in Bombay for six years, and later the Los Angeles branch. Afterwards Amiya founded his own Sangeet School of Indian Music in Hollywood, CA.

Amiya was one of Pt. Ravi Shankar's earliest and most devoted disciples. He was associated with the celebrated sitarist for more than 40 years. Dasgupta assisted Shankar as an instructor of Indian music history at City College of New York and performed on numerous projects, including the recordings 'Festival From India' and 'Anthology of Indian Music'. Dasgupta wrote the manual of the Ravi Shankar book 'My Music, My Life' and edited 'Ravi Shankar Teaches'. He accompanied Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin in the E.M.I. recording 'West Meets East, No. 3'.
Amiya in Bombay - 1963.
Amiya in Bombay - 1963.
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Amiya with his old friend George Harrison ~ 1967. [photo: Leslie Bryce]
Amiya and George
Amiya with his old friend George Harrison ~ 1967. [photo: Leslie Bryce]
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Amiya with his old friend George Harrison ~ 1967. [photo: Leslie Bryce]
Amiya Dasgupta and George Harrison at the
Amiya and George at the 'Within You, Without You' recording session for the Sgt. Pepper album - 1967. [Dan Moss / Alamy Stock Photo]
Amiya Dasgupta and George Harrison at the
Amiya and George at the 'Within You, Without You' recording session for the Sgt. Pepper album - 1967. Amrit Gujjar who played Dilruba on the track is second from left.
Amiya with Ali Akbar Khan, Mahapurush Misra, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn
Amiya with Ali Akbar Khan, Mahapurush Misra, George Harrison and Roger McGuinn. - Feb. 1967, Kinfauns [photo: Henry Grossman]
Nodu Mullick (right) with longtime friend and colleague Amiya Dasgupta outside the  Kinnara School of Music, Los Angeles - 1968.
Pandit Nodu Mullick (right) was an expert craftsman who created and maintained the sitars Pt. Ravi Shankar performed on as well as Amiya's sitar. He was also one of the first tabla disciples of Pt. Gyan Ghosh. This photo shows him with his longtime friend and colleague Prof. Amiya Dasgupta (left) outside the newly opened Kinnara School of Music in Los Angeles ~ 1968.
Nodu and Amiya outside their apartment in Sliverlake.
Nodu and Amiya outside their apartment in Sliverlake or Echo Park ? (Los Angeles) ~ 1968.
'The Party' - Alla Rakha, Nodu Mulliick, Marlon Brando, Ravi Shankar, Amiya Dasgupta ~ 1968, Los Angeles.
Rich à la Rakha recording session - Colin Walcott, Nodu Mullick, Alla Rakha, ?, Amiya Dasgupta, Ravi Shankar, Buddy Rich, Taranath Rao ~ 1968, Los Angeles
Rich à la Rakha recording session - Colin Walcott, Nodu Mullick, Alla Rakha, Shamim Ahmed (?), Amiya Dasgupta, Ravi Shankar, Buddy Rich, Taranath Rao ~ 1968, Los Angeles.
Nodu Mullick with Ravi Shankar.
Pandit Nodu Mullick (left) was an expert craftsman who built and maintained the sitars Pandit Ravi Shankar performed on. ~ 1979. Nodu built Amiya's sitar as well.
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Amiya performing with his guruji, Pt. Ravi Shankar. [photo: Jan Steward]
Amiya performing with Gregg Johnson at CalArts.
Amiya performing with Gregg Johnson, disciple of Pt. Taranath Rao at CalArts ~ 1979. David Philipson - tanpura.
Amiya performing with Pt. Taranath at CalArts
Prof. Amiya Dasgupta performing with his longtime friend and colleague, Pt. Taranath Rao at CalArts ~ 1983. David Philipson - tanpura.
A painting by Amiya Dasgupta  of his grand-guru Ud. Aladdin Khan.
A painting by Amiya Dasgupta of his grand-guru Ustad Allauddin Khan.
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Amiya in his classroom at CalArts ~ 1990's.
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