was a passion amongst all the members of the NAG family, a well known business
joint family of Bengal. Sugato's father Prabir Nag's interest in music, art
and culture is keen, and as a high school student, ventured to take Sarod lessons
with his classmate , the young Buddhadev Das Gupta , who later on went on to
become one of the finest sarod players of the country. Mother Chameli Nag is
a well known singer of Bengali songs of Dijendralal, Rajanikanto and Atul Prasad.
born into such a musical family, it was not surprising that music was in Sugato's
blood right from the beginning. While his engineering career took up the primary
focus of his life, the senior Nag resolved to provide musical training, along
with the best possible education for Sugato. The constant social interactions
with the Das Gupta family and continued musical guidance from Shri Das Gupta
inspired Sugato to plough away on the Sitar and embark on an extremely serious
and dedicated musical pursuit. In fact lessons with Shri Buddhadev Das Gupta
continued as a more informal aspect of Sugato's musical training right through
the early years until he became a regular disciple of him later in life.
Buddhadev Das Gupta
formally started taking sitar lessons with Late Shri Anil Roy Chowdhury, in
1971, at Shri Das Gupta's recommendation. Shri Roy Chowdhury, a much respected
elder of Calcutta's music scene, was a disciple of the legendary sarod player,
Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra of the famed Seniya
Shahjahanpore gharana and had the uncanny knack of grooming up little
Anil Roy Chowdhury
the passing away of Anil Roy Chowdhury in 1976, Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra adopted
Sugato as his own disciple. Radhika Mohan Maitra was a strict disciplinarian,
a purist and perfectionist and it was under his long and arduous training in
all aspects of Sitar playing that Sugato emerged as a mature and sensitive artist,
while still in his teens.
Radhika Mohan Maitra
learnt also from the eminent musician and musicologist, Shri Ajoy Sinha Roy,
a senior disciple of Baba Allauddin Khan, Sugato has imbibed talim of the Maihar
present, Sugato is under the tutelage of sarod maestro Pt. Buddhadev Das Gupta
and continues to enjoy the benefits of his guidance and his immeasurable wealth
of musical knowledge.
Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra belonged to the Shahjahanpore sarode gharana
of the late Ustad Mohammed Ameer Khan Saheb (1873-1934), he had also had the
good fortune of receiving sitar taleem from Ustad Enayet Khan of the
Md. Ameer Khan Saheb
close association with Enayet Khan's son, Sitar Nawaz Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pt.
Maitra was an astute follower of the baaj of their gharana,
so far as sitar playing is concerned. Hence, Sugato's sitar repertoire is a
happy synthesis of the sitar baaj of Ustad Vilayat Khan and the rabab-based
sarode baaj of the Ameer Khan gharana. His immense talent is evident
in the way he handles the sitar, playing and synthesizing two very different
types of baaj coming from the aforementioned gharanas to create
an unique and 'completely satisfying listening experience'. The alluring sweetness
of his playing coming from the gayaki style , the effortless meends
extending upto six pardas combined with strong and intricate bolwork
and gamaks reflects a mastery of execution of the highest order.
has performed in numerous music festivals in and outside of Kolkata. His performances
at the Salt Lake City Music Festival, Sangeet Research Academy, The Dover
Lane Music Conference, Ramakrishna Mission Music Festival, ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan, Rajya Sangeet Sammelan, Indo Occidental Symbiosis, Kolkata, "Arambh"
Festival, Bhopal, Sangeet Natak Academy, Indian Council for Cultural Relations
(ICCR), India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Sangeet Mahabharti, Mumbai and various
other institutions of music have been acclaimed greatly by critics and connoisseurs.
Apart from performing all over India, Sugato has toured extensively in the US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Holland and Japan, playing in University circuits as well as in Music Conferences and holding the audience in sway with his scintillating and exquisite performances.
Sugato is a regular performing artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan (State Television).
A very eloquent speaker, Sugato has given a number of Lecture cum demonstrations in Universities around the globe. Being technosavvy, coming from his Engineering background, his Power Point slide show presentations during his Lec- dems together with live demonstrations are extremely engrossing and knowledge imparting.
A well known teacher having disciples around the globe - in the US, Germany, Japan, Australia, apart from hometown, Kolkata, Sugato believes in imparting lessons through one-to-one interaction between him and his students. He regularly imparts taleem or musical training to his international students through the NET through interactive audio and video sessions.
A Sangeet Prabhakar (B. A., Music) from the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, Sugato has a number of prestigious awards to his credit. In 1985, he was placed first in the annual music competition of the Dover Lane Music Conference. Sugato has also been a recipient of the National Talent Search Scholarship for instrumental music in 1977. Recently, Sugato has been given the honour of "Artist of the Month" by Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) .
Awards & Honours
Concerts & Musical Tours
Having obtained Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Production (Industrial) Engineering, from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Sugato belongs to that rare group of musicians who have excelled in music as well as in their academic sphere.