SUMAN LAHA

About Suman

 SUMAN LAHA,born in Kolkata , comes from an illustrious celebrity family, his grandfather, Late Shyam Laha  was a famous  Bengali movie actor.  Suman’s first awakening to the musical world was initiated by none other than his famous grand uncle, late Shri Nadu Mullick (intimate friend of Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and very well known himself in the U.S. music circle and had spent many years in the US).
Groomed in the purest senia tradition by eminent master Pt. Shyamal Chattopadhyay, Suman has rapidly grown into one of the most foremost exponents of Indian Classical music in the stringed section. It is important to mention here, Pt. Shyamal Chattopadhyay is a disciple of Ustad Muhammad Dabir Khan Sahib, who was the last descendant of Mian Tan Sen. Suman’s forte is the Indian Classical Guitar and also the Veena’s smaller version.  He follows the ancient classical spirit and performs the traditional Dhrupad style maintaining strict grammar and rules. He is an exceptional musician maintaining the Dhrupad style, specializing and enjoying performing in the ancient Dhrupadi taal. In fact, Suman is an expert in Dhrupadi uncommon ragas and talas .

Suman started his career in Indian classical music as a guitarist. After establishing his place in the world of Indian classical music as a guitar player, he designed an instrument keeping in mind the ancient Vichitra Veena, which was played with the black stone. Suman uses special steel bar instead of black stone and use the traditional name "Veena". Suman's performances are an exquisitely balanced synthesis of traditional and modern musical expression without sacrificing the essence of this ancient art. He displays of formidable mix of vivid dedication, keen aesthetic sense and a mature virtuosity. 

Suman  has performed in prestigious musical conferences and concerts in India and extensively toured  Europe, performing in concerts, workshops and music festivals.
He has performed in the Lute Festival in Dresden, the Deutsche Indische Geschelschaft in Germany,The Tagore Center in Berlin, festivals in Heidelberg, Nuremberg, Munich,  several times in Barcelona, Madrid and Saragossa in Spain,  to packed halls in Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

 In the US, Suman has been performing in the concerts for musical organizations and universities and teaching Indian Classical music since 2001. Suman had the privilege to play with such legendary masters and gurus of percussion like Pandit Anindo Chatterji,  Pt. Kumar Bose, Pt Arup Chattopadhyay, Pt. Abhijit Banerjee, Abhiman Kaushal, Parimal Chakraborty and many more.

As a music teacher Suman continues the old Indian tradition of 'Guru Shisya Parampara', an age old practice and one of the oldest method of teaching Indian music. His students are spread out in Los Angeles, Arizona, Nevada and in the surrounding states. He is the music director of Cerritos Music Circle, (www.cmcircle.com ) giving Indian Classical Music lessons and performing. 


Suman’s teaching style and professional demeanor have endeared him to his students. Through his various upcoming concerts and regular music lessons, Suman continues his venture to advocate the tradition of Indian classical music among the music lovers and students and instill the love of  classical music into the hearts of musicians and music lovers all over the world.



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