MITA NAG

Miss Mita Nag, daughter of veteran sitarist, Pandit Manilal Nag and granddaughter of Sangeet Acharya (a master musician) Gokul Nag, belongs to the Vishnupur Gharana of Bengal, a school of music nearly 300 years old. In terms of lineage, Mita is the sixth generation sitar player in her family, the tradition having begun with her forefathers. Her grandfather, Gokul Nag, became the guru of a noted zamindar (feudal lord) family of Uttarpara, a Northern suburb town of Kolkata, bringing the music of the Nag family into the limelight. With her illustrious father Manilal, the sitar tradition of the Vishnupur Gharana, was made known to the world. This Gharana follows the Dhrupad style of song and the instrumental recital imitates the dhrupad style namely in the alaap phase.

Mita, born in 1969, was initiated into music at the tender age of four. With her tiny sitar, Mita began her early training under the guidance of her mother, who was also a disciple of Gokul Nag. Her grandfather’s encouragement and instruction through singing influenced her early association of the instrument with song.

Mita appeared for her debut performance at the age of ten in 1979, the International Year of the Child. The same year Mita won the Junior National Talent Search Award of the Government of India. Mita has performed solo and in duet recitals with her father for the top most festivals and in major cities of India and in the US, Canada, Japan and Europe. She was awarded the Junior Fellowship Award by the Human Resource Development, Government of India, for her research project on the Vishnupur Gharana.

Mita has founded the Gokul Nag Memorial Foundation, a Trust for the promotion of Indian Classical Music, in the fond memory of her grandfather. She has a Masters degree in English Literature and an M. Phil. in English from The University of Kolkata.

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Miss Mita Nag, daughter of veteran sitarist, Pandit Manilal Nag and grand daughter of Sangeet Acharya (a master musician) Gokul Nag, belongs to the Vishnupur Gharana of Bengal, a school of music nearly 300 years old. In terms of lineage, Mita is the sixth generation sitar player in her family, the tradition having begun with her forefathers. Her grandfather, Gokul Nag, became the guru of a noted zamindar (feudal lord) family of Uttarpara, a Northern suburb town of Kolkata, bringing the music of the Nag family into the limelight. With her illustrious father Manilal, the sitar tradition of the Vishnupur gharana was made known to the world. This Gharana follows the Dhrupad style of song and the instrumental recital imitates the dhrupad style namely in the alaap phase.

 

Mita, born in 1969, was initiated into music at the tender age of four. With her tiny sitar, Mita began her early training under the guidance of her mother, who was also a disciple of Gokul Nag. Her grandfather’s encouragement and instruction through singing influenced her early association of the instrument with song.

 

Mita appeared for her debut performance at the age of ten in 1979, the International Year of the Child. The same year Mita won the Junior National Talent Search Award of the Government of India. Mita has performed solo and in duet recitals with her father for the top most festivals and in major cities of India and in the US, Canada, Japan and Europe. She was awarded the Junior Fellowship Award by the Human Resource Development, Government of India, for her research project on the Vishnupur Gharana.

 

Mita has founded the Gokul Nag Memorial Foundation, a Trust for the promotion of Indian Classical Music, in the fond memory of her grandfather. She has a Masters degree in English Literature and an M. Phil. in English from The University of Kolkata.