Music & Scientisician
Dr. Manasmita Das, a biomedical scientist, educational entrepreneur, and science communicator, is a serious music enthusiast and has been learning and practicing Indian Classical Music for almost two decades. She was introduced to music by her parents Smt. Aparajita Das and Shree. Mahadeb Das. At the age of three and a half, she started receiving formal musical lessons under the tutelage of Dhrupad maestro, Late Shree. Sudhir Datta, a very promising disciple of Pt. Jogendra Nath Bandopadhyay (Bishnupur Gharana) and Shree Satish Chandra Dutta, popularly known as Danibabu (Betiah tradition). She continued her training under Shree Datta for almost 15 years and received her Sangeet Visharad in Hindusthani Classical Music from Pracheen Kala Kendra (Chandigarh) at the age of 17. After Shri. Datta. passed away in 2000, she focused on learning Khayal under the tutelage of Late Pandit Gorachand Mallick, one of the seniormost disciples of Pandit. A. Kanan ( Kirana gharana). While pursuing her doctoral and postdoctoral research, she was unable to continue her Talim for almost 12 years. Since 2017, she has been recontinuing her musical education, focused on Khayal music, under the able guidance of Shree. Deborshee Bhattacharjee, a highly accomplished musician at ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (India). Manasmita has also studied Dhrupad briefly under the guidance of Dhrupad Maestro, Padmashree Late Pandit. Ramakant Gundecha and received blessings from him. Additionally, she has learned various aspects of Taal and Laya from tabla player, Shri Swapan Biswas, a disciple of Pt. Pankaj Chattopadhyay. To enhance her concept of melody and rhythm, she has attended several Master Classes and Workshops in both India and abroad, organized by Sitar Maestro, Pandit Purbayan Chatterjee, Hindusthani Slide Guitar Maestro, Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, and eminent Kathak dancer Guruma, Guruma Maya Mishra. Although her primary focus is Raga Music, she has also learned Rabindra Sangeet, Najrulgeeti, and Bengali Modern Songs from her father, and Shree Shankar Ghoshal. She has staged solo Dhrupad and Khayal recitals in many concerts within both India and the US organized by SPICMACAY (IIT Kharagpur Chapter), Sri Aurobindo Ashram (Hooghly-Chinsurah Branch), RAGA REVIVAL (North Carolina, US), Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC), and so on. While working at UNC-Chapel Hill, she served as a volunteer artist for DooR to DooR – a healing arts program of UNC hospital (US). She used vocal music as a complementary form of therapy to soothe and cheer patients suffering from serious life-threatening diseases including cancer, neurological disorders, accidental injury, geriatric diseases, and psychiatric problems.
WELCOME TO SCIENTISICIAN'S MUSIC GALLERY!
I am not a professional musician, but a Scientisician, a student of Science and Music, who is always trying to find the connectivity between these two disciplines. MUSIC is my passion, my love, and the ELIXIR of my LIFE. I will keep singing until my last breath. Please visit this space if you want to know about my latest musical projects, and listen to my home-productions or excerpts of casual Riyaz and live performances.
MUSICAL MOMENTS TO CHERISH!
THE HEALING POWER OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC
Music is more than an art-form of art that can be performed anytime, anywhere with powerful healing effects. As demonstrated by several scientific studies, listening to music can have a wide range of therapeutic benefits, which include:
alleviating physical and emotional pain
reducing stress and anxiety
stabilizing cardiac and respiratory rate
enhancing learning, memory, and attention
improving the overall quality of life.