Atul Shankar is a flautist who received his training under his grandfathers, late.Pt Bhola Nath Prasanna and late Pt Khelvan ji, renowned exponents of Benaras Gharana. Currently, he is training under his dada guru Pt Shyam Lalji for Shehnai. He is also honing his skills under his uncle Shri Ajay Prasanna. Not content with just practical experience, Atul is pursuing his doctoral programme under Dr. Prahalad Nath. He is also training for vocals under his mother Smt Rita Shankar. He has performed at many places in India and abroad and has received several awards. His major performances include Durga Ma and Ganga Festival Varanasi, Sankatmochan Festival and Yuva Mahotsav by Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Pavithra Chari is a vocalist, composer from New Delhi. She began her training in Hindustani classical music under Shri. Satya Narayan Maharana and is currently a disciple of Smt. Shubha Mudgal. She is a Sahitya Kala Parishad scholarship holder for advanced training in Hindustani classical music and has represented India in many music conferences/fellowships of repute such as Ethno Germany and Belgium 2015, Shastra Symposium 2016, and the South Asian Music Residency 2017. Pavithra is also one half of the acclaimed contemporary - classical duo Shadow and Light with Anindo Bose. They have written and released three studio albums of original music to critical success and have toured extensively in India, Sri Lanka, and the United States of America. Along with being a student of classical music, Pavithra is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and an Expressive Arts based therapist. She works with Music Basti (Enabling Leadership Foundation) as a music educator, to impart life-skills training through music education to underprivileged children. For Under the Banyan Tree on a Full Moon Night – a concert series, Pavithra Chari presents a selection that focuses on the monsoon and festivals like Teej that are celebrated during the rains.
This year, Berklee is bringing Women of the World, an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ensemble, featuring vocalists: Annette Philip (India), Ayumi Ueda (Japan), Giorgia Renosto (Italy), Debo Ray (Haiti/USA), and their guest drummer/percussionist, Patrick Simard (Canada). Formed in 2008, Women of the World has evolved into a sisterhood, as much as it is a professional vocal ensemble. The ensemble believes that learning about diverse cultures of the world through music is one of the most powerful ways to shrink distances amongst people. Having toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, Women of the World repertoire currently spans 32 languages and myriad musical genres. Their latest album, "LIVE" was deemed eligible for a Grammy nomination, and they were named the 2017 International Acappella Champions at the ACA Open festival, and most recently, the 2018 International Jazz Acappella Champions at the Vokal Total festival in Austria.