Artistic brilliance, rich repertoire and a magnificence of tone are the hallmarks of his performances. Having received intensive and extensive training in tabla, sitar and vocal from his illustrious father, the renowned tabla maestro and guru, Padmabhushan Pt. Nikhil Ghosh, Nayan Ghosh is respected among musicians and loved by discerning listeners alike for his innate artistry and emotive musical depth in his performances. He also received invaluable guidance from his father’s Guru, the ‘Mt. Everest of Tabla’ Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa. Nayan’s elder uncle was the legendary and pioneer flautist Pandit Pannalal Ghosh, the ‘Father of North Indian classical flute’. Since the 1990’s he has also received additional guidance in sitar from the eminent sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta.
Over the last four decades, Nayan Ghosh has travelled extensively presenting Sitar and Tabla concerts both in India and the capital cities of Europe, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, the Far East and North Africa. His performances at the prestigious International Music Festivals of Helsinki, Bratislava, Rome, Barcelona, Murcia, Athens, the World Music Festivals of Seattle, Chicago, Estonia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York among several others have been highly acclaimed. He has delivered lectures and taught at renowned institutions like Emory University in Atlanta, Kent State University in Cleveland, University Of Washington in Seattle, University of Colorado in Boulder, the Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland and such other venues.
Recognised in India as an eminent Tabla soloist, known for his authentic and traditional Tabla Baaj, Nayan Ghosh has offered eloquent accompaniments to stalwarts like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Late Nikhil Banerjee, Pandit Jasraj, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Pt Buddhadev Dasgupta, Ustad Munnawar Ali Khan, Ustad Rais Khan and a galaxy of eminent instrumentalists and vocalists.
Nayan Ghosh has also successfully collaborated with world music figures such as Paul Grant (Switzerland), John Bailey (UK), Ross Daly (Greece), Bijan Chemirani (Iran), Hu-Ling (China) and Jazz giants like Kazumi Watanabe and Yosuke Yamashita of Japan and Henry Butler and Kidd Jordan of New Orleans.
Nayan Ghosh has recorded with well-known labels like RAGA Records and India Archive Music of New York, BOL Records of San Francisco, ARION of France and other recording companies in India and abroad.
Nayan Ghosh is also the recipient of the Achievement Award 1998, at the hands of the Lt. Governor of California, Gray Davis for his contribution in promoting Indian music in the West.
Presently, Nayan Ghosh heads Sangit Mahabharati, one of India’s premier music education and research institutions and has been imparting advanced training to numerous young aspiring musicians. He also is a Distinguished Guest Professor at IIT-Bombay, offering training in Sitar, Tabla, Vocal music and Musicology.