VIDUSHI SUMITRA GUHA
Sumitra Guha brings to music a rare stream of singing that make he listeners aspire for a better quality of life. Her concerts are counted as 'experiences' that bear the stamp of exclusive musical devotion.
Her first tutor was her mother, who imbued music with a spiritual fervor. At the age of 11, she began her formal education in Carnatic Music under the acclaimed S. R. Janakiraman (Sangeetha Vidwan). After completing her pre-university course, Sumitraji went to Viswa Bharati University in Shantiniketan to do her graduation in Philosophy. It is here that she found herself getting drawn to Hindustani music.
In 1964, Sumitraji started learning Hindustani Classical music under none other than Pt. A. Kanan and Vidushi Malobika Kanan. She is basically from Kirana Gharana. She assimilated both their styles in her music, and later received instruction from Pt.Sushil Kumar Bose, the accomplished disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. She thus became the first Andhra woman musician to sing Hindustani Classical.
She sings Annamacharya kirtanas and Maharaja Swathi Thirunal compositions in Hindustani Style and Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam has recorded her Annamayya Sankirtanas in 1986.