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Over the last 6 years, the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition has turned into an international brand. It has been the largest festival in Asia and has hosted GFA winners, composers who are in fact living legends, Grammy award winners including Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens and David Russell.

2016 will see the 7th edition of the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival and brings to Kolkata the Spanish Guitar Competition.

Celebrating Spain!

This year, our theme is Celebrating Spain! The festival will feature Spanish classical guitar music, a tribute to Granados, Flamenco fusion, a concert to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes and more!

Spanish Guitar Competition

Hosted by the Calcutta School of Music, the Spanish Guitar Competition is sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in India and the Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi. This is the 3rd edition of the competition meant to foster an interest Spanish culture and music in India, with prizes that include attendance of a guitar festival in Spain, a concert at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi and prize guitar.


With each successful year, the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival becomes bigger and better. This year, India’s only classical guitar festival features 2 GRAMMY Award winning artistes!

Workshops and Masterclasses

Each of the visiting international guitarists will be offering public workshops and taking private lessons with classical guitar students from Calcutta and across India. Over 100 guitar students have registered to be part of this festival!


15 December, 6.30pm

Daniel Zapico & Pablo Zapico (Spain) Lute and Baroque guitar

In a special concert brought to us by the Embassy of Spain in India commemorating the 400th year anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes, Daniel and Pablo Zapico will play period instruments and music from the time of Cervantes.

16 December, 12pm

Aakash Saha (India)
Classical guitar solo
Celebrated classical guitarist, chamber musician, composer and teacher from India, Aakash has trained for 6 years directly under the legendary Denis Azabagic. This is a concert of classical guitar music from around the world.

16 December, 5.30pm

Johannes Moller feat. Arindam Chakravarty (Sweden/India)
Classical guitar and tabla
Johannes Moller writes western classical guitar music in traditional Indian formats. His concert will include music from the western classical repertoire and his own compositions written for and dedicated to India, performed with Arindam Chakravarty on tabla. Part of this event will include the album launch of India, a compilation of all Moller’s compositions inspired by the country.

16 December, 7.30pm

Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Amyt Datta and Pt Subhen Chatterjee’s Karma (India)
Mohan Veena, contemporary electric guitar, tabla (guitars, bass, drums)
Creator of the Mohan Veena and winner of the GRAMMY Award, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will play with Pandit Subhen Chatterjee’s KARMA, India’s leading fusion band (performing since 1985), and with Amyt Datta, maestro of the contemporary electric guitar!

17 December, 12pm

Lautaro Favaloro (Argentina)
Classical Guitar Solo
Music of Argentina on the Guitar. Since 2008, Lautaro Favaloro has been perfecting a solo classical guitar repertoire featuring music from his native country: the tango to the zamba through the milonga, the vals argentina, the carnavalito or even the gato – the concert Music Argentina on the Guitar.

17 December, 5:30pm

Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic)
Classical Guitar Solo
As a classical guitarist, Pavel Steidl has done something truly exceptional – he has created his own style of performance. This is in part the authentic way of interpretation of 19th-century guitar music on period instruments and at the same time contemporary and cutting edge inclusive of world music elements.

17 December, 7:30pm

Indialucia – Miguel CZACHOWSKI: flamenco guitars, percussion, palmas | Avaneendra SHEOLIKAR: sitar | Sandesh POPATKAR: tabla | Pierluca PINEROLI: cajón, percussion

Indialucia is a unique musical project that fuses two fascinating styles: Indian and Flamenco. Their 2005 self-titled album expresses both the human and melodic union of these two cultures. Recorded between 1999 and 2004, predominantly in India and Spain, the album brings together many artistes from both traditions. The end result is a masterful blend of kinetic percussion, punctuated by fiery fretwork and soaring vocal improvisations. Indialucia demonstrates, for the first time, the elements of gypsy and flamenco music with its Indian roots, fused into one breathtaking artform.

18 December, 12pm

Jose Manuel Dapena (Spain)
Classical Guitar Solo
Noted as, “a talented guitarist and an artistic proponent of the Spanish culture”, Jose Manuel Dapena will perform a classical guitar concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Spanish composer Enrique Granados.

18 December, 5.30pm

GRAMMY AWARD WINNER David Russell (Great Britain)
Classical Guitar Solo
David Russell is an exceptional classical guitarist, a GRAMMY winning musician with a solid international concert and recording career. He is noted for including new or unfamiliar music in most of his recitals and for his command a wide spectrum of tone colors.

18 December, 7.30pm

Ehsaan Noorani, Purbayan Chatterjee, Bijit Bhattacharya, Premjit Dutta (India)
Guitar, Sitar, Drums, Bass
Ehsaan Noorani is a part of the hugely successful trio Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy (SEL) – India’s towering presence in the field of cinematic music and composition. Purbayan Chatterjee is considered as one of the finest sitar players in Indian Classical music. Together with Bijit Bhattacharya and Premjit Dutta, they will present a concert with classical Indian, contemporary world and jazz sounds.


Since 2010, The Siddha Foundation has energetically supported and sponsored performing arts and music initiatives for the masses at Kolkata, Jaipur, Bangalore and Delhi. More than 400 concerts organised by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society have been presented by the Siddha Foundation from large proscenium settings to small intimate spaces. To name a few:

  • Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival & Competition – in its 8th year, this mega event with international stars from 25 countries, is now a calendar event of the city
  • Calcutta International Performing Arts Festival – this mega event celebrates theatre, puppetry, dance and allied arts
  • Calcutta International Drum Festival
  • Pied Piper Festival of Flute & Wind Instruments
  • Live In India concert series of Indian Classical Music
  • Live In Concert concert series of Western Classical Music
  • Live In Park concert series in parks and open spaces
  • Live In Lakes concert series at Rabindra Sarobar (Lakes)
  • Live In School & Live In Learning concert series at schools
  • Live In Dignity concert series at old age homes and sanitoriums

Buoyed by the success of the events, Siddha Foundation, through the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society has widened its role and has become an active promoter of many genres of music and performing arts, to bring live music and performing arts to people at all levels of society.