Sameer Dublay and Sandeep Bhagwati are co-directors of Ensemble Sangeet Prayog. Both are experienced composers and have worked with inter-traditional ensembles for many years.
Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple awardwinning composer, theatre director and media artist. He studied at Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), Institut de Coordination Acoustique/Musique IRCAM Paris (France) and graduated with a Diplom in Composition from Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (Germany) His compositions and comprovisations in all genres (including 6 operas) have been performed by leading performers at leading venues and festivals worldwide. He has directed international music festivals and intercultural exchange projects with Indian and Chinese musicians and leading new music ensembles. He was a Professor of Composition at Karlsruhe Music University, and Composer-in-Residence at the IRCAM Paris, ZKM Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, Institute for Electronic Music Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow. He also was a guest professor at Heidelberg University in 2009 and has been invited as a visiting research fellow to the University of Arts Berlin in 2013/14.
As Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Arts at Concordia University Montréal since 2006 he currently directs matralab, a research/creation center for intercultural and interdisciplinary arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, intertraditional aesthetics, the aesthetics of interdisciplinarity, gestural theatre, sonic theatre and interactive visual and nonvisual scores. From 2008 to 2011, he also was the director of Hexagram Concordia, a centre for research-creation in media arts with a faculty of 45 artist-researchers and extensive state-of-the-art facilities. Since 2013, he also is the artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Extrakte Berlin.
A vocalist par excellence, Sameer Dublay started under Pandit Rambhau Mate and mastered nuances of raags and performance technique with Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, a legendary vocalist of Agra Gharana. At present he is learning from Dr. Ashok Da. Ranade, the great musician and musicologist. Sameer has toured extensively in India, UK, Europe, USA and Australia and has performed at numerous concerts. His CDs and writings are applauded. Sameer trains students from Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University as a Guru and is Co-founder of Spectrum, an organization that imparts basic musical understanding through a well-designed Music Acquaintance Programme.