Amita Sinha Mahapatra
Amita Sinha Mahapatra has been learning Dhrupad for over seventeen years at the Dhrupad Sansthan, Bhopal, from the legendary Gundecha Brothers. Dhrupad is one of the oldest surviving genres in Hindustani Classical Music. It requires special training to groom the voice, extensive control over breath and pitch, and systematic composition delineation.
Amita Sinha Mahapatra has performed across India and the USA. She has also conducted lecture demonstrations and workshops in collaboration with The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.
Being considered a male-dominated genre, not many women received any formal training in Dhrupad singing. Along with fellow Dhrupad exponents Janhavi Phansalkar and Anuja Borude, Amita Sinha Mahapatra has formed an all-women band, The Dhrupad Sisters. The three-member ladies band breaks the glass ceiling with their Dhrupad performances across India and other countries, including the USA.