About Us

MAADAL - Lokganer Dol

We are the first all-women's professional group of Bengali folk singers in West Bengal. We concentrate on showcasing the rich and varied folk tradition of Bengal, both 'epar bangla and opar bangla'. The traditional folk instrument of Bengal - `maadal' truly represents the kind of music we pursue.

As our group composition suggests we try to bring forward the innumerable Bengali folk songs that are sung especially by women. The songs represent a woman's happiness, grief, sorrow, problems, romanticism, spirit of celebration - in a word the spirit of womanhood. This aspect of our group can also be understood from the fact that the word `maadal' can be broken up into 2 parts - `maa' & `dal' respectively signifying mother and group. Thus we are a group of women, by women, but for all.

Our first album `CHIRANTANI' (Cozmik Harmony) was released on lOth March 2004. Our second album `BANDEY JANANI' (Cozmik Harmony) was released on 18th January 2005. Our third album 'SOUNDARI KAMALA' (Asha Audio) was released on 14th Sept. 2006 by social activist Ms. Brinda Karat at Music World. All the albums have been highly acclaimed by different categories of listeners, especially those who are fond of Bengali songs & are proud of our long cherished tradition.

The Band

Maa-dal comprises of Six lady singers

Sikha Bhattacharya
Sarmistha Chatterjee (Ganguly)
Sonia Ghosh (Sen)
Tupsi Sarkar
Sampa Sardar (Biswas)
Palashpriya Bhattacharya


Sikha Bhattacharya

M.A. in Music(Folk Song) from Rabindra Bharati University in 1988 with First Class. Has been awarded 'Sangeet Visharad' by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh in 1983.

Sonia Ghosh (Sen)

B.A. in Bengali Song from Rabindra Bharati University in2007. M.A. in Folk Song from Rabindra Bharati University in 2009 with 1st class.

Sarmishtha Chatterjee (Ganguly)

M.A. in English from Rabindra Bharati University and have conventional training in Rabindra Sangeet and classical Music.

Tupsi Sarkar

MBA in Marketing and Finance with 1st division marks. Ranked 2nd in MBA by Heritage Institute of Technology (WBUT) in 2008. Learnt Classical Music,Ghazals,Bhajans and Geets from Smt .Mandira Lahiri. Has been awarded “Sangeet Prabhakar” (Vocal Classical Music) by Allahabad Board with 1st Division marks in 2008.

Sampa Sardar (Biswas)

Senior Diploma in Classical Music from Allahabad Board in 1998 (1st Division with distinction). B.A(Hons) in Political Science from C.U. in 2007. M.A.(Appeared) in Bengali Song from Rabindra Bharati University.

Palashpriya Bhattacharya

Masters in Food and Nutrition, ranked 4th in the University of Calcutta. Works as a lecturer in a college. A trained Odissi dancer. Not formally trained in music but has always been inspired and guided by her mother Sikha Bhattacharya who is also a team member of Maadal.

Accompanists

Shankar Saha- Rhythm
Suroujeet Roy - Rhythm
Deep Mukherjee- Keyboard

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