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Name: Ananta Makhal
Skills: Conductor, Player, Soloist, Teacher, Violinist
Address: 68/1 Glory Appartment, Behala Pallysree Pally, M.I.D. road., Kolkata 700060, India
Links: Website     E-mail
Mr. Ananta Makhal was born in Calcutta and presently he is in his mid-seventies. He is a principal violinist, educationist and conductor of western classical music. He is one of the most senior musicians and pioneer of western classical music culture of todayís India. He grew up at Oxford Mission Boarding School, Calcutta. He began learning violin under the guidance of Father Theodore Matheson, British educationist and administrator of his school; he later pursued his professional Western Classical Music Course (practical and theory) under the supervision of venerated violinist Mr. Stanly Gomes and acclaimed Pianist / Composer Professor John Cooper.

Mr. Makhal began his professional career during 1960s as a violinist of Calcutta Symphony Orchestra (C.S.O) and Conductor / Teacher of Oxford Mission School Orchestra (O.M.S.O). He later became the soloist of Calcutta Youth Orchestra and The Conductor of Calcutta Chamber Orchestra. He led the second violin section as a principal violinist and represented India through Delhi Symphony Orchestra for more than three decades. He is one of the co-founders of Oxford Mission School Orchestra, which was one of the very few school symphony orchestras of India at that time. He later started introducing his students to The Indian Navy Band and Delhi Symphony Orchestra. He also been invited to lead a concert tour as a conductor with Oxford Mission School Orchestra at several cities of United Kingdom and had the privilege to perform at the prestigious venues like St. Paulís Cathedral, Canterbury, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Princes Margaret School, Chartwell and London B.B.C. Radio etc. at1984.

He contributed most of his time for the school where he belongs to and produced hundreds of qualified musicians every year. Many of his students today are internationally known practicing musicians. As a professional musician, Mr. Makhal has had an amazing journey with a simple life style and he remembers the immortal moments of his life, when he had the honor of working with Legendary and World Famous Musicians like Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Larry Adler, Nigel Kennedy, Julian Bream, Daniel Barenboim, Gerhard Mantel, Einar Jeff Holm, Zigmondy, Alfredo Campoli, David Woodcock, Shankman, Ms. Barbara Peterson Cackler, Dimiter Karaminkov, William Kempff and many more including Indian Music Maestro Mr. Salil Chowdhury.

Mr. Makhal has had many opportunities and exclusive offers to leave Oxford Mission School and Calcutta to pursue a more glamorous life in aboard, but he found his peace and glory only in teaching children and enriching their life with music at The City of Joy.



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