Gouri Choudhury has won many ‘Best Singer’ awards, from Bangla TV in 2004, BIMA in 2004, ATN Bangla in 2005 and the community award for ‘Best Singer’ from Channel S in 2006. Over the past decade Gouri has gone on to receive a multitude of awards and accolades including Outstanding Contribution to Asian Music.
Gouri Choudhury is an established Bengali music teacher, awarded-performer, and mentor. Since moving from Bangladesh to the UK, she has served the Bengali community with her melodious voice – continuously developing her skills. She began studying music at the age of 6, and has since received diplomas in music and folk song, and performed on both Bangladeshi and UK TV and Radio. She is now a house-hold name in the UK-Bengali community and her popularity crosses over the ocean to North America too. Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Gouri Choudhury is a singer and music teacher who is today one of the UK's most popular Bangladeshi performers. Gouri started her musical journey at the age of 6 from Chhatakkanakchapa khela ghor ashor and also studied for ten years at a musical academy. She won the first of many national prizes at the age of 11, and at 12 was selected as an artist for Radio Bangladesh. By the time she was 16, she started to set the foundations of a career as a music teacher, with pupils aged between five and thirteen.
She has held positions as a Bengali music teacher for over 13 years at schools all over London and is currently Music Leader of Newham Young Person’s Choir (NYPC) and Sing Up programme ARK. Her work and dedication to music has been well recognised and she has received numerous accolades from various media organisations. In the UK, Gourihas sung with mainstream band Kula Shekharand, in 1992, HMV released her first modern Bengali folk album ‘O Thames Nodi” with her second album “Amar Khul Gelo being released in 1994. Most recently, Gouri gave her voice to the theme song for British film ‘A Fantastic Fear of Everything’. In 1998 Gouri made her first appearance on Indian TV on the popular programme Sa Re Ga Ma (Broadcaster Zee TV) where she reached the semi-finals. In 2002 broadcaster Zee TV asked Gouri to participate in their popular music reality show Antaksari, she represented Bangladesh amongst 20 other countries, and subsequently won ‘Best Performance Award.
A wide range of music courses are offered by the institute. The program aims at providing students with a strong foundation in the understanding of South Asian Music in terms of its aesthetic origins, concept, history, evolution and structure. The main purpose of this program is to restore and recreate the bond between a meaningful theory and practice of music. It is our ambition that along with this training the students acquire a sense of culture so that their creative efforts are directed towards discovering expressions worthy of our Cultural Heritage.