Born in 1953 in Katihar (Bihar), Dr Ritwik Sanyal belongs to a family of Indian classical music' musicians. His mother, a student of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar and Ustad Fariduddin Dagar, first taught him how to sing when he was twelve years old. He then studied with her Ustads who perfected his musical education until Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar passed away. In 1976 Ritwik Sanyal was declared best dhrupad singer in the "All India radio conference" of Benares. A Ph. D. in Music and Philosophy from Benares Hindu University, he now teaches dhrupad in this famous institution. Thanks to his deep knowledge of dhrupad poems and his musical experience, he is one of the gardians of tradition. He is one of the last poets able to compose in this difficult form. Ritwik Sanyal has given more than 250 concerts in India and abroad.