Rita Karmakar was born in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh and moved to Calgary in her early youth. As wonderful an exponent of many different genres of Indian music as she is, her early training was in Rabindra Sangeet – songs by Tagore. Starting in her childhood, she completed a seven-year certificate program in this area with Dr. Sanjida Khatun at the famed institute ‘Chayanot’. Later, in her more mature days, she trained with Dr. Thate Bhat in Indian classical music for five more years.
Rita is a resident of Calgary and is heavily involved in the Indian cultural scene. She started as a volunteer teacher at The School of (East) Indian Languages & Performing Arts (SILPA) in 2001 and is a Performing Arts Director now. Her endless energy keeps her involved with many other cultural and learning institutions such as the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Mahatma Gandhi Society of Calgary and Edmonton, and the Faculty of Art and Music at the University of Calgary. Rita cherish the opportunity of accompanying Pandit Jasraj on tanpura as a milestone in her life. Rita treasures her learning moments with Pandit Jasraj and many other teachers. Rita is deeply passionate about passing down all her knowledge to the young generation of Canada-born children of South-Asian origin.