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Abhijit Banerjee

General Profile of Abhijit Banerjee  -   Classical Musicians

Considered among the front ranking tabla players from India , Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. With nearly 20 years of professional experience Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards from all over the world for his sensitivity, skill and deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has left his mark in a diverse field of crossover music both as a performer and composer.

Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin making a complete musician out of him. Now he is accepted as one of pioneering disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Jnan Prakash Ghosh.

Abhijit has accompanied nearly all the top ranking luminaries of Indian classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr. Balamurali Krishnan to name a few. As a tabla soloist he has also made his mark in numerous performances and recordings in India & abroad.

Abhijit has been holding center stage in all of the major classical music festivals in India. and touring extensively in USA , Canada , U.K. , Europe , Japan , Australia , South Africa , South East Asia and Mexico giving concerts, conducting workshops and attending seminars in the Universities and music schools. His International performances of note include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Gevant Haus in Germany, Paleis in Brussels, Theatre de la Ville & Radio France in Paris , South Bank, U.K. Abhijit also has had the honor of representing India in the Granada Festival of Music in Spain .

In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu. Abhijit founded his own touring ensemble TARANG performing his original compositions, and released a CDs of the same title. He is also member of the Raga Jazz group, Arohi Ensemble .

Abhijit has scored music for Indian television & won the National Award for Documentary Music for the film about Calcutta ‘The Trail', which was screened in the Munich and Amsterdam film festivals.

Abhijit has founded & established Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles , New york , Singapore and Calcutta attracting talented students from around the world. The Academy also works towards the promotion of Indian music and has initiated needy blind children in the art of music.

In his academic life he is a graduate in English literature and post graduate in Journalism. Abhijit Banerjee’s skill on the tabla makes him one of the most in-demand soloists and accompanists in Indian classical music. In his career spanning 20 years, Abhijit has accompanied many stalwarts of both Hindustani and Carnatic music, apart from innumerable solo performances in India and abroad, including recitals at the Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in the United States, to name a few.

Prompted by his father, Viswanath Banerjee, Abhijit began learning the tabla at the age of four under Tushar Kranti Bose and Manik Pal, and was later accepted as a disciple by the late tabla maestro Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. In between he took a break from performing and armed with a degree in literature began working as a journalist with The Telegraph in Kolkata before getting back into the concert circuit. The artiste, who won a national award for documentary music for ‘The Trail’, was in Thiruvananthapuram recently, for a programme organised by Samudra Arts International.

 
 
Awards & Titles

Has been awarded by Govt. of India for the documentary film on Calcutta.

Has been awarded by Madhya Pradesh State Govt. as ABHINAV KALA SANMAN (Novelty of Art award).

Has been honored by the Sheriff of Hampstead, New York for extraordinary performance in New York Vedic Heritage center on November 1st and 2nd 2002.