Abhijit Banerjee

Abhijit Banerjee
Professor
School of Kala Yoga

Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. He has crafted a unique style and creative approach, bringing him many accolades and awards. He is known for his sensitivity, skill and deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer. He was steered to tabla at the age of four by his father and has also studied vocal music and violin later, making him a complete musician.

He is one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh. Abhijit has accompanied on tabla nearly all the top-ranking stars of Hindustani classical music.As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad. Abhijit has toured all over the world extensively and has performed in all of the major classical music festivals in India, too.

In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with international musicians. He has also produced Rabindranath Tagore’s AMI CHITRANGADA in collaboration with Balinese Gamelan Artiste Dewa Barata of CUDAMANI group, which was later released as a music Album.Abhijit founded his own ensemble TARANG performing his original compositions. Abhijit has scored music for TV serials, Documentaries, Puppet shows, Dramas and short films, and has won the National Award for Documentary Music for the film about Calcutta ‘The Trail’, which screened in international film festivals.

Abhijit founded & established Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles and Kolkata attracting talented students from around the world. He has conducted several workshops and educational performance seminars on the intricacies of Indian music in universities & cultural centres abroad.

Education

  • B.A. Hons. in English from Calcutta University
  • Certificate in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata
  • Top grade in All India Radio
  • ‘Outstanding’ calibre – ICCR

Areas of Teaching

  • Tabla

 

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