MUSIC OF INDIA Featuring MAESTRO INDRAJIT BANERJEE Sun April 29th 2018 at 7:30pm

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"I think Indrajit is a phenomenal musician - the musical sensitivity and   intelligence with which he interweaves with the flamenco modes is  astonishing. There are other indian/flamenco crossovers, but they can't  hold a light to this track"
.....Tom Robinson, BBC Radio

"He has a sweetness in his playing of Sitar. His fine meend work and clear stroking is praiseworthy. His rendition is spontaneous and enjoyable."
PRABASI ANANDA BAZAR 

"Commanding sitar recital presented by Indrajit Banerjee."
THE TIMES OF INDIA 



Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana. He was born in a musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music. Some of these family members include his guru, Pandit Kartick Kumar (Sitar), Pandit Barun Kumar Pal (Hamsa Veena), Niladri Kumar (Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), Aparna Roy (Surbahar).

 He got inspiration from his sitarist mother, Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee. Indrajit's training began with his maternal grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal, who was the disciple of Inayat Khan, and Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhuri (Kochi Babu). He then took training under Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur Gharana. 

Later on, he took intensive training from his uncle, Pandit Kartick Kumar, who is a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. All of this training developed a strong foundation for Indrajit's music, and creative individuality. Indrajit has a special touch on Sitar combined with technical virtuosity and sensitivity.



Performing with Indrajit Banerjee 
will be 
Gourisankar
Tabla

Born in 1964 to a nationally respected family of musicians, Sri Gourisankar, the grandson of famed dhrupadiya (vocalist) Jotinra Mohn, began studying and playing tabla at the young age of three-years old under the able guidance of his father, Mr. Shib Shankar - a noted disciple of the tabla maestro, the late Ustad Keramatulla Khan. Sri Gourisankar is an outstanding percussion artist. He has received high compliments world-wide for his musical virtuosity. He enchants audiences with his deep, melodic artistry, displaying his keen understanding of intricate rhythms. He has conducted many concert tours in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He has given radio and television interviews in Cairo, Germany and Monaco. Eminent musicians and music connoisseurs world-wide have a great appreciation for his musicianship. Sri Gourisankar is an "A" grade Artist with all India Radio and Televison











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AWARDS

Indrajit is an A-grade artist of All India Radio and television and also an approved artist of I.C.C.R (Govt. of India). He was awarded the Gokul Nag Memorial Medal in 1987 by Bangia Sangeet Parishad, (W. Bengal), "Sur Mani"in 1990 by Sur Sringal Samsad Bombay, Avinav Kala Samman in 1997 by Avinav Kala Parishad (Bhopal). Parangotsava-2007 (a festival held in Mysore, Karnataka) recognised him as Veteran (Pandit). He is a graduate of Arts from Calcutta University and 'Sangeet Bibhakar' . He has performed in numerous music festivals in India and abroad (Europe, U.S.A, Carribean , Canada, Alaska, Hawai, Brazil, Middle East, etc.).










"The talim under Bankim Pal, Manilal Nag and Kartick Kumar, have evidently given him a clear conception of 'Ragarupa'. The progression of notes together with their expansion in varied laya was impressive."
THE STATESMAN 


'The Sitar Player Indrajit Banerjee presented an impressive recital in the raga Yaman.......... the tankari at end of jod and vilambit teen- tal gat was excellent."
THE TELEGRAPH 


"Indrajit's Sitar recital on raga Bihag established his artistic pedigree in no time.......... he showed well riyaz, clear conception of the raga in his rendition, rhythmic pattern of Tankari and in Tihai. He left an impression of intelligence and competence in his compositions."
ANANDABAZAR PATRIKA 


Alap of Puriya Dhaneshri was very tuneful and blossomed up with it's character. His playing was thoughtful, imaginative.......... vilambit and drut gat was a listening pleasure"
DESH