Indrajit Banerjee

Indrajit Banerjee. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Featured Collaborator; Sitar

Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading exponents of the Maihar Gharana, founded by the great Baba Allauddin Khan, father of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and guru to Pandit Ravi Shankar as well. He was born in a musical family, unique due to the large number of accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical Music.

Indrajit’s training began with his maternal grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal. Then he 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.

Indrajit is an A-grade artist of All India Radio and television and an approved
artist of I.C.C.R (Govt. of India) and a judge for auditions ( A.I.R.). He has
many National awards and state awards, namely, the Gokul Nag Memorial Gold Medal in 1987 by Bangia Sangeet Parishad (W. Bengal), “Sur Mani” in 1990 by Sur Sringal Samsad Bombay, and 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’.

Indrajit has performed in numerous music festivals in India and abroad (Europe, U.S.A, Carribean , Canada, Alaska, Hawai, Brazil, Middle East, etc.) as a soloist and his Cds and Dvd’s are available on the internet for sale and download.

Indrajit has collaborated with many famous Western musicians including Sting, Craig Pruess, Yaron Harman, and Abbos Kosimov. He has also worked in the Cine Music Association of Kolkata as a session player and music composer. He has composed and arranged songs and background music for short films.

Indrajit takes a special interest in teaching, and has some outstanding students and a following cross the world in this regard. His teaching DVDs can be purchased at www.raincitymusic.com. Presently he teaches at Rhythm and Raag in Chicago (www.rhythmandraag.org) for the spring and fall semesters and summer in Samhati (France) and in Kolkata, India.