Indian classical sitar concerts, raga lessons, session recordings, world music events, contemporary electric sitar collaborations with Sitarji (band). Collaborations with jazz, flamenco, percussion, and other artists.
Great experience, awesome ethnic music! Indrajit was very timely, polite and easy to work with. We appreciate it.
Communication leading up to the event was clear and positive. And the performance contributed so much to the overall ambience. Would highly recommend.
Incredible performer - always on time, easy setup, and great music! Would hire again!
Enjoyed the wonderful ragas by the skilled duo.300 guests concurred with this opinion.
Exposing children to something they might never take the opportunity to experience was my goal. Indrajit Banergee and his tabla player were great. Both the adults and Girl Scouts enjoyed this cultural experience. Thank you for showing up early and blessing us with your talent! A brief educational introduction would have been nice, but I still can't complain.
What to Expect
A classical Indian concert performance featuring sitar and tabla. Other possibilities include Indian fusion with jazz and other western instruments, as well as vocalists.
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.
Lec-dem on Indian Classical music
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.).
Indrajit takes a special interest in teaching, he has some outstanding students and a following across the world in this regard. Presently he teaches in Rhythm and Raag (an Institute for Indian Performing Arts) in Chicago (www.rhythmandraag.org) for the spring and fall semesters and summer in Samhati (France) and in Kolkata India. His highly acclaimed instructional DVD's are distributed worldwide.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 25, 2018 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Musical Bridges Around the World|
|May 27, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 29, 2018 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Musical Bridges Around the World|
|May 30, 2018 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Musical Bridges Around the World|
|June 02, 2018 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Mexican American Cultural Center (Atash)|
|June 15, 2018 • 10:00pm - 11:00pm||One-2-One (Atash)|
|July 07, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
Past Booked Events
|April 29, 2018 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Black Horse White Mountain (Asheville, NC)|
|April 23, 2018 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Carnegie Hall (with Atash)|
|April 21, 2018 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Rockwood Hall (NYC) with Atash|
|March 09, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Launch Party|
|November 19, 2017 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Fundraiser|
|September 23, 2017 • 6:30pm - 10:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 29, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|March 05, 2016||Cultural Event|
Influences & Inspiration
Kartick Kumar, Manilal Nag