Born in Kolkata, Kankana Banerjee inherited a keen sense of music from her very childhood and had early lessons of Hindustani Classical Music from her mother who was a disciple of Late Tarapada Chakravarty of Kolkata and Late Pandit Ratan Jhankar of Lucknow.
Early in 1955, Kankana, as a child, had the privilege to be introduced to Late Ustad Amir Khan of Indore. Ustad ji discovered an in-born musical talent in seven year old Kankana and eventually began imparting his ideas of music to her.
Gifted with a sweet and sonorously rich voice stretching over an amazing wide range, Kankana would spontaneously adopt the intricacies of Indore Gharana originated by her Guru. Amir Khan took intensive care during the formative period of her musical career to see that this young talent did not go astray. At the tender age of fourteen, Kankana gave her first public performance. Kankana was subsequently guided by Pandit Pratap Narain, of the Mewati Gharana
Kankana has participated in prominent Music Conferences all over India and abroad much to the admiration of music lovers. In India, Kankana's performances stretch from major cities like Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, Punjab, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Poona, Amaravati, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Vrindaban, Etawah, Kanpur, Agra, Allahabad, Banaras, Jubbalpur, Pandarpur, Vidar, Nagpur, Valsar, Jamshedpur, Gulberga, Ranchi and Indore.
Today she has to her credit regular performances on a global platform, mainly in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and many other countries.
Kankana has released several independent recordings in Audio CD's, Records and Audio Cassettes . She is the recipient of the Kala Saraswati, Andhra Ratna Award which is one of the most prestigious awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh.