Anindya Banerjee represents the Senia Maihar gharana
and is a scholarly and well-known Sarode player of India..
Recognised for his “delicacy mixed with dexterity” Anindya
brings a “distinctive touch and refreshing approach to his
music”. Anindya Banerjee’s style of presentation is heavily
influenced by traditional styles of Sarod playing. He has
successfully integrated Rabab, Sursringar and Veena elements
into his style. He prefers to play rare ragas and
compositions and has made a special effort to collect old
compositions and has done research in the repertories of
many old masters of instrumental music.
Born in 1958, son of noted vocalist Smt Aradhana Banerjee
(Disciple of Ustad Sagir Khan of Rampur and Pandit Chinmoy
Lahiri), he started learning sarod in 1968 at the Ali Akbar
college of Music, Calcutta, receiving training from Shri
Dhyanesh Khan, Shri Aashish Khan, Ustad Bahadur Khan, Pandit
Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He continued his
training with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan till the latter passed
away in June 2009.
Anindya Banerjee has performed in major concerts in Kolkata
and in other cities in India. In 1979, he toured Bangladesh
with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan as a cultural delegate. In 1984 he
accepted teaching assignment at the Alauddin School of
Performing Arts, Calgary, in Canada and also gave a number
of concerts in major Canadian cities. In recent years, he
has made highly successful concert tours of Europe,
performing at various cities in Germany, Holland,
Switzerland, U.K and U. S. A.
For a number of years, Anindya Banerjee was a music critic
for the Telegraph and The Statesman, leading Calcutta
dailies. He still writes on music, musicians and musicology.
Apart from the Sarode, he plays the ancient and almost
extinct instrument, the Sursringar and his attempt to
revitalize this noble instrument has received praise from
many quarters. He has performed this instrument in Rare
Instruments Festival, Bhopal, Dhrupad Festival, UK, World
Lute Instrument festival, Germany and Vadya Darshan
organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi. In the year 2002,
he received Senior Fellowship in Hindustani Instrumental
Music (Sursringar) from Ministry of Culture. Govt. of India.
Apart from performing, Anindya has also composed music for
theatres, documentary films and ballet. He participated in a
major way in the recent Docu-feature film “ Anwesha” on the
life of the Courtesans of Kolkata. His other documentaries
that have received international praise include “Tawaif” and
“Kheyal”. His recent documentary film “Remembering The
Legend “ on Maestro Ali Akbar Khan received rave reviews in
Kolkata. He has participated and presented papers in many
seminars both in India and abroad. He has translated the
autobiography of Baba Alauddin Khan from Bengali to English
and has presented many talks on All India Radio, Kolkata.
In 1989, Sursringar Samsad of Mumbai conferred upon him the
title “Surmani”. Since 2007 he has started teaching and
giving lectures on music in the summer school of Asian Music
Circuit of London.