Saturday Recitals - June 2010



Anindya Banerjee

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.



Jyoti Goho - Harmonium

Hearing his mother’s melodious voice, Jyoti Goho developed a keen interest in music. Initially trained by Shri Sanat Banerjee and thereafter, Shri Biren Bose, Jyoti became a disciple of Pandit A.Kanan. Jyoti Goho developed the art of playing the Harmonium under the tutelage of Shri Deb Kumar Banerjee. Aided by his knowledge of vocal music, he bloomed into a competent and sensitive Harmonium accompanist. The ability to understand and adjust according to the mood and spirit of the performer has made Jyoti popular amongst all the eminent vocalists of the present generation. His art has taken him to music conferences and programmes all over India and abroad. Jyoti Goho is a senior Faculty member of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.



Pran Gopal Bandopadhyay – Tabla

Pran Gopal Bandopadhyay began learning his art from the age of four from his father and guru, tabla maestro Pandit Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyay of Banaras gharana. A first class in MA (Music) from Rabindra Bharati University, he is a 'B-High' grade tabla artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan. In 2002, he received the National Scholarship and was awarded the 2nd prize in the All India Radio Music Competition in tabla. In 2003 he was awarded the Pandit Nikhil Ghosh Memorial Promising Artist Award from Mumbai. He has performed at several prestigious venues in and around Kolkata.


Samar Saha- Tabla

For years now, Samar Saha has been widely known for his dexterous tabla and rare musicianship. With his matured sense of accompaniment he contributes immensely to any raga sangeet performance and is a boon to every vocalist or instrumentalist. Born in Kolkata, he was initially trained by his father, Sudhangshu Bhusan Saha and his elder brother, Tarak Saha. Later, he received extensive talim from Satchidananda Goswami and from Krishna Kumar Ganguly (Natu Babu) of the Benaras gharana. A much sought-after artiste today, he has played with some of the greatest stalwarts of Hindustani music and has participated in all the prestigious music festivals in India and overseas. He has been a full time faculty member of ITC Sangeet Research Academy almost since its inception.

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