Magazine article International Musician

Indrajit Banerjee: For the Love of Sitar

Magazine article International Musician

Indrajit Banerjee: For the Love of Sitar

Article excerpt

Indrajit Banerjee of Local 433 (Austin, TX) is an internationally known sitarist of Maihar Gharana, the style of Hindustani classical music formed primarily by maestro Ustad Alludin Khan in Maihar, Madhya Pradesh, India. Banerjee says his instrument is quite possibly the most well-known instrument in India, with origins dating back to the 1700s after the fall of the Moghul Empire.

Banerjee was born in Kolkata, India, to a family of sitar players and he has followed in their footsteps. "I was drawn into it; I inherited the music," he says. Inspiration came from his mother's side of the family who are professional players. After teaching himself the sitar, Banerjee trained with his guru Pandit Kartick Kumar and teacher Pandit Manilal Nag for some years to learn the correct techniques for the instrument. He went on to play at small gatherings and family parties. He eventually studied at the Arts from Calcutta University.

After completing his education, Banerjee went on to tour for 18 years as a solo artist traveling all over the world. He toured England for the first time in 1989, in 1991 he went to France for the first time, and finally he saw the US in 1994. Banerjee thinks the US is a great place to live and he praises Austin, Texas, for being a fantastic city to pursue and experiment with world music.

About seven months ago, Banerjee joined the AFM. He was intrigued by the fact that the union had a chapter in Austin that helps musicians with gigs and contracts. That was enough for Banerjee to know he needed to be a part of it. He looks forward to working alongside other musicians in the business and enjoys the newsletter and activities put on by the AFM.

His two albums, Srishti: Creation and Morning Splendour, are available on iTunes and CD Baby. Banerjee hopes to have another out by the end of this year that focuses on his skills with electric sitar. Banerjee keeps his musical inspiration alive by meeting people on tour and playing shows; "As I travel and meet different musicians I learn from them and different projects too," he says. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.