"Though his internal rhythm is very Indian Classical, his long association with eminent musicians across the world.. has made Abhijit adept in all genres of music."
Hindustan Times, Calcutta
About Abhijit Banerjee...
Considered among the top class of tabla players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world. He is known for his sensitivity,skill and deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer.
Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four. Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him. He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh.
Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, Late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr.Balamurali Krishnan to name a few. As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad.
Abhijit has toured extensively in USA, Canada, U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, South East Asia and Mexico as well as performing in all of the major classical music festivals in India. International performances of note include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Gevant Haus in Germany, Paleis in Brussels, Theatre de la Ville & Radio France in Paris,BBC whole night music series. Souht Bank, London. Abhijit also had had the honor of representing India in the Granada Festival of Music, Puerto Rico world percussion Festival, Bratislava World Percussion Festival.
In addition to a highly successful career in Indian Classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu, Jon Santos, Keny Endo and many other. He has also collaborated with Balinese Gamelan Artiste Dewa Barata of CUDAMANI group and produced Rabindranath Tagore's AMI CHITRANGADA which was first staged with Balinese and Indian Dancers and later was released as music Album. Abhijit founded his own ensemble TARANG performing his original compositions.
Abhijit has scored music for TV serieals, Documentaries, Puppet shows, Dramas and short films such as The Tales of Tista, About Ram (a prodution of KATKATHA group) Gulbadan, Ephigenia and 13 sisters (a Production of Whittier College, Los Angles) Dik Darshan & won the National Award for Documentary Music for the film about Calcutta ‘The Trail’, which screened in the Munich and Amsterdam film festivals.
Abhijit founded & established Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles and KOlkata attracting talented students from around the world. He has conducted workshops and educational performance seminars on the intricacies of Indian music in universities & cultural centers in The US, Spain, Germany, France, UK, Japan & Mexico.
In his academic life he is a graduate in English literature and post graduate in Journalism and worked as a journalist and music critic for major publications in India like The Telegraph, Calcutta, Amrita BAZAR Patrika, and others.