Photo of Anindya Banerjee - Sarode and Sursringar - Photo by Elke Weinert

Anindya Banerjee
Sarode and Sursringar

Born in 1958 as the son of the famous singer Shrimati Aradhana Banerjee, Anindya Banerjee began his studies on the sarode in 1968 at the Ali Akbar College of Music in Kolkata. Among his teachers were Shri Dhyanesh Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ustad Bahadur Khan and the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Nowadays, he seizes every opportunity to receive advanced lessons of the sarode luminary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in person.

As an outstanding musician of the Maihar Gharana (the classical school that already generated Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee), Anindya Banerjee plays no less than two instruments with virtuosity, which after all constitutes his uniqueness: the sursringar and the sarode. The sursringar (an instrument rarely used anymore) is often used by him in alaap (introduction to the Raga), enabling him to modulate in a better way the long meends (gliding tunes), which are substantial in some rare Ragas for the gradual unfoldment of the mood. He then purposefully employs the sarode for the more rapid passages and rhythmic patterns of the gat (main part of the Raga).

Beyond his concert tours Anindya Banerjee composes for theatre, film and ballet. For several years he worked as a music critic for The Telegraph and The Statesman (leading daily newspapers in Kolkata, India). Anindya Banerjee has recently been admitted as a member of the Indian Ministry of Culture and serves there as an advisor.

 

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