Solo Harmonium - Suvendu Banerjee

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Harmonium - Suvendu Banerjee

Tabla - Dibyarka Chatterjee

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Suvendu Banerjee

Suvendu Banerjee belongs to a “Gharana”(heritage) which is the pathfinder of solo Harmonium playing in India. His great great grandfather Sangeetacharya Montu Banerjee introduced the new style of harmonium playing which had the illusion of “Meend” (extension of notes) which was almost an impossible task. The correct blend of “Layakari” (Rhythm section) and “Raagdari” (Raaga section) made Harmonium an equally strong instrument as Sitar and Sarod. His grandfather Pandit Deb Kumar Banerjee introduced the “Gayaki” (Vocal nuances) to our ghrana which made our style of harmonium playing even more appealing. Suvendu has been learning harmonium from his grandfather since the age of 7. He had rigorous sessions of “Talim”(learning) as well as “Reyaaz”(practice) every day under the strict guidance of my grandfather. Prior to this, in order to enhance my rhythm sense, he learned Tabla from legends like Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Sri Bickram Ghosh. He has also taken vocal training from Pandit Kumar Prasad Mukherjee. Since childhood he had the privilege of meeting musical maestros like Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and many more, and got their blessings. He has had the honour to be very close to Padmabhushan Sri Manna Dey since his childhood. Eminent music director duo Kalyanji- Anandji (Bollywood) invited him to Mumbai where he had the fortune to perform under their banner “The Small Wonders”. He has completed my MSc in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Manchester (2010 -2011). He wants to establish his “Gharana”, instrumental Harmonium, and himself in the global arena of Indian Classical Music. He wants to win the hearts of millions of music lovers throughout the world, and establish Harmonium, as a solo instrument.


Dibyarka Chatterjee

Dibyarka Chatterjee is a young Tabla player from the Farrukhabad Gharana, and is the son and disciple of Pt. Samir Chatterjee. Having grown up in a musical environment, his natural inclination towards Tabla became apparent early in his childhood. At the age of five he was initiated by his father into the ancient system of pedagogy called the guru-shishya parampara (master-disciple tradition).

Dibyarka was born in Kolkata, where even in his childhood he was already performing in concerts as well as on Akaashbani Kolkata's Children's Section (National Radio - Kolkata Station). At the age of ten he moved to New York City with his family; since then he has continued to perform regularly with both Indian and Western music. Dibyarka has had the honor and privilege of performing with renowned musicians like Pandit Jasraj, Pdt. Budhhadev DasGupta, Pta. Lakshmi Shankar, Utd. Shujaat Khan, Pta. Joya Biswas, Utd. Mashkoor Ali Khan, Pdt. Ramesh Mishra, Pta. Shubhra Guha, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee, Pdt. Suman Ghosh to name only a few.
      
He has collaborated in world music projects with groups like the Dance Theater of Harlem (in 'South African Suite'), the Battery Dance Co. (in “Songs of Tagore”), and with fusion musician/composers like Salman Ahmad (Junoon), Douglas Cuomo, John McDowell (on the award-winning documentary “A Son’s Sacrifice”), Gary Lucas & Najma Akhtar (on their collaborative album "Rishte") etc. He has composed music for, and performed in, two off-Broadway theatrical productions (Nuraldeen's Lifetime & Lee/gendary). He has also performed in many prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the United Nations General Assembly, Lincoln Center & Asia Society in NYC, Place des Arts (Montreal), the Google Amphitheater (Palo Alto), Salt Lake Music Conference (Kolkata, India), Pratishruti Festival (Bhopal, India) etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows such as The Leonard Lopate Show and New Sounds on NPR, Raag Aur Taal on WKCR etc.
      
Dibyarka has a Masters in Fine Arts from Goddard College (VT). His academic pursuits are mainly focused on the history, theory, and philosophy of Indian Music. As a guest lecturer, Dibyarka has conducted classes and lecture demonstrations at numerous institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth College, New York University, Manhattan School of Music etc. He also teaches Tabla classes regularly at various institutions and locations in NY & NJ.