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Sitarist Indrajit Banerjee is one of the leading
exponents of Maihar Gharana. He was born in
a musical family, unique due to large number of
accomplished artists in Hindustani Classical
Music. Some of his family members include
his Guru Pandit Kartick Kumar (Sitar), Pandit
Barun Kumar Pal (Hamsa Veena), Niladri Kumar
(Sitar), Partho Das (Sitar), Aparna Roy
(Surbahar). He was inspired by his mother,
Manju Banerjee, who was a disciple of late Nikhil
Banerjee, and afterwards, Santosh Banerjee.
Indrajit's training began with his maternal
grandfather, Bankim Kumar Pal, who was the
disciple of Inayat Khan, and Birendra Kishore Roy
Chowdhuri (Kochi Babu). He then took
training under Pandit Manilal Nag of Bishnupur
Gharana. Later on, he took intensive
training from his uncle, Pandit Kartick Kumar, who
is a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. All of
his training developed a strong foundation for
Indrajit's music, and creative
individuality. Indrajit has a special touch
on Sitar combined with technical virtuosity and
Indrajit is an A-grade artist of All India Radio
and television and also an approved artist of
I.C.C.R (Govt. of India). He was awarded the Gokul
Nag Memorial Medal in 1987 by Bangia Sangeet
Parishad, (W. Bengal), 'Sur Mani' in 1990 by Sur
Sringar Samsad Bombay, Avinav Kala Samman in 1997
by Avinav Kala Parishad (Bhopal).
Parangotsava-2007 (a festival held in Mysore,
Karnataka) recognised him as Veteran (Pandit). He
is a graduate of Arts from Calcutta University and
'Sangeet Bibhakar' . He has performed in numerous
music festivals in India and abroad (Europe,
U.S.A, Carribean , Canada, Alaska, Hawai, Brazil,
Middle East, etc.).
Indrajit takes a special interest in teaching, he
has some outstanding students and a following
across the world in this regard. Presently he
teaches in Rhythm and Raag (an Institute for
Indian Performing Arts) in Chicago
(www.rhythmandraag.org) for the spring and fall
semesters. In summer, he teaches in Samhati
(France) and in Kolkata India.
(Biography sourced from http://www.indrajitbanerjee.com)
Gourisankar Karmakar is a leading tabla maestro of
the present generation, studied tabla under the
able guidance of his father, Pandit Shib Sankar
Karmakar. Since 1979, he has been under the
tutelage of the tabla Maestro Pandit Sankha
Gourisankar is an "A" grade Artist of All India
Radio and Television. His talent and
creativity are manifest in classical performances,
experimental East-West World Music collaboration,
and North- South musical interactions. He
has performed with most of India's eminent
artists, as well as many famous artists from
around the world.
In 2008, Gourisankar established the "School of
Indian Percussion & Music" in Austin,
Texas. Many of his students have benefited
from his teaching expertise, and perform
regularly. He has recently joined University
of Texas at Austin(UT Austin) as a music faculty.
|About the Venue:
Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th
Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center,
University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis.
Ave Ramp is also convenient.
of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University
of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis
To get to the 19th
Ave Parking Ramp:
- 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave S). East
on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar
Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2
- I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to
3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
- Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank.
Exit on Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to
3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
IMSOM’s Fall 2015 Concert
Series has been made possible, in
part, by funds provided by the
Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a
matching grant from US Bank, a
generous donation from Dr.Dash
Foundation, and the generosity of its
members and donors. This activity is
made possible by the voters of
Minnesota through a grant from the
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council,
thanks to a legislative appropriation
from the Arts and Cultural Heritage
Fund. All concerts are
co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio
(90.3 in Minneapolis/106.7 FM in St.
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