Indrajit Banerjee (Sitar)
Gourisankar Karmakar (Tabla)

November 01 2015, 5:00 PM


HHH Cowles Auditorium
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Indrajit Banerjee (Sitar)
                              Gourishankar Karmakar (Tabla)

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About the Artists

Indrajit Banerjee

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 sensitivity.

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 ( for the spring and fall semesters.  In summer, he teaches in Samhati (France) and in Kolkata India.

(Biography sourced from

Gourisankar Karmakar

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 Chatteriee.

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:
The Cowles Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st Ave Ramp is also convenient.

Map 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 block.
  • 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. Paul).

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