Sri Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar)

Friday May 22 2020,
8:00PM CDT / 9:00PM EDT / 6PM PDT / 6:30AM IST (May 23 2020)

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The concerts in this series will be FREE. However, we strongly urge you to donate generously to the COVID-19 relief effort organized by IAM. A donation of $25 or higher (as you can afford) is recommended. All proceeds (100%) from this virtual concert series will go to IAM’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to help Minnesotans in need.

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About the Artist

Sri Purbayan Chatterjee

Sri Purbayan Chatterjee is one of the finest Indian Classical Sitar players today. He belongs to the famous Senia Maihar Gharana, the school established by musical genius Baba Allauddin Khan, the guru of sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Purbayan was himself a disciple of the Ustad, and also learned from sitar greats Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee.

Purbayan is not just a formidable sitar player, he is also a multifaceted and versatile musician and composer. His versatility is evident in his numerous collaborations with Carnatic musicians in the South Indian raga tradition and his fusion projects with jazz artists all over the globe. He has received accolades from jazz greats, such as Chick Corea, Bella Fleck, and Pat Metheney.  Gifted with a soulful voice, Purbayan is also an accomplished vocalist.

Purbayan has designed the DWO, which is a Doppelganger of the Indian Sitar. It creates sound where the acoustic and the digital, where the ancient and the modern, where the ethnic and the urban, where the esoteric and the virtuosic, all complement each other and become one.

Purbayan has received several awards and accolades for his art. He was a recipient of the President of India Award for Best Instrumentalist in the country at the age of 15. He has also received the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Award both for artistic excellence and for his contributions to art. He holds highest artist-grade rating granted by All India Radio (AIR).

Purbayan has performed extensively and at prestigious venues and festivals both in India as well as internationally in his 26-year career. Venues include Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Sydney Opera House and Theatre de la Ville, Paris.
More information about Purbayan and samples of his music, as well as links to his solo performances and multiple collaborations with classical and jazz musicians, can be found on his webpage ( Today, Purbayan Chatterjee is a prominent presence on the current online scene. His forays into various formats, including ZOOM, for performing music and for interviewing artists have taken a life of their own since the lockdown was implemented and can be accessed on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Some interesting links are below –
(Saptak Annual Festival, 2019)
(Indo-Western Fusion)
(The Song of the Waterbird)
Brave New World – an interview with Vidushi Shubha Mudgal -


IMSOM's Spring 2020 Concert Series has been is made possible in part, by the UHG “Dollars for Doers” Grant, matching grants from Honeywell & US Bank, a generous donation from the Dr. Dash Foundation, late Dr V Premanand & family, and the generosity of IMSOM’s members and donors. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3 FM Mpls/106.7 FM St. Paul).

For further information contact:

Ameeta Kelekar
Abhinav Sharma


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