Photo of Abhijit Banerjee - Tabla - Photo by Elke Weinert

Abhijit Banerjee
Tabla

Already at the age of four, Abhijit Banerjee, born in 1964, received his first instruction from Tushar Kanti Bose and later from Manik Pal. After that he became a disciple of the late Pandit Ghyan Prakash Ghosh, who ranked at that time among the most outstanding tabla teachers of the last century.

Besides his education on the tabla, Abhijit Banerjee also took vocal lessons from Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and received lessons on the violin from Guru Ma Annapoorna Devi.

As a child Abhijit Banerjee already received an award at the prestigious "Tansen Music Competition", and then, in 1984, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee chose him for his last tour of Europe as accompaniment on the tabla. Since then, Abhijit Banerjee noticeably established himself at the major festivals in India and worldwide - for example at the Dover Lane Conference and at the St. Xavier´s Music Festival.

In addition to his technical versatileness, it is especially his empathetic play which makes him today one of the most demanded tabla players of his generation: He convinces through gorgeous patterns and variations, yet at the next moment he can take himself back again in order to support the soloist with all his proficiency.

But Abhijit Banerjee not only plays on the side of renowned musicians such as Amjad Ali Khan, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Parween Sultana. He is also requested more and more often for tabla solos on major stages of the world and, moreover, has made a name for himself in the jazz scene.

In the little remaining time between tours, Abhijit Banerjee dedicates himself to the education of following generations. Here, he gives particular emphasis to comprehensive rhythm formation as it was bestowed on him. For this, he allied with musicians of other percussion instruments and founded the Dhuwani Tabla School (Dhuwani literally means Klang), which conducts, for example, workshops in schools for blind persons.

 

Press Review - Abhijit Banerjee (Tabla):

With everything that is hand, with fingers, tips, heels, [Abhijit Banerjee] swirled over the drums, caressed or hit them, dynamically and soft, sometimes on the edge, sometimes in the middle, elicited from them cascades of artistic rhythmical figures, ignited a vortex of breathtaking sounds. Every centimetre of his fingers seems to elicit a new sound from the tabla. - Elbe-Jeetzel-Zeitung, December 13th, 1999

Publications - Abhijit Banerjee (Tabla):

In addition to these Tabla solos he accompanies the great musicians of classical Indian music on countless CDs.