Pandit Anindo Chatterjee

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee

Born in Calcutta in 1953, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most versatile Tabla maestros in India today. He is not only a leading exponent of the Farukhabad gharana, but is also a master at revelling in other tabla gharanas – Punjab, Lucknow, Delhi, Ajrada and Banaras styles.

He is considered by many eminent tabla players as the tabla player’s tabla player. He was born into a musical family and at the age of four, began his training under the inspiration and guidance of his uncle Pandit Biswanath Chatterjee. Subsequently, he became a disciple of the legendary Pandit Padma bhushan Gyan Prakash Ghosh. He later also received guidance for two years from Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan in 1964. In 1970 he won the All India Radio music competition and received the title of best young Tabla player of the year from the President of India.

In 1975 he went on a tour of Europe with Pt. Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar), who greatly influenced and inspired him. Since that time Anindoji has travelled the world over, recorded countless Albums, CDs, cassettes, and has accompanied all the great maestros of Indian music scene including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Smt Kishori Amonkar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and numerous others Based on his training in the Farukhabad style of tabla playing (as well as other styles) under Gyan Prakash Ghosh, Anindoji has developed an unmistakable style of his own. His clear and precise tonal quality, and sound production; his tremendous experience and technical prowess yield a form of artistic expression unparalleled on the Tabla stage.

He is truly a master in the production of perfected percussion playing at top speed. This is an artist that even the lay listener immediately recognises as having a unique and simply breathe taking tayari. As a Tabla soloist, Anindoji is widely regarded as the number one tabla player on the world stage. He is one artist that has complete mastery over the instrument, and this makes his performances truly awe-inspiring. His tabla playing has an exceptionally sweet tonal quality and he cleverly strikes an astonishingly perfect balance between “Daaya” and “Bayan” (left and right drums). Compositions in a solo are played with an unreal level of clarity and speed. The precise “vajan” (power) of his strokes, and his now universally famous “tayari” (prowess) in such an arena are of a mind-blowing standard. Anindoji also has a seemingly endless repertoire of compositions, many drawn from different maestros in different styles and gharanas. Furthermore, he has an uncanny ability to reproduce and add to these with his personal stamp of excellence. Though basically trained in the traditions of the Farukhabad and Punjab gharanas, he has also had training from Ustad Afaque Hussain Khan of Lucknow Gharana and has trained in the Delhi, Ajrada and Banaras styles. His solo recitals are hence characterised by the components of all known Gharanas of Tabla. Seldom planned, his solo recitals explode spontaneously. Anindoji is by far one of the most sought after soloists on the concert platform. His Tabla Solo recitals in India and abroad are eagerly awaited and Tabla students deem each an intensely educative learning necessity.

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