Artist Profiles: Abhijit Pohankar

Abhijit Pohankar
Abhijit Pohankar

Abhijit Pohankar was born June 29, 1975 in Mumbai, India. He bridges Indian classical music with chillout lounge electronic grooves, building a remarkably cross-generational and international fan base. The son of Indian music legend Maestro P.T Ajay, whose voice can be heard on Abhijt’s break-out album Piya Bavri he is a prolific composer in his own right with over 20 albums to date.

Abhijit is distinguished as a rare musician who can play Indian classical music on a keyboard. His fusion approach is backed by strong fundamentals, having studied music as a young man with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His song “Piya Bawari” was chosen for the Buddha Bar compilation, one of the world’s best-known series of global groove recordings and a springboard for countless artists to worldwide notoriety. He has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Cape Town Festival; with shows in leading concert halls and venues worldwide.

Discography:

Deeper Zone (Ninaad Music, 1998)
Syntileting Synthesizer (Neelam Audio, 1999)
Dharohar (Times Music, 2000)
Shanti (Times Music, 2001)
Tranquility (Sona Rupa, 2000)
Ekanth (Times Music, 2001)
Piya Bavari (Times Music, 2002)
Sajanwa (Music Today, 2004)
Kamasutra (Freespirit Eecords, 2004)
Koyaliya (Universal Music, 2004)
Piya Bavari Again (Times Music, 2006)
Urban Ragas (HMV, 2007)
Navkaar Mantra (HMV, 2007)
Thumri Funk (EMI, 2012)
Masters of Fusion: A definitive collection (EMI, 2012)

Official Web Site: www.abhijitpohankar.com

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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