Artist Profiles: Anindo Chatterjee

Anindo Chatterjee

Anindo Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most versatile tabla masters performing today. His playing style encompasses many of the best elements of the top teaching traditions of the instrument.

He was born in 1954 and was encouraged to take up tabla by his uncle, sitar player Pandit Biswanath Chatterjee, when he was just four years old. At five he was All India Radio’s youngest artiste. He started taking music lessons at the age of five under Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan, of Lucknow, and then had thirty years of training under Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. at seventeen he won the All India Radio competition and received the title of Best Young Tabla Player of the Year from the President of India.

With a training and performing career that goes back to the age of six, Anindo has developed a distinct idiom and a vast repertoire. He is renowned not only for the clear, precise nature of his playing, but for the tremendous creativity and artistic flair he brings to the tabla.

A presence on the international stage since he began touring in 1975 with sitar maestro Nikhil Bannerjee, Anindo has since traveled the world, performing as soloist and accompanying most of the contemporary masters of Indian music.

Discography

Malgunji, with Nikhil Banerjee (Raga Records)

Anindo and his Tabla (Audiorec ACCD 1016-7, 1992)

Dreams on Drums (Audiorec ACCD 1050-2, 2001)

In hope for peace, with Rahul Sharma (Rhyme Records, 2003)

Kartik Seshadri and Anindo Chatterjee: In Concert (Soundings Recordinds, 2008)

Live From Darbar Festival 2006 (Sense World Music, 2008)

Videos

The Valley Recalls: Peace Love and Harmony, Vol. 2 (Navras, 2005)

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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