Artist Profiles: Purbayan Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee comes from a family steeped in the classical music tradition. His father and guru, Partha Chatterjee, is a distinguished sitarist in his own right, having achieved the status of a highly respected teacher and performer in Europe and USA as well as India. He had the great fortune to study extensively with one of India’s greatest musicians Nikhil Bannerjee, who holds a profound influence on Purbayan’s approach to music.

In the tradition of the Senia Maihar gharana, Purbayan’s playing is an aesthetically satisfying combination of the best facets of “Dhrupad” and “Khayal”, North India’s two greatest classical vocal forms. The discipline and richness of the “Dhrupad” form is interspersed with the exuberance and lyricism of “Khayal”.


Horizon (Peshkar)
Nirman (Sense World Music)
Samwad, with Kala Ramnath (Sense World Music)
Rasayana, with Shashank (Sense World Music) )
Aavishkar, with Kala Ramnath (Sense World Music)
Taalash (Sense World Music)
Rising Stars Magical Fingers (HMV)
Singing Sitar (Virgin Records India)
Lehar (Times Music)
Purbayan (Times Music)
Stringstruck (Times Music)
Sitarscape (EMI Virgin)
Hemisphere (Times Music)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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