Artist Profiles: Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Sanjoy Bandopadhyay was born on September 16, 1954. He is a virtuoso of the sitar and is specialized in Hindustani instrumental music. Sanjoy started learning from his father Pt. Peeyush Prasanna Bandopadhyay at the age of 6. Later he had rigorous training under the late Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra of Senia-Shahajahanpur Gharana for 18 years. Sanjoy received advanced training from Pt. Bimalendu Mukherjee. He also received additional training from Pt. Manas Chakraborty, Dr. M.R. Gautam. He has performed in many important music festivals in India and Western countries.

Sanjoy?s education at the leading Indian schools of instrumental music ultimately helped him to develop a wide vision and as a result he developed a distinctive style. His exceptional fluidity in raga elaboration, musical applications of simple and intricate laya designs in combination with skillful handling of the instrument gives the listeners a remarkable musical experience. He loves both popular and rare raga-s and use different tala-s for desired platforms for different desired musical expressions.

Sanjoy is currently working as Chair-Professor [Ustd. Allauddin Khan Chair] at the Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata [India].


Moon Moods (On Air Communications, 2004)
A Tribute to Mozart: Live in Vienna (On Air Communications, 2005)
Joy & Peace (2007)

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 Televisión Española (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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