Purbayan Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee


“Over time, all that mattered to me was making good music. And the more you try to produce soulful work, you realise, there’s greater work to do.” Purbayan Chatterjee

Purbayan Chatterjee (born 12 September 1976) has established himself as one of the brightest stars of the younger generation of Indian classical musicians. The sitar maestro is noted for amalgamating traditional Indian classical music with contemporary world music genres.

He has performed as a solo artist and as a part of the groups Shastriya Syndicate and Stringstruck. He is also a vocalist and has performed in duet with Shankar Mahadevan.

He has worked the ground-breaking project Shastriya Syndicate – the first Indian Classical Band – Indian Classical band with a contemporary touch, which has performed the world over like Roskilde Festival, Denmark, OzAsia Festival, Australia, Traumzeit Festival, Germany etc.

The album “Lehar” released by Times Music in 2008 has remained the best-seller for a year and a half. Shankar Mahadevan has performed the title song “Dwo” in Purbayan’s super-hit fusion album, “Stringstruck” released by Times Music. The number has also been compiled in the album “Aman ki Asha”, an Indo-Pak peace project released by Times Music and has also received the Palm IRAA Award for the Best World Music Album of the Year. He has designed the “Dwo” which is a Doppelganger of the Indian Sitar.

Chaterjee was a recipient of the President of India Award for being the Best Instrumentalist of the country at the age of 15. He has also received the Aditya Vikram Birla Award for excellence and contributions to the field.

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