Purbayan Chatterjee

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Purbayan Chatterjee’s accomplished sitar playing is rooted in the Senia Maihar gharana’s blend of Dhrupad and khayal. His style was shaped by his father Pandit Parthapratim Chatterjee, as well as taking great inspiration from the ideas of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. As a classical artist he has performed with Ustad Zakir Hussain and other leading musicians.

Today he is known for fusion work as well as traditional performance, collaborating widely and reworking rock and pop classics for the sitar. His style incorporates the chromaticism of jazz, and he has innovated elsewhere too, inventing a smaller, more portable sitar that can be played while sitting on a chair rather than the floor. Purbayan continues to play Hindustani classical while also searching for new musical horizons.

"The emotion that comes to my mind first is surrender. What genre you play doesn’t matter. Even a rebellious rocker while playing surrenders to a greater emotion, to a greater need to express himself, to a force."

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