Sahana Banerjee is an esteemed sitarist. Her mother Chhabi Banerjee, a famous singer, and her father Pandit Santosh Banerjee, a sitar and surbahar master, trained her in their styles while also providing her with the freedom to form her own.
Sahana seeks to expand Hindustani music’s audience, organising the Swarsudha series of baithak (house concerts), saying, “my principal aim is to propagate Indian classical music among musically common people who are way from classical music”.
"It pains me to see reviews of my concerts where a certain concession is offered by the generous critic on grounds of gender. I think it is outright discrimination; not a holistic response to my music...Please do not teach only vocal music or dance to your girl with the single-minded agenda of improving marital prospects."
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