Pandit Anindo Chatterjee
Anindo Chatterjee is a rare phenomenon of Tabla and one of the senior-most Tabla
players of the country today. Being born in a musical family, Anindo Chatterjee was
initiated into Tabla by his uncles Biswanath Chatterjee and Amarnath Chatterjee at
the tender age of three. He then came under the tutelage of Acharya Jnan Prakash
Ghosh, the legend of Farukkabad Gharana, under whose tutelage he spent thirty
years, which followed some years of training from the Khalifa of Lucknow Gharana,
Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan. Under these prolific Gurus he bloomed as a doyen of
Farukkabad and Lucknow Gharans and as one of India’s most sought-after Tabla
players. Needless to say, Pandit Chatterjee stands today as one of colossal figures
of India’s Classical Music.
He started his performing career when he was merely a child of ten years, at the
Sadarang Music Conference in Kolkata, and then he has never looked back. His
career as an Accompanist as well as a noted Soloist spans more than five decades,
during which he has performed all over India and the globe at esteemed venues and
before august audiences, of which mention must be made of the Royal Albert Hall in
London, Sydney Opera, Bolshoi Theatre in Russia, Carnegie Hall in New York. He
was the youngest Tabla player to have played at the British House of Commons in
1990. He has also been a delegate of Indian Music to countries like Russia and
Japan and been responsible for cultural exchange between India and other
countries. Since 1975, he is spreading his unique art in India and all over the world,
as an ambassador of Indian Music, Heritage and Culture.
Anindo Chatterjee is a Top-Grade Artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan, and
has numerous recordings, LPs and CDs to his credit. Inspite of this, his philanthropic
activities are well-known, as he has performed a number of Charity and Fund-
Raising concerts, for Blood Donation Camps and Cancer Hospitals.
As an accompanist, he has been shared stage with all the towering figures of Indian
music, such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Bismillah Khan,
Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan, Ustad
Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Shiv Kumar Sharma,
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Kishori Amonkar, Parveen Sultana, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna,
Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, to name a few. He has been a lifelong companion to
Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, with whom he accompanied in most of his performances.
As a Guru (Teacher or Professor), he has taught and trained more than a hundred
disciples of Tabla with utmost care, who are well-known in the music-field and are
regularly performing widely, in India as well as abroad. His son, Anubrata Chatterjee,
who is his worthy disciple is amongst the brilliant performers of today’s generation
and has already made a name for himself.
Anindo’s idiosyncratic Baj (style of playing), steeped in tradition yet brimming in
uniqueness, is unparalleled. His command, clarity and vast knowledge of Tabla fills
the connoisseurs and music-lovers with awe, and inspires musicians of all genres.
Needless to say, he is an invaluable asset to Indian Music.