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 About the Artiste

Prateek Chaudhuri,New Delhi

Prateek Chaudhuri, a brilliant performer of classical instrumental music was born in Delhi, India. Like Abhimanyu, he heard and ingrained the melifluous sound of sitar, while still in his motherís womb. When he opened his eyes, he heard lullabies composed in classical melodies from his vocalist mother Manjusree, who is a disciple of Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan. He has, for his father, the renowned Sitar Maestro, Padma Bhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhuri. In such a musically fertile environment, it was no wonder that Prateek leaned heavily towards the muses and today strides the musical pantheon like a young, handsome Colossus. A votary of talent, training, education, intelligence and self-confidence, Prateek is the automatic successor to this rare "Seniya" tradition of the great Indian classical music, having a unique individual tradition of playing Sitar not only with 17 frets, but also having an individual string arrangements of itís own.

Prateek has been fortunate in being meticulously trained and guided by his father. He also had the great fortune to learn from his "Dada Guru" (fatherís Guru), Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan Sahab, the great legend of the "Senia Tradition".

Prateek's mastery over the Sitar and "Laya" has been acclaimed and praised by the leading musicians of the country and he has also been accompanied by almost all the leading Tabla maestros, in his recitals in India and abroad.

Academically, Prateek has excelled in each stage of his education. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal for his M.A. (Music), while he has also secured the first position in M.Phil (Music) examinations and Ph.d (Music) from the University of Delhi. At present, he not only performs but also teaches as a Lecturer at the Music Department of the University of Delhi.

Prateek started accompanying his father on the tanpura from the age of twelve. There has been a gradual development of interest in music in the mind of young Prateek and at the age of eighteen he felt he should take up the sitar seriously. Prateek, like his father, follows the Senia gharana, the followers, all of whom play the sitar with 17 frets.

With his innovative ideas Prateek has also has explored and experimented successfully with Fusion music in India and abroad. He has played with the famous Western Jazz Musician Dave Pietro, the Saxophone player based in New York, who along with his group has already been nominated with 19 Grammyís till the year 2001. The experiment was a great success and applauded by the lovers of music.

email: prateekchaudhuri@yahoo.com