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Jayanta Banerjee,New Jersey

Jayanta Banerjee is presently under the tutelage of Sitar Maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, has evolved a style of flute playing which is a synthesis of two main streams of North Indian Classical Music, the Dhrupad-Ang Beenkar (Veena) Style and the Gayaki/Khayal style.

Jayanta was born in Calcutta in a family devoted to Classical Music. He started learning vocal music at a tender age from his illustrous father, Shri Purna Ranjan Banerjee, who was a famous name in the music world himself, and was the disciple of Late Shri Girija Shankar Chakravarty and Shri Jamini Ganguly of Calcutta.

Later, Jayanta also learned from his uncle Shri Bijoy Ranjan Banerjee, a renowned singer and a disciple of Sangeetacharya Tarapada Chakravarty and the great violinist Pandit V.G. Jog. He learned flute for twelve long years from Pandit Ravi Garud of Indore, senior disciple of Pandit Devendra Murdeshwar, the son-in-law and foremost disciple of the Flute Pioneer Pandit Pannalal Ghosh.

He also recieved guidance from Pandit Ramdas Moongre, disciple of the great maestro Pandit Kumar Gandharva. Jayanta was fortunate to have received guidance in the traditional Beenkar-Dhrupad style by the great Beenkar (Veena Player) Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar for sometime just before the maestro's demise.

He also learnt for quite some time from the only living direct descendent of the ancient Gwalior Gharana, Pandit Balasaheb Poochwale of Gwalior, the son of the great vocalist of Gwalior Gharana, Shri Rajabhaiya Poochwale. Jayanta has successfully performed at major festivals in India including 'Aarambh' at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 'Kal-Ke-Kalakar' (Tomorrows Artistes) at Sur Shingar Samsad, Bombay, 'Haridas Sangeet Sammelan', Bhuvaneswar Music Circle, Bhuvaneswar. He was awarded the title of 'SUR MANI ' by Sur Shingar Samsad, Bombay.

He performed regularly for All India Radio till his travel to the United States of America in the year 1998. Jayanta works as Senior Software consultant in the United States and has good academic credentials.

email: jayanta@sudeepaudio.com