At the age of 17, he won the All-India Radio Music Competition. He's 30 today, and he makes that look very old.
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited is organising a grand Music & Dance Festival, from 8th to 10th December, at the Taramati Baradari Culture Complex on Gandipet Road, Ibrahimbagh, where some highly talented and established musicians of India will be performing. The 3-day fest includes performances by Dr L Subramaniam & Kavita Subramaniam, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Deepika Reddy, Devayani, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Purbayan Chatterjee, Mohd Vakil and others.
Today, the last day, Purbayan Chatterjee will be presenting a sitar recital. Born in 1976, Purbayan Chatterjee began his musical tutelage at the age of 5 under his father Parthapratim Chatterjee. He is a disciple of two of the stalwarts of the Senia-Mahar Gharana - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - and so is the most aesthetically satisfying combination of the best facets of Dhrupad and Khayal.
He is a winner of the prestigious All-India Radio Music Competition in 1993. His maiden performance was at the Salt Lake Music Conference, Kolkata, and since then he has performed in major music conferences all over India and has travelled far and wide, featuring in prestigious international festivals in several parts of the world.
He has, of late, been experimenting with several genres of music – both within the traditions of Indian classical music and also crossovers to other types of music.
The entry to this festival is through daily tickets of Rs. 200 per head, or season passes of Rs. 500 per head for 3 days of the festival. For tickets and other details, please contact APTDC Ltd at 2329-8456/57 or 2345-3036/0165, or the venue at 2352-0172/1884.