Pandit Purbayan Chatterjee

Sitar virtuoso

Based in Mumbai, India, Purbayan Chaterjee is one of the finest contemporary Sitar players performing Indian Classical music. Through the mesmerising sounds of his Sitar playing, he has attained a reputation as one of the great sitar players of his generation.

Purbayan belongs to the famous Senia Maihar Gharana, the musical school established by, Baba Allauddin Khan (the guru of renowned artists such as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) Purbayan studied also with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan on the Sarod as well as with sitar players Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. In addition to his mastery of North Indian raga music, he also performs with musicians from the South Indian raga tradition and participates in various fusion projects with jazz artists. His music has been appreciated by jazz greats, such as Chick Corea, Bella Fleck, and Pat Metheney as well as by world musicians all over the globe. Furthermore, he is an astounding vocalist and has lent his soulful voice to many acclaimed compositions. Purbayan has designed the DWO, which is a Doppelganger of the Indian Sitar. Purbayan's DWO celebrates the oneness of two. It creates sound where the acoustic and the digital, where the ancient and the modern, where the ethnic and the urban, where the esoteric and the virtuosic, all complement each other and become one.