We mourn the passing of Subhankar Banerjee
We deeply mourn the passing of tabla virtuoso Pandit Subhankar Banerjee.
The musical prodigy, born to singer-composer Kajalrekha, started training under Pt Manik Das of Benares gharana at a tender age. Later he learned music from Pt Swapan Shiva of Farrukabad gharana, and trained under him for 25 years. His versatile accompaniment, masterful improvisation, and dexterity, earned him global acclaim. Many stalwarts of Indian classical music consider Pt Subhankar Banerjee to be one of the foremost tabla players today. He was a composer and singer, with three solo albums to his credit.
Pt Subhankar Banerjee performed in all the editions of Bengal Classical Music Festival. In 2019, he conducted a widely attended tabla workshop organised by Bengal Foundation.
Pt Subhankar Banerjee performed in innumerable concerts and festivals, including the Nobel Peace Prize concert, Festival of India in Brazil and South Africa, and collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, and musicians such as John Mclaughlin, Chico Freeman, Gil Goldstein and Ross Daly. Tabla Tale, The Art of Tabla, Heart Beat, and Calcutta to California are a few of his music albums. He also worked in Hollywood, in films such as Night of the War and Dark Streets. His latest creation, Sacred Drums of India, is one of the most successful rhythm bands today.
Pt Subhankar Banerjee’s passing is grieved by all members of the music fraternity.