There are thousands of Tabla player that you can admire in India. However, some of them still have their own class. They remain the favorite accompanists of doyens of Indian classical music. Subhankar Banerjee is among one of the elite Tabla players who has performed throughout the world.
At a tender age of five, the musical wonder kid was placed under the tutelage of Shri Swapan Shiva celebrated artiste and teacher of Farukhabad Tabla Gharana.
In addition to being a reputed soloist Subhankar his one of the few choicest accompanist of most prominent celebrities of our country like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma..Pandit L.Subramanium, Dr.M.Balamuralikrishnan, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit M.S.Gopalkrishnan, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Pandit V.G.Jog, Ustad Imrat Hussian Khan, and many others . The Govt. Of Pakistan invited him to perform for the 50 th anniversary of Pakistan in 1997 in Islamabad and Lahore.
The President Of India took him to perform in Brazil for the “Festival of India” in 1998 and he was invited by the govt. of South Africa and Govt. of Mexico to show his musical brilliance as their guest artist. He joined Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia to play with the symphony orchestra in London (Royal Festival Hall) and in Paris (Theatre de la ville). He was the only Indian percussionist to be invited in Tokyo to compose an orchestra with famous musicians from five other Asian countries for the best known festival in Japan., “Asian Fantasy Concert” and perform in 1996.
We present a telephonic interview with Subhankar Da.