Joydeep Mukherjee, who keeps the audience spellbound by the magical strokes of his instrument, is one of the most promising exponents of Sarod today. He is a regular performing artist of All India Radio, Kolkata and an empanelled artist of ICCR, New Delhi. He belongs to the traditional Shahjehanpur Gharana of Sarod – the roots of which dates roughly to 16th century and played a key role in the development of the modern day Sarod. Born in a cultural and music loving family of Bengal in 1982, he grew up amidst the best ambience of classical music taking lessons from his Guru Pt. Pranab Kumar Naha, one of the notable disciples of the legendary Sarod maestro Sangeetacharyya Late Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Not to be left behind, Joydeep took to playing the Sarod since 1986 from an early age of four years under the able guidance and tutelage of his illustrious Guru, Pt. Pranab Kumar Naha, and continuing his ‘Talim’ under him till date. He is also receiving training on Tabla and is under the tutelage of Pt. Debashish Sarkar, disciple of Late Padma Bhusan Pt. Gyaan Prakash Ghosh & Late Pt. Kanai Dutta.
Over the years, the Shahjahanpur Gharana has contributed many eminent Sarod players. The wealth of music contributed by Ustad Murad Ali Khan, Ustad Abdullah Khan, Ustad Mohammed Ameer Khan and Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra has been enormous and has greatly served to enrich the Gharana to one of the finest in instrumental music in North India. Joydeep’s style is firmly anchored in the tradition of the Shahjahanpur Gharana and combines the Rabab style beautifully with the ‘Gayaki’ (vocal) style. It has been greatly influenced mostly by the likes of his guru and other masters of his Gharana. Strictly following the footsteps of his Guru, Joydeep incorporates extensively a variety of khayal based Ekhara tans and Bandishes (Gat compositions) on the Sarod.
A product of ultimate talent and delicate musical nurture, Joydeep remains an extremely humble and self-effacing artist. His debut concert was in a chorus conference at Birla Academy, Kolkata, organized by the Ballygunge Maitreyee Music Circle when he was six years old. After that he has participated and performed solo at numerous classical music conferences across the state of West Bengal. Outside West Bengal he has played at conferences in Allahabad and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, at Pune, Nasik and Kolhapur in Maharashtra, at Jamnagar in Gujarat and also at Guwahati in Assam. He stood 1st in Instrumental Music at All India Music Competition organized by the renowned and highly celebrated Chetla Murari Smriti Sangeet Sammilani, Kolkata & received the prestigious BEST COMPETITOR AWARD.
He was also been a guest demonstrator of music at Symbiosis, Pune and has been extensively covered and appreciated in dailies like the Times of India, Pune Mirror, Hindustan Times, Amar Ujala, Dainik Jagran, Jansandesh Times, Rastriya Sahara and Hindustan. He has also given back ground music in some documentaries & music videos.
Apart from music, Joydeep has also excelled equally well in academics. Having been born in a middle class family, it was imperative that he should go for formal institutional education and ultimately head for a job. He maintained a uniformly brilliant academic career throughout; obtaining Bachelors degree in Engineering with 1st class Honors and 1st class 2nd in MBA from the prestigious Symbiosis, Pune, he belongs to that rare group of musicians who have excelled in music as well as in their academic sphere.
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