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The Banaras Gharana !!!

Pt.Ram Sahai

Pt.Kishan Maharaj

Pt.kumar Bose

Abhishek Chatterjee

The Benares tabla gharana was developed a little over 200 years ago by Ram Sahai (1780–1826). After some time performing in Benares, Ram Sahai felt the need to make a significant change in his tabla playing. For six months, he withdrew into seclusion, and worked to develop what is now known as the Benares baj or style of tabla playing. The philosophy behind this new style of tabla playing is that it would be versatile enough to perform solo, and to accompany any form of music or dance. The tabla would be able to play delicately, as required for khyal, or more aggressively, like pakhawaj, for the accompaniment of dhrupad or kathakdance. Ram Sahai developed a new way of fingering the tabla strokes; especially important is the sound Na, being played with a curved ring finger to allow for maximum resonance of the dahina. He also composed numerous compositions within existing compositional forms (gats, tukras, parans etc.) and created new forms, such as uthan, Benarsi theka, and fard.

Dr. Abhishek Chatterjee


Abhishek Chatterjee was born in the year 1980 in a family of music lovers. He stepped into the world of music as a disciple of his father Sri Arun Chatterjee. At first, he started learning vocal music. But his love for tabla persuaded him under the guidance of Sri Satyabrata Chattopadhyay, an `A` grade tabla artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Later he came under the tutelage of tabla maestro Pandit Kumar Bose of Benaras Gharana and for the last 19+ years he is a disciple of Pandit Kumar Bose under the Guru-Shishya parampara.

Abhishek Chatterjee is not only a good musician, but he has always performed well as an academician also. A Science graduate from Calcutta University and 1st class 1st rank holder (gold medalist) from Rabindra Bharati University, in instrumental music (percussion). He has achieved Doctorate degree from Rabindra Bharati University in the year of 2021. He has achieved several awards and scholarship. Later on, he became an Examiner of Rabindra Bharati University also.He has performed as a successful accompanist and a solo player in West Bengal and outside . Abroad with the same efficiency.He is a regular artist of All India Radio Doordarshan. Already he accompanied with great Maestros in our countries like Pt.A.Kanan, Bidushi Malabika- Kanan, Pt.Samresh Chowdhury, Bidushi Arti Ankelekar Tikekar, Pt.Kaivalya- Kumar Gurav, Bidushi Purnima Chowdhury, Pt.Suraranjan Mukherjee, Pt.Harashankar Bhattcharya , Sri Sandipan Samajpati, Sri Arnab Chatterjee others.


  • Niradbaran Smriti Puraskar.
  • Hirendranath Gangopadhyay Smriti Puraskar
  • Best accompanist Award by pt. Biswanath Bose Memorial Society.


  • BMC music concert (Bhubaneswar).
  • Durgiyana festival (Punjab).
  • Lakshminarayan Raag Shabha (Punjab).
  • Naadbrinda (Shilchar, Assam).
  • National Intigration Concert(Kerela)
  • Tabla Festival, Tribute to Pt. Kishan Maharaj organized By Indo Occidental Symbiosis (Kolkata)
  • The National festival of Indian Classical Music & Dance Organized by Indo Occidental Symbiosis (Kolkata)
  • 16 th Sangeet acharya Radhika Mohan Moirta memorial Music Conference Organized by Ballygunj Moitrayee Music Circle (Kolkata)
  • Behala sanskritik sammelani (Kolkata)
  • Nadam (Kolkata).
  • Salt Lake Music Festival (Kolkata)
  • Moor avenue Music festival (Kolkata)
  • Madhayami. (Kolkata)
  • Mallhar Festival Organized by Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, (Kolkata)
  • Salt lake Cultural Association. (Kolkata)
  • IIT kharagpur

Abhishek Chatterjee is a person full of values and culture. He wants to lead the Indian Classical Music and create a milestone.