Budhaditya Mukherjee

Upholding with great distinction the traditions of the Imdadkhani Gharana of Sitar, Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee's name has long become synonymous with the sitar.

Considered as the leading sitarist of his generation, Budhadityaji has received his entire training in Sitar from his illustrious father, Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, the well known sitarist and a doyen of the Imdadkhani Gharana of sitar, who initiated his son into sitar from the age of 5. From then, responding to the finesse of his father's profound teachings, Budhaditya's music has blossomed into a unique lyrical magic that reflects the 'gayaki ang' on the sitar with it's befitting clarity.

In 1977, Budhaditya Mukherjee became a first class first graduate in Metallurgical Engineering - a gold medal holder. However, even after having achieved such laurels academically, his immense love and dedication to sitar caused Budhaditya to devote himself whole-heartedly to Sitar.

Today, he has not only kept alive but also improved and furthered the creative concepts of Ustad Imdad Khan - after whom the gharana is named and in the process, he has also popularized immensely the traditions of Imdadkhani Gharana. The depth of his alaap and the intricate taankari is a reflection of a mastery over his instrument that has done justice to his Guru, his father Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee.

Having specialized in the disciplined development of the ragas based on the gayaki style of the Gharana, Budhaditya Mukherjee has enthralled all audiences alike at over 1526 concerts within India and 1278 recitals abroad in 26 countries. He has, since 1979, performed in 26 countries including the UK., USA., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UAE, Armenia, and in almost all European countries. These performances also include 12 well known International Festivals where he alone represented India.

On June 30,1990, Budhaditya Mukherjee created history by becoming the first ever musician to perform at the House of Commons, London.

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