Rajib Karmakar Sitar Artist Profile
Rajib Karmakar
Rajib Karmakar Sitar Artist Profile

Born in a highly cultured musical family of Bengal, Rajib is the third generation of musician in his family and is emerging as one of the most promising young musician. He started learning the sitar at the tender age of four from his father Shri Durgadas Karmakar who was a purist and perfectionist and it was under his long and arduous training in all aspects of Sitar playing that Rajib emerged as a talented and sensitive young artist while still in his tender years . He gave his first public performance at the age of six and at the age of 12 he performed in the All India Radio .After that he was fortunate enough to be the Gandabandh Sagrid of Ustad Ghulam Akbar Khan son in law of legendary Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan of Rampur Sahswan Gharana where he was first trained in the classical vocal music that forms the foundation of the "gayaki ang" which is much reflected in his playing . Talent, however, is not enough to master the Indian classical tradition, and under the careful tutelage of his father and Ustad Ghulam Akbar Khan, Rajib matured gradually through study, countless hours dedicated to practice (riyaaz) and frequent recitals. His studies led him to Beneras where he received talim from Late Pt. Ramdass Chakravarty and Vidushi Krishna Chakravarty . He also had the proud privilege of having learnt from great musicians like, Pt. Kushal Das & Supriyo Dutta. Presently he is under the guidance of Ustad Shahid Pervez Khan , the world renowned sitarist of Etwah Gharana.

Winning many competitions like National and International Youth Festivals, West Bengal State Academy Competition etc. and having received SURMANI from Sur Sringar Samshad, Mumbai and a Sangeet Visharad from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh Rajib is performing frequently in India and abroad including Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland etc. and has given performances in Indian Classical Young Talents Conference,Ganesh Mahotsav, Sanskar Bharati , Radio Popolare , ARS Musica etc. He has three Cds under his name till now . Rajib's versatility has ably adapted his classical knowledge and skill in his fusion projects like FUZORHYTHM(India),LOOP SCIENCE(Germany), NADA NAISSANCE( France) etc. He is the creator of the world's first double necked electric Sitar " MAYUR TANTRI" .

Already at this young age he is well appreciated by his audience and critics for his artistic aspects & nuances of diverse gharana styles and a mastery of technical skill. His concerts are always marked for their aesthetic appeal and improvisation blended with a fine command of technical expertise. Rajib is an instrumentalist with an unique musical sense, innovative skills and the touch of swift, agile fingers. Be it at his Indian Classical Music Concerts or his World Music Concerts, he can almost immediately mesmerize the audience of all age barriers.

Contact Details and Biodata
Rajib Karmakar
3/4 Ashoke Avenue
West Bengal
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