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Abhik Mukherjee


Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father and has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. Abhik's first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor's House, Kolkata. He has since performed in nine countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); at the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); on Doordarshan (Kolkata); and a summer tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Abhik is a gold-medalist from Rabindra Bharti University in Kolkata, where he received a master's in musicology. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists' collective.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/3/2013: An Evening of Ragas

This evening of classical Indian and Pakistani music features Zohaib Hassan, a 2013 VSA International Young Soloist winner, on sarangi and Abhik Mukherjee, a world-renowned sitarist, vocalist, and composer, accompanied by Nabeel Riaz on tabla and Aftab Datta on tanpura. Presented in cooperation with VSA in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Abhik Mukherjee