Guru Pandit Anindo Chatterjee
Sam Evans learnt to play tabla in the traditional system of Guru-Shyisha-Parampara with tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee in Calcutta, India (now Kolkata). Sam still regularly returns to India to study with his Guru.
Anindo Chatterjee is recognized as one of India's most eminent tabla players. He was inspired to take up tabla by his uncle, the sitar player Pandit Biswanath Chatterjee, when he was just four years old. At five he was All India Radio's youngest artist. At six Anindo became a disciple of Padmabhushan Gyan Prakash Ghosh and studied with him for well over thirty years, some of which ran simultaneously with his extensive international concert career. Gyan Prakash Ghosh was well known for his extensive knowledge of all tabla gharanas, as well as his own Farukhabad gharana furthering this Anindo also studied the Lucknow Tabla gharana with Ustad Ahfaq Hussain Khan.
Anindo has a seemingly endless list of achievements: In 1990 he became the first tabla player to perform in the House of Commons. In 2003 the President of India crowned him with the prestigious sangeet natak akademi award. The All India Critics Association adjudged him as the ‘Best Performer of the Year 1997’ and at the tender age of 16, The Government of India recognized his prodigious talent by awarding him the ‘gold medal’ in the All India Radio Music Competition.
Anindo has carved out a niche for himself for his tabla solos for which he is one of the most popular and in-demand performers. He has achieved the most aesthetically satisfying combination of tradition and innovation. As an accompanist, he is known for his sense of balance and proportion, crisp tonal quality, modulation of sound production and rapport with soloists. Anindo has accompanied all of the top musicians and has toured with them all over the world. Anindo enjoyed a long international touring career with Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. His ability to seamlessly blend in with the musician he is accompanying has brought him to share the stage with Pandit. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan,Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma to name only those who are the pillars on which Indian Classical Music today rests.
Anindo’s ability to weave the most intricate textures with tabla bols and to remain uncompromising with crispness and clarity at virtually any speed has seen him adding new dimensions to his instrument. He is a trendsetter for many generations to follow.