Brief Bio-data

Name Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay 
Date of Birth September 16, 1954 
Snail mail3/1/1D Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092 [W.B.]
Email / Phonesitardivine@gmail.com | 9433230717 / 9163365904
Training Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra, Pt. Bimalendu Mukherjee, Pt. Peejush Prasanna Bandopadhyay, Pt. Manas Chakraborty. Also from Pt. Ajay Sinha Roy, Pt. D.T. Joshi, Pt. Shankar Ghosh. 
AIR grade Top Grade 
PerformancesLarge music festivals in India, Bangladesh, European Countries, USA, Canada, South Africa, Mauritius, etc. 
Discography12 CDs including from the RPG-HMV and India Archive Music, USA. 
Academic placements Ustad Allauddin Khan Professor at Rabindra Bharati University. Currently Professor at the Sikkim University. 
Important foreign assignments Participation at UNESCO Conference, Finland; George A. Miller Visiting Professor, UIUC, USA; Artist in Residence at University of Chicago, Distinguished India Focussed Visitor at University of Alberta, Canada, etc. 
Member of CommitteesServed as Expert Member of many committees including the Music Audition Board, All India Radio; Executive Councils, Academic Councils and other committees in several universities including the University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University, Visva Bharati to name a few. 
Current statusRetired Professor of Instrumental Music [Ustd. Allauddin Khan Chair], Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India.
Legacy to follow Trained some renowned musicians and globe trotters including Pandit Kushal Das, Rajrupa Chowdhury, Troilee Dutta, Kalyanjit Das, etc. 

Bio-sketch of Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay 

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is an exceptional combination of an outstanding Sitar virtuoso, eminent Guru and a thoughtful academician. This internationally reputed musician is especially known for his exemplary spontaneity in musical expressions. His music is always lively, fresh and new. 

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay received extensive training in sitar playing in Senia- Shahjehanpur, Imdadkhani, and Rampur-Senia gharanas. A beautiful synthesis of the practices and knowledge of these three very famous schools of music can be experienced through his sitar renderings. Professor Sanjoy had his major training in sitar playing from Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra and Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee. He started learning music with his father Pt. Peejush Prasanna Bandopadhyay. He also learnt with Pandit Manas Chakraborty, Dr. M.R. Gautam. He had special opportunities of having blessings through intensive musical interactions with Professor Dhruva Tara Joshi, Pandit Ajay Sinha Roy, Pandit Gajanan Rao Joshi and Pandit Shankar Ghosh. 

Professor Sanjoy’s music gets widely featured in national and international TV and radio channels in India and other countries. He has been awarded prestigious ‘Top- Grade’ by the Director General, All India Radio. He has 12 audio CDs to his credit. These were published by different reputed music companies in India and the USA. He served as ‘Artist in Residence’ at the University of Chicago and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA. 

He participated at the Plenary Session of UNESCO Conference and other important global and bilateral events. He was invited by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as the George A. Miller Visiting Professor. The University of Alberta invited him as Distinguished India Focus Visitor

Before his recent appointment as Professor in Music at the Sikkim University, Pandit Bandopadhyay was the Ustad Alauddin Khan Professor of Instrumental Music at the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Also, he was the Director of the S.M. Tagore Centre of Documentation & Research of Languishing & Obsolescent Musical Instruments, a research center in the same university and the Coordinator of the UGC SAP-DRS Research Project of the Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University. 

Panditjee is proud that some of his disciples have proved to be exceptionally brilliant and established themselves as foremost musicians of Hindustani Music. This includes, Pandit Kushal Das, Rajrupa Chowdhury, Troilee Dutta, etc. 

Foreign visit itineraries since 2005

2016 Bangladesh

Sunday 27 November: 2:00 a.m. | Concert at Dhaka Army Stadium, Bengal Foundation Music Festival

2014 USA

08 t o 15 February – Visit to the University of Michigan 

Friday, February 7th  : 9:05 pm Flight Departs Kolkata
Saturday, Feb 8th : 1:50 pm Flight arrives to Detroit
Ground Transportation from airport to hotel
Sunday, February 9th : Rest! Recover from jet-leg.
Monday, February 10th : 2 – 3:30 pm Tentative: Guest: Music and Culture class with Dr. Meilu Ho
Tuesday, February 11th 
11:30 – 1 pm Guest: Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration class with Dr. Nachiket Chanchani
2:30 – 4 pm Guest: Ocean of Stories: Telling Tales in the Indian Subcontinent class with Dr. Nachiket Chanchani
Wednesday, February 12th : 10:10 – 11 am Guest: Introduction to World Music class with Dr. Meilu Ho
Thursday, February 13th : (11:05 am Samir Chatterjee’s flight arrives to Detroit airport.) 
5:00 pm Arrive to UMMA and prepare for performance
7:30 – 9:30 pm UMMA Performance
Friday, February 14th 
12-2:00 pm: Meet and talk with grad students over lunch
4:45 pm: Meet at 506 Burton Memorial Tower to set up for Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series
5 – 6:30 pm Lecture: “Improvisation on the Sitar: Traditional Knowledge and Free Expression”
Saturday, February 15th 
TBD Ground Transportation from Hotel to airport
12:30 p.m. Flight Departs from Detroit/Metro to Seattle
6:05 p.m. Arriving Seattle [Chicago O’hare – Seattle – AMERICAN 6973]

Feb 15th – Feb 18th At the University of Washington, Bothell 
Feb 18, 2014
10-10:30am – Faculty conversation with Prof Bandopadhyay (facilitated by Prof Rajib Doogar)
Noon –1:30pm  lunch with undergraduate research students
2:30 – 3:00pm – Faculty conversation with Prof Bandopadhyay (facilitated by Prof Pierre Mourad)
3:30-4:00pm – Faculty conversation with Prof Bandopadhyay (facilitated by Prof Jason Pace)
5pm – intimate recital on campus with Ravi Albright
6:30pm – dinner and airport drop off
9:52 p.m. – UNITED 1142 UNITED LV: SEATTLE 952P NONSTOP
AR: NEWARK LIBERTY 600A
19 February 2014
Departure for Kolkata from New York at 4:45 p.m.

2013 USA & Canada

  1. 13 August: Arrival Chicago O’Hare and to Champaign.
  2. 14 August: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign [official work]
  3. 15 August: To New Jersey
  4. 17 August 2013  : The Maverick at Woodstock [with Steve Gorn (flute) and Pt. Samir Chatterjee (tabla)]
  5. 18 August : Bethel Woods Center For The Arts [Opening item for a musical tribute to Richie Havens at 3pm] [with Steve Gorn (flute) and Pt. Samir Chatterjee (tabla)]
  6. 19 – 21 August: Workshop at Chhandayan, New York  – Cancelled
  7. 23 August: Music Presentation and Concert at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs [with Nabin Shreshtha on the tabla]
  8. 24 August -07 September: To Calgary. [details TBA]
  9. 8-12 September: Seattle with Dr. Rajib Doogar [some intimate music and meeting with friends]
  10. 14 September : Calgary Ragamala Concert [with Pt. Samar Saha on the tabla]
  11. 15 September-19 September: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign [lecture and meetings].
  12. 19 September: Departure from Chicago O’Hare for Kolkata

2010    Engagements and open dates

24 October Reaching Edmonton
26 October Concert cum Workshop at the University of Alberta [Host: Prof. Regula Qureshi].
27~29 October University of Saskatchewan to participate at the Engaging India: A Multidisciplinary Symposium and play a
30~31 October Simon Fraser University, Vancouver for concert.

2009 USA: 1 5 TO 30 MAY 2009

 15 ~ 30 May ‘Musician in Residence’ at the University of Chicago

2008

EUROPE: 19 TO 22 NOVEMBER 2008

19 November Reaching Amsterdam and inauguration of the International Conference ‘Indian & the World: Intercultural
Performing Arts’
20 ~ 22 September The conference.

USA: SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2008

24 September Reaching Chicago
26 September Concert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Tabla: Anindo Chatterjee]
28 September Concert at Mithas, MIT, Boston [Tabla: Anindo Chatterjee]
30 September Two seminars at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
01 October Workshop at the The College of New Jersey, NJ
02 October Concert Workshop at the The College of New Jersey, NJ [Tabla: Abhjit Banerjee]
03 October Master class at the The College of New Jersey, NJ
04 October to 08 October
Artist in Residence at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

SOUTH AFRICA – JULY-AUGUST 2008

26 July Reaching Johannesburg
27 July to 01 August University of South Africa [UNISA], Pretoria [concert and research activities]
02 to 06 August University of Cape Town [Master class and research activities]
07 to 11 August Rhodes University, Grahamstown [concert and research activities]
13 August Departure from Johannesburg

MAURITIUS– JUNE- JULY 2008

01 June to 12 July Visit to Mahatma Gandhi Institute [MGI] as Resource Person for Teachers’ Orientation, curricula review and general capacity building.

2007 USA: OCTOBER 2007

11 to 15 October Los Angeles [workshop]
16 October Travel to Colorado
17 October Lecture at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
18 October Concert at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
19 October Travel to Chicago

20 October Open

21 October Travel to Manhattan, Kansas
22 October Concert at the Kansas State University
23 October Travel to Urbana Champaign, IL
24 October Concert at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

25-26 October Open

27 October Concert at Spandan, Moline/Chicago, IL

28 to 30 Open

31 October Departure from ORD, Chicago for Berlin, Germany

Europe

04 Nov Concert at SMB National Museum, Berlin
05~09 Nov Research in SMB Museum
10 Nov Concert in Berlin
11 Nov Departure for India

USA: OCTOBER 2005

03 October Arr. Chicago ORD and then to Urbana-Champaign
05 October Meeting with Faculty Members of UIUC and SPICMACAY/BSA Core Group
06 October Concert 7:30 p.m. [2100 MBA]
07 October IPS/Engg/SOM Computer Music Groups Meeting and Other meetings
10 October Group interactions/classes
11 October India Studies Lecture [noon]
12 October Talk in the evening [venue TBA]
13 October Group interactions/classes
15 October Concert at the University of Chicago
17 October Workshop at the University of Chicago
19 October Presentation at The College of New Jersey, NJ
21 October Concert in Rochester, NY
24 October Recording for India Archive Music, Inc., Manhattan, New York
26 October Concert at Drury University, Missouri at 7 pm
29 October Workshop and Concert at Moline, IL
30 October Workshop at Moline, IL
31 October Departure from ORD, Chicago for India

FRANCE: JANUARY 2005

26 January 2005 Arrival: CDG, Paris in the morning
27 January Concert at La Rochelle] ————— SOLD OUT
28 January Concert at the Musee Guimet, Paris : 20:30 hrs. ————— SOLD OUT
29 January Concert at MJC in Toulouse
30 January Workshop and concert in Gamas [Ariege]
31 January Concert near Marseille
01 February Concert in Marseille ————————- SOLD OUT
03 February 2005 Departure from CDG, Paris in morning
12 September, 2004 Arrival in Berlin
13~14 September Visit SMB Museum, Berlin
15 September Concert at Berlin Museum
16~21 September XIIIth International Conference of German Musicological Society at Weimar, Germany [presentation on the 20th
September]
22 September Concert in Berlin before Newsgroup
24 September Arrival in Vancouver, Canada
25 September Concert in Vancouver
27 September Visit to Simon Fraser University
28 September Reaching Edmonton as Distinguished India-Focus Visitor to the University of Alberta
28 September Workshop at the University of Alberta
03 October Concert at the University of Alberta [UoA organized the concert in collaboration with Ragamala Society,
Edmonton]
05 October Workshop at the University of Alberta
07 October Arrival in the USA [Moline, Chicago]
08 October Two workshops at Augustana College
09 October Workshop at River Music for the Jazz Musicians of the locality.
10 October Concert at Concert at Wallenberg Hall, Moline
11 October Concert at the University of Illinois [SPICMACAY]
12 October Workshop at the St. Ambrose Uniersity
13 October Workshop at a college in Moline
14 October Concert before a selected gathering, Moline
16 October Concert in New York
17 October Concert at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [Mithas]
19 October Concert at the University of Oklahoma
20 October Workshop at the University of Oklahoma
22 October Concert at the University of Pennsylvania
24 October Recording in New York for the India Archive Music, Inc.
25 October Departure for India from JFK, New York
June 13 Presentation at the PELLERVO-INSTITUUTTI, Espoo [Finland] UNESCO Pre-Conference
June 16 Presentation at the Plenary Session of UNESCO Conference, Jÿvaskÿla, Helsinki [Finland]
June 18 Presentation at H320, UNESCO Conference, Jÿvaskÿla, Helsinki [Finland]
June 21 Concert in Paris, France
June 22 Concert Di Pinte, Brussels, Belgium
June 23 Workshop at the University of Köln, Germany
June 26 Concert in Toulouse, France
June 27 Concert in Toulouse, France
June 28 Concert at St etienne(near Lyon), France
June 29 Concert [Final item] at the 15th District Music Festival, Paris [France]
July 01 Concert in Marseilles, France
July 02 Concert in Paris