Hailing from one of the most well-known families in Indian classical music, Shri Prabhat Banerji’s exposure to music began in infancy. His father Late Nilratan Banerji was a famous musicologist, very active in the cultural scenario in Kolkata. Eminent music and film personalities like Raichand Boral, Hiren Bose and Pahari Sanyal frequently visited their home. Shining stars in the field of Indian Classical Music like Sangeetacharya Bhishmadev Chatterjee and Pt. Chinmoy Lahiri were well-acquainted with the Banerji home and it was in such a culturally rich ambience that young Prabhat had the privilege of growing up. He started his musical training under his father at the age of 4 and was fortunate to have the accomplished and renowned personality Sangeetacharya Chinmoy Lahiri as his Guru.
Prabhat Banerji displayed his musical prowess from an early age. At the tender age of 8, Prabhat received immense encouragement and praise for his Khayal rendition from the legendary Bhishmadev Chatterjee....Read more
Taking a step forward, it has been his ardent endeavor to instill the essence of classical music in his students. Having taught music for several years he always felt that as music is a ‘performing art’, only learning and doing ‘riyaaz’ thereafter is not enough....Read more
The various audio cassettes released from 2003 by Raag Raang which starred the young students along with their guru....Read more
Prabhat Banerji displayed his musical prowess from an early age. At the tender age of 8, Prabhat received immense encouragement and praise for his Khayal rendition from the legendary Bhishmadev Chatterjee. He completed Sangeet Prabhakar from Allahabad University. He also got the opportunity to perform along with his Guru Pt. Chinmoy Lahiri for which he was praised immensely. In his book Magan Geet O Taan Manjari, Pt. Chinmoy Lahiri acknowledged the efforts of Prabhat Banerji in the proof reading and editing of the journal which had a wide circulation in India and abroad as well. He mentioned that Prabhat was one of his most talented students and was happy to see that the future of music was very bright in such capable hands.
After the death of Sangeetacharya Chinmoy Lahiri, Prabhat took lessons for nearly 12 years under the able guidance of Pandit Shyamal Lahiri (son of Late Chinmoy Lahiri). He completed his M.A. in music from Rabindra Bharati University. He was also trained under Dr. Bimal Roy, who was known as the foremost musicologist of 20th century India.×
Taking a step forward, it has been his ardent endeavor to instill the essence of classical music in his students. Having taught music for several years he always felt that as music is a ‘performing art’, only learning and doing ‘riyaaz’ thereafter is not enough. One also has to learn how to perform on the stage. Hence, to give his students a platform to perform before an audience, he decided to start ‘Raag Rang’ – an organization that promotes musical talent. Ever since its inception in the year 2001, ‘Raag Rang’ has been organizing musical concerts where students come together and put up performances of semi classical vocal and instrumental music (synthesizer)×
Blossoms: The year 2003 saw the release of an Audio CD entitled ‘Blossoms’. This was a collection of popular melodies played on keyboard by children.
Stuti: In the year 2004, famous Educationist and former Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Vishnukant Shastri was invited as the Chief Guest for the annual Raag Rang program. He said that the new generation is very easily attracted towards popular film music and the number of people with knowledge or interest in classical music is slowly declining. He congratulated Shri Banerji for his efforts in associating Gen Next with the treasure trove of Hindustani Classical Music. This year another Audio CD: ‘Stuti’ by Prabhat and Dipali Banerji was released by Shri Vishnukant Shastri. Titled: ‘Sacred Mantras to energize the Soul’, ‘Stuti’ is a beautiful collection of Shlokas and sacred chants for meditation and relaxation.
Gunjan: Year 2004 saw the release of another CD titled ‘Gunjan’. This collection of Rajasthani Wedding Songs sung by Dipali Banerji. Music composed by Shri. Gajanan verma & Prabhat Banerji.
Sensation: In yet another attempt to showcase young talent, Prabhat Banerji has put in untiring efforts to see the successful compilation of ‘Sensation: Immortal Songs on Keyboard’, an audio CD consisting of melodious pieces played on keyboard by his young students.×