Bringing two countries together to perform in a third country is an amazing and encouraging occurrence. Pandit Girish Chatterjee, an internationally renowned Indian classical singer, made that happen a few months back in Los Angeles when India came together and performed with Bangladesh.
Chatterjee is multitalented and specializes in various kinds of music. He is familiar with Hindustani classical music, thumri, dadra, bollywood, ghazal, sufiana, and folk. Bascially, he can teach pretty much anything and everything. Understanding the importance of music, Chatterjee plans to bring what he is doing in India to the US.
“I noticed a great lack of proper guidance and teaching in this field. I want to bridge that gap to cater to the growing demand,” said Chatterjee.
Music as an entity is for all. It does not distinguish amongst its participants. Music just needs to be spread and enjoyed.
“Not only for music lovers who are able to afford it, but also for the destitute families who struggle to give their children the enjoyment of learning music,” said Chatterjee, who only wants individuals who partake in music to learn properly and have a passion for what they are learning. “I want to see students reach their goals and potential, I want them to grow and thrive which is possible with proper guidance,” said Chatterjee. Aspiring to continue to teach future generations to sing and play various instruments. Chatterjee wants to pass on this knowledge. Music has always been an integral part of Chatterjee’s life. He was born and raised into it. As a fourth generation Indian classical music singer and musician, his parents and teachers surrounded him with music.
“I grew up around music and lived my entire life immersed in it,” said Chatterjee.
Starting at the young age of four, Chatterjee learned from his parents, Pandit Tarakeshwar Chatterjee and Dipali Chatterjee, as well as teachers Bhimsen Joshi and A. Kanan. Additionally, Chatterjee always had a passion to perform and teach his skills to others.
“I started teaching at a very early age. I was 15 when I got my first student. After listening to one of my performance, parents started sending their children to my home to learn from me,” said Chatterjee.
Music is an essential part of our culture therefore it is important for the next generation to learn from the previous generation. The past is fundamental to the future. “We keep it alive to remember their existence and to preserve their legacy. We need the younger generations to keep this tradition going,” said Chatterjee. Loving what he does, Chatterjee explains that the best part of teaching is seeing that spark in a student’s eye when they finally understand the concept. “I love to see talent, but many of them don’t have a proper guidance. They are diamonds in the rough and I enjoy the process of seeing them shine.”