The Instrumentalists
Curated by: First Edition Arts

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First Edition Arts (FEA) in association with the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture presents UK-based sarod artiste Arnab Chakrabarty accompanied by tabla maestro Pandit Abhijit Banerjee in the first concert of an exciting new series, The Instrumentalists. 

First Edition Arts has conceptualized and curated the series to highlight the special artistry and magic of Indian classical instruments and the musicians who are inspired by them. The first concert in the series is focused on the sarod. All subsequent concerts in the series will be exclusively hosted at G5A, a multi-disciplinary arts and cultural organization based in Mahalaxmi.

The evening concert will begin with a direct experience of an heirloom sarod, said to have been crafted in 1880 and handed down by successive gurus before it was given to Arnab Chakrabarty by his guru, Kalyan Mukherjea. This special instrument will be on display at the G5A Black Box, whose intimate and minimalist space is particularly conducive for close interactions between artistes and audience. The artiste will also perform some extremely rare, legacy repertoire on the heirloom sarod. 

A talk on the musical history of the sarod spanning the last 100 years, and its trajectory as it continues to evolve will follow. Interwoven in this narrative will be artiste Arnab Chakrabarty’s personal stories and experiences with his gurus, including Buddhadev Dasgupta and Kalyan Mukherjea. 

Arnab Chakrabarty will then presen8t a full sarod concert accompanied by the acclaimed tabla artiste Pt Abhijit Banerjee. The evening will conclude with an after party (9:30 pm onward) at the Center’s terrace where the artistes and Mumbai’s senior musicians will be in attendance.

About the artist

Arnab Chakrabarty
Arnab Chakrabarty is an outstanding exponent of Hindustani classical music and a practitioner of the sarod for nearly 30 years. Arguably among the top handful of sarod players active today, Arnab is a relentlessly self-improving student of music, a teacher of extraordinary ability and a successful designer of musical instruments. It would be fair to state that Arnab Chakrabarty is the complete sarod musician of his generation. Arnab’s performances are noteworthy for a profound understanding of raga, sarod tradition and Hindustani music in general, as well as controlled virtuosity and exquisite tonality. Trained by the late Dr Kalyan Mukherjea (1943-2010), a disciple of Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra the legendary custodian of the Shahjahanpur tradition of sarod music, Arnab received his initial training from maestros Brij Narayan and Buddhadev Dasgupta and supplemented his musical education with vocal training from Pandit Yeshwant bua Joshi and sitar music from Vinayak Chittar, an inimitable sitar maestro. Presently, Arnab is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire and travels to India, Europe and the United States for concerts. 

Abhijit Banerjee
Considered among the front ranking tabla players from India, Abhijit Banerjee, one of the pioneering disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Jnan Prakash Ghosh, is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. With nearly 20 years of professional experience, Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which combines sensitivity, skill and a deep sense of musicality. Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has left his mark in a diverse field of crossover music, both as a performer and composer. 

Abhijit has accompanied nearly all the top ranking luminaries of Indian classical music, including Pt. Ravi Shankar and the late Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. In addition to a highly successful career in Indian classical music, his crossover work includes collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu. Abhijit has founded and established Dhwani Academy of Percussion in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore and Calcutta, attracting talented students from around the world. 


Important instructions and G5A House Rules:

  • G5A does not provide valet parking, please use the common parking space at Laxmi Mills Estate
  • Once you enter Laxmi Mills Estate, go straight followed by a right-right-left and go until the end of the lane to find our Center 
  • If you are coming from Tulsi Pipe Road and not driving down yourself, please enter the Western Railways Sports Complex gate to discover the back access to our Center. Please note there isn’t any parking if you arrive via this route, however, you can walk it up from here
  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets quite cool inside the Black Box
  • Food, beverages and water strictly prohibited inside the Black Box
  • Seating at the Black Box is on first-come, first-served basis
  • Strictly no late admittance. Once the show begins, you will not be allowed to enter until there is an interval (if any)
  • Please reach the venue half an hour prior to the show to register, check out our upcoming programs and have a delicious snack and beverage at our in-house cafe


Age limit: 18 years and above only


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