Satyajit started learning tabla when he was about 8 years old at Kala-Chhaya Institute in Pune. His Guru Shri Bharat Jangam trained him in the Delhi Gharana or style which is considered to be the oldest Gharana. With school, homework and other ‘distractions’ one is exposed to while growing up, Satyajit never really took tabla seriously but did not quit taking lessons either. Satyajit used to be the designated ‘Tabalji’ in school accompanying songs at gatherings and other events. Satyajit used to accompany his younger brother when he played violin. It was only after he started listening to classical music and attending live concerts during his college years that Satyajit understood the complexity and beauty of this amazing instrument. Satyajit started learning tabla accompaniment for Kathak dance at Kala-chhaya under the guidance of my guru.
Satyajit got hooked on to the bansuri at a much later stage. He heard and saw bansuri up-close for the first time during his engineering college years. His friend Amit Khare had started bringing his flute to college and used to play popular film songs on it. Satyajit was quite amazed by the sweetness and simplicity of the instrument and had to get one for himself. Satyajit learnt the basic fingering technique from Amit and started playing film songs. He then started taking lessons from his friend Milind Date who used to visit Kala-Chhaya to provide flute accompaniment for Kathak dance. After learning flute from Milind for a couple of years Satyajit moved to the States for his Masters. After moving to US, most of Satyajit’s flute education has been thru listening to Harijis recordings. Although he has never really taken lessons from Hariji, Satyajit considers Hariji to be his inspiration and mentor. In addition to Hariji, Satyajit is indebted to the great Stalwarts of Hindustani Classical music like Nikhil Banerjee, Shivkumar Sharma, Vasantrao Deshpande and Jitendra Abhisheki to name a few. It is from listening to their recordings that Satyajit has evolved as a musician.
Satyajit plays both bansuri and tabla regularly in shows in and around Seattle WA. Satyajit also give lessons in both tabla and bansuri.