Hindustani classical music is the Hindustani or North Indian style of Indian classical music found throughout the northern Indian subcontinent. The style is sometimes called North Indian Classical Music or Shastriya Sangeet. It is a tradition that originated in Vedic ritual chants and has been evolving since the 12th century CE, primarily in what is now North India and Pakistan, and to some extent in Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan. Today, it is one of the two subgenres of Indian classical music, the other being Carnatic music, the classical tradition of South India.
Hindustani Classical Vocal - Shri Sougata Bannerjee:
Sri.Sougata Banerjee comes of a family that overflows with talented performers of Hindustani Sangeet. The doyen of Vishnupur Gharana Sangeetaacharya Satya Kinkar Bandyopadhyay being his grand father,Sougata’s father Prof.Sri Nihar Ranjan Bandyopadhyay is a well known Hindustani Musician. Sougata’s family has kept alive the rich Vishnupur style of Hindustani Sangeet; his father’s elder brother being the well known musician Pt.Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay.
In 1993 Sougata came in contact with his present guru Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasrajji found in Sougata a disciple already well-groomed in Hindustani music from his experience received in his family.
Sougata received an "All India Senior National Scholarship" in 1997. Sougata was fortunate to receive "Sri, Jadu Bhatta Award" from the Salt lake Music Circle in 2008. He has completed his M.A in classical music from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata and from this very year his professional life flowered with his becoming a graded artist of A.I.R & T.V.
Sougata was also fortunate to perform in front of Pt.Ravi Shankarji in U.S. Pt. Ravi Sankarji sat with Sougata performing more than an hour & Panditji was visibly delighted to hear that Sougata is the grandson of Sangeetacharya Satya Kinkar Bandyopadhyay the doyen of Vishnupur Gharana. At the end of the concert Pt. Ravi Shankarji had exclaimed in delight "Aaj ka Shaam(Evening) Ban Gaya"