Budhaditya Mukherjee

Budhaditya Mukherjee

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Budhaditya Mukherjee Profile

  • Name:
  • Budhaditya Mukherjee
  • Born / Home Town:
  • Durg
  • Father:
  • Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee

Budhaditya Mukherjee Biography

Budhaditya Mukherjee is an Indian musician and sitar player from Durg, present-day Chhattisgarh. He is a music maestro of classical sitar and surbahar, who follows Imdadkhani School of music. He is the first ever artist to perform at House of Commons, London, not just a musician. For his overall contributions towards the field of Indian art and culture, government of India honoured him with Padma Bhushan in 2019. He is active in his musical journey since early 1970s and has performed in thousands of concerts since then. He has performed across the globe, and most parts of Europe.  


Budhaditya Mukherjee was born in Durg in 1955 into a family of musicians. His father Bimalendu Mukherjee is a classical sitar player and music teacher, who retired as an officer at Bhilai Steel Plant. Budhaditya Mukherjee learnt early lessons of music and sitar from his father, a renowned artist since the age of 5. Budhaditya also learnt sarod, surbahar, been, sarangi, and vocal music from his father. During his younger days, it was quite common that his father arranged musical concerts at their home, and young Budhaditya was deeply influenced by it.


He won two national-level music competitions in the year 1970 and from there on he began his successful journey as a musician. He became a grade-A artist with All India Radio. He is the first ever sitarist to play the tappa, when he played it for the first time in 1970s. Till now only a few sitarists have managed to play tappa with perfection. He is also a Metallurgical Engineer by profession. He taught at various institutions in India and abroad, and has given concerts in over 25 countries.


Published: January 28, 2019

Updated: January 28, 2019

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