Subhankar Banerjee tabla: He was awarded the Sangeet Samman and the Sangeet Maha Samman by the Government of West Bengal for his contributions to music.
Pt Shubhankar Banerjee, a well-known percussionist, died on Thursday at a private hospital in the city after a two-month battle with COVID-19, according to his family. He was 54 years old at the time.
Banerjee passed away on Wednesday, according to the source, and is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
His son, the promising percussionist Arcik, posted a message on Facebook about “Lost.”
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On Thursday, several classical musicians, including Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Pandit Purbayan Chatterjee, Ustad Rashid Khan, and Pandit Bikram Ghosh, are expected to attend Banerjee’s final visit to her final resting place, the Sangeet Anusandhan Academy, where her body is being kept.
A month after being admitted to the hospital, Banerjee, who had performed in jugalbandi with all of the legendary classicists, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, was placed on oxygen support for several months.
“I will miss him, the world of tabla will miss him, Indian music will miss him,” veteran tabla artist Zakir Hussain wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night. “Rest in peace, Subhankar bhai.”
— Zakir Hussain (@ZakirHtabla) August 25, 2021
The Government of West Bengal honoured him with the Sangeet Samman and the Sangeet Maha Samman, among other honours.
The singer-songwriter performed at this year’s Dover Lane Music Convention when the venues permitted it, and also hosted a classic concert in memory of his mother.
Mukherjee, who was born to singer-composer Kajalrekha, began his musical training at the age of three under the tutelage of Pandit Manik Das of the Banaras gharana. Afterwards, he studied music with Pt Swapan Shiva of the Farukhabad Gharana for more than two decades.