Abhijit Pohankar

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Abhijit Pohankar
Born (1975-06-29) 29 June 1975 (age 41)
Origin Mumbai, India
Genres Indian classical/fusion/world music
Occupation(s) Classical instrumentalist/music producer

Abhijit Pohankar (born 29 June 1975, in Mumbai) is an Indian classical instrumentalist. He plays classical music on the keyboard.[1]

Early life[edit]

Abhijit was born to famous Indian classical vocalist Pandit Ajay Pohankar. He is the grandson of Dr Susheela Pohankar of the Kirana Gharana [2]

He learned for some time with santoor maestro Pt Shivkumar Sharma[citation needed]. Pohankar was the first artist to play Indian classical ragas on the keyboard[citation needed]. Besides playing classical music on the keyboard he is considered to be amongst the top most Fusion Music performers and producers in India[citation needed]. His album 'Piya bawari' was a trendsetter in this genre of music after which a plethora of artists of his generation followed this path.He has performed in more than 2000 concerts of Fusion Music and Indian classical music around the world in the span of 18 years[citation needed]. The year 2017 will complete two decades of his career[citation needed].

Career[edit]

After playing classical music on a keyboard, he started venturing into world music and fusion music. His biggest album was Piya Bawari with his father Ajay Pohankar, and in that album he experimented with classical music fused with lounge music. One of the youngest artists to be featured in Buddha Bar of France, Abhijit has started his new world music band Soundz of India & Urban Ragas and is performing all over the world. He is one of the most successful fusion music producers. His latest project/band is called Panch Tatva and also Urban Sufis where he experiments with Sufi Music and electronica.

He has done major collaborative concerts with artists including Ajay Pohankar, Ghulam Ali (Pakistan), Hariharan, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Anup Jalota, Pankaj Udhas, Vishwamohan Bhatt, and Sonal Mansingh. He has also composed the title track of the 2003 film Boom, by Kaizad Gusted and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Bo-Derek.

Discography[edit]

  • Deeper Zone, Ninaad Music (1998)
  • Syntileting Synthesizer, Neelam Audio (1999)
  • Dharohar, Times Music (2000)
  • Shanti, Times Music (2001)
  • Tranquility, Sona Rupa (2000)
  • Ekanth, Times Music (2001)
  • Piya Bavari, Times Music (2002)
  • Sajanwa, Music Today (2004)
  • Kamasutra, Freespirit Eecords (2004)
  • Koyaliya, Universal Music (2004)
  • Piya Bavari Again, Times Music (2006)
  • Urban Ragas, HMV (2007)
  • Navkaar Mantra, HMV (2007)
  • Thumri Funk, EMI (2012)
  • Masters of Fusion: A definitive collection, EMI (2012)

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