Pta. Tripti Mukherjee

Pta. Tripti Mukherjee was born in Kolkata, India to Shri Rajat Mukherjee and Smt. Indira Mukherjee. She realized very early that music was her calling and started training in Indian Classical Music (ICM) since the age of 4. She received formal training initially from Mrs. Bharatikar Choudhary. Mr. Sunil Das (co-founder, Direndra Music College, Kolkata) and Mr. Prasun Banerjee (disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan) trained her further in ICM while she studied Thumris, Ghazals and Bhajans from Mrs. Sipra Bose.

In 1976 she met her Guru, Sangeet Martand Pt. Jasraj and this marked the beginning of a lifelong association. Pt. Jasraj accepted few disciples; only those ready to dedicate their entire life to music, were taken in the fold. Traditionally, Indian classical music is passed down the generations through the Guru Shishya parampara. In this system of education, the Shishya, or disciple stays with his Guru and learns this art. Through constant exposure to the art and the life of the Guru, the Shishya imbibes knowledge. Pta. Tripti Mukherjee undertook rigorous study under Pt. Jasraj.

Pandit Jasraj has said of her:

"Tripti's dedication to her art and her gurubhakti is unparalleled. I feel extremely fortunate to have her as my disciple. Her monumental efforts in setting up the Pandit Jasraj Institute for Music Research, Artistry and Appreciation - the Mewati Gurukul in USA and her ongoing contributions to it are a testimony to her devotion and commitment. She has further ennobled the name of the Mewati Gharana ... Her voice is soothing yet powerful and so laden with emotion, that it moves even the greatest of kalakars to tears ... Most of all, she is a wonderful human being - an epitome of grace and modesty ."

Today, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee is carrying forward a musical tradition sculpted by her several gurus: Mrs. Bharatikar Choudhary, Mr. Sunil Das, Mr. Prasun Banerjee, Mrs. Sipra Bose, and of course Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj. She has imparted music and values to hundreds of disciples spread out in US, India and Europe. She believes that music is not taught; instead, the Guru awakens the music dormant in the Shishya and helps him grow into a musician, who then expresses his emotions through Raag-based improvisations. When the disciple accompanies the Guru to concerts, an entire body of learning happens on the stage in front of a live audience. Pta. Tripti Mukherjee trains her disciples on various aspects of voice culture, stage presence and body language in addition to guiding their musical compositions. Through her own example, Pta. Tripti Mukherjee has instilled a spirit of unfailing dedication for the Guru and the art in her disciples.

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