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Ranjit Barot recreates his magic at Davos 2011

Distinguished percussionist and music originator, Ranjit Barot represents Indian Music Tradition at an International Summit.

Ranjit Barot recreates his magic at Davos 2011 Photo: GoogleRanjit Barot recreates his magic at Davos 2011 Photo: Google

Ranjit Barot, is all set to proudly embody
India at the 'India Inclusive' at World Economic Forum at Davos 2011 on 29th Jan 2010. Ranjit will be performing his specially created musical interpretation of Indian heritage meeting the World, along with leading Mridangam and hand percussion exponent, Sridar Parthasarathy. Ranjit, the multi fascinated drummer, composer, producer has not only embarked his footsteps in the Indian Film industry but has also directed the music and sound for the opening and closing ceremony for Common Wealth Games among his other achievements.

Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music and dance, melody and rhythm has always been an integral part of Ranjit’s life. His mother is the renowned Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi. His response to the western drum kit, even at the age of 12, was almost organic and his natural flair, ease and craft catapulted him onto becoming one of India's leading artists on the instrument at the age of 17. This phase saw journeys to Europe and the West with leading Indian jazz and classical musicians. At the Jazz Yatra ’80, he performed with the Jazz Yatra Sextet, and also performed with the great Pandit Ravi Shankar’s ensemble, Jazzmine, featuring John Handy, George Adams and Mike Richmond of the Mingus Dynasty.

His approach to drumming and the use of vocabulary has been influenced by great rhythm masters such as tabla legends Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Steve Gadd and Omar Hakim. Ranjit has also had a long career in composition and music production, working out of his own state-of-the-art studio facility in Mumbai.

Ranjit has been an integral part of some of A.R. Rahman’s greatest work through the years and continues to bring his unique personality to this genre of music. His collaborations with musicians abroad have included unique collaborations with renowned artists such as Jonas Helborg, Aydin Esen, and Tim Garland.

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