Broto Roy

Indian-born American Broto Roy is an EMI-India recording artist who comes from a prominent musical family from Kolkatta, West Bengal India where his great-grandfather Rajanikanto was one of India's greatest songwriters. From the early age of six Broto began his study Indian classical music with “tabla” (Indian hand drum percussion). Until the age of 16 he continued to study from legendary drum maestro Bidyut Banerjee the theory and technique of classical percussion which is a systematic science of sound (“ragas” and “talas”). At the age of 16, Broto moved to the US where he studied music composition and graduated with a B.A. from the College of William & Mary, Virginia. Over the years he has had a flourishing musical career performing widely and producing many CDs. Using western Jazz and classical forms in his compositions and merging them with his Bengali musical heritage, Broto Roy has made his music a metaphor for immigrant identity and multiculturalism. This successful joining of the Indian tradition of “ragas” and “talas” with the technical dazzle of guitar, sax, piano and drums produces a magical fusion of East and West. Broto, hailed as a fusioneer” and “gifted” has carved out a vibrant multicultural presence on the international stage. Gifted as an Indian tabla virtuoso, Broto is a distinguished solo classical percussionist of great ability and erudition. In between a series of solo tabla drum and ensemble performances he has also appeared in a number of prestigious solo percussion recitals.

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Master musician. Voice of pure honey - Times of India 12/27/13

Concert mythique et magique – EuroNews 7/2/11

Awesome! Grammy bound - CNN '04

The Titan of Tabla - Old Town Crier, Alexandria, Virginia, 5/10

Fusioneering, imposing pedigree. Solo success - The Gazette, Maryland - Oct 5, 2012

Spiritual and visceral - Mike Joyce - The Washington Post The best of Asian-Pacific American traditions. Enriched the range of artistic and cultural themes. Exceptional contributions which enrich our nation and the world. The young South Asian percussionist Broto Roy, an accomplished navigator of a range of multi-directional pathways between East and West, not only to a new range of aesthetic references, but also to new instruments and performance styles as well

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