【NEEL SARKAR】 Neel Sarkar is a composer/instrumentalist from Shantiniketan, India, the place of the great world poet Rabindranath Tagore.After he had several training in various musical styles and performed with many artists from all over the world. He started his musical journey at an early age of nine. His first instrument was the tabla, a popular Indian hand drum in which he received training in the Farukabad Gharana. At the age of seventeen, he chose the Classical guitar as his primary instrument under the influence of musicians like Al De Meola, John Mc Laughlin, Andre’ Segovia and others. Gradually, his influences also came to include stalwarts of the Hindusthani Classical scene like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Nikhil Bannerjee as well as many other instrument players from all around the world . Shaped by various trajectories of musical genres and styles, his style of playing has come to reflect a mix of Hindusthani Classical melodies and flamenco rhythmic textures underscored with an essence of Western jazz harmony. Apart from composing and playing his primary instrument,he is under the tutelage of Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharya’s talim(Patiala Gharana) in Hindustani classical music, he can also play other string instruments like the ukulele, guitalele, Persian Setar and the dotara as well as some percussion instruments like tabla, dubki, khanjira and cajon. On the other side, he is into keyboard programming and background scores for ad films, animation films, short films etc.
In 2017 Neel released his solo freestyle classical guitar album “SOLILOQUY” which was a crowdfunding project and he got an immense support and fund from his fans and friends to make it happen.He toured all over India and abroad with this album and still touring with the thoughts inside his head for the next album.