Profile

Rajib Karmakar is undoubtedly one of the finest young sitar players  today. Years of learning have resulted in an extensive technique and deep understanding of diverse musical styles. His open mind has led to an extension of his musical horizon to incorporate imaginative experiments in world music styles that delight the young and the old. He has performed all over the world, in prestigious music concerts and festivals. He is the creator of the world’s first double necked electric Sitar ” Mayur Tantri” . Rajib’s versatility has ably adapted his classical knowledge and skill in his fusion projects like Wahh(USA), Fuzorhythm(India), Loop Science(Germany), Nada Naissance(France) etc.

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He is currently residing in Los Angeles, California as a performer, educator and digital artiste Rajib is performing frequently in India and abroad including USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland etc. and has given performances in Festival of India(Ottawa), Boom Festival(Portugal), Hip-Hop Connection Festival (Austria), Festival De Papillotes(France), Ministry of Culture(Spain), European Yoga Congress(Switzerland), Ganesh Mahotsav(India), ARS Musica(Germany) etc and was awarded numerous awards including “Surmani” , California Institute of the Arts Scholarship.

Already at this young age he is well appreciated by his audience and critics for his artistic aspects & nuances of diverse styles and a mastery of technical skill. His concerts are always smarked for their aesthetic appeal and improvisation blended with a fine command of technical expertise. Rajib is an instrumentalist with an unique musical sense, innovative skills and the touch of swift, agile fingers. Be it at his Indian Classical Music Concerts or his World Music Concerts, he can almost immediately mesmerize audience of all ages.

Notable Performances and Recordings :

 2016

  • Recording for Disney “The Jungle Book” show May 19
  • Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree, California May 17
  • California Science Center, Los Angeles, California April 5
  • Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, California Feb 19
  • The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida Feb 17
  • Shruti Foundation Annual Concert, St. Pete College, Florida Feb 9

2015

  • Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, Florida Dec 7
  • Festival of India, Richmond Convention Center, Virginia Oct 24
  • India Night, Lake Shrine Place, Los Angeles, California Sep 19
  • Sprinfest 2015, Molson Canadian Studio, Hamilton, Canada May 23
  • Toronto Sanskriti Sangstha, Toronto, Canada May 17
  • National Arts Center, Ottawa, Canada May 9
  • Forgartyville Community Media and Arts Center, Sarasota, Florida May 8
  • Tropical Heatwave Festival, Ybor City, Florida May 1
  • Sealholm High School Auditorium , Birmingham, Michigan Apr 25
  • Pt. Kashinath Shankar Bodas Music Festival, Scottsdale, Arizona Apr 17
  • Showcase India, Punta Gorda, Florida Feb 15
  • Bengali Society of Florida, Orlando, Florida Jan 31
  • House of Blues, Los Angeles, California Jan 24
  • Dhara Concert at NAMM, Anaheim, CA Jan 22

2014

  • Theatre Rogue Du Conservatoire, Montreal, Canada Dec 6
  • Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Halifax, Canada Nov 15
  • Burhamthorpe Library Theatre, Mississauga, Canada Nov 14
  • Blue Whale Jazz, Los Angeles, USA Oct 21
  • Heilingenkreuz im Lafnitzal, Austria Oct 18
  • Disney Diwali Night, Los Angeles, California Sept 24
  • CD Release Concert in Springhill, Florida, USA Aug 17
  • Festival of India, Ottawa, Canada Aug 9
  • Toronto Music Garden, Toronto, Canada July 24
  • Castello Di Romeo, Montecchio Maggiore, Italy June 12
  • Point De Basculle, Marseille, France May 17
  • CalArts World Music and Dance Festival, Valencia, California May 3
  • Indian Culture Center, Tampa, Florida Apr 16
  • Dhara World Music Concert, CalArts, Valencia, California Jan 27
  • WMNF Radio Concert, Clearwater, Florida Jan 3

2013

  • Roy O. Disney Hall, CalArts, Valencia, California Dec 9
  • Festival Yoga sur l’Atlantique, La Rochelle, France June 1
  • Festsaal der Ayur Veda Klinik, Kassel, Germany May 18
  • Espacio Rhonda, Madrid, Spain May 11
  • Hip-Hop Connection Festival, Wien, Austria Apr 20
  • Festival de Papillotes, Brest, France Apr6

2012

  • IndiaSphere Diwali festival, Graz, Austria Nov 11
  • Boom Festival, Lisbon, Portugal July 28
  • Nada-Naissance Concert, Durgapur, India Mar 10
  • Mondial Centrum, Haarlem, Holland Feb 11
  • Casa De La India for Ministry of Culture, Valladolid, Spain Mar 31

2011 and before

  • European Yoga Congress, Zinal, Switzerland Aug 26
  • Buhne im Burgertreff, Hamburg, Germany May 7
  • Theatre im Waaghaus, Winterthur, Switzerland Nov 27
  • Le Cazard, Lausanne, Switzerland Nov 18
  • Theatre Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland Nov 12
  • Sanskar Bharati Concert, Bokaro, India April 20
  • Fuzorhythm Concert in Tollygunj Club, Kolkata, India Oct 13
  • Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India Mar 20
  • Ganesh Mahotsav, Varanasi, India Aug 20
  • A.I.R (All-India-Radio) Concert, Kolkata, India, Feb 5

Cd’s and Recordings

  • Euphonic, Sunanda Records, India 2015
  • Liberation, Shruti AIM, USA 2014
  • Muzocean, The Indian Record Mfg. Co. Ltd, India 2014
  • Capitol Records CalArts Jazz 2014- 25th Annual CD, Capitol Records, USA 2014
  • The Art of Chill, Nitty Scott, USA 2014
  • Filling by Fii, Austria 2013
  • India Dreams, Neptune Media, Germany 2012
  • Bliss, India 2012
  • Crossroads, Pancham Records, India 2011

 Honors and Awards :

  • Competition judge for Pt. Kashinath Bodas Music Festival, Phoenix 2015
  • Received scholarship from California Institute of the Arts (USA) 2013
  • Awarded title Surmani by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, India 2010
  • Adjudged 1st in Maya Mitra Memorial Instrumental Competition hosted by Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata, India 2008
  • Adjudged 1st in All India Youth Festival (Eastern Zone), Manipur, India 2004