Burman a native of Durgapur, India, is an accomplished tabla player. His love and dedication of tabla began at age 6 when he began learning from Shri Sudhir Roy and later he became a student of the late
distinguished tabla master, Pandit Shyamal Bose of Calcutta. Sandipji’s
performances are marked with spontaneous innovation and tonal purity
while delivering complex rhythmic patterns (tala) or melody (raga).
Sandipji is the first generation of musicians in his family and without
the backing of a reputed musical heritage, it is an unyielding
dedication and enthusiasm that has driven him to continually challenge
himself as a student and to grow musically beyond tabla playing and into
3 additional instruments: tabla tarang, sitar and voice also.
Some of his accomplishments include solo performances at the Kennedy
Center, First Night Providence (Rhode Island), Ravinia Festival
(Chicago), Percussive Arts Society Conference (PASIC) and Nashville
In different circumstances he has filled in the
spot as a side artist for foremost Indian musicians such as .Pt. Debu
Chaudhuri , Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Laxmi Shankar, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, L. Subramaniam, Pt Chitresh Das (Indian Dance), Pt.
Ravi Shankar and Western artists such as Steve Zerlin, John Wubbenhorst,
Kurt Gartner, Dean Linton, Andy Narrell and Victor Wooten they have been
gracious enough to let Sandipji share such venues as the Ali Akbar Music
College Festival, the Monterey World One Festival, the San Francisco
Asian Museum of Art, the International Bengali Conferences in L.A. and
Philadelphia, the Getty Museum (L.A.), Street Scene (San Diego), Nelson
Atkins Museum (Kansas), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Colorado),
Stern Grove Festival (San Francisco) and Wolf Trap (Washington D.C.).
While exploring World Music, Jazz, Western Classical and Movie
Soundtracks, Sandipji has played on albums such as Facing East, Vishnu,
Outbound, Live at the Quick DVD and Global Fusion from Warner Brothers.
Always in search of new challenges, Sandipji wrote his first Western
Classical piece for wind ensemble & string quartet with Gary Hill and
Jonathan Moser, as well as contributed to Danny Elfman’s soundtrack of
Tim Burton’s film, Mars Attacks.
He also organized and arranged a tour with Jazz legends Jack DeJohnette,
Jerry Goodman, Randy Brecker, Howard Levy, Paul McCandless, Steve Smith,
Dave Pietro and Paul Bollenback.
His dazzling performances, combined with his rich and eloquent playing
style, have enabled him to teach master classes and perform at
prestigious institutions world-wide such as CalArts, San Francisco
State, Stanford, UCSD, Brown, DePaul University, Texas Tech, Penn State,
Dartmouth, University of Chicago, Drummer Collective (NY), the Peabody
Conservatory, etc. and in Mexico, North Africa, Israel, the Rotterdam
Conservatory in Holland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden and
(Please see the schedule)