Pt. Binay Pathak whose musical lineage, the Pathak Gharana, has existed continuously for over 400 years in India. Pt. Binay, an extraordinary classical Indian vocalist, and composer has performed in Europe, Asia, and North America and has played in India with many of the great vocalists of Indian Classical music.
At a very young age, he established himself by accompanying eminent artists like Zakir Hussain, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Smt Gangubai Hangal, Smt Kishori Amonkar, Begum Parveen Sultana, Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Ustad Alla Rakha and many more
The Pathak Gharana is an illustrious family of Dhrupad singers, Sitar and Surbahar players, one of the important and respected musical families of India.
A centuries old tradition of Guru Shishya Parampara, the Pathak gharana began at the time of Emperor Akbar in 16th Century India. The Pathaks were earlier known as Mullicks after the title awarded to them during the Moghul period.
Pt. Binay’s father, the late Pandit Balram Pathak was esteemed as one of the greatest sitarists of his time. His unique sitar style, colored by his own understanding as a talented classical singer, created a unique instrumental style in which the finer aspects and subtleties of vocal dhrupad and khayal gayaki were embodied in his sitar performances. At a very young age he became the court musician for the Maharaja of Cassim-Bazar, Murshidabad, West Bengal.
Today, the tradition of this invaluable Gharana is being carried on by a galaxy of highly talented brothers.