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 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Smt Gangubai Hangal, Smt Kishori Amonkar, Begum Parveen Sultana, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Pandit Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Smt Girija Devi, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Pandit Samta Prasad, Ustad Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain.
The Pathak Gharana is an illustrious family of Dhrupad singers, Sitar and Surbahar players, one of the important and respected musical families of India. Pathak Gharana is mentioned in all Hindi works relating to the History of Indian Classical Music or Biographies of Classical Musicians such as Hamare Sangeet Ratna, by L. N. Garg and Bharatiya Sangeet Kosh, by V. R. Chaudhury.
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.
The Pathak family gharana has a rare tradition of extraordinarily talented musicians, a musical lineage spanning generations of dhrupadists, sitarists and veena players.
Pt. Binay’s father, the late Pandit Balram Pathak was esteemed as one of the greatest sitarists of his time. His unique sitar style, coloured 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. A renowned master of sitar, Pt. Balram Pathak was also adept on surbahar and sursringar. At a very young age he became the court musician for the Maharaja of Cossim-Bazar, Murshidabad, West Bengal. Today, the tradition of this invaluable gharana is being carried on by a galaxy of highly talented brothers.
The late Pandit Balram Pathak’s four sons are: Pandit Ashok Pathak, Pandit Pramod Pathak, Pandit Vinod Pathak and Pandit Binay Pathak. Rarely does one find a galaxy of such highly talented musician brothers in one family. All the brothers excel in their chosen field. The eldest brother, Pt. Ashok Pathak is a renowned sitarist. Pt. Pramod Pathak is a vocalist of high order. Pt. Vinod Pathak, is a tabla player of note who has also distinguished himself as a visual artist.