Rakhi Banerjee

Rakhi Banerjee is a natural artist, who sings, propelled by her yearning for the art. She is proficient in vocal genres like khyal, thumri, chaiti, Hori, ghazal, nazrulgeeti,  Bangla adhunik, and Bengals Folk songs.  The students recorded excellent progress in learning under Rakhijee’s methodical guidance.

The students recorded excellent progress under Rakhijee’s methodical guidance.

Ms. Rakhi was proud to be trained by music stalwarts like Sukhendu Goswami (Khyal), Abhay Narayan Mallick (Dhrupad), Govardhan Mishra (Thumri, Tappa), Vasant E. Timothy [Ghazal), Purabi Dutta (Nazrulgeeti), Purnima Chaudhury (Thumri, Chaiti, Hori, Jhula), and Dinen Chaudhury (Bengali Folk songs).

She received her master’s degree in music in 1986 from Khairagarh University. The Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India awarded her Senior Fellowship for her research project on Hindustani Neo-Classical Vocal Styles. She taught Hindustani raga Music at the IKS University, Khairagarh, as a Guest Faculty. The Department of Music, University of Hyderabad, invited her to do seminars on Neo-Classical Music in 2021. Ms. Rakhi is an approved musician of All India Radio. She has been actively involved in music teaching online and traditional on-site modes for over two decades.


Taken from Google reviews

Rupkotha Suvankari wrote:

— Sometimes, I constantly fail to master certain areas of a song, and I get frustrated. But, with Mamani’s motherly care [Ms. Rakhi Banerjee], I succeed. Mamani puts in her patient efforts and finally fixes the issues. After I mastered I get astonished at how I could overcome the difficulties so nicely! —

[Translated from Bengali]

Alima Khatun wrote

Rakhi Banerjee Ma’am is a great music teacher. She carefully taught me songs patiently. I am now singing much better. 

Rina Gupta wrote:

— This was the first time I saw such brilliant music teaching when I saw her (Ms. Rakhi Banerjee) teaching vocal music. She very carefully, patiently, and affectionately teaches us. Her methodical efforts made my musical progress much better and quicker than before. —

[Translated from Bengali]

India Residents’ Exclusive

Indian Music Lessons (IML) has an exclusive window for India-residents. IML is running this window to primarily serve the students residing in India online. Now the students will receive lessons in sitar, sarod, vocal music, flute, guitar, and violin through exclusively developed music pedagogy with proven results. So, students interested in different specializations are welcome.

For further inquiries, please tap the call button to connect.

Students seeking on-site lessons may visit the Sanjoy Bandopadhyay School of Music [SBSM]. The details are also available directly on Google Maps.

India residents

IML is preparing musicians for concert challenges and creating new musicians. YOU are a MUSICIAN; discover it!

IML welcomes Indian resident students, those who (1) know the basic techniques of sitar, sarod, Guitar, Violin, and Bamboo Flute playing, and (2) advanced students of any instrument who wish to pursue North Indian Classical Music. Your teacher for instrumental music lessons will be Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the renowned sitar maestro and phenomenal Guru.

In addition, IML is also accepting beginners and intermediate students in Vocal music. Rakhi Banerjee is the mentor for vocal music.

The lesson duration will be as required and around 30 mins. IML recommends the students once a week session for the best results.

  • PSB = Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
  • OT = Other Teachers
TeacherClasses per weekFees per classMonthly fees
PSBEvery week10004000
PSBAlternate week12502500
OTEvery week7002800
OTAlternate week8501700

Note: The dispatched fees should get reflected at the receiver end at least two days ahead of the start date of the sessions. All are requested to browse through the site and understand how IML works. Then, please fill out the form below to express your interest. The IML office will let you know the bank details where you can transfer the fees. Please give us 3-4 days to complete the process, namely session scheduling, exchanging Skype/FaceTime details, etc.

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining IML.

    Your Full Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Your city and country (required)

    Are you residing in India? (required)

    What do you wish to learn? (required)

    How did you come to know about Indian Music lessons?

    Tell IML about you and your music (required)

    Sanjoy Bandopadhyay School of Music [SBSM]

    Call for an appointment OR quickly scroll down and complete the small form

    Sanjoy Bandopadhyay School of Music [SBSM] offers offline teaching for all levels and ages of music students keen to learn Indian Classical Music. SBSM teaches students of beginner, intermediate, advanced, and very advanced levels for sitar playing. For other instruments, e.g., sarod, guitar, flute, guitar, and violin, SBSM accepts students from the intermediate level.  

    SBSM has recently started Vocal Music lessons. The school has engaged highly experienced teachers like Rakhi Banerjee. Currently, it offers classes in Khyal, Thumri, Ghazal, Nazrulgeeti, Bangla Adhunik, and Bangla Lokageeti.

    আমি গভীর বিশ্বাসের সাথে বলতে পারি যে সঞ্জয় বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় স্কুল অফ মিউজিক এ শিক্ষাদান পদ্ধতি অত্যন্ত প্রভাবশালী। — ওনার (আমার গুরু পণ্ডিত সঞ্জয় বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের) উদ্ভাবিত একেবারে নতুন (শিক্ষা) পদ্ধতির প্রভাব শিক্ষার্থীরা অনায়াসে এবং দ্রুত অনুভব করতে পারেন। —  রাজরূপা চৌধুরী

    Sanjoy Bandopadhyay School of Music runs under the guidance of Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, the eminent musician and an exemplary Guru. SBSM offers teaching based on his well-curated and tested music teaching method. This application shows very quick results, especially for the students who yearn to perform well. The pedagogy has successfully produced a good number of glob-trotter musicians.

    Learning music at SBSM is fun!

    Some Reviews on SBSM taken from Google

    Raynee Dass

    Would highly recommend this program to those seeking to expand their musical knowledge. With this Super-learning training program and well-researched techniques by our beloved guruji and mentor Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, one can definitely achieve their objectives in this field.

    Mridul Bose

    I am thoroughly impressed with the students’ performances trained under the Gurus associated with SBSM.
    I confidently recommend the Sanjoy Bandopadhyay School of Music to all ICM enthusiasts seriously willing to learn the art of music performance.

    Sovan Chanda

    “If music be the food of love, play on! Give me excess of it……!” Yes, it’s a golden opportunity to learn the quintessence of Indian classical music under the competent guidance of Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, an excellent sitar maestro and one of the leading exponents in this field! The sincere learners should be up and doing to get the touch of class at SBSM.

    Rupkotha Subhanakri

    সংগীত শিক্ষা হচ্ছে গুরুমুখী শিক্ষা। এত ধৈর্য দিয়ে কেউ গান শেখাতে পারেন সেটা মামনি অর্থাৎ শ্রীমতি রাখি ব্যানার্জি’র ছাত্রী না হলে কিছুতেই বুঝতে পারতাম না।
    এমন কিছু সময় আসে যখন কিছু কিছু জায়গা কিছুতেই পেরে উঠি না, অনেক সময়ই বিরক্ত হয়ে যাই।  কিন্তু, মায়ের যত্ন দিয়ে মামনি সেই মুস্কিল জায়গা বার বার ঠিক করার চেষ্টা করেছেন শেষ পর্যন্ত সফলও হয়েছেন। আমি অবাক হয়ে ভেবেছি, এত কঠিন জায়গাটা পারলাম কেমন করে?!
    আমি বরাবর রবীন্দ্রসঙ্গীত গাইতে ভালোবাসি। ছোটবেলা থেকে দাদার কাছে অনেক যত্নে রবীন্দ্রসঙ্গীত এবং অন্যান্য আধুনিক গান শিখেছি। তবে নজরুল গীতি মানেই সারাক্ষণ একটা ভয় কাজ করতো; কিন্তু মামনির কাছে যে নজরুলগীতি শেখা হয়ে যায় তা আর গাইতে ভয় লাগে না।
    আমার মতে তিনি একজন কেবল সু-শিক্ষিকাই নন, তিনি একজন মা; যাকে আমি অনায়াসে শ্রেষ্ঠ-গুরু
    বলতে পারি।

    Rajrupa Chowdhury

    আমি গভীর বিশ্বাসের সাথে বলতে পারি যে সঞ্জয় বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায় স্কুল অফ মিউজিক এ শিক্ষাদান পদ্ধতি অত্যন্ত প্রভাবশালী।
    আমার গুরু পণ্ডিত সঞ্জয় বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের শিক্ষাদান পদ্ধতি একেবারেই স্বকীয়। যে কোন যন্ত্রসঙ্গীত শিক্ষার্থীকে  শিক্ষার্থীর ক্ষমতা অনুসারে উনি উপযোগী শিক্ষাদান করে থাকেন। ওনার উদ্ভাবিত একেবারে নতুন পদ্ধতির প্রভাব শিক্ষার্থীরা অনায়াসে এবং দ্রুত অনুভব করতে পারেন।
    সংগীতর উপস্থাপনা ও পরিবেশন কি ভাবে করলে তা সহজেই শ্রোতাদের সাথে যোগ স্থাপনে  সক্ষম হবে; শিল্পী, শিল্পীর শৈল্পিকতা, ও শ্রোতা এই তিন বিন্দুর সার্থক মিলনের পদ্ধতির বিষয়ে ওঁর প্রয়োগ অসাধারণ প্রভাবী।
    সফল সংগীত পরিবেশনের যাত্রায় নিঃশব্দতার ভূমিকা, সংগীত ছাড়াও অন্য  শিল্পমাধ্যমের সাথে নিবিড় সম্বন্ধ-স্থাপনের উপযোগিতা, ও শিক্ষার্থীর নিজের সত্তাকে আবিষ্কার করার গুরুত্ব এ সম্পর্কে গুরুজীর চিন্তা সুস্পষ্ট। এর সবই  ওঁর শিক্ষা পদ্ধতিতে সম্মিলিত হয়েছে। গুরুজীর তালিম আশ্চর্যজনক ভাবে শিক্ষার্থীর সরল ও স্বাভাবিক লাগে ও এর ফলে তার সাংগীতিক প্রগতি অচিরেই সামনে আসে।

    (Translated by Google) I can say with deep conviction that the teaching method of Sanjay Bandopadhyay School of Music is highly influential.
    My guru Pandit Sanjay Bandopadhyay’s teaching method is very unique. He provides tailored lessons to any instrumental music student as per the student’s ability. Students can easily and quickly feel the effects of the brand-new method he invented.
    How the music is presented and performed will easily connect with the audience; His application of the three-point approach to meaningful integration of the artist, the artist’s artistry, and the audience is extremely influential.
    Guruji’s thoughts on the role of silence in the journey of successful music performance, the usefulness of close engagement with other mediums besides music, and the importance of the student discovering his own being are clear. All of this is integrated into his teaching methods. Guruji’s teaching is surprisingly simple and natural to the student and his musical progress soon emerges as a result.

    We are located in the Netaji Nagar Area in South Kolkata.

    If you are a resident of India and interested in online classes, you may visit indianmusiclessons.com/ir/

      Your Full Name (required)

      Your Email (required)

      What do you wish to learn? (required)

      How did you come to know about Sanjoy Bandopadhyay School of Music?

      Tell SBSM about you and your music (required)