ऊrja is a group of extremely Talented Young Musicians led by Sitarist Chintan Katti. Essentially it is a Fusion ensemble that Blends the compositions based on certain Raags and Scales played through Sitar with Keyboard and Bass Guitar on the Melody, accompanied by the Drums, Percussion and Tabla for Indian and Western Rhythm.
Chintan Katti, born in a musical family, is the Son and Disciple of renowned Sitarist Pt. Shashank Katti. Chintan started learning Sitar at a very young age. From then, responding to his father’s profound teachings, Chintan’s music has blossomed into a unique style that reflects the ‘gayaki ang’ on the sitar. Chintan is one of the promising young Sitarist of the Young Generation. At a young age Chintan has won many prizes and has performed on television, radio and concerts all over India.
Chintan is a Graded Artist of All India Radio & a recipient of the Young Artist Scholarship by the Minstry of Culture(New Delhi).
He also is a Gold Medalist of the National Level Youth Festival.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, the versatile tabla player and a percussionist, Rupak Dhamankar started his journey with music at the age of four . Music being in his family, he took his initial lessons from his father Shri Ganesh Dhamankar and later from Pt. Omkar Gulvani who themselves are expert tabla players.
To enhance his tabla skills and learn the knowhow of being a tabla player, Rupak takes guidance under ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ from the most renowned tabla player who has been a maestro in the music industry for about 35 years – Pt. Madhav Pawar a ‘Gandabandh shishya’ of Ust. Amir Hussain Khan Saheb of ‘Dilli purab and Farukhabad gharana’
Jigar shah is a drummer & rhythm designer. Having had his trainmen in western & classical rhythms from guru pankaj sharma, gino banks & true school of music.. He is now performing with renowned artists like niti mohan , mahalaxmi iyer, shilpa rao, javed ali, neha bhasin, indian idol, star TV world over. He has recently collaborated with “the disparrows” an LA based band. Jigar has been performing professionally since the young age of 14 and is now the official endorsee for “pearl” drums & “meinlh” cymbals in india.
Rahul is one of the most Talented Keyboard player of today’s generation. He has been playing Keyboard from childhood and since then, he has performed concerts all over India and Abroad. He is a Sangeet Alankar from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Harmonium. Rahul has been Performing with Famous musicians like Falguni Pathak, Swanand Kirkire and many more.
22 year old Hansel Dias is an upcoming bass player from Mumbai. With influences ranging from jazz, rock and funk to classical fusion and electronica, versatile is a word best describing the kind of music he plays. Hansel is a graduate from the True School of Music, and is currently a freelance artist, working for different kinds of projects as a studio artist and live performer. He has also performed with various artists such as Taufiq Qureshi, Purbhayan Chatterjee, Chirag Katti, among others.