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Ranjit Barot

John McLaughlin

He has been described by guitar legend John McLaughlin as "one of the leading edges in drumming", and is now part of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension. He has been always inspired by the path-breaking work of tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and John McLaughlin and was recently featured as the drummer in John's Grammy nominated album 'Floating Point'.

Ranjit has recently released his highly acclaimed worldwide debut album, 'Bada Boom', in November 2010, featuring some of the greatest musicians on the scene today, from India and the West. This album is a collection of Ranjit's Jazz Fusion and World compositions with performances by Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, U. Srinivas, U. Rajesh, Scott Kinsey, Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Dominique DiPiazza, Harmeet Manseta, Taufique Qureshi, Sanjay Divecha, Tim Garland, Gwilym Symcock, Ayden Esen and Elie Afif, to name a few.

Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music, melody and rhythm has always been an integral part of Ranjit's life. His mother is the renowned Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi. His response to the western drum kit, even at the age of 12, was almost organic and his natural flair, ease and craft catapulted him onto becoming one of India's leading artists on the instrument at the age of 17, starting out as drummer with the great Louis Banks and traveling to the West with leading Indian jazz and classical musicians.

Ranjit's collaborations abroad have seen unique performances with renowned artists such as Jonas Helborg, Aydin Esen, Tim Garland, and Scott Kinsey, Wayne Krantz, Matt Garrison and Arto Tuncboyaciyan at the New Universe Music Festival, USA in Nov 2010. His talent as a drummer, producer, arranger has also led to producing a song for master percussionist, Trilok Gurtu.