Home Art & Culture On Father’s day Music Composer Ranjit Barot shares a very strong and emotional bond with his daughter Mallika

On Father’s day Music Composer Ranjit Barot shares a very strong and emotional bond with his daughter Mallika

File Picture of Music Composer Ranjit Barot .

Ranjit Barot shares a very strong and emotional bond with his daughter, Mallika. Even as just a child, she was at the heart of his day, having built his state of the art recording studio at home (where he produced and completed colossal works such as Vande Mataram 2, award-winning music score for ‘Aks’, and numerous other albums and films) , just so he would not miss out on precious time with her. And today, at 23, Mallika is able to share time with him doing what they both love most – working on music and performing together. As a singer, and collaborating with other young writers and performers in Mumbai, Mallika is also part of her father’s electronic pop/R&B/soul band, ‘Superphonic’ along with Gulraj Singh. They recently had a great performance at the Yamaha Arena, Palm Expo 2019.

Ranjit started playing at the age of 14, encouraged by his mother, the legendary Kathak dancer, Sitara Devi.  Since then he has been on a long and illustrious road as primarily a drummer, but also a much sought after musician, music producer and composer. His career includes collaborations and performances with the widest range of celebrated artists in the recording and live performance genres. Ustad Zakir Hussain, maestro A.R.Rahman,  R.D.Burman, maestro Louis Banks, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Pandit Ravi Shankar, U. Srinivas, L. Subramaniam, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pandit ‘Vikku’ Vinayakaram, Taufiq Qureshi, Ismail Darbar, Pritam, and Anu Malik and Vishal- Shekhar to name a few.  His work with the Western greats have included renowned artists such as the legendary Don Cherry, Bill Evans, Etienne Mbappe, Wayne Krantz, Scott Kinsey, and the mighty John McLaughlin. He has brought his own unique personality and energy to various projects as Music Director for the 2006 Sydney Commonwealth games, 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and 2018 Hockey World Cup ceremonies, along with the MTV Unplugged series and Jammin’.

Even as he currently works on his own vocal album, and holds down privileged roles as Musical Director for A.R.Rahman Live Concerts and drummer / vocalist for John McLaughlin, Ranjit finds great personal joy in his unique collaboration with his daughter.


Mallika’s words for her father on his special day, “My father, also my first teacher in what it means to be a musician, has always kept these two aspects of our relationship independent but still connected. He has created a special space for just us, where I can grow tremendously and still feel truly secure in every sense.”



About Ranjit Barot :  Ranjit Barot is today on the forefront of both worlds, the mainstream popular Indian / World music and Jazz Fusion genres. He is the Musical Director for Oscar winning composer, A.R.Rahman’s Live Concerts and holds the coveted ‘throne’ as Drummer for world renowned Guitar legend John Mclaughlin & the 4th Dimension band. His early career saw performances with Louis Banks & the Jazz Yatra Sextet, the great Pandit Ravi Shankar, the maestros, (late) Don Cherry & (late) Charlie Mariano. His work / performances with the Western great have included unique collaborations with renowned artists such as Bill Evans, Scott Kinsey, Jonas Helborg, Ayden Esen, and Tim Garland.


Ranjit has also had a long career in composition and music production, working out of his own state-of-the-art studio facility, in Mumbai, India. Combined with his strong roots in the Indian classical tradition and his world-view of music gave him a unique perspective on the Indian Film genre.  His career spans projects over the last almost 4 decades as a featured drummer and arranger for Indian Film Industry erstwhile giants such as R.D. Burman, right up to A.R. Rahman’s greatest work through the years, including the Grammy & Oscar nominated ‘127 Hours’   and continues to bring his unique personality to this genre of music. His recognition as a Music Composer and Arranger for Album Projects and Feature Films has earned him the Filmfare Award for his score in ‘Aks’ (2001) and more recently his work in ‘Shaitan’ swept all 3 major Indian awards (filmfare, Screen and Zee), in the year 2011.



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