Born in a family of music connoisseurs, Shirshendu Mukherjee was inducted into music at the tender age of 3 under the tutelage of Smt. Chandana Chakrabarty. Later on, he joined ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata as a Scholar and received extensive training under his Guru Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, the doyen of Patiala-Kasur Gharana.
Shirshendu started performing at the age of 14 by rendering at the Annual Classical Music Programme organized by Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata when he shared the dais with the giants of Indian Classical Music viz. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Ustad Zakir Hussain. He has been a regular performer in various major conferences in India as well as in Europe, wherein he has been highly appreciated by the connoisseurs of Indian Classical Music. He is a ‘B-High’ grade artiste and a regular performer with All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra Kolkata.
Shirshendu is a Gold Medalist in Master of Arts in Indian Classical Vocal Music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has also taught in Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata as Personal Contact Programme Counsellor under the Directorate of Distance Education, in 2007-2008. He also worked as a Guest Researcher at Sir C V Raman Centre for Physics and Music, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and has contributed into many papers published in various international symposiums and journals.
He is currently working as the Guru and Director of the Riyaz Institute of Hindustani Music in Toronto, Canada. Shirshendu is also a regular performer of Hindustani (North Indian) Classical Vocal Music and a collaborator in cross cultural music concerts. His expertise in the field of Music has brought accolades from the music lovers of Canada.