Ranjit Barot is an Indian film score composer, music director, music arranger, drummer and singer.
He has been described by guitar legend John McLaughlin as "one of the leading edges in drumming", and is part of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, touring Europe.
Born into a family steeped in Indian classical music and dance, melody and rhythm has always been an integral part of Ranjit’s life.
In 1980 he performed at the Jazz Yatra in Europe with the Jazz Yatra Sextet (with Louis Banks), besides performing with Pandit Ravi Shankar's ensemble on the same tour.This phase saw journeys to Europe and the West with leading Indian jazz/pop and classical musicians. Between 1980 and 1982, Ranjit performed at European festivals.
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.
He has been a featured drummer and arranger for R.D. Burman, Laxmikant – Pyarelal, Kalyanji – Anandji, continuing through the eras of Anu Malik and Ismail Darbar, and to the present, as arranger/ producer.
Ranjit has been an integral part of some of A.R. Rahman’s work through the years.
At the Jazz Yatra ’80, he performed with the Jazz Yatra Sextet, and also performed with the Pandit Ravi Shankar’s ensemble, Jazzmine, featuring John Handy, George Adams and Mike Richmond of the Mingus Dynasty.
His collaborations with musicians abroad have included unique performances with artists such as John McLaughlin, Jonas Helborg, Ayden Esen, and Tim Garland.
Ranjit has released his debut album, titled 'Bada Boom', worldwide in November 2010, featuring musicians 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.
Ranjit has recently been the Music Composer and Sound Designer for the entire Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010, and is representing India with his Live Performance at the "India Inclusive' showcase at WEF, Davos 2011.