Student Quality Bidi and little Radhika Mohan Maitra

Told by Somjit Dasgupta
Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Radhika Mohan Maitra, Brojendra Mohan Maitra, Goshthababu, student quality bidi, Rajshahi,
Language Bengali

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Megaphone, Jnanedra Prasad Goswami, Ustd. Fayyaz Khan, Asit Baran

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Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Jnanendra Prakash Goswami, Paresh Chandra Bhattacharjee, Fayyaz Khan, Megaphone, Programme Director, 1932-38, Asit Baran, Clerk cum Tabaljee, Abhoy Pada Mallick,
Language Bengali

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Briefly about Jnanendra Prasad Goswami during late 1930

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Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Jnanendra Prasad Goswami, 1934-38, Radhika Mohan Maitra, Suresh Chakraborty, Bhismadev, Vishmadev Chatterjee, Amiya Nath Sanyal, Deba Prasad Garg, Vishnupur, Mallick Bazar Telephone Exchange, Atta Hussein Khan, Fayyaz Khan, Rathin Chattopadhyay,
Language Bengali

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1930’s HMV, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Hari Moti Debi and others

Told by Somjit Dasgupta
Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Kaji Nazrul Islam, record company, Jamiruddin Khan, HMV, Programme Director, 1930, Bhismadev, Vishmadev  Chattopadhyay, Jamiruddin Khan, Radhika Mohan Maitra, Masid Khan, Mushtaq Ali Khan, Buik, Brojen Maitra, Haromoti Devi, Achchhan Maharaj, Thumri, Hathibagan Tol, Harmonium, sarod, Md. Amir Khan, 1934, Pahade, Kafi, Baithaks
Language Bengali

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Ustd. Allauddin Khan on Radhika Mohan Maitra

Told by Somjit Dasgupta
Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Radhika Mohan Moitra, 1935, Bhagawan Chandra Sen, Swami Vivekananda, Lalit Mohan Maitra, Allauddin Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, Allahabad, 1937, Anokhelal, jaba, Dipali Nag.

 

Language Bengali

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Three types of Surshringars and also five hours Bhimpalashree

Told by Somjit Dasgupta
Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Surshringar, Vishnupur gharana, Nrishinha Prasad Mukhopadhyay, Pramathanath Bandyopadhyay, Veen, Surabab, Bhowanipur, Wajed Ali Shah, Kashim Ali Khan, 1924, Bhimpalashree, Madh Jor, Nasiruddin Khan.
Language Bengali

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Experiments with Mohanveena

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Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Mohan Veena, 1943, Sur-rabab, wood, Tarab, Radhika Mohan Maitra, 1946, Veen ang, Thakur Jaidev Singh, 1948, Keramatullah Khan, Prem Ballabh, 1935-36.

 

Language Bengali

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Birth of Mohanveena

Told by Somjit Dasgupta
Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Radhika Mohan Maitra, Dhruva Tara Joshi, train, Shakh, Sadiq Ali Khan, Surshringar, Lucknow, Veena, Chakraberia, Bhowanipur, 56 Chakraberia Road, Surshringar, Veen, Mohan Veena, 1943, Gopal Sharma, Kanailal, Rajab Ali Khan,
Language Bengali

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Paraphrased in English

Birth of Mohanveena

Told by:  Somjit Dasgupta

This is a story about how Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra, the eminent maestro, created the Mohan Veena. Looking at the time frame I take it that he was at the  second phase of musical career. After demise of his Guru Radhika Mohan became very busy with his music concerts. One could see his personal Salon Train waiting at the tourist platform of different states. During this phase he visited different Royal Courts of Lucknow, Alwar, Rampur, Jaipur, Kolhapur, Ahmadabad and others.

Meanwhile, Dhruva Tara Joshi, the great musician of Agra Gharana was on All India Radio, Lucknow.  He was working on Sakh group of ragas i.e. Deo-Sakh, Laccha Sakh, Bhav Shah and Shakh with four different artists. Among these four Sakhs, one was performed by the legendary Ustad Sadik Ali Khan in Veena. Radhika Mohan Moitra with his Sursringer was very popular and regular on Baithaks. On hearing him in a Baithak, Sadik Ali conveyed his interest to perform with Moitraji. Dhruba Tara Joshi liked the idea and decided to organise a jugalbandi of Veena and Sursringer.  The performance happened twice; one in All India Radio as the continuation of that programme and other one at Joshiji’s Lucknow residence. Great musicians throughout India came to attend that extraordinary Jugalbandi. They appreciated the effort that Dhruba Tara Joshi had taken and also very keenly suggested another programme to be performed in Kolkata at a very large scale. They asked for Pathuriyaghata Rajbari or the Shobha Bazar Rajbari of Raja Nabakrishna Deb. But it was finally happened at 56 Cakraberiya Road at the maternal house of Radhika Mohan Moitra. It was a very simple Baithak. Radhu Babu expressed his enormous happiness after the concert, personally to Joshiji.

Mohan Veena. Photo Courtesy : Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Radhika Mohan Moitra, after the third duet recital with Sadiq Ali, somewhere felt the need of an instrument where he could get a deeper tone like Sursringer and Veena with faster fingering style like Sarod. It was 1943. He came up with an idea and design and handed it to Gopal Sharma. This was how Mohan Veena was born. The measurement of Mohan Veena remained the same as his Sarod. He added a small bridge, a type of bridge that was in common use for sitar Tarab strings. The shop of Gopal Sharma, the instrument maker, was on the opposite of Rabindra Bharati University. Radhu Babu often visited his shop during the instrument making. Next to Sharmaji’s shop, there was famous Kanail Lal & Sons. Stalwart musicians of that era, Ustad Sadik Ali Khan, Ustad Rajab Ali Khan, Ustad Enayet Khan were the regular visitors of that shop.

Paraphrased by Dr. Suranjita Paul, Research Fellow

 Data processed at SAP-DRS Lab, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University.

 

Ustd. Dabir Khan awarding Radhika Mohan Maitra

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Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Radhika Mohan Maitra, Dabir Khan, Dhrupad, Veen, Surshringar, Rampur, Bhupen Ghosh, Pathuriaghata Rajbari, 1936, Abdullah Khan, jaba,
Language English

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Ustd. Md. Ameer Khan presenting Jabaa to Radhika Mohan Maitra

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Obtained by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay and Troilee Dutta
Date 14 July, 2015
Place Residence of Somjit Dasgupta Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, 3/1/1D, Padmapukur Road, Kolkata 700092
About Somjit Dasgupta Disciple of Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Preserving rare musical instruments including the instruments belonged to Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. He plays different instruments like Sarod, Surshringar, Mohan Veena, etc.
Tags Radhika Mohan Maitra, award, 1934, Ameer Khan, Raja Naba Krishna, Bhagawan Chandra Sen, Pakhawaj, Kaunsi Kanhada, Nayaki Kanhada, Adana-Bahar, jaba.
Language Bengali

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