Listening to Pt. Tarapada Chakraborty

Told by Pt. Sanjay Bandopadhyay
Obtained by Suranjita Paul
Date 19th August 2016
Place SAP- Lab, Dept. of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University
About the speaker Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhya is an eminent Sitar Player and Ustad Alauddin Khan Chair Professor in Dept. of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University.
Tags Early ’70, Tarapada Chakraborty, Andrews School, Rabindra Sadan, Begum Akhtar, Manas Chakraborty, Tabla, Keramatulla Khan, Harmonium, Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Sur-Malhar, Taan, subjective statement, Chhaya-Hindol, expression, Tanpura, Bade Gulam Ali Khan, audience
Language Bengali

Pt. Sanjay Bandyapadhyay speaks:

Two legends on stage but he could only pray for one!

Told by Dilip Mukherjee
Obtained by Rajeswary Ganguly Banerjee
Date 19th August, 2016
Place S.A.P. Lab, Instrumental Music Department , Rabindra Bharati University , B.T. Road Campus.
About the speaker Renowned Tabla Player, Accompanist Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University
Tags performance, Shyamal Bose, 1960, Amir Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Vocal, Accompanist, Vilayat Khan, Begum Akhtar, Raag Lalit,    Audience
Language Bengali

Dilip Mukherjee speaks :

 

Raga Analysis and the Eminent Musicians at the Sangeet Research Academy

Told by Rajyasree Ghosh
Obtained by Rajeswary Ganguly Banerjee
Date 19th August, 2016
Place S.A.P. Lab, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, B.T.Road Campus.
About the speaker Renowned  Vocalist, Assistant Professor ,  Rabindra Sangeet Department , Rabindra Bharati University
Tags Sangeet Research Academy, Tollygunj, Music Schooling, Behag, Vijay Kichlu, Nibruttibua Sarnaik, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Girija Devi, A.T. Kanan , Malabika Kanan , Listening Session, Faiyaz Khan, Musical Phrase, Ustad Nissar Hossein Khan, Musical Notes, Amir Khan, Jasraj, Bandish, Music Criticism, 1990.
Language Bengali, English

Rajyasree Ghosh Speaks :

On later inquiry Smt. Rajyasri Ghosh told that the incident happened around 1990. – Editor

No Amplification in Kalamandir : Pt. A. Kanan sings

Told by Rajyasree Ghosh
Obtained by Rajeswary Ganguly Banerjee
Date 19th August, 2016
Place S.A.P. Lab, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University ,B.T.Road Campus.
About the speaker Renowned   Vocalist, Assistant Professor , Rabindra Sangeet Department , Rabindra Bharati University
Tags 1975, Kalamandir, Performance, Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Prasun Bandyopadhyay, A.T. Kanan , Malabika Kanan, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, 1974, Music Conference, Bageshree,Taar Saptak Sa, Sam, Sagird, Bandish.
Language Bengali

Smt Rajyasree Ghosh Speaks :

 

Mesmerizing theka – Pt. Shyamal Bose

Told by Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
Obtained by Suranjita Paul
Date 19th August 2016
Place SAP- Lab, Dept. of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University
About the speaker Pt. Sanjay Bandyapadhya is an eminent Sitar Player and Ustad Alauddin Khan Chair Professor in Instrumental Dept. Rabindra Bharati University.
Tags Shaymal Bose, Barada (Elder brother), Indira Cinema Hall, 1968 – 69, Sadaranga Music Conference, Ustad Amir Khan, Tanpura, Tabla, Darbari, Long Pause, Theka, Ektaal, Jhoomra, Sitar, Sarod, Nikhin Banerjee, Chandrakosh, Gat, Ati Vilambit, All India Radio, Teen tala
Language Bengali

Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay speaks:

 

A mesmerizing musical night with Pt. Manas Chakraborty

Told by Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
Obtained by Suranjita Paul
Date 19th August 2016
Place SAP- Lab, Dept. of Instrumental Music , Rabindra Bharati University
About the speaker Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhya is an eminent Sitar Player and Ustad Alauddin Khan Chair Professor in Dept. of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University.
Tags Manas Chakraborty, Solo Concert, September 1975 , Tarapada Chakraborty, Sukumar Samajpati, Kala Mandir, Tabla, Keramatulla Khan, Sarangi, Sagiruddin Khan, Harmonium Jayanta Bose, Puriya, 1975 – 78, Swarmandal, Vistar, Abdul Karim Khan, Subjective appreciation, tarsaptak Sa, Frequency, Suddha Kalyan, tanpura, Recorded Music
Language Bengali

Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay speaks:

Ustad Vilayat Khan and The Audience Connect

Told by Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
Obtained by Rajeswary Ganguly Banerjee
Date 19th August, 2016
Place S.A.P. Lab, Instrumental Department, Rabindra Bharati University, B.T. Road Campus.
About the speaker Sitar Maestro, Chair   Professor, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University
Tags Ustad Vilayat Khan, Sitar, Rabindra Sadan, Yaman Kalyan, Imrat Khan, String, Tuning, Audience, Bhatiyali, Kala Sangam, Organizer, Tilak Kamod, Bhairavi, Auditorium, Early 1970’s
Language Bengali

Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay speaks :

Exemplary audience response and Ustd. Vilayet Khan

Told by Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
Obtained by Rajeswary Ganguly Banerjee
Date 19th August, 2016
Place S.A.P. Lab, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, B.T.Road Campus.
About the speaker Sitar Maestro, Chair Professor, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University
Tags Vilayat Khan, Sitar, Rabindra Sadan,1967,1968, 1969, Keramatullah Khan, Tabla, chikari, judi, Raag, Puriya, Listening, Audience, Alap, Jor, Jhala, Meer, meend, Gat
Language Bengali

Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay speaks :

Tuning and Nikhil Banerjee

Told by Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay
Obtained by Rajeswary Ganguly Banerjee
Date 18th August, 2016
Place S.A.P. Lab, Department of Instrumental Music,Rabindra Bharati University ,B.T. Road Campus, Kolkata.
About the speaker Sitar Maestro, Chair   Professor, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University
Tags 1974, Park Circus Music Conference , Nikhil Banerjee, Sitar, Debiprasad Chatterjee, 1975, Kanai Dutta,Tabla Tanpura Tuning,Bilaskhani Todi,Asavari Todi,
Language English

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay speaks:

Tuning and Nikhil Banerjee

Told by: Pandit  Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Long back, it should be 1974/75 or may be 73. I had been to Kalamandir (Auditorium, Theater Road), in ‘The Park Circus Music Conference’. And that was the final day and Nikhilda, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee was the last musician to perform. Earlier musician was Sunanda Pattanayakji. I was looking at my watch. I was sitting at the auditorium but impatiently waiting for the time to come… because I wanted to leave the auditorium at least 45 minutes ahead of time before Nikhilda sits on the stage. I left the auditorium and went to the greenroom and saw a few people over there. Nikhilda (was) tuning his instrument and behind him was Debi da (Pt. Debi Prasad Chatterjee) and Pandit Kanai Dutta was on Tabla. Kanai Dutta was close to me, because I used to go to his house and all. Nikhilda of course was quite known to me. He was almost my demigod! We used to worship him as a kind of demigod for music and was my Gurubhai because he also learnt with my teacher.

He was tuning his instrument; … and sometimes he was putting his finger on the Tanpura and slightly readjusting … and was tuning (his instrument uninterruptedly). Minutes passed, fifteen minutes passed, tewnty minutes passed — by but he was continuously tuning … Kanaida was talking to somebody, kind of whispering… people were silent. Silence was all around…. Then a good looking lady…with ornaments and all…. appeared to be from a well off family…… she came in the greenroom. Kanai da knew her. She was standing before Nikhilda, but he didn’t look (at her), his head was down and (he) was tuning. Then Kanaida asked her,” Do you want to talk to Nikhil?” She nodded. Kanaida gestured, ‘try’. Then the lady bent down and touched Nikhilda’s feet. Then the thing happened—! He just shivered- he jumped up-. He was so much engrossed in tuning that he didn’t have (the sense) that what’s going in the vicinity- what was going on around him. So when that lady touched his feet that (was like) a shock for him. That was the amount of attention and involvement of Nikhilda in tuning. Anyway I was enjoying what was going on.

Then the organizers came because Sunanda Pattanayakji’s concert…..rendering was over . They came (to take him), but they were just standing there. No one had the courage to ask him that it was time for him to go to the stage. Then after talking to their organizer Kanaida asked ,” Is it the time that we go to the stage ?“ they replied ,” Yes, yes”. Kanaida said,” Tell him”. Then the organized said,” Why don’t you request him?” Then Kanaida told him, “নিখিল, সময় হয়ে গেছে, চল” [“Nikhil now this is the time to go to stage” ]. Then Nikhilda took his Sitar and went to the stage. I ran fast and went to the auditorium. There again he tuned about 10 minutes and started Bilashkhani Todi, played 2 ½ hours of BilashkhaniTodi, alap-jod-jhala followed by 1 ½ hour of Asavari Todi.

It was a memorable concert and the ‘Ni-Da-Sa’ the starting phrase I still remember. I felt that Bilashkhani Todi got incarnated with one stroke……… amazing experience.

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Verbatim by: Mousumi Das

20/08/16

 

Cultivation of Khayal Style to experience more colours

Told by Jayasri Seth
Obtained by Suranjita Paul
Date 29 July, 2016
Place Kolkata residence of Dr. Jayasri Seth, Sath Chashi Para Road, Kolkata
About the speaker Jayasri Seth, Guest Lecturer, Rabindra Bharati University
Tags Aloke Chattopadhyay, 1995, Khayal, Kalidas De, Agra Gharana, Kirana gharana, Alap, Mirkhandi, Vistar, Betiya Gharana, Falguni Mitra , Shiba Prasad Mitra, Sur Sagar 1990
Language Bengali

Dr. Jayasri Seth speaks :