Remembering VK on the 2nd night of 2013

First posted on January 5, 2013 by sitardivine

L to R : Pt.Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, rabbi Eduardo, Jon Barlow

Vilayetkhani Kanada

2012 was about to end, it was a cold December morning. I received a phone call from my dear Jon. Jon Barlow is a kind of an omnipresent person in the Hindusthani music scenario. He can be seen anywhere in India or different parts of the globe… be it Kolkata, Dharwad, Goa, Mumbai,  Paris or Sydney. This senior gurubhai wanted me to give a performance. He offered two dates to choose from, one was the 1st January night or the 2nd .   I was free on the 2nd and choose to play on this day. Later I found out that the concert would be  at Dupli’s residence [Dr. Kingshook Biswas] and I became even happier.

I reached the mathematician’s den in the evening and pleased to discover many close friends and some serious musicians assembled to listen to the music. Prabhu Edouard, the tabla maestro from Paris, was already there. Jon had already told me that Prabhu would provide me with the tabla support. I started with Sajgiri followed by a Madhya laya gat in Anandi-Kalyan. The audience request came for Kirwani. So, that became the next item. I remembered that I last played the raga at Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan in Bombay long back in 1976.  When I finished Kirwani it was about 10 at night.  The audiences wanted more so we decided to sit again after dinner! The famous Bablu, who has been serving Jon for the last 30 years [or longer?] cooked for us a tasty dinner. Babui was with me. Babui has become quite a notable sarod player [Saugata Roy Chaudhury] and regularly performing in venerable venues in Europe. We were discussing on what can be the next raga. Suddenly it clicked… why not try ‘Vilayatkhani Kanada’?… He liked the idea very much and became quite excited.  I  never seriously tried this raga and did not have the opportunity to even listen to Ustad Vilayat Khan excepting a glimpse for say 5 mins. So I plunged into Vilayatkhani Kanada.

I had a tiny voice recorder with me. It was not a very good one. I could not position the microphone nicely. so many  details are lost.. still I thought it  is not too bad an idea to put it before you.. although a scratchy recording. I hope you, as a connoisseur will fill the gaps…

Click here to listen to the Vilayetkhani Kanada (bhIlAyetkhAni kAnARA)

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‘১৩ জুলাই ২০১৮ আমার মৃত্যুদিন’ – চিত্রগুপ্ত কি চটজলদি কিছু আপডেট করলেন?

First posted on July 22, 2018 by sitardivine

সমুদ্রে প্রচণ্ড ঢেউ, ডুবেই  যাচ্ছি,  শরীরটাকেও ধরে রাখা যাচ্ছেনা, স্রোত  টেনে নিয়ে যাচ্ছে ! পারের জেলেটিকে  আমার মেয়ে বল্ল,  একটু এগিয়ে গিয়ে  বাবাকে  বাঁচিয়ে নাও। “না দিদি, পারবোনা ।”

বেশ কিছুদিন  ধরেই  আমরা ভাবছিলাম  কোথাও  একটু বেড়িয়ে  এলে  কেমন হয়।   মেয়ের  বিয়ের  পর  আমাদের সবাই  মিলে কোথাও  যাওয়াই হয়নি। টিপাই-র বুক করা হেনরি আইল্যান্ড এর মনোরম অতিথিশালায় যখন পৌঁছুলাম তখন সন্ধ্যে হয় হয়। তারপর তো  জমজমাট পার্টি! শুতে শুতে বেশ অনেকটাই রাত হয়ে গেলো। ভোর পৌনে পাঁচটায়, তখন ও ঘুম পুরো হয়নি, ফোন বেজে উঠল;  “বীচে যাবে নাকি?”  মিম্মাইর ফোন। আমি  ঝটপট তৈরি হয়ে নিলাম, দুজন ড্রাইভারকেও  জাগানো হল। আমার গিন্নি বললেন, তাঁর তৈরি হতে কিছুটা সময় লাগবে। মা আর রুশাই  অন্য ঘরে  ছিল। রুশাই এর ও ঘুম জরুরী। তাই, ওরা তিনজন রয়ে গেলো। আমরা পাঁচজন;  সতুদা, বৌদি, টিপাই, মিম্মাই আর আমি গাড়ী চেপে রওনা হয়ে গেলাম। গাড়ী পৌঁছে দিলো একটা বাঁশের সাঁকোর সামনে।

নীল-সাদা রং করা  বাঁশের সাঁকো পেরুতেই   সমুদ্রের আওয়াজ কানে এলো। মনটা খুশীতে ভরে গেলো, সমুদ্র যদিও তখনও  দেখা যাচ্ছেনা। রুশাইর পছন্দ আর আমার গিন্নীর সমর্থনে একটা দামী ফোন কিনেছিলাম। ওটি বেশ ভালো ছবি তোলেন আর পকেটেও সহজেই চলে আসেন, তাই এবার  আর ক্যামেরা বা আই-প্যাড নিয়ে যাইনি। হৈ-চৈ করে ছবি তুলতে থাকলাম। নিজে ছবি তুলি, আর নিজেই খুশি হই। মাঝে মাঝে তারিফ পাওয়ার জন্য, কখনো সতুদা বা কখনো বৌদিকে ছবিগুলো দেখাই। মিম্মাই আর টিপাই কে দেখিয়ে লাভ নেই, কারণ ওদের পকেটেও ওই  যন্ত্র বা ওর থেকেও  ভালো যন্ত্র আছে। যাই  হোক ,  শেষ পর্যন্ত  বীচে  পৌঁছে গেলাম। দেখলাম বেশ বড় বড় কয়েকটা  সাইনবোর্ড।অতো সুন্দরের  মাঝে  কেউ কি আর পড়াশুনো করে? হয়ত’  পড়লাম, কিন্তু কিছুই  মাথায় ঢুকলোনা।

সমুদ্রতটে পৌঁছে  দেখলাম সামনে  অল্প  একটু জল, ওটা পেরুলেই  চড়া, আর  তার পরই দিগন্তজোড়া সমুদ্র –  তাতে সূর্য উঠছে!  সমুদ্র যেন হাতছানি দিয়ে ডাকল, ‘চলে এসো’। আমরা  পাঁচজনেই ছপ-ছপ  করে  জল পেরিয়ে চরায় গিয়ে   উঠলাম।  মনটা ভরে গেলো। সতুদা আর টিপাই আরও এগিয়ে সমুদ্রের জলে পা ভেজাল।  আমি আসার আগে ইন্টারনেট এ  হেনরি আইল্যান্ড সম্বন্ধে কিছুটা পড়েছিলাম। জেনেছিলাম, ওখানে চোরাবালি আছে। বাচ্চাদের মনের জোর অনেক বেশী, রুশাই কে বলাতে ও মুচকি হেসেছিল, হয়ত মনে মনে বলেছিল ‘বাবাইটাকে নিয়ে আর পারা যায়না’।  যাই হোক আমি নিজে খুব সাবধানে পা ফেলে ফেলে চলছিলাম, যাতে  বালি নরম পেলেই টের পাই। দেখলাম সমুদ্রের কাছে সহজেই পোঁছে গেলাম। আনন্দ  আর ধরেনা। ছবির পর  ছবি তুলতে শুরু করলাম। সতুদা নানা পোজ দিয়ে  ছবি তুলল, একটা ছবি আবার বৌদিকে আধ-জড়িয়ে। টিপাই একদম ছবি তোলাতে চায়না। বৌদি বল্ল, ওর কয়েকটা ছবি তুলে দাও। দুর থেকে জুম করে যতটা  তোলা যায় তুললাম। কিন্তু ওভাবে কি আর ভালো ছবি হয়?  তখন ওকে বললাম, ‘এই  কাছে আয়, তোর সাথে দু-একটা সেলফি  তুলি। ও আপত্তি করলনা। স্ক্রিন এ ওর বাবা-মা আসছিল, বল্ল, তাড়াতাড়ি তোল, ওঁরাও ছবিতে চলে আসুক। সতুদাকে ফ্রেমে ধরা গেলনা, কিন্তু বৌদিকে ধরতে পারলাম।

তাখন সমুদ্র অল্প অল্প করে বাড়তে শুরু করেছে। টিপাই আর মিম্মাই সকালের প্রয়োজনে  আমাদের ছেড়ে আবার ওই ছপ-ছপ করে জল পেরিয়ে চলে গেলো। আমার বুড়ো-বুড়ীরা  তখন চরাতে হইচই করছি।  কিছুক্ষণ চলার পড় মনে হল এখন ফেরা যাক।

সমুদ্রের দিক থেকে মুখ ফিরিয়ে দেখি মিম্মাই আর তার মা তটে  চলে  এসেছে। তখনই টের পেলাম সমুদ্র বেশ তাড়াতাড়ি  উথাল পাথাল করতে শুরু করেছে। সতুদা কে ডাকলাম, ‘তাড়াতাড়ি চলে আয়’। ও বোধ হয় ঠিক বুঝতে পারলনা। আমি ফেরার জন্যে হাঁটতে শুরু করেছি, সাথে বৌদি, সতুদা বেশ কিছুটা দুরে। আমি আর বৌদি তখন চেঁচাতে শুরু করেছি, ‘তাড়াতাড়ি এসো’, ‘তাড়াতাড়ি আয়’।

চরার শেষ প্রান্তে এসে দেখি, সেই অল্প জল প্রায় চারগুণ চওড়া হয়ে গেছে। কোথা দিয়ে যে ফিরব  ঠিক করতে সময় লাগছে। মিম্মাই বল্ল,  ‘ওদিক দিয়ে এসো’, ওদিকটা কিছুটা কম  চওড়া। ওই প্রান্তে গিয়ে দেখছি পার ভাঙতে শুরু করেছে। তখনই বুঝলাম,  যত দেরী হবে ততই তীরে  পৌঁছোতে পারার সম্ভাবনা  কমতে থাকবে। তখনও সতুদা বেশ কিছুটা দুরে।  অবস্থার ভয়াবহতা তখনো ও জানেনা। যাই হোক। নেমেই দেখলাম হাঁটু জল, জলে বেশ তোড়। হাঁটতে  শুরু করলাম,  যতটা তাড়াতাড়ি ওই স্রোতে হাঁটতে পারি। যতই সামনে এগুচ্ছি জল বাড়ছে, হাঁটু থেকে বুক, বুক থেকে গলা, তারপর তারও  ওপরে। মুখে নোনা জল ঢুকে যাচ্ছে, আর পা পাচ্ছিনা। ছোটবেলায়  ঢাকুরিয়াতে ‘ডগস ক্রল’ শিখেছিলাম, চেষ্টা করলাম, তেমন কোন কাজে এলনা। সমুদ্র তখন এই ভারী শরীরটাকেও ভাসিয়ে দুরে নিয়ে যাচ্ছে। যখন মাথা উঠল, তখন জেলেটিকে বললাম সাহায্য করতে, সে স্পষ্ট ‘না’ বলে দিলো। আমি মিম্মাই কে বললাম ‘তুই দৌড়ো’। গিন্নিকেও দেখলাম, সে অনেকটা দুরে। আমি বেশ তাড়াতাড়ি স্রোতের তোড়ে  সরে সরে যাচ্ছিলাম যে, ক্রস কারেন্টে খুব তাড়াতাড়ি পায়ের নিচের বালি সরে যাচ্ছিল। সেইসময় জেলেটি বল্ল, ‘বসে পরুন’। আমি হাঁটুর ওপর ভর দিয়ে বসে পড়লাম, শরীরটা যতটা উঁচু রাখা যায় সেভাবে। তাতে আমার বয়ে যাওয়াটা আটকাল। তখন সমুদ্রের বড়  ঢেউটা ফিরে গেছে আর নতুন ঢেউ তৈরি হচ্ছে। আমার গলা অবধি জল, বসে আছি। মিম্মাই তাখন জলে নেমে এসেছে। ও বলছে, ‘বাবাই,  দাঁড়িয়ে পড়’। আমি দাঁড়াব কি, তখনও ওখানে যা তোড়, দাঁড়ালেই তো  ভেসে যাব! মিম্মাইর যখন হাত বাড়াতে বাড়াতে আমার হাত অবধি পৌঁছুল, তখন ওরও হাঁটুর ওপরে জল। ওর হাত ধরে উঠে দাঁড়িয়ে যত তাড়াতাড়ি পারি জল ভেঙ্গে পারে এলাম।

পারে এসে দেখি সতুদা আর বৌদি তখনও চরাতে। ওদের গল্প আরও অনেক অনেক বেশী ভয়ঙ্কর। সে গল্প আরেকদিন বলব। শুধু এইটুকুই বলে রাখি, ওরাও  চিত্রগুপ্তের খাতায়  নতুন করে নাম লিখিয়েছে।

গ্যাংটক২২ জুলাই ২০১৮

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কোন ছবি দিতে পারলাম না। আমি যদিও  প্রাণ পেয়েছি,  কিন্তু  আমার  ফোনটি  বঙ্গোপসাগরের  জলে দেহ  রেখেছে।

Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra’s pedagogy

It was the 1st of February 2021. I was leisurely thinking of my half-pant days, my school, my tiny sitar, Ustadjee. Suddenly my phone rang. It was Ms. Shailaja Khanna from New Delhi. Shailaja is a regular columnist of Music for several renowned Indian dailies. She wanted me to talk about the pedagogy of my Ustadjee and limit it to around 3 minutes. She told that she was planning to present a program on the 105th Birthday of Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra on the TV channel Insync.

Shailaja Khanna
Shailaja Khanna

This sudden request was a tough test for me. To talk about Ustadjee’s teaching style and wrap up within 3 to 4 minutes was not easy as licking one’s favorite ice cream. I told Shailajajee to give me a little time. I wanted to identify some quick points and generate some deliverable concept on which the talk can stand. I said yes after two days. Here is the 3 min. 40 secs. video. 

Professor (Pt.) Sanjoy Bandopadhyay talking on his Guru Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra

I could not adequately explain some points in the video. One was about prefixing such a phenomenal musician’s name with ‘Shri.’ Yes, you got it right, Ustadjee did not like his name to get prefixed by Pandit or the likes. He used to tell that he was Shri Radhika Mohan Maitra. 

Remembering Peejush Prasanna on 01 January 2009 evening

First Posted on August 15, 2012 by sitardivine

A Report by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay [copied from ‘Family Wiki’]

It was 6:15 in the evening, the call-bell rang. I got angry because I told everyone to keep the house gate unlocked – we were expecting our people to come. I thought it was Rushai who locked the door and I was about to shout at him – just then Mim commented – “Kuttipishi [Apun] has come”. I looked down from the first floor balcony and a pleasantly surprised to discover Mim was correct. Yes, it was my sweet Kuttididi and my sweet sis was confident that the door was locked – which was actually not so. She is such a good soul, simple and true!

I gave some good thoughts on how we can observe this first day of 2009 in the family. It was not easy for me to plan and manage. Finally we decided that it may be a simple one. The first thing I did was to take the phone out of the cradle and start dialing the few numbers that were almost my own numbers. It was nice to feel the warmth. Most of them said that they will make it – a few said that they won’t be able to – I could understand – After all, it was January 1, this is a day to celebrate, to go naughty, to have a special free day — to prepare for the year long routine – But, sure I did not reach all to whom I should have – thinking formally — No, it was January 01 for me too – so ‘’ Bura na mano – New Year day hai – “ Still, I can easily see I missed many. I especially missed Apu [Sandipan Mukherjee] – I shall tell you why when the time comes –

The clocked ticked by – I started getting nervous – and praying for the next soul to arrive. To my great pleasure Dada and Didin came. We were so happy! But yes, I missed some souls here too – but took caution and remembered not to ask anything — after all it was January 01. After sometime this little house was full – and I forgot everything – and started enjoying the collective consciousness – the consciousness created in a group of similar minds. I am glad that Dadabhai [Pranab] and Didibhai [Sathi] also made it. I knew how important was the 01 January evening for them too – but they chose to join us, I was very glad.

Everyone took care to first go to the thakurghar and pay their homage. It was very simple at the Thakurghar where we garlanded Thakur and Dadu-Thakuma with thick ‘Rajanigandhar mala’. Papa’s photo was just there on the table where Rakhi spread a clean white cloth. A pack of India Kings cigarette, a match box and a 100 gram Cadbury Milk Chocolate bar were there on the table as a treat to him. Rakhi read the ‘Satyanarayaner Panchali’ before Thakur. Kuttididi [Apun] joined her during the puja.

People actually arrived after the pujas was over. All went to put their homage [Pranam] to Thakur, and also Peejush Prasanna. Then we enjoyed two and a half hours uninterrupted joy! We just forgot time – we talked about Papa, we saw 145 old photographs and tried to put our brains to discover who they were! They were all our near ones – but we could not recognize many – Here Didin was the champion, she knew many of them – Dada was not behind – he also knew many – Mejdi also tried to help – Chhordi recognized some of her own photographs – It felt so good – such an enjoyable exercise—I am happy that Didin could not leave us early – and almost missed her appointment— I thought – all must go crazy – it was January 01. In between we were served tea in small plastic cups – I don’t know from where these came – I did not get them this morning. Actually, Rushai and I went to Lake Market to buy a few things including disposables – but we did not buy plastic cups— it must be Rakhi or Ma’s magic from old stock. Then we were served ‘Bake Club’ packets. Then someone told that we should have the ‘prasad’ first. So, Rakhi started the Prasad distribution arrangement. I must not forget to mention Dipankar, my student. Let me tell you Dipankar is an excellent flautist. He came around 4 in the afternoon. Since then he was busy in all the arrangements – be it heating the Chicken Piccadilly, vegetable patties or repacking them in the box and serving us.

The day ended with many promises – we promised to assemble periodically – we should remember the dripping love and affections of our seniors and should get inspired – We should spread the message of Love. We also remembered The ‘Absolute Truth’, which Papa used to propagate amongst his closest ones.

Before closing I must not forget to mention that Rushai took all the photographs – so it has become possible to create this photo-report.

Finally us, who assembled on this evening [typed without any specific sequence]: Didin [Swagata Banerjee], Dada [Mahiruha Shekhar Banerjee], Banudi [Arundhati Chakraborty], Baudi [Suchishubhra Mukherjee], Mejdi [Sushanta Siromoni], Chhordi [Samapika Sil], Tuki [Tuki Banerjee], Aindri [Aindrila banerjee], Nandada [Nandan Sil], Kuttididi [Sharmila Sivadasan], Rajada [Sivadasan], Dadabhai [Pranab Dutta], Didibhai [Sathi Dutta], Suju [Sulata Ghosh], Arun [Arun Ghosh], Mityl [Mityl Chakravarty], Manali [Manali Chakravarty], Bubu [Kastoori Guha Siromoni], Babi [Sushmita Siromoni], Tuntu [Ashmita Siromoni], Johny [Arunima Ghosh], Ratu [Ritwik Banerjee], Soma [Soma Banerjee], Rahuli [Arijit Mukherjee], Ishita [Ishita Mukherjee], Mainak [Mainak Banerjee], Dipankar [Dipankar Mukherjee], Anjanda [Anjan Chakraborty – joined late] and we in the house — Maa [Leela Banerjee], Juam [Rakhi Banerjee], Mimmai [Shreemoyee Banerjee], Rushai [Rrik Banerjee] and I [Sanjoy Bandopadhyay]. To end let me type down Papa’s writing that I found in a tiny piece of paper. He wrote it on 13 September 1983 at Khairagarh. You may also find this included in the composed photograph above.
13/9/83

Religion Universal
In universal religion

Relegare has to be found

And relegere is to be done;

It is holy and blissful,

The search for relegare

That which binds

Can nothing but Truth alone,

Not the relative, the absolute one.

Read again means repeatation

The absolute truth in meditation,

This can be had from one who knows

Otherwise there is no end of toils.

Peejush Prasanna Banerjee

SB’s note:

I take the opportunity to write the meanings of two words those are not in common use.

relegere = to read or pursue together; the same root goes to legible and intelligent

relegare = to tie back, to bind fast

Aum Satyam Aum

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Peejush Prasanna my Father: A Brief Tribute

First Posted on August 15, 2012 by sitardivine

It was January 01, 2009—- a Kolkata morning

When I woke up this morning, opened my eyes on the first day of 2009 – I felt a bit strange. I was not very happy when I believed it would be a happier new year.

Today is different from the first day of 2008. On the last new-year day we were differently busy. That was the day when Papa departed us and took to the zone of timeless oneness.

Then a year passed. It was extremely eventful for me. I did many things, met with many new people, many new experiences, and many new inspirations. It gave me richer understanding of life and creations. But the ability to receive them and interpret them came from within.

I always knew that all these happened because a specific soul was here from 06 June 1920 to 01 January 2008. At times I felt Papa more closely than I had him during some of the earlier years. Some of his thoughts are gradually becoming My Thoughts. I believe this is the chain that helps Human grow.

On this day I wish to remember some of his thoughts. I wish to remember how he used to explain The Truth. How he valued the general truth of life and human deeds. I also proudly remember his never ending support to the people who needed it. I remember his voracious reading of books. He read all the books in two sections of Khairagarh University library within a few months! He read day and night without much sleep. I remember the days when he almost did not sleep for months and kept sitting on his small bed. I remember his getting very angry with little reasons. I remember the 50 eggs at Khairagarh that Papa, Rakhi, one year old Mim and I ate at dinner! That was Rakhi inspired ‘Egg Day’. Actually the idea came from a scene from the Sofia Loren’s Sunflower. I also remember his days and nights with Harry Potter!

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We Especially Remember Him Today

Today we are especially remembering him – trying to feel his presence more strongly. His affectionate Didubhai, his first grandchild has left for her office. Mim is a great follower of her Tata [grandpa]. She thought that her Tata would want it this way. But, she will be back early to join everybody in the evening. Today we are trying to run the activities as Papa would like. The Thakurbhog with some nicely cooked food, later evening Puja of Satyanarayan and the get together of the people who he loved most.
Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

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More Tributes 

Through the blessings of Lord Ram Thakur, we all assembled here to pay our highest regards / Pranams to Peejush Prasanna Banerjee. :: Pranab Dutta, 01 January 2009


I met Shri Peejush Prasanna, the father of my Guruji, Shri Sanjoy Bandopadhyay in 1980 at Khairagarh, whom i was lovingly addressing as Baba. He was a very kind, straight forward person with good guidance all the time. I pray God that his soul may always rest in peace.:: Dr R.Ramkalawon,Mauritius; 04 January 2009


My Kuttimama, Peejush Prasanna Banerjee, was my favourate Mama — because he liked me very much and he was fond of music. His sense of both vocal and instrumental music was beyond limits. When he used to play sitar the atmosphere of the place used to get surcharged with something great – it’s very difficult to exactly express that — I cannot express properly —– I would say, it used to become heavenly.

I also remember that once Kuttimama commented on me to my mother “ Bardi — Dekhbi akdin O kato kichhu karbe”. Kuttimamamr kathata bhebe ami eka eka chokher jal pheli aar ami nijeke santana dei je ato baro maper manushta Maa-ke oi katha bolechhilo.

Tanika Roy, Hyderabad

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Music Album ‘Rare Ragas on the Sitar’ – A Collector’s Item

Music Album ‘Rare Ragas on the Sitar’ – A Collector’s Item

This album is available worldwide through renowned music distributors including amazon.com and iTune.

First Posted on February 16, 2016 by sitardivine

Enjoy the Rare Music Album!

The music album ‘Rare Ragas on the Sitar’ is presenting a number of rare ragas those were never recorded for wide distribution earlier. This is indeed a collector’s item. A detailed musical analysis will be published shortly. For a starter here are some listeners comments those appeared in social media.

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I love rarity, I love traditions, I love music. This album caters to all my yearnings… I am floored with the renderings.. These are rare and most of them are NOT available in recorded format. I feel proud to recommend this to all my friends on this very special Valentine’s Day!

Madhuparna Banerjee, February 14 at 11:26pm / Facebook on the music album

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not only a listener’s joy… this album is a precious collection for lifetime. all the ragas were unheard to me. any amount of thanks is not enough for the maestro. undeniably wonderful. do listen and enjoy.

Troilee Dutta, February 15 / Facebook

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Hi Freiends Pls listen this special CD on this Valentine’s Day .Its a rare CD of Rare Ragas. I hope you will enjoy it …..

Indranil Mallick, February 14 at 10:39pm / Facebook

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The rarest ragas along with a unique style of Sitar performance……got the opportunity to listen to all the seven ragas that kept me stunned…..buy the CD from ITunes store or contact the above number….my frndz can contact me also for this rare collection…..must listen

Anirban Banerjee,  February 14 at 3:52pm / Facebook

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great nourishment of unheard ragas in Indian classical music.unbelievable creation.

Nabamita Roy· February 14 at 6:44pm / Facebook

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Critical analysis

The Sitar

Coming shortly

The Tabla

Detailed analysis is coming shortly.

Summary

Dilip Mukherjee [DM] in this CD provided tabla support in six different taalas in different layas. Some of the sitar compositions were offbeat and unique. The easy flows of the renderings were highly commendable. Listeners will feel at ease even when they listen to the not-so-common taalas like Chaar Taal ke Sawari. The performance flow was like that of Trital. I mentioned Trital, because this is a tala that we commonly listen to and musicians commonly have command.

DM’s aesthetic sense and musical approach nicely justified the raga moods. It was a happy feeling to listen to some tabla support that especially took care not to over-do. It gave affectionate and careful support giving higher priority to the musicality. Even then, the tihais, and the divisions within the compositions, multiple speed variations [layakari] were awe-inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable.

The CD is a  a Collector’s Item and a treat for all groups of listeners.

The Tabla analysis was done by Pintu Saha. 

Pintu Saha

Pintu learned tabla with Pandit Shankar Ghosh, the tabla legend. Currently he is pursuing researches under the Ph.D. program at the Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University. A serious researcher Pintu Saha received Research fellowship SJRF [State Junior Research Fellowship].

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First School Kishore Bharati

FirstPosted on June 15, 2014 by sitardivine

We just found a letter of Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay’s father Mr. Peejush Prasanna Banerjee. This is a letter draft. It was addressed to the school Secretary, Kishore Bharati, Behala. This appears to be the first letter that was written regarding the schooling of Pandit Bandopadhyay. He was admitted to Class-II  in the 1960-61 academic session. This was the start of his formal schooling.

Ancient Indian Musical Data Collection Method

Data collection and Presentation Strategy of Bharata, Matanga, Sarangadeva and other Ancient Authors… Anil Beohar talks…

Posted on September 19, 2012 by sitardivine

I had been to Khairagarh for a week from 08 to 15 September 2012 to teach a course. I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to reach today’s ace-musicologist Dr. Anil Beohar and talk to him. I was not sure how our ancient researchers took to researches on Indian Music. How vidwans like Bharata, Matanga, Sarangadeva and others collected such a volume of data and wrote such brilliant treatises that covered music so methodically with so much detail.  We see that these scholars also described   the music that was present in different geographical locations of the country when transport was difficult in those days. I wanted answers to these questions. So, I approached him and Anilbhai gladly accepted to talk.

Professor Anil Beohar with Khairagarh Palce on the background

I had my little Zoom Q3 HD video recorder with me, I carried this from Kolkata. The Khairagarh palace, the first building of the university, was a good backdrop. The roof-top of the teachers’ hostel appeared to me a good spot to try the shooting. From the roof we could get a good view of the palace. I set the camera on three heavy wooden stools, kept a couple of books on one stool and managed to put the camera-stand firmly. Anil-bhai sat before the camera and it appeared to me all set for a beautiful shoot out. So I recorded the interview. But…. on reaching the guest-house I discovered that I had very bad audio. The whole talk was blurred with the sound of the wind and I forgot to put the wind-shield on the microphones! It was very frustrating after all these work. I became sad. Anil-bhai was too busy with his administrative responsibilities and I feared that he might not be able to give me more time for a fresh recording. However, I told him what happened and requested for time. To my immense pleasure he agreed for the second go!

R to L : Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Anil Beohar, the two Ph.D. scholars those assisted in the recording.

This time I chose the first floor of IKS University’s Central Library where they have kept the university theses. I was glad that there was enough light to shoot. So finally we could make it during the brief 30 minute free time on the 14 September 2012 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The recording was okay this time… and here it is for you… I hope you will like it.

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Dadu; Raisahib Rajendra Lal Banerjee

Dadu

First Posted on August 15, 2012 by sitardivine

[This page was the opening note of the ‘Family Wiki’ that was live from 02 Nov 2008 to 14 August 2012.]

Note: The title is kept as ‘Dadu’ as we the grandchildren from his son’s side used to call him so.  Usual Bengali practice is, the grandchildren of the son’s side call their grandpa as ‘Thakurda’ and the grandchildren of the daughter’s side as ‘Dadu’. We used just the opposites.

Dadu, Raisahib Rajendra Lal Banerjee

Rajendra Lal Bandyopadhyaya (Bilash) also quite frequently remembered as Rai Sahib R.L. Banerjee [Ramanavami 1880 – 14 June 1965 (Ramnabami is an auspicious day for the Hindus).It is believed that the day is the birthday of Lord Ram, the eldest son of King Dasarath of Ayodhya) ] came out as a prolific personality in the society he belonged during his 85 years of life.His parents, Ramkrishna Bandyopdhyaya and Shibsundari Devi lived in their ancestral home at village Dehergati (locally pronounced as Deurgati) district Barishal, presenly in Bangladesh but he spent most of his life serving the Government in different parts of India, before finally settling down in Calcutta after retirement in 1934/1935. Rajendra Lal (The word Rajendra means the King of the Gods) did not live himself but lived with a very strong presence in the lives of hundreds in and outside his family. Around 1998 Amitabha Mukhrejee [Bubu] thought that there should be a big get together of all the members who find their root in RLB. Now again the mind-wave has showed its presence.

Raisahib Medal

The WISH of ‘Touch the Roots’ has come again alive. Mahiruha Keshari (Shekhar) Banerjee [Rintu] feeling the urge that this MUST happen. Mahiruha Shekhar called Sanjoy Bandopadhyay [Bublu] on 01 November 2008 and expressed his wish. Sanjoy also believes that there is a strong role of thought-undercurrent of ‘Knowledge about Life’. Sanjoy comments, “The philosophy, approach to life, the understandings are partly the result of the thoughts passed on to us by our ancestors —“. He says that “I talked with many members of OUR family — and I felt times without number that WE feel that we possibly have a soft-uniqueness. This may be true for all living individuals — but WE are more inclined to REDISCOVER ourselves.”

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Macmillan Publishers and Dadu’s Pen

First Posted on November 15, 2012 by sitardivine

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Raisaheb Rajendra Lal Banerjee

It was mid 80′s. I first chanced to have a glimpse of Dadu’s book in one of the many book-shelves at Anjanda’s house1. The two storied building is so much packed with books that once you go in you have to almost breathe through the books. I always enjoyed this academic ambiance. Till then I did not know that Macmillan Publishers took interest in Dadu’s pen. I was very glad to discover this! I saw Dadu, my grandpa, as a saintly person in saffron, a person of very high reverence. I saw him with long white beard. A person who had very simple Bengali diet served with western cutleries. A spoon, a fork and a knife to savour machher jhol, bhaat, khichudi or shukto! Isn’t it interesting? I witnessed him spending time  in reading of the slokas from the Bhagavat Geeta loudly or  copying the Geeta with his wooden handled pen-nib taking ink from an ink-pot or running charkha or writing letters to his sons in English! I hear that one of his pass-time was to multiply nine digits with nine digits and directly getting the answer without a pen and a paper. What an unusual combination of activities!!

Back to the main story. McMillan published ‘Mensuration and Elementary Surveying’ by Raisaheb R.L. Banerjee. Another book titled ‘Elements of Surveying and Relaying’ was first published in January 1926 from The Art Press, Calcutta. Here is the book in pdf format. Thanks to my dear Anjanda who very kindly allowed me to digitize the copy of the book in his collection.

Writing continues…

When I was happy to be able to lay my hands in one of Dadu’s books, I felt a bit uncomfortable without any link to his Macmillan publication. I faintly remembered that I saw the card-board covers of that book in a huge wooden box at Ramnagar (3). I also remembered that I had a piece of outer-bind of that book. I tried to find that but could not locate easily. Last week [last week of November 2012] I was talking to Dada (2) over the phone. He was writing on Banerjee’s and was Mensuration & Elementary Surveying

looking for as many details as he could. He was happy that I digitized Dadu’s book. He asked me if Dadu wrote something about himself in that book and so on. During the discussion I mentioned to him about Dadu’s Macmillan publication. He immediately said that he had a copy. It was really very exciting! I asked him if I could digitize the book. He readily agreed. Finally he brought the book today. (4) I set the light, the camera and all… my tiny DIY set-up [Do It Yourself set-up]. Dada turned the pages, put the glass sheet over the pages and I went on clicking my LUMIX. Finally I had all the snaps and took the files to the computer. The thing got ready shortly for uploading. and here it is… Here is Dadu’s book Mensuration and Elementary Surveying by R.L. Banerjee [Rai Sahib], published by Macmillan & Co.,  Ltd, St. Martin’s Street, London published in 1934

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Four years have passed by since I wrote the upper part of this page. Today is Bijoya – 2016, the precise date is October 11. We were frantically searching for some horoscopes in all our cupboards, drawers, and all possible places—but failed to find them. Suddenly, I saw a postcard and became curious why we might have kept it with so much care! Then, I discovered that it was written by Dadu. I saw that the postcard space was divided into three sections. The first part was a letter to his youngest son—that was my father, this brief next part to his six-year-old grandson—that was I, and the third part was used for writing to his daughter in law—that was my mother.  Today, in 2016, it is also interesting to see the 5 paise postcard and our Behala address written to fill the address space. I would like to share the image. Here it goes—

(1) Anjan Chakravarty  is a very serious book-collector. He is my brother-in-law and married to my cousin-sis Arundhati [Banudi]

(2) Mahiruha Shekhar Banerjee [widely known as M.S. Banerjee]

(3) Ramanagar was our farm-house near Bangaon. Click for some details.

(4) 02 December 2012

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