Adieu Sikkim University

The June 30, 2021 was the last working day of Professor [Pt.] Sanjoy Bandopadhyay at the Sikkim University

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SUTA [Sikkim University Teachers’ Association] on WhatsApp |

[1:14 PM, 6/30/2021] Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay writes

It is time to say goodbye to all my colleagues at Sikkim University. It was a prized four years for me! I cherish my opportunities to interact, learn, and getting enriched with such a band of wise people like you. I am leaving Sikkim University with countless happy memories. I am glad that I could be with you. 

I wish all my colleagues many bright and grand moments ahead. I am sure that the future is waiting with well-laid stairs to take you to the apex. 

With warmest regards: Sanjoy Bandopadhyay🙏🙏🙏

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[1:24 PM, 6/30/2021] +91 89670 36279: Our all best wishes are with you and family Sir. You have contributed a lot to our University. Thank you so much.😀🙏

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[1:33 PM, 6/30/2021] +91 70479 97045: All the best for future endeavours… Sir 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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[1:50 PM, 6/30/2021] Jasmine, Asst. Professor, SU Mass Comm: Wishing you joy, peace and good health, Sir!

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[2:02 PM, 6/30/2021] Yadida Bhutiya SU, Associate Professor, Education: It was nice knowing you Sir and working with you in a committee. May you have all the joy, happiness, prosperity and good health. With high regards.

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[2:11 PM, 6/30/2021] Sandhya Thapa, Associate Professor SU Sociology: Thank you so much for your contributions in Sikkim University n  Sikkim at large  for consolidating music department here. . You had given me an opportunity  to share music from Sociological  lens

..that was the wonderful  experience i had in music department.  Wish you all joy prosperity, good health.as well as happy days ahead., Prof Bandopadhya

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[4:05 PM, 6/30/2021] S.S. Mahapatra, Professor & Head, Commerce: It was a pleasure to work with you. We wish you good health and happy retired life.

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[4:08 PM, 6/30/2021] +91 94345 52502: Wish you a healthy and happy life ahead sir.  Hope your guidance will continue to the department 🙏

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[4:55 PM, 6/30/2021] +91 98731 22054: Congratulations Sir for an eventful tenure at the music department.We wish you a very happy and healthy life ahead.

May your 2nd innings be more versatile.

Regards💐💐

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[4:57 PM, 6/30/2021] +91 86709 84192: Congratulations Sir. I WISH YOU a happy  and musical life ahead.

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[11:10 AM, 7/01/2021] Aneera P Lepcha, SU  : Congratulations Sir,  I wish you happy life ahead.

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Music Department, SU on WhatsApp

[12:29 PM, 6/30/2021] Krishnendu Dutta, Associate Professor & Head, Music: Dear all

Good afternoon!

Our music department is like an extended family and Sanjay Sir is our guiding guardian. Unfortunately, he will not be in Gangtok from tomorrow.  Maybe it’s my turn after that based on age.  None of us will be here forever.  But the department will remain forever. And as long as the department exists, the name of Prof Sanjay Sir will stay always in every way in the history of Sikkim University, Department of Music.

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[1:51 PM, 6/30/2021] Atish Tamang, PhD Scholar: Farewell Sir🌷🤍

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[1:52 PM, 6/30/2021] Priyanka Pradhan, PG Student,: 😓

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[2:38 PM, 6/30/2021] +91 86383 08470: We all will miss you sir💐

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[3:23 PM, 6/30/2021] Ashis Sinchuri SU Student, PG student: Farewell Sir. It was really an honor and privilege to have you as our Guru.

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[3:38 PM, 6/30/2021] +91 60003 00945: Farewell sir🌸🙏🏻

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[4:01 PM, 6/30/2021] Vivek Basnet, PG student: Dear guruji, We all miss you  It was really a wonderful time with you ❤

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[4:13 PM, 6/30/2021] Anuraag Gajamer Student: Thank you for everything that you have done for us Sir. The knowledge and wisdom which you imparted unto us will guide us through this journey of life.🌺🌻🌸

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Chosen personal messages through WhatsApp

Santosh Kumar, Asst. Professor, Music, SU, 6/28/2021, 7:27 p.m.

Thank you very much sir, since last 4 years, you were part of many good times of our family with your blessings. Not only this, I have personally learnt a lot regarding academic, career and life. 

Keep your blessings sir 😊

At this age your enthusiasm for the work is remarkable and should learnt a lot from you.

Happy journey and hope to see you soon with some new assignments.

🙏🏻🎶🌹🎉😊

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Milind Dhamala, PhD Scholar, 6/30/2021, 9:39 a.m.

Pranam Guruji🙏 i wish we could meet before you leave but I really look forward to meeting you again in future. I have few things to say, firstly we all are tremendously thankful for everything you’ve done for us, without you things wouldn’t have been possible, we wouldn’t have learned so much about research in so little time although we know very little about it; but whatever we learned, we learned from you. Thank you for being an amazing teacher (though some of us couldn’t be good students), a father figure and an inspiration to do well in life. We never really realize the value of a person until they’re gone. We used to talk about how our department has progressed since the day you entered but we were also very careless at times by not completing the tasks you had given us. I personally want to apologize for every mistake I’ve done and will always remember you and the lessons you’ve given us. We will always say it if anyone asks us about who our teacher was, “Pandit Sanjay Bandopadhya” you will be greatly missed and thank you once again for every little thing you’ve done for us. I wish you a very healthy life ahead and a safe journey. With love, Millind 🙏❤

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Anuraag Gajamer, PhD Scholar, 6/30/2021, 2:06 p.m.

Thank you for everything that you have done for us Sir. The knowledge and wisdom which you imparted unto us will guide us through this journey of life.🌺🌻🌸

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Siddhant Rai, PhD Scholar, 6/30/2021, 2:16 p.m.

Thankyou Sir for all that you did for us and our department. I am truly blessed having taught by you even if it was for a short while. Thank you for creating such standard in the department. Farewell sir!

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[9:29 PM, 6/30/2021] Hemant Biswakarma SU BPA 3rd Sem: Guruji 

Aap ja rahe hai toh mujhe lag raha hai ke 

Mere body se koi part mujse door ja raha hai

Guruji mere leye aap bahut he zeyada important hai 

Mere jewan ka bahut he behtarin Palo mai ek jo maine aapke sath betaya 

Mujhe nahi lagta aapke jaisa guru hame koi or mil payega 

Bikhre huwe thee hum aap ne samet deya 

Aadhure se thee aapne aake pura kar deya 

I know guruji main bahut aacha student toh nahi ho saka jiske leye mafe chata hu 

Safe journey guruji I will always miss you 🙏😢

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[10:34 AM, 7/1/2021] Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay: Aare Gurujee, kayse baat kar rahe hain. Tu itnaa achchha hain, ki kya bataayun! Thoda saa man lagaake kaam kar, dekh kya jaadu hotaa hain. FIUT and GRIT yaad rakhna.. Tu bahut achchha hain. Love you ❤️!

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[10:50 AM, 7/1/2021] Hemant Biswakarma SU BPA 3rd Sem: I will miss you guruji🥺🥺

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Dr Yadida Bhutia’s quick 60 secs. touch down to say goodbye during late  afternoon of June 30, 2021. 

Dr. Yadida Bhutia and Professor Sanjoy bandopadhyay

Earlier, Professor Abhijit Dutta. Dean, School of Professional Studies visited Professor Sanjoy a couple of times to say him Good Bye. Same for Dr. Rama Mohan, Associate Professor in Anthropology. Dr. Mohan later on July 05 he wrote in a WhatsApp message, “Good evening Sir, Hope you have settled back.
Miss all your enlightening discussions, Regards”.

I remember Dr Samidha Vedabala, who is my student too, and an Assistant Professor of the Department of Music especially visited me to say adieu from SU. She came with some delicious food!

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A phone call

It was June 30, 2021, and the time was 3:38 p.m. Dr. Swati Sachdeva, Associate Professor in Sociology, gave me a tinkle. She talked, took her own time to say me adieu. 

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A quick farewell on the June 30 evening

Dr Krishnendu Dutta, the Head of the Department of Music, arranged a quick online farewell on the evening of July 30. Md. Ibran, an M.Phil scholar, coordinated the occasion. A good number of students and faculty members participated.

I am personally delighted to observe that my students recalled my tips for success and self-development like FIUT & GRIT, TAKING PRIDE ON FAILURES, YOU ARE YOUR OWN TEACHER and others.

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On a Personal Note

Dr. Samidha Vedabala with Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Two PG students Manisha and Saraswati came with her and traditionally garlanded me with khAdA.

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The departure from Sikkim

L to R : Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Dr. Krishnendu Dutta, Mr. Subham Peter Gazmer

A foggy morning, it was July 1 of 2021. Professor Bandopadhyay sat on a car slightly before  6:00 a.m. at Entel, 6th Mile. It was time for him to leave Gangtok finally. Professor Sanjoy was happily remembering the joys of completing his four years of eventful involvement with the music academia at Sikkim University. Dr Krishnendu Dutta, the Head of the Department of Music, and Mr Subham Peter Gazmer were present during the final moments of his departure from Sikkim. Subham stayed with the Professor for more than two and a half years, a bright PhD scholar. Those four young hands were there to sign happy Good Bye! 

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WhatsApp never sleeps! The story goes on… Here are a few more to put this note to an end.

On 12 July, 2021 morning Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay wrote:

I have created a report, ‘Adieu Sikkim University’ on my website where I mentioned you. I have primarily used WhatsApp and Facebook messages. This write-up is surely many light-years away from an exciting reading.

I am sharing this scratchy note with you remembering the building up of an exquisite relationship that was naturally shaped during my four-year association with Sikkim University. The link: http://sanjoybandopadhyay.com/adieu-sikkim-university/ || End of note

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Aparajita Chakraborty, former PG student, 12.07.2021, 2:06 pm responds:

Incredible!!
Although I was not lucky enough to be there and bid you goodbye in person, but extremely delighted to get glimpses of these very heartfelt messages, notes and best wishes💕

Indeed Sikkim University and most importantly the music department will always miss your presence Sir❤️

It was the golden time for the department of Music and its students for sure💕❤️❤️❤️💕

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Milind Dhamala, PhD Scholar, 12.07.2021, 2:42 pm responds

This is really very beautiful Guruji 👏🏼👏🏼 we were indeed very blessed to have you in our dept 💚

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Anuraag Gajamer, PhD Scholar, 12.07.2021, 3:02 pm

Without you sir the department won’t be the same. We will miss you, Sir.

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Dr. Sandhya Thapa, Associate Professor in Sociology, 12.07.2021, 6:16 p.m.

Awesome Prof Bandopadhya, the way you give the essence to small things n made it memorable… you will be remembered always, sir.

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The Masks, the Feelings, the Erudite Minds, and 19 Cups of Tea

September 18, 2020, 4 p.m., Cauvery Hall, Gangtok

Sikkim University — a grand online event — the Teachers’ Day 2020. 

Let me take you a little back. It was the morning of 02 September, Sikkim University decided to felicitate four retired professors for their contributions in the advancement of the university. I was one of the chosen names.

Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay Virtually participating in his Felicitation Ceremony (Photo: Subham Peter Gazmer)

I received the first happy-shock with an email-bang of our dear JPT, the revered professor of Microbiology, Professor Jyoti Prakash Tamang. He wrote me the invitation for the felicitation and announced that the university decided to formally recognize its mentors’ contributions to the advancements of the university. The online felicitation ceremony took place in the virtual presence of around 80 erudite scholars and professors of different fields and the top administrators of the Sikkim University. 

This little note is not to tell you what happened on the 5th of September; instead, this little scribbling describes what happened on the 18 September. [If you want to browse through my Felicitation Speech, please click here.]

It was 3.30 on the 18 September afternoon. I called Dr. Mohan, “Are you coming to the party?”  Mohan replied, “Yes, Sir. Where are you?” I said, “I am at home. I am about to leave.” Mohan said, “Wait for two minutes. I am coming.” Dr. Kotra R. Rama Mohan, the renowned anthropologist, is my neighbor. Mohan is the Head of Anthropology at the Sikkim University and also the Dean of the School of Human Sciences. Cauvery Hall was not far, so we decided to take a walk.

I felt so glad to see my dear colleagues after so many months, that too, not on my computer, phone, or iPad screen. I thought COVID-19 restrictions are an opportunity actually to realize the beauty of organic presence. This possibly taught us that it is a good idea to feel the present and enjoy its goodness. We feel the past was better; Carona confinement has made us distressed, and we are sad. Dhriti, Dr. Dhriti Roy, our highly efficient and learned colleague, a distinguished scholar of Chinese language, told a few times how low she was.

On a different note, I was trying to discover some goodness out of this dark Carona-time. For me, I am kind of enjoying Carona-time induced virtual life to be able to learn a lot and learn differently. I understand the whole country is learning ways to remain virtually connected, how we can efficiently work, complete our job, or even stay connected with family and friends, and avoid depressions.   

I forgot to tell you that JPT’s highly selective invitation was for a High Tea from the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Professor Avinash Khare. The university could not invite many to maintain physical distancing. There were nineteen distinguished people present in this meeting. 

Photo by: Dr. K.R. Rama Mohan, Dr. Dhriti Roy and Mr. Satyam Rana

All present in the program-space were wearing face masks, some black, some blue, and some were designed. The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. Avinash Khare, Professor Jyoti Prakash Tamang and Mr. Tej Krishna Kaul, Registrar of the university greeted Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed and I with the traditional khAdA.

JPT started the event with his opening words. Then the Hon’ble Vice Prof. Avinash Khare expressed his thoughts and elaborated on the contributions of the felicitated professors. He said that mentors do not retire. Then Professor Imtiaz Ahmed, Department of Law, and I from the Department of Music, gave our very brief addresses describing what we tried to do. I focussed on the growth and achievements of the students, and the interest of the renowned scientific bodies to collaborate with my colleagues in the Department of Music.

After the speeches Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the Sikkim University Professor Avinash Khare handed over the felicitation plaque to me.

Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay receiving the Felicitation Plaque from the Vice Chancellor, Sikkim University Professor Avinash Khare (Photo by: Dr. Dhriti Roy)

After the High-Tea, we had a group photo session. After that, the more informal and memorable part began. I was so moved the way our colleagues sang songs. Professor Khare is a passionate singer who loves to sing; Professor Tamang used to be a name in the Nepali music community who cut a CD in his young days. Both of these singers had sore-throat and could not sing. But, the gift finally came from Dr. Dhriti Roy and Professor Abhijit Dutta. I told you about Dhriti earlier. She sang a Chinese popular song and later on request a Nazrulgeeti, a song composed by the great Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Dr. Roy’s renderings were very smart and soulful. Before she sang the Chinese song, she explained the meanings in English. All presents loved her singing. 

Later, all requested Professor Abhijit Dutta. Abhijit agreed. Professor Dutta is a distinguished scholar in Business and Commerce, a Professor in Commerce, and the Dean of the School of  Professional Studies.  He sang ghazals, one was Pankaj Uddhas’ popular ‘dIwaron se milkar ronA- -‘. Abhijit rendered his music with closed eyes and drowned in emotion.  The audience could feel his oneness with the music and applauded.

Hearty and Emotional Song Renderings of Professor Abhijit Dutta and Dr. Dhriti Roy

I felt the natural flow of affection and emotions from my colleagues, which elevated the whole event to a different state. The entire experience came out to me as a lifetime gift and will indeed remain as my loving and cherished memory.

L to R : Dr. K. R. Rama Mohan [Anthropology], Prof. Shanti Sharma [Botany], Dr. Suresh Gurung [Joint Registrar], Dr. Laxuman Sharma [Horticulture also DSW] , Dr. Dhriti Roy [Chinese], Prof. Abhijit Dutta [Commerce], Prof. Jyoti Prakash Tamang [Microbiology], Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay [Music], Prof. Avinash Khare [Vice Chancellor], Prof. N. Sathyanarayana [Botany & Acting CoE], Dr. Kabita Lama [Nepali], DR. Om P. Gadde [Political Science], Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed [Law], Mr. Tej Krishna Kaul [Registrar], Prof. A.S. Chandel [Librarian], Prof. Naval Kishore Paswan [Peace & Conflict Management]. (Photo by Mr. Satyam Rana)

Felicitation Speech at the Central University of Sikkim

Felicitation Speech  at the Central University of Sikkim on the Teachers’ Day on September 05, 2020

By Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

I never dreamt that my Mother University will ever consider felicitating me for my humble efforts to understand its inherent rhythm and my endeavor to find a matching pace so that the dreams to grow may find its path.  When I received a sudden and unexpected email from our dear JPT, Professor Jyoti Prakash Tamang, announcing this program, it was kind of a happy shock! I shall thank our Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Professor Avinash Khare, for the most excellent experience I am enjoying on this beautiful day. I feel incredibly honored, and I am emotional.

To work at Sikkim University for me is a unique experience. My earlier two universities were Performing and Visual Arts focussed. My associations with the Departments of Music and the Faculties of Performing Arts with renowned universities in India never opened before me any idea how music academia can work better when you try to connect with cerebrally rich people of other disciplines. Joining Sikkim University and coming in the proximity of different types of brain waves of the excellent scholars of other disciplines made me think that this may be an alternate powerhouse for the growth of the music students. So, I tried to connect music with varied viewpoints and attempted to make the department grow in a different pattern and get globally visible.

I tried to make the students believe that they are the best. I presume all physically and psychologically healthy humans have similar potentials to grow. I know there can be arguments and debates on this idea, but I felt this was an excellent springboard to start working and mentally preparing our students here for future challenges. I tried to make them understand that FIUT and GRIT are the two keywords for success. 

There has been a lot of discussions on the comparative roles of Talent and Grit. Psychologists give more weightage to GRIT. GRIT is the ability to take challenges and meet the challenges with endurance. You know musicians compose. I composed FIUT. It reminds me of an ancient raga Malashree. The raga has three focus svaras. To accept a raga as a classical raga, you need at least five svaras. So, Malashree added two subsidiary notes to make it classical. Same for FIUT. I tell my students, this raga FIUT has three significant components Focus, Intelligence, and Time. To make it meaningful, the FIUT goes as ‘FOCUSSED AND INTELLIGENT USE OF TIME.’ So, FIUT is an acronym for Focussed and Intelligent use of Time. I tell my students that I trust this combination of FIUT and GRIT can work wonders and bring success in their areas of pursuit. I told this in many open interactions with the students. When people take pride in their successes, I say to my students to take pride in their efforts. Failure proves that someone tried. If the student systematically assesses the reasons for failures, then success is bound to come to them when they are ready. 

I am glad that I had terrific support from my colleagues in the department, Dr. Krishnendu Dutta, Mr. Jayanta Barman, Dr. Samidha Vedabala, Dr. Santosh Kumar, and Dr. Surendra Kumar. 

I had many prolonged interactions with Professor Abhijit Dutta, the Dean of our School of Professional Studies. We discussed how we can grow or how we can invite international research collaborations, and so on. My very warm thanks to Professor Dutta.

I am incredibly grateful for the unbelievable support that I received from our three Hon’ble Vice Chancellors Professor T.B. Subba, Professor J.P. Tamang, and Professor Avinash Khare. I had long earlier experiences of connecting with the University Vice Chancellors. The support I received at Sikkim University, I would like to say, it was overly good clearly. I am extremely thankful to Mr. T.K. Kaul, the Registrar for his right advice at the right time, or the Finance Officer Mr. Debasish Paul for his cooperations. Finally, I would like to thank all my colleagues in different academic departments who helped me to enrich my thoughts and the staff members of the administration for their support. If you noticed any progress or advancements in the department, this was because of all of you. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and still enjoying it.

Thank you all. 

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Felicitation on the Teachers’ Day 2020

Note: For Report on Post-Felicitation Event held on 18.09.2020 click here. 

Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay was felicitated by the Central University of Sikkim on Teachers’ Day, on 05 September 2020, for his outstanding contributions to the development of the university. Click to reach his felicitation speech.Click to reach his felicitation speech.

The whole program was held online. It was well attended by the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, other Statutory officers, the Deans of Schools, Heads of the Departments, many professors and other teachers of the university. 

05 September, 2020

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An article ‘Experiencing Hindustani Raga Music: A Select Study from Kolkata’ by Sanjoy Bandopadhyay & Samidha Vedabala has been published by Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities in July 2020. Click to access full text.

July 15, 2020

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Prof. (Pt.) Sanjoy Bandopadhyay was invited by the Faculty of Performing Arts, Banaras Hindu University for a talk on 06 July 2020. Prof. Bandopadhyay talked on ‘Conceptualizing the Micro to reach the Macro: A small music-lantern from my Revered Gurus’.  More than 1200 music enthusiasts attended the talk online and later there were many more who listened to the recording online. An edited version of the talk is now available on YouTube.   |  09 July 2020

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Dr. Pragya Pyasi, a disciple of Panditjee, has joined University of Hyderabad as an Assistant Professor in Music earlier this month.  

February 27, 2020

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Sukanya Chatterjee received the provisional certification of PhD degree on completion of her research titled “The Effect of Hindustani Raga Instrumental Music as an Intervention for Children with Sub-Average Intellectual Functioning (IQ 35-55)” from the Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. The research was conducted under the supervision of Professor Bandopadhyay.

January 21, 2020

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Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay will feature at the National TV channel in the National Program of Music. The program will be telecast on August 10, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. at the DD National channel. Pt. Tanmoy Bose provided tabla support.

July 10, 2019

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Rajrupa Chaudhury, a disciple of Panditjee, played sarod recital at the Head Quarters of Commonwealth Nations, the Marlborough House, London. It was arranged as a part of a celebration of the Commonwealth Day on 11 March 2019. The Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall graced the occasion.

April 09, 2019

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Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay will perform in Kolkata on Decmber 16, 2018 in the silver jubilee celebration of the Dhrupad Academy, Delhi. Pt. Parimal Chakraborty will provide him tabla support. Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Salt Lake | Date: December 16, 2018 | Time: From 6 P.M.

November 27, 2018

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Panchajany Dey, a flute disciple of Panditjee, received 2nd position in the All India Radio Music Competetion – 2018.

October 26, 2018

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Invited by the All India Radio to perform at the Radio Sangeet Sammelan on 06 October, 2018 at Indore.

August 16, 2018

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A special happening and a very special recognition for Ayush Ghosh, a sitar disciple of Panditjee.

(a) National Radio CBC (Canada Broadcasting Corporation) interviewed Ayush. It was broadcast across Canada on 08 January 2018. Click to listen.

(b) Calgary Herald honored 20 Calgarians making a difference in the community or their mark on a grander stage. Ayush was honored among these remarkable individuals.

Here is the Top page of Calgary Herald of January 08 2018.

January 09 2018

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Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay has been offered a Professor’s position at the Sikkim University. He has joined the SU on 04 August 2017 as Professor of Music at the Department of Music under the School of Professional Studies.

August 7, 2017

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Here is a review  (with approximate translation in English] of the performance appeared in Bengali Magazine ‘kAli-O-kalom’. It appeared in its January 2017 issue. Please click to view page 70 of the magazine where Pt. Bandopadhyay’s review appeared. Please click to see

19 February 2017

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Professor (Pt.) Sanjoy Bandopadhyay will perform in Kolkata a concert in Kolkata on 08 December, 2017; a tribute concert for the legendary scholar-musician Kumar Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury. The CSSSC has invited him for the performance as a part of their exhibition of the BKRC Collection during 06-09 December, 2017 at the Jadunath Bhavan Museum and Resource Centre, [a unit of the Centre for Social Science Studies Calcutta], 10 Lake Terrace, Kolkata. Sri Dilip Mukherjee will give him Tabla support and Sri Nishaant Singh on the Pakhawaj.

Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay has been offered a Professor’s position by the Sikkim University. He has joined the SU on 04 August, 2017 as Professor in Music at the Department of Music under the School of Professional Studies.

August 7, 2017

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Here is a review  (with approximate translation in English] of the performance appeared in Bengali Magazine ‘kAli-O-kalom’. It apeared in its January 2017 issue. Please click to view page 70 of the magazine where Pt. Bandopadhyay’s review appeared. Please click see

19 February, 2017

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay was felicitated by ‘Gour Malhar, Burdwan’ with the Pt. Dhruvatara Joshi Memorial Award on the evening of 28 January 2017.

February 04, 2017

Pandit Dhuravatara Joshi Memorial Award to Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay

Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay will get felicitated with Pandit Dhruvatara Joshi Award on 28 January 2017. A letter from the Secretary, Gaud Malhar dated 25/12/2016 to Prof.Sanjoy states:

” — This letter brings you our warmest congratulations and we, on behalf of Gour Malhar, feel really honoured to felicitate you the PanditDhuravatara Joshi Memorial Award for your extensive contribution in the field of music performance, music teaching and music education.—“

January 12, 2017

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sAhAnA on sitar at the mega Bengal Music Festival – 2016 in Dhaka

Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay is back to Kolkata after a dazzling concert at the Bengal Foundation’s Music Festival-2016.  As scheduled he started at 2 a.m. on  27 November 2016 early morning at Dhaka Army Stadium.  We hear that there were about 60,000 people present to attend that day’s music. Pt. Bandopadhyay chose Raga Sahana to start. He played alap-jod follwed by a vilambit gat in Jhaptala, drut gat in Trital and eneded with Sawal-Jawab and Jhala. Later he played Pilu Jangla. In this piece he played a composition frequently played by his grand-Guru Md. Ameer Khan and his Guru Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra. Pt. Parimal Chakraborty provided tabla support.

27 November, 2016

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Caesurae[Spring 2016, ISSN 2454-9495] published a review of Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay’s Music Album ‘Tribute to Mozart- Live in Vienna 1998’        

21 April, 2016

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Mee Records has showcased 3 albums and 7 singles of Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. For music lovers staying in India may also order for physical CDS.

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iTunes, amazon.com and other music outlets have showcased Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay’s two latest music albums, ‘Rare Rags on the Sitar’from Mee Records   and the second reprint of Tribute to Mozart – Live in Vienna 1998‘ from Aitijjhya.  

(January 16, 2016)

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Prof. Bandopadhyay is now the top 3% of the researchers in Academia by last 30 days views! Academia has 27 million users!

30 December, 2015

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Invited as the ‘Guest of Honor’ at the International Conference of the Department of Musicology, Rabindra Bharati University titled ‘Music and Musicology in South Asia : recent Trends’ to be held on 5th-6th November 2015. [November 2015]

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Prasar Bharati [All India Radio] has inducted Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay as an expert member for their central Music Audition Board. [April, 2015]

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The Sikkim University has inducted Prof. Sanjoy as an Expert member for the School Board of Professional Studies. [Notification dated 30. 09.2014]

Invited as the ‘Guest of Honor’ at the International Conference of the Department of Musicology, Rabindra Bharati University titled ‘Music and Musicology in South Asia : recent Trends’ to be held on 5th-6th November 2015. [November 2015]

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Calgary Public Library has included one of Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay’s CDs ‘Joy and Peace’ in their catalog. Abhijit Banerjee and Parimal Chakraborty provided tabla support in separate pieces. [October, 2015]

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Prasar Bharati [All India Radio] has inducted Pt. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay as an expert member for their central Music Audition Board. [April, 2015]

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The Sikkim University has inducted Prof. Sanjoy as an Expert member for the School Board of Professional Studies. [Notification dated 30. 09.2014]

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The University of Chicago invited Professor Bandopadhyay to the second workshop of a project, “Audio Cultures of India” at the University of Chicago Center in Delhi on December 7-9, 2014.  [click for details]

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Center for World Performance Studies, University of Michigan [USA] just published its Fall-2014 New Letter.

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Professor Bandopadhyay is invited to participate in the 2014 ‘International Music Institution Leaders Forum’ and in the music festival to be held on the occasion of 50th anniversary of the establishment of the China Conservatory, Beijing during 20-22 September 2014.

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Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh nominated Prof. Bandopadhyay as a member of the Management Board of Bhatkhande Music Institute [Deemed University], Lucknow for a period of 3 years starting from 27 August 2014.