Pandit Tejendra Narayan
One of the best-known Sarod players of the present generation, Pandit Tejendra Narayan
Majumdar, has long achieved that order of excellence and popular acceptability, which
ensure one's place in posterity. Early initiation into music by his grandfather, Late
Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar and later his father, Late Ranjan Majumdar, nurtured Tejendra's
considerable talent. Vocal and rhythm training under Late Pandit Amaresh Chowdhury and
Sri Anil Palit further ensured a holistic musical development in him. Tejendra was
then accepted by Late Ustad Bahadur Khan as his disciple.
Eighteen years of intensive study under him matured his talent into a true genius.
Recognition of it came in 1981, when he stood first in the All India Radio Music
Competition and was awarded the President's Gold Medal and the Pandit D.V.Paluskar
award. After the untimely demise of his guru, he studied under Late Sri Ajay Sinha Roy
and then under one of the Legends of Indian Music – Swar-Samrat Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan,
until his demise. One of the best equipped musicians to carry on the great Senia Maihar
mantle, Tejendra combines the intellectual density and technical virtuosity of his gharana,
with an extraordinary tone, touch and an ambient melody which transcends any qualification.
Above all, he has in abundant measure, that indescribable ability to take the listeners
along with him - the rare quality that is the hallmark of a genius. He is also a Top Grade
artist of A.I.R and Doordarshan.
Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar's brilliance and popularity as a classical artist
has not dimmed his interest in composing, arranging and experimenting in other areas
of music. From composing the background score of meaningful films to musical ballets -
Tejendra is always ready to take on any musical challenge. He has composed the music
for the Bengali films like ‘Songshoy’ and ‘Hononkal’ of Saibal Mitra, Tollylights of
Arjun Chakraborty, and a lot of Telefilms. He has also composed and arranged music for
different singers like Ghulam Ali, Ajoy Chakraborty, Haimanti Shukla, Arati Mukherjee,
Most of his time is, however, taken up in touring the country and abroad, presenting
innumerable concerts, workshops, lecture demonstrations, doing recordings and taking up
teaching assignments. Within the country he is a regular artiste in the premiere
concert circuit, while in Europe, Canada and in the United States, his popularity has
ensured his regular representation in some of the most prestigious concerts. Within Europe,
Tejendra has made his remakable popularity in the countries of France, Germany, Holland,
Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Austria and U.K. He is also very popular in the Asian
countries of U.A.E., Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Bangladesh. Constraint of space will
not allow an exhaustive catalogue of this genius - but only a short representative one.
In 2009, he was invited by none other than Pandit Ravishankar to perform at Hollywood
Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Recently, one of his composed and arranged music albums “SOUL CALL- OM NAMOH NARAYANAY”
has been nominated for the 2010 GRAMMY AWARDS.
At the age of five, the musical wonder kid was placed under the tutelage of Shri Swapan
Shiva celebrated artiste and teacher of Farukhabad Tabla Gharana and over the years he
has been dedicating himself for learning other Gharanas from different maestros
He received awards in his early age from celebrities like Satyajit Ray in the year 1977,
Pandit Ravi Shankar in the year 1985 and from President of India in 1987. Training
in vocal music from his childhood made him a competent vocalist as well.
In addition to being a reputed soloist Subhankar is one of the few choicest accompanist
of most prominent celebrities of our country like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan,
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. Pandit L.Subramanium, Dr. M.
Balamuralikrishnan, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit M.S.Gopalkrishnan, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty,
Pandit V.G.Jog, Ustad Imrat Hussian the cities dotting the map of the world. He has been
presenting his music in famous venues of countries like U.K, U.S.A, Europe, Australia,
Africa, Japan, Middle East, regularly for last eighteen years.
He performed in the prestigious “NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CONCERT” in Oslo along with a duet
of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia where Indian classical music was
presented for the first time of this occasion in 1999.The Govt. Of Pakistan invited him to
perform for the 50th anniversary of Pakistan in 1997 in Islamabad & Lahore. The
President Of India took him to perform in Brazil for the “Festival of India” in 1998 and
he was invited by the govt. of South Africa and Govt. of Mexico to show his musical
brilliance as their guest artist.
Bappi Lahiri was bornin Calcutta, West Bengal in 1952 into a family with a rich tradition in
classical music. His father, Aparesh Lahiri was a famous Bengali singer and his mother,
Bansari Lahiri was a musician and a singer who was well-versed in classical music and Shyama
Sangeet. His parents trained him in every aspect of music. He was their only child. At a very early age, he had the ambition to
become famous, not only nationally, but internationally. He began to play the
tabla at the tender age of three. Even at that tender age, Bappi showed signs of greatness as he
played the tabla with the proficiency of an experienced professional. Bappi Lahiri
is married and has two children. Bappi Lahiri has shared his love for music with his entire
family. His wife is Chitrani comes from a family of singers, his daughter Rema is also an excellent
singer, and son Bappa Lahiri has inherited his father’s keen sense of music and joined the Hindi film
industry as a music director.
Bappi has his own unmatched personal style. He is the perfect blend of East and West,
and his wardrobe ranges from the traditional Indian kurta and sherwani to the western
sweatshirts and blazers. He is fond of wearing pieces of jewelry that represent
significant symbols in his life. Bappi is famous throughout India for his trademark
gold ornaments and sunglasses.
Bappi began his career
as a music director at the young age of 19. He received his first opportunity
in a Bengali film, Daadu (1972) and the first Hindi film for which he composed music
was Nanha Shikari (1973). The film which established him in Bollywood was Tahir Husain's
Hindi film, Zakhmee (1975), for which he composed music and doubled as a playback singer.
This film brought him to the heights of fame and brought forth a new era in the Hindi
film industry. Bappi rose from strength to strength, and the music for his subsequent
films Chalte Chalte and Surakshaa were tremendously popular, placing Bappi on the
pedestal of stardom, making him the youngest music director of his time to have attained
such intense success in such aC short duration.
Bappi Lahiri was the pioneer of disco beats in India and his refreshing, vibrant,
and rhythmic music had the entire nation dancing for decades. Bappi Lahiri is widely
recognized throughout India as the sole originator of the disco beat in India. He is
widely known as the "Disco King" in India, even today. Bappi Lahiri was
the most popular music director in the 1980s due to his famous compositions for films
such as Disco Dancer, which have left a lasting imprint in the minds of all those who
heard the music. Bappi is famous for his constant desire to reinvent himself and face
the challenge to keep up with the rapidly changing preferences of current generations.
He is the complete entertainer and superstar with his multiple talents as a singer,
music director, and percussionist!
Bappi Lahiri has been known to work with the singing legends of the Hindi music industry.
He has been known to sing duets with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. He has also worked
with renowned singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Vijay Benedict and Sharon
Prabhakar were launched into the Bollywood music industry by Bappi. He also paved the path
to fame for Alisha Chinai and Usha Uthup through his compositions. Bappi Lahiri’s reign
over the Hindi music industry continued throughout the 1990s when provided music for the
Prakash Mehra produced 'Dalal' starring Mithun Chakraborty. The song 'Gutur Gutur' from
the film was a big hit.
Even in the 2000s, Bappi Lahiri’s reign and popularity with the masses remains as strong
as ever. His album 'Bappi Magic - The Asli Baap Mix', featuring popular numbers such as
'Gori Hai Kalaiyan' and 'Jimmy Jimmy' was released in 2004 to great fanfare and attained
great success and following. The following year he composed the background score for the
Jahnu Barua film, 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara'.
Bappi lent his voice to another composer for the first time with the song "Bombai
Nagariya" in 2006 which he sang for Vishal-Shekhar for the movie Taxi Number 9211,
which went on to become an instant success. Subsequently, he lent his voice for the title
track of the Mani Ratnam film 'Guru', in which the music has been composed by A. R. Rahman,
which also went on to become a super hit.
Having conquered the world of big screen, Bappi turned his attention to reality shows on
television. In 2006, he appeared on the popular television show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs'
on Zee TV as co-judge with singers Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet. Bappi was also one of the
celebrated judges for Zee TV's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007,' along with fellow music
composers: Himesh Reshammiya, Ismail Darbar, and Vishal-Shekhar. Bappi was also a judge
for Sony Entertainment Television's ‘K For Kishore’ reality show that sought to find the
'heir apparent' to Kishore Kumar. All of these reality shows gained tremendous amount of
Bappi Lahiri is also known to be accredited with providing newcomers with opportunities
in the Hindi film industry. Bappi was the secret benefactor that provided superstar
Akshay Kumar with his first opportunity as a hero in the movie Khiladi. Bappi Lahiri is
admired and respected by several prominent members of the film fraternity, and he holds
close ties with superstars like Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan. On the request of
superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Bappi Lahiri also provided an outstanding musical score for
the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premier League, 2008.
Currently, Bappi Lahiri is transcending the barriers between the East and West and is
striving to make history once more with his new album: My Love. Over the decades and
through years of well deserved fame and accolades, Bappi Lahiri remains the undisputed
Disco King of India, and one of the most amiable celebrities in the Hindi film industry
A Classic children Bengali Geeti
Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumder
Presented by Kallol
Thakurmar Jhuli which
literally means grandmother’s tales, is a famous book in
Bengali literature and is a known name among the households
of Bangladesh and West Bengal comprises Bengali folk tales
and fairy tales, written by Dakshinaranjan Mitra
Majumder born on April 15 1877,
is a celebrated Indian Bengali writer. He is known for
writing Bengali fairy tales and children’s literature. He is
a writer, editor, and collector of folk literature. The book
was initially published in 1907 and since then it has
become a hit especially among the Bengali children. The
introduction to the compilation was written by none other
than the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
The book has been so popular that some of its characters
have gained a legendary status for the children, who are
fond of this particular book. Lalkamal-Nilkamal and
Byangoma-Byangomi are those two popular characters.
Neelkamal –Laalkamal from
Thakumar Jhuli- The Story in nutshell
[Once upon a time, a king had two sons. One from
his human wife and another from his demon wife.
The brothers grow inseparable. One fateful night, the demon
queen kidnaps them both and eats them. Immediately
thereafter, she regurgitates two eggs. A farmer finds the
eggs and the princes therein. The princess vow to rid the
land of demons and avenge the injustice done tho them and
their people. They hunt down their demon grandmother and
retrieve a casket containing a male and a female wasp which
are said to be the lifelines of the demon hordes everywhere.
Thus by killing the wasps they destroy all demon kind and
restore balance to the world.]
This will be a Kallol stage dramatization
Natyaroop (audio play) of
Neelkamal-Laalkamal originally composed by
Bhaskar Basu in 60’s;
Ghosh; whose Bengali song has got a
rich episode for the world of the kids. His contributions
for the songs like “Moinar Ma Moinamoti”, Hattimatim Tim”
can never be forgotten. He also contributed a lot in the
audio play called “Thakurmar Jhuli”. That album was
presented to Mrs. Indira
India, on the Children’s Day and is still the most
appreciated album for children all over Bengal
A contemporary dance cluster invoking the divine mother;
Shakti O Prakriti.
Presented by Kallol
blessed with direct supervision and tutelage from the world
renowned Choreographer, Guru Sukalyann Bhattacharya.
The dance form Sukalyan’s entourage is rooted in the
foundation of Indian Classical Dance styles. In addition, they
include forms and inspirations from various traditional martial art
forms like Kalarippayattu of Kerala and
Thangta from Manipur.
Bhattacharya, Aishani Sengupta, Keona Sengupta, Nabosha Palit,
Jia Ghosh, Srijani Sarkar, Ishani Ganguly, Jhilik Chatterjee,
Monalisa Sarkar, Roshni Dutta, Ayush Ain Das, Rian Sengupta,
Titli Bhattacharjee, Sarika Bhattacharjee, Ishani Datta,
Doyel Datta, Oishika Ghosh Roy, Ipshita Nandy, Sonali
Bhattacharya, Sonia Datta, Sangita Sengupta, Anwesha Chowdhury,
Aritrika Mukherjee, Sharmila Mukherjee, Monika Chakraborty,
Ishita Bhattacharjee, Mahuya Ghosal, Indrani Basu, Jagannath and
Costume and Props by
Saheli Mahapatra (from India)