Looking at the future:
Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay introduces his students
Sitar is Pandit Bandopadhy’s first passion, but he equally loves to teach. He enjoys observing the gradual growth of his disciples, these budding musicians slowly and steadily taking shape of concert-winning performers. “It is my immense pleasure to talk about some of my brilliant students like Kushal Das, Rajrupa Sen, Ayush Ghosh and more…” Sanjoyda says,
“I consider these musicians as the maestros of the future, the torchbearers of Indian Classical Music. If you are looking for good and serious music I am sure you will be happy to discover them– I am sure any Indian music lover will love to listen to these outstanding talents.
Among these, Kushal Das has already established himself as one of the finest sitar players of the current time.
“I am very glad to introduce Rajrupa Sen. Rajrupa came to me when she was already recognized as a highly promising musician. Her basic teacher, and also my friend, Mr. SiddharthaRoychaudhury thought that she should learn with me. So, she came to me and we started working together. Rajrupa immediately recognized two things; one is that she has a long way to go and secondly she will be able to cover this difficult stretch of her musical journey – the final lap to climb up the cliff. Rajrupa is now a fully blossomed sarode player. I wish wider music world might find opportunities to listen to some of her brilliant performances.”
“Now, I would like to talk about my another student, the little ‘energy house’, Ayush Ghosh. Ayush is now a 13 year old boy with unquenchable thirst for music, never ending energy and exceptional talent for musical expressions. Ayush is a boy to observe. I am glad to see in him the mix of high talent and high perseverance. I remember Ayush, when he was 12 year old, happily trying for 13 hours to bring out the essence of a composition in Yaman! He just took a few small breaks for food. I was so impressed! I heard highly trained matured musician comparing his talent with the mandolin wizard U. Srinivas! I do not have any doubt, if everything goes well, he will perform sitar to a new height that was never touched earlier.” [Sanjoy Bandopadhyay 04 May, 2015, Kolkata]
Dipankar Mukherjee came to learn with me at a stage when he was quite conversant with the general techniques of flute playing, already had a good understanding of vocal renderings but could not find the key to his own musical expressions and was uncomfortable in some important areas of performance. I found in him many interesting possibilities and thought he was very promising musician.
“Now, I am glad to introduce Dipankar, he is now quite balanced and matured musician. The music lovers will surely find him very good and may also discover certain areas those they might feel as unique to Indian bamboo flute.”
It will be improper if I don’t mention at least two more names. One is Georges Lindenmeyer, the violinist. Georges was a musician in and out. He was a good violinist and had exceptional understanding about Indian Music. Unfortunately he had to leave us some years back.. he was such a wonderful, sophisticated and caring person..! Georges was unique! George was too good!
Anup Dasgupta learnt with me for some years. He is a well-known slide guitar player in the ICM world. All India Radio awarded him the prestigious Top-Grade some years back.