Looking at the future:
Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay introduces his two students
Sitar is Pandit Bandopadhy’s first passion, but I 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 an immense pleasure in introducing his two brilliant students Rajrupa Sen and Dipankar Mukherjee. Sanjoyda says,
“I consider these young 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.
I am glad that after Kushal Das, who has come up as the top sitar player of the current generation, I still have a few more offerings for the music lovers.
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. Siddhartha Roychaudhury 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.
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.