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Suman Bhattacharya

Sitarist from Imdadkhani Gharana

Guru Shishya Parampara

Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah |

 

Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah |
Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah |
 
Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah |
Guruh Saakshaat Parabrahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namah || 

The Guru is Brahma(The creator), Lord Vishnu(The preserver, and Lord Shiva (the desroyer)
To that very Guru I bow, for He is the Supreme Being, right before my eyes.
"The Guru is Brahma(The creator), Lord Vishnu(The preserver, and Lord Shiva (the destroyer).
To that very Guru I bow, for He is the Supreme Being, right before my eyes."

Toat very Guru I bow, for He is the Supreme Being, right before my eyes.
 
The guru-shishya tradition, lineage, or parampara, denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Indian culture. It is the tradition of spiritual relationship and mentoring in traditional Hinduism where teachings are transmitted from a guru (teacher) to a Sisya (disciple). Such knowledge, whether it be vedic, agamic artistic, architectural, musical or spiritual, is imparted through the developing relationship between the guru and the disciple. It is considered that this relationship, based on the genuineness of the guru, and the respect, commitment, devotion and obedience of the student, is the best way for subtle or advanced knowledge to be conveyed. The student eventually masters the knowledge that the guru embodies.

Bimal Chatterjee

Pt. Bimal Chatterjee started learning Sitar from the famous Sitar Artist and teacher, Pt Kashinath Mukherjee of Imdadkhani Gharana in 1953. Since then he has been under his tutelage of Sitar. Pt Kashinath Mukherjee, a doyen of Imdadkhani Gharana and a senior disciple of Sitar Nawaz Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Ustad Amir Khan, helped him to learn and appreciate all forms of Hindustani Classical Music and Sitar and transformed him into a true artist over the years. 

His close association with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the famous film director, Ustad Vilayat Khan and many other veteran musicians helped him to imbibe the true techniques and style of Imdad Khani Gharana and to become an acclaimed musician of his era. Bimal Chatterjee had been a reguler performer in the All India Radio from 1975-1980. He has captivated his audience through his colourful presentation of Sitar performances all over the India. He has always been appreciated as being a true musician of Imdadkhani Gharana.
A musician by heart, he is now focussed to train up a batch of younger generation musicians.   

Kalyan Basu

Pt. Kalyan Basu has learnt from Ustad Drabir Khan Saheb (Rampur Gharana) and then Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb, the doyen of Patiala Gharana and subsequently from Ustad Munawar Ali Khan Saheb. Now eveb at the age of 78, his Sur Sadhana through various adverse conditions is still going strong. He has also graduated from Calcutta University in Arts and in musicology from Lucknow Mauris College. He has performed all over the country and exetensively in Kolkata over the years;. His Gayaki (style) features all musical elements of Patiala style.

On 27th June, 1992, Sri Ankhi Ranjan Das, journalist, wrote in "Desh Patrika" - "Kalyan Basu's vistaar (raga elaboration), sargam and taan silsila had all the elements of Patiala Gayaki."  His melodious voice, 4 octave spanning fast taans, gamak, gayaki creates a transcendental sensation for the audience. His unbelievable ease and control over voice production, fast taans and colourful Khayal and Thumris remind us of his Guru - Sabarang Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. At present he is focussed on training up a batch of younger generation musicians in the art of Patiala Gharana music.      

Kalyani Roy

Born on April 29, 1931, sitarist Kalyani Roy is one of the few major women instrumentalists in her genre, with a career spanning 50 years. Kalyani is a disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan and has had training from others masters, including percussion genius Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Kalyani`s immediately identifiable sitar tone is a unique variant of the Vilayatkhani sound, her style mixes a vibrant rhythmic approach with Vilayat Khan`s lyricism.

She performs regularly on Radio, Television and was a regular participant at music conferences both in India and abroad. She made a number of disc records, both solo as well as duet with Radhika Mohan Maitra. In addition to Ustad Vilayat Khan and Jitendra Mohan Sen Gupta, she studied also under Shauqat Ali Khan and Karamatullah Khan for a brief period. She is also a teacher of repute.


Kalyani Ray is also a renowned painter. Her paintings have been exhibited in India and abroad and have earned her honour as an artist.

Kalyani Ray is also a renowned painter. Her paintings have been exhibited in India and abroad and have earned her honour as an artist.

Others

Some of the other notable musicians/ gurus who have helped Suman to grow up as an artist are as follows:

  • Debdas Bhattacharya
  • Pt. Kumar Prasad Mukherjee
  • Sangeetacharya Dulal Ray
  • Maya Chatterjee
  • Sunil Chatterjee
  • Kumar Ray
  • Dipali Nag
  • Bidyut Bhattacharya
  • Sucheta Bhattacharya 
  • Shibsankar Roy Chowdhury
  • Someswar Mullik 
  • Abhik Mukherjee

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