Guru Shishya Parampara
Guruh Saakshaat Parabrahma Tasmai Shree Gurave Namah ||
To that very Guru I bow, for He is the Supreme Being, right before my eyes."
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.
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.
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.
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