A Morning Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Bansuri – Sudip Chattopadhyay
Tabla – Indranil Mallick
This Chhandayan Baithak Concert is dedicated to Ravi Shankar, who passed away on December 11th, 2012 in California. As part of his eternal legacy, we are gifted with some new ragas from his creation. These ragas have been picked up by several contemporary performers, mostly thinking of them as ancient, traditional ragas. This misconception testifies towards the validity in his creations.
Bansuri player Sudip Chattopadhyay was fortunate to be exposed to some of these ragas through his uncle Shyamadas Chakraborty, who was one of Ravi Shankar’s early students. In this concert Sudip will perform two morning ragas created by Ravi Shankar – Ahir Lalit and Parameshwari. Before his recital of Ahir Lalit, there will be a demonstration of the raga, After that Sudip will make a full presentation of Ahir Lalit in Vilambit Ektaal (slow Ektaal of 12 x 4 beats) and Madhyalaya Tintaal (medium tempo cycle of 16 beats). This will be followed by a brief alap and two compositions in Roopak (7 beat-cycle) and Ektaal (12 beat-cycle) in raga Parameshwari The final piece of this concert will be a Kirtan, a favorite of Ravi Shankar, Sudip Chattopadhyay will be accompanied by Indranil Mallick on the tabla and Mekhola Roy on the tanpura.
Sudip Chattopadhyay is one of the few performers who play this very ancient & melodious instrument, the Indian Bamboo Flute. Born in 1966 Sudip was groomed under the auspices of Pandit Debaprosad Banerjee, the senior-most disciple of Pandit Gour Goswami. Sudip is now acknowledged to be one of the perfect exponents of the Pandit Pannalal Ghosh Gharana.
He received a MA in music from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, in 1991 & was also selected as a Lecturer of music in the same University in 2002.
In 1991 he joined All India Radio and is still working as an ‘A Grade’ artiste at All India Radio and Doordarshan. Sudip has performed in the National Programme of Music. His steadiness in rendition, clartiy and precision of Swara – a rare combination of Raga perfectly elaborated in gradual progression with variety of notes – is acknowledged to be truly unique.
He has been performing regularly at various important Classical Concerts in India, including the Dover Lane Periodical Music Conference, Sangeet Research Academy, Indira Kala Sangeet Sikshayatan (MP), Bharatiya Bidya Bhawan (New Delhi), Rabindra Bharati Festival, West Bengal Raiya Saneet Academy Classical Conference, ICCR (Kolkata & Delhi), SPICMACAY, Golpark Ramakrishna Mission etc. He has also toured in many European Countries and received accolades from western audiences & European media.
Indranil Mallick, a promising tabla player of rare skill, has already established himself both as a soloist and accompanist. Born to a family of genuine music connoisseurs, he received his initial training in tabla when he was only five from his uncle, Sri Montu Mallick. Later he was trained by Prof. Dhabol Bandyapadhaya.From 1985 he was under the guidance of Sri Uttam Chakraborty, senior disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Now he is under the guidance of Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri . Indranil belongs to Luckhnow Gharana of tabla.
Among his numerous awards and distinctions in tabla performance he stood first in the Yuva Utsav organized by the state Government of West Bengal. In 1997 he stood first in the prestigious Dover Lane Music Competition and earned “The Best Talent Of The Year” for 1996-97, trophy awarded by the H.M.V Music Corporation. Indranil holds a “Sangeet Visarad”, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music focused on tabla, from the University of Chandigarh, which he earned in 1999.He also earned ” Sangeet Kala Ratna” in the year 2006.
Keeping a rigorous performance schedule, Indranil continues to perform with renowned artists in various music conferences in India and abroad. Some of these are The Dover Lane Music Conference in Kolkata, West Bengal State Music Academy Annual Convocation Concert, “The GolPark Rama Krishna Mission” Kolkata, Annual Conference of Spicmacay in AgartalaSangeet Gana Sabha in Visaka Pattanam, Spicmacay tour in Madhya Pradesh, Dadar Matunga Music conference, Mumbai (A Hundred years music organisatin), Baba Alauddin Khan Sangeet Samaraho, Maihar,Santipur Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata, Nabarang Sangeet Sammelan, Kolkata, Kerala Music Festival, Music Festival in Patna and others….
In 2002 Indranil began international touring with performances in Europe, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland , Ukraine , Estonia, Russia, Austria and Holland. During these tours he represented India in many world renowned festivals. Some examples include the Open Baroque Festival in Estonia, The Musica Sacra International Festival in Germany, and the International Jazz and Blues festival in Austria.
Indranil is a grade ‘A’ artist of All India Radio, Kolkata where he is featured regularly on programs aired throughout India. He holds a Master Degree in Economics from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.