Prof. Aloke Chattopadhyay: Darbari & Marubihag: AUDIO CD

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Prof. Aloke Chattopadhyay (Chatterjee) is one among the top rated artistes in Kolkata since the 70s. His rise to fame was contemporaneous to Pt. Ajoy Chakraborti, and Pt. Samaresh Chowdhury. Prof. Chatterjee's association with Indian Classical Music began at his young age under the tutelage of his father Late Dasharathi Chatterjee back home in Guwahati. Later he was a student of Rabindra Bharati University and he learnt under the faculty of music there. He then learnt under Pt. Salil Bhowmick (former director, AIR, Delhi) and there he got exposure to the true Kirana legacy. The musical lineage was like Abdul Karim Khan -> Pt. Narayan Rao Joshi -> Pt. Salil Bhowmick -> Prof. Aloke Chattopadhyay. Even later, he learnt from Ustad Mahammad Sagiruddin Khan Sahib, in Calcutta. He taught in Visva-Bharati for 16 years, and then joined as faculty in Rabindra Bharati again, and retired from there. This concert was his last in Santiniketan as faculty.
In this CD, his affinity to Kirana, especially Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan Sahib is demonstrated clearly. Look for the phrases like {d-nSR,dRRSnS}. At the same time, because of his voice timbre, his music bears close resemblance to another legend Ustad Amir Khan Sahib, who belonged to the same school as a disciple of Abdul Wahid Khan. Also, note the continuous switching between Ragas (Darbari to Marubihag in this case) so typical of AmirKhani style.
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