Updated: December 15, 2019 1:55:41 am
Written by Harsh Shukla
At the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, a budding vocalist referred to as Sandip Bhattacharjee was requested to obtain the nice sitar play, Ustad Raees Khan, on the airport and escort him. “Who are you? What do you do?” requested the Ustad, thought-about one of many biggest sitar performers of the period. “I sing, Khan saheb,” answered Bhattacharjee. Khan requested him to fulfill him that night time and sing. “He was so impressed with my singing that he gave me Rs 1,000. I still have that note. After that, he came twice to ITC, and used to ask people, “Sandip jaan kahan par hai?”’ says Bhattacharjee, a vocalist of the Kirana gharana, and one of many performers on the 67th Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav in Pune.
At the occasion, Bhattacharjee, 39, held the group of just about 10,000 captive. Since his teenage, he has practised rigorously, however with out compromising on research. “I hold a graduate degree with first class. I used to practice for 12 to 14 hours under the guidance of my guru Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan at the ITC residential music academy. Sometimes, we used to practice the whole night, I still do, and I will continue till the last breath,” he says.
Bhattacharjee’s mother and father have been all in favour of music, although they weren’t musicians. There was an surroundings of music in his home as his brother and sister used to sing. “My mother told me that, during my childhood, I used to catch a song pretty quickly. That’s how my journey began towards Indian classical music,” he says.
Today, as a instructor, Bhattacharjee interacts with a distinct era of singers. “There is a lack of discipline and patience to learn in the younger generation today. I practised a single raag called Yaman for four years. We kept on singing only one sargam of raag Marwa until we could master it. Nowadays, students want to practice for two years and perform on stage. There is no medicine that you take it, and everything works. Real music needs a lot of dedication, love and sacrifice to master the art,” he says. He provides that there are lots of wonderful gurus to coach the youthful era. “If the younger generation will train hard and dedicate themselves to music, then the future is bright. The influence of classical music is back again in Bollywood. I hope it will continue in the future too,” he says.