• Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CELEBRATING LIFE
Instrumental Concert in Manikganj

On 26 June, 2014, an Instrumental (Classical) Concert was organized at Government Debendra College in Manikganj from 4 to 7pm. Classical instrument players Murtuza Kabir Murad, Sheuli Bhattacharjee, Nishit Dey and Iftekhar Alam (Dolar) enthralled the students and teachers of the institution.

Murtuza Kabir Murad
Murtuza Kabir Murad

MURTUZA KABIR MURAD
Instrument: Flute
Birthday: December 31, 1968
What Gharana do you belong to?
I have no particular gharana. In fact, the flute players of present time do not follow any particular gharana. I play different types of flute depending on mood and demand of time.
Who are your Guru's?
My first guru was Ostad Alauddin. Later on, I learned from Pandit Hari Prashad who came to visit Bangladesh during 1997.
Who are your favorite flute players?
My guru Pandit Hari Prashad has always been my favorite flute player. Besides, I like Ranu Majumder.
Is it your sole profession or you do something else simultaneously?
I also play Shanai along with Flute.
In your view, is current scenario supportive of your gharana to grow in Bangladesh?
I think Shanai has no potential in Bangladesh. In fact, I am the only person who plays Shanai in Bangladesh. In case of flute, I would say it has lot of potential. The classical form of flute has enormous potential.
What is your ultimate goal?
I would like to be a better flute player in the future. Besides, I would like to produce more flute players.
 

Sheuli Bhattacharjee
Sheuli Bhattacharjee

SHEULI BHATTACHARJEE
Instrument: Violin
Birthday: November 28
Who are your Guru's? What Gharana do you belong to?
I learned violin firstly from my father Babul Bhattacharjee, then from VC Ranade in 1994 and finally from Pandit VG Jog. I also attended training programs of Dr. N. Rajom. I completed my Honors, Masters and PhD from India between 1994 and 2008. There is no established gharana for violin in India. The gharana I belong to is known as 'Maihar Gharana'.
How long have you been playing violin?
Since class eight!
Who are your favorite violin players?
I like Dr. Gopal Krishnam, Pandit VG Jog, Dr. N. Rajom and Ehudi Manohin.
Is it your sole profession or you do something else simultaneously?
Yes it is my sole profession. I am also with the band 'Ganpagol'.
In your view, is current scenario supportive of your gharana to grow in Bangladesh?
I think classical violin in Bangladesh is not very charming. It is considered as an accompanying instrument and people cannot even think of violin as an independent instrument. I feel that people have lost their patience, which is needed to learn violin. Therefore, the potential of violin is not very strong here.
What is your ultimate goal?
I have formed a classical orchestra organization named 'Sporsho' where I would like to put emphasis on violin and spread the charm of violin. Besides, in 'Ganpagol', we would like to form a band out of acoustic instruments only, where I with to work on instrumental orchestration.

Nishit Dey
Nishit Dey

NISHIT DEY
Instrument: Setar
Birthday: January 7, 1992
What Gharana do you belong to?
The gharana I belong to is commonly known as Bilayat Khan-e Gharana/ Imdad Khan-e Gharana.
Who are your Guru's?
Bilayat Khan is my guru.
Who are your favorite Setar players?
I like Bilayat Khan, Budhajitya Mukherjee and Shahid Parvez. I think they are amazing at their work.
Is it your sole profession or you do something else simultaneously?
No, it is not my sole profession. I am a chartered accountant as well.  
In your view, is current scenario supportive of your gharana to grow in Bangladesh?
Actually, there are no other Setar players of my gharana in Bangladesh. There are few Setar player of Alauddin Khan-e gharana in Bangladesh though. I see that people have lost interest in setar and no one else is learning setar. I don't think that there are potential of Setar in Bangladesh. We need promotion of classical music in the country.
What is your ultimate goal?
I would like to keep playing Setar along with my profession.

Iftekhar Alam (Dolar)
Iftekhar Alam (Dolar)

IFTEKHAR ALAM (DOLAR)
Instrument: Tabla
Birthday: April 24, 1981
What Gharana do you belong to?
The gharana I belong to is commonly known as Farukabad Gharana.
Who are your Guru's?
My first guru was my father. Later on, I learned from Bijon Kumar Chowdhury at Chittagong. I also learned from Pandit Sanjoy Mukherjee.
 Who are your favorite Tabla players?
My guru Pandit Sanjoy Mukherjee is my favorite tabla player. I also like Zakir Hossain and Yogesh Sansi.
Is it your sole profession or you do something else simultaneously?
Yes. It is my sole profession and passion. I am also teaching classical at Chhayanaut.
In your view, is current scenario supportive of your gharana to grow in Bangladesh?
I don't think that it would be wise to take classical as someone's profession. However, the scenario is much better now compared to the past and the scenario is changing positively. I think this change might have a positive impact in the near future.
What is your ultimate goal?
I am still learning tabla and would like to keep learning. I know that there is no other way to do better than learning. I would like to establish myself as a good and well known tabla player ultimately.

Published: 12:00 am Saturday, July 05, 2014

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