Dear friends, today on the verge of New Year I shall like to present two giants of classical music of yester years from Bengal.
Pandit A kanan (1922-2004):
Born in Madras, the prodigiously talented Kanan first got interested in classical music after hearing a rendition from Abdul Karim Khan, and later found his solace in Kolkata by learning from Girija Shankar Chakraborty and finally Amir Khan. He was a teacher at the ITC SRA in Kolkata for a long time before his death in Apollo Hospital, Kolkata. True to his stature as a great teacher, His disciples are many, but recordings are less.Here he sings Ragas Mian ki Malhar, Maluha Kedar and Jogkaush.
This is followed by a small 3 minute recording (not my rip) of Gujri Todi of Sangeetacharya Tarapada Chakraborty (1909-1975).
Please note that despite intensive efforts, I have not found more recordings of this great man (Kotali Gharana, disciple of Girija Shankar Chakraborty), although at one time, I used to hear him a lot, mostly in the radio. This year is his birth centenary and so this is my homage to him.
You will notice that both these greats were disciples of the long forgotten Girija Shankar Chakraborty.
We have largely forgotten him today, but he was a great teacher of yester years of such luminaries as Pannalal Ghosh, Gyan Prakash Ghosh, Jamini Nath Gangopadhyay as well as above.
In this picture, we can see some of the famous disciples of Girija Shankar: Gyan Prakash Ghosh, A Kanan, Pannalal Ghosh and Tarapada Chakraborty.
Seeding time: 12 midnight to 6AM.
Happy New Year to all.