Pundit Suvankar Bandopadhyay – the Living Legend. Though he does not like salutation as Pundit or living legend but the world recognizes him as Pundit and Living Legend so we salute him. We are proud to get him in a very informal hour long discussion with us on a sunny Sunday morning. We convey our sincere gratitude to him.
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Born in a family with Musical ambience, the Tabla Maestro has groomed up with listening to music from the very 1st day of his life. At the age of five, he has started his formal training of Tabla with his father and singing with his Mother. He used to go to the class of Legendary Rabindrasangeet Singer Suchitra Mitra, who was the teacher of his mother. The most surprising thing is, being not a direct disciple of Smt Mitra, he could remember every line and notation by listening to lessons by Smt Mitra to his mother! But he has immense interest in Tabla and from the age of nine he has started to perform on stage. From the year 1984 he has started foreign trips so this is the year of silver jubilee of his conquering the World. Truly he conquers the World as people from every corner wait eagerly to listen to him. Not only that – today any Hindustani Classical Conference can not happen without his presence all over the World and for years, he is performing with all the legendary musical maestros of Hindustani Classical Music.
We discover Pandit Bandopadhyay beyond the celebrity as the person himself and we find him very generous, cordial and down to earth. Not only we, but everybody knows him, praises him for his human qualities. He is also very popular in the musical circle and there everyone salutes him as a complete gentle person. Even at the time of performance, everybody becomes very comfortable with him. Once Ustad Amjad Ali has told just after a 3 hour long performance with Pandit Bandopadhyay at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata that he feels Pandit Bandopadhyay as the best accompanist for himself.
Pandit Bandopadhyay is very creative in nature and regularly we are listening to new compositions from his side. Though he has hundreds of disciples all over the World, still he considers himself as learner to the Music World and thinks himself standing in front of unexplored wonderful World of Music. All his disciples recognize him as the best Guru and he even helps some of them financially to groom up.
We wish him to taste more success and become an institution by himself.
- By Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay, Washington Bangla Radio