SUBROTO ROY CHOWDHURY
Gurjari Todi Alap, Jor, Vilambit, Drut (teental, 16 beats) 22.49"
Alap, Jor 8.54"
(teental, 16 beats) 22.49"
Tabla Solo in Raga Desh
(teental, 16 beats) 8.12"
Mishra Bhairavi Dhun
(dadra, 6 beats) 5.34"
– Serenity – a cloudless sky, unruffled waters, calmness of
mind, absence of passion, harmony of man and universe, nobleness,
purity, wisdom, peace... serenity.
This soft and harmonious sounding word that may apply to atmospheric
conditions, to landscape, to human thoughts and behaviour, to justice,
to a monarch, also seem to have been created to describe this
recording.Out of serenity, with serenity, for our serenity, the music
quietly unfolds, progressively disclosing its richness and beauty
without ostentation. Even in the faster parts, no haste, no brusqueness
disturbs the peaceful atmosphere built up by Subroto Roy Chowdhury and
Groomed in the purest senia tradition, he follows the classical
dhrupadic raga structure fast dying out even in India. He is considered
the most progressive among traditonalists for his associates in a
logical synthesis ancient and modern musical expressions without in
anyway diluting the former. His improvisations are celebrated for their
melodic beautiy and the harmonious blend of classical and folk music,
highlighted by his both intellectual and emotional approach to the
Subroto Roy Chowdhury was born in Calcutta in 1943. His teachers were
famous masters such as Nirmal Chakravarty, Suresh Chakravarty, Radhika
Mohon Maitra and Birendra Kiskore Roy Chowdhury. He gave his first
public performance when he was 21 years old and since then has won
several trophies and medals, among others at the All Bengal and All
India Radio music competions. In 1969, the title "surmani", a highly
coveted musical award, was bestowed on him. In India, Subroto Roy
Chowdhury is regularly invited to participate in the important musical
events of both the North and the South.
Innumerable concerts, lectures and workshops all over Europe and his
participation in several international festivals have made European
listener well aware of Subroto Roy Chowdhury. Radio France – France
Musique and France Culture –, the Radio Télévision Belge, the Radio
Suisse Romande, Netherlands radio AVRO, the BBC, Radio Bremen, the
Westdeutscher Rundfunk und the Bayerischer Rundfunk recorded and
broadcasted several of his recitals.
Subroto Roy Chowdhury is also a highly regarded composer of film and
theater music. His very succesful music direction in Hansgünther Heyme’s
Indo-German production "Antigone" shows that his scope is not limited
only to composing for the sitar. He is also an eminent member of the
teaching staff in one of the leading institutions under the University
of Calcutta, an All India Radio and Television artist, a known music
critic and a member of the experts committee of the Benares Hindu
Pandit Manikrao Popatkar (tabla) was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, in
1933. He was initaially trained by his brother Shanker Rao Popatkar from
the age of ten. In 1962, he was accepted as a disciple of the tabla
virtuoso Tapsavi Samta Prasad of Benares. During his wide international
tours and as a staff artist of All India Radio for nineteen years, he
has accompanied the most renowned musicians of India, such as Nikhil
Banerjee, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shiv Kumar Sharma, V.G. Jong, Ram
Naradayan. He was selected to tour Europe with Vilayat Khan in 1968.
Pandit Popatkar has developed a unique style for the tabla as an
accompanying and as a solo instrument. His teaching methods are highly
celebrated in India and Europe. His playing is both subtle and compact.
It combines empathy with wisely measured audacity, the strictest
classicism with the verve of the romantic poet.
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