Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (Hindustani Sarod)
Tanmoy Bose (Tabla)

June 09 2013, 5:00 PM


Performing Arts Center
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN
Tejendra Narayan MajumdarTanmoy Bose

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About the Artists

Tejendra Narayan Majumdar

One of the best-known Sarod players of the present generation, Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, has long achieved that order of excellence and popular acceptability, which ensure one’s place in posterity. Early initiation into music by his grandfather, Late Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar and later his father, Late Ranjan Majumdar, nurtured Tejendra’s considerable talent. Vocal and rhythm training under Late Pandit Amaresh Chowdhury and Sri Anil Palit further ensured a holistic musical development in him. Tejendra was then accepted by Late Ustad Bahadur Khan as his disciple.
Eighteen years of intensive study under him matured his talent into a true genius. Recognition of it came in 1981, when he stood first in the All India Radio Music Competition and was awarded the President’s Gold Medal and the Pandit D.V. Paluskar award. After the untimely demise of his guru, he studied under Late Sri Ajay Sinha Roy and then under one of the Legends of Indian Music – Swara Samrat Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, until his demise. One of the best equipped musicians to carry on the great Senia Maihar mantle, Tejendra combines the intellectual density and technical virtuosity of his gharana, with an extraordinary tone, touch and an ambient melody which transcends any qualification. Above all, he has in abundant measure, that indescribable ability to take the listeners along with him – the rare quality that is the hallmark of a genius. He is also a Top Grade artist of A.I.R and Doordarshan.
Most of his time is, however, taken up in touring the country and abroad, presenting innumerable concerts, workshops, lecture demonstrations, doing recordings and taking up teaching assignments. Within the country he is a regular artiste in the premiere concert circuit, while in Europe, Canada and in the United States, his popularity has ensured his regular representation in some of the most prestigious concerts. Within Europe, Tejendra has made his remarkable popularity in the countries of France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Austria and U.K. He is also very popular in the Asian countries of U.A.E., Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Bangladesh. Constraint of space will not allow an exhaustive catalogue of this genius – but only a short representative one. In 2009, he was invited by none other than Pandit Ravi Shankar to perform at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar is also well known for his World Music endeavours. He has collaborated to present World Music with names such as Sivamani, Trilok Gurtu, Louis Banks and George Brooks. He has added another feather to his cap. Of late he has started to play Dhrupad in a Fretless Bass Guitar in which he has added two Chikari strings.
Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar’s brilliance and popularity as a classical artiste has not dimmed his interest in composing, arranging and experimenting in other areas of music. From composing the background score of meaningful films to musical ballets – Tejendra is always ready to take on any musical challenge. He has composed the music for the Bengali films like ‘Shongshoy’ and ‘Hononkal’ of Saibal Mitra, Tollylights of Arjun Chakraborty, and a lot of Telefilms. He has also composed and arranged music for different singers like Ghulam Ali, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Haimanti Shukla, Arati Mukherjee, etc.
One of his composed and arranged music albums “SOUL CALL- OM NAMOH NARAYANAY” had been nominated for the 2010 GRAMMY AWARDS!


Tanmoy Bose

Receiving his early tutelage from the legendary Lt Kanai Dutta, Tanmoy became the Gandabandh Shagird (formally initiated disciple in Indian classical music) of the noted torchbearer of the Farukkabad gharana – Pandit Shankar Ghosh. For the last three decades he has been taking lessons from his guru in spite of keeping an extremely busy performing and teaching schedule across the globe. Even as early as being in college he had the rare opportunity of being called upon by another musical legend, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan to perform with him …..and the association with this legendary maestro has been that of a family member for the last two decades performing with him so regularly. Another great milestone in Tanmoy Bose’s life was achieved when the greatest ambassador of Indian Classical Music Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar invited him nearly six years ago to play regularly with him around the world and to day he spends almost half the year traveling with the legendary maestro and in turn learning more and getting better with each of the concerts that he plays with him.

Tanmoy has been an ardent researcher and composer. His long tours abroad had given him opportunities to interact and play with musicians, composers, choreography and the like he put to very good use his rich experience acquired hereby and created DHWANI, BEYOND BORDERS, TAALYAAGNA, CHATURANG and MOKSH - based on the virtues of Indian Rhythmic nuances.

In 2002 his world music project TAAL TANTRA show casing cross cultural rhythm and devices won the hearts of connnoisseurs and critics alike.  For Tanmoy, music and life are inseparable. Rhythm is his quest of truth and beauty- it transcends all other priorities in his life.


About the Venue:
Normandale Community College is located at : 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

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IMSOM’s Spring 2013 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Arts Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).

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