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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!
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
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.
College is located at : 9700
France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431
To get to Normandale
Community College, follow the directions provided here
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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