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Pt. Ravi Shankar was keen to know Gen Y’s opinion about music

'Please let me know what today's youths want to hear in Bengal and India?'

Written by PTI | Kolkata |
April 9, 2013 4:58:25 pm

Sharing little nuggets of information about his association with the sitar legend Late Pandit Ravi Shankar,world famed percussionist Tanmoy Bose said the classicist was very much adaptive to the contemporary trends.

Inaugurating the four-day ‘Sobuj Patro’ film festival in obeisance to the maestro,the ‘Taaltantra man’ recalled how ‘Panditji’ told him during one of those conversations iat his US home,”please let me know what today’s youths want to hear in Bengal and India? You are more closer to them,you get to meet lots of young people.”

“What kind of music they like these days,classical and otherwise? Tell me as you share more positive vibes with them,” the maestro had told Tanmoy at his Encinitas home in California.

Manoj Murali Nair,one of the most versatile and popular young exponents of Rabindra Sangeet,recalled their trysts with Ravi Shankar during his sojourn to Santiniketan years back and recalled how the sitar virtuoso dwelt on the elevating influence of Tagore and his contemporary appeal.

“If you watch the films he had scored music like Kabuliwala you will realise the influence of Tagore in Ravi Shankar’s life. Or you can call it the fusion of the creative genius of the two maestros,” the Kerala-born Tagorean,moulded in the ambience of Santiniketan since an early age,said.

Besides Tapan Sinha’s Kabuliawala,Satyajit Ray classics like Pather Panchali,Aparajito,where the God-gifted nimble craftman combined western and classical Indian instrumentation,as well as Academy award winner Gandhi and classics Neecha Nagar,musical gem Meera were being screened in the four-day film festival, which began on April 7.

“This is the first such film festival dedicated to the immense musical contribution of Panditji to the sphere of film. The festival will feature Indian and International films in which Panditji had scored the background music,” Amitava Samanta,said on behalf of ‘Sabuj Patro’ and India Green Reality Pvt Ltd.

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