Indian classical music is old and new: Bhaumik
This is the beauty of Indian classical music, being ages old, it is modern,” said the renowned tabla player Durjay Bhaumik.
Talking to The Pioneer in a candid rendezvous, Bhaumik talked about his musical journey and the traditions of Indian classical music. Bhaumik is in Indore city to perform at Ustad Amir Khan Festival. He will be performing on Wednesday along with sitarist Partha Bose.
Bhaumik said, “This festival is really special as it is ia tribute to Ustad Amir Khan who is considered as the pioneer of Indian classical music. I am excited to perform in this festival.”
An acclaimed accompanist as well as soloist, Durjay Bhaumik hails from Kolkata. Began the formal training when he was six-years-old, Bhaumik gave his first performance in year 1992 at Calcutta.
His tonal excellence, technical virtuosity and sensitivity towards Music have taken him places accompanying celebrities of Indian Classical Music in the leading Classical Music Festivals of India and overseas. His career spanned over two decades now he is one of the most sought after Tabla players of his generation.
On asking about the difference between the western and Indian audience, Bhaumik said, “I really do not find any difference as our music is equally popular in west. But, every music has its substance and system and so the western music. There are many musicians who play the fusion of the both. I would just say that If something makes you happy, that is music.”
Bhaumik also emphasized over the role of women tabla players. He said that today the female players would be considered better than the male tabla players. “Earlier it was not a trend for females to get into instrumental or vocals, they were limited to Indian classical dances. But, today the scenario is different and I am happy to see many female artists getting inclined toward tabla recital and doing well in field.”
He is the founder of Naad Foundation, an NGO that works in the field of art and education. Talking about it, he said that Nadd Foundation organizes festivals for the purpose of increasing public understanding and appreciation of the performing arts. Participation in these festivals and related workshops play an integral part in the lives of budding young local talents as they demonstrate their skills, efforts and the disciplines gained through the many programmes. To create awareness about Harmony through Indian Classical Music Nadd Foundation presented 150 Indian Classical Music Concerts in 30 Music festivals involving almost 500 artists. More than 25 thousands viewers have directly experienced the glory of Indian Classical Music through our Music Festival nationwide. 15 concert venues in 10 cities covered so far.
He signed off saying, “Young musicians should listen to their gurus and get enriched with their knowledge.”
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