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Fond farewell to Sarangi Maestro

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

The music world in the metropolis has still not recovered from the deep sense of shock caused by the sad and sudden passing away of the sarangi maestro Dhrubajyoti Ghosh last week. Dhruba, who was only 59, was in the prime of his career as a musician and music educator. An affable person with no airs about him, he was on friendly terms with the entire music world and had a terrific sense of humour. A condolence meet was held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Kanji Khetsi Hall which was attended by eminent musicians as well as countless fans of the musician.

An audio clip of his recording of the raga 'Shree' was played and it astounded the audience with its high level of artistry.

Dhruba played the famous composition 'Harike Charan Kamal' set to the ten beat jhap taal. The swoops and the linear taans so characteristic of a quality sarangi performance decorated the composition. The meeting was addressed among others by actor singer Shekhar Sen who heads the central Sangeet Natak Academy, tabla maestro Yogesh Samsi, Ms Shashikala Kaikini, the former Principal of the Sangeet Nartan Peeth of the Bhavans.

Dhruba was a versatile musician. He had trained under his father Nikhil Ghosh, who was a tabla maestro as well as a musicologist of repute. Later on he learned the sarangi from Sagiruddin Khan who was a direct pupil of the great Bundu Khan. Dhruba also trained under the veteran vocalist Dinkar Kaikini. Among the awards won by him was the prestigious Grammy award and the Sangeet Natak Academy award. The music world will really miss Dhruba Ghosh especially the music emanating from his sarangi.

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