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Friday August 12, 2022


sourindro mohun tagore

Bengal Music School and Sourindro Mohun Tagore

More than a year before this, on 22 May, 1870, Sourindro Mohun Tagore, the man behind this entire initiative, gave a public lecture on music at the Calcutta Training Academy premises as part of the third session of Jatiya Sabha.

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Nargis Dutt Indian actress

Nargis: The Queen of Romance

Her original name Fatima A Rashid was changed to Baby when her film career began as a child artist at just five or six years. Her first role as leading lady was when she was just 14 in Mehboob’s film Taqdeer opposite Motilal.

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Tarapada Chakraborty

The Doyen of Khayal from Bengal

Tarapada Chakraborty was revered by all his peers in the field of Hindustani classical vocal music. “The Nation” magazine, after his performance at the All Bengal Music Conference in 1949, wrote: “He according to his showing at the conference may with good reason be called classical musician No.1 of Modern Bengal.”

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Wasim Kapoor painter
Arts & Photography

Wasim Kapoor: A Vision Unveiled

In the 1980s, he had done a series called Anti-Burqa from which a mother-daughter portrait made it to the cover of Desh, the prestigious Bengali literary magazine.

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Pandit Birju Maharaj
Art & Craft

“Maharaj Ji”- My Musical Guardian

Touring with Maharaj ji has been the most enriching learning experience of my musical career. Every tour around the globe meant new places, new people and new music. Our mornings would be filled with stories of Maharaj Ji’s life, his performances, recollecting thumri, dadra, ghazals from the past and endless musical adda.

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soumitra portrait by syamantak chatterjee

Five Poems

Soumitra started writing poems in his late school days but seriously took to it once in college. Having the likes of Shakti Chattopadhyay and Sunil Ganguly among his friends did help Soumitra to emerge as a poet of prominence.

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