India Habitat Centre is hosting a musical evening titled An Ode to Indian Classical Music featuring Bishnumurari Chattopadhyay (popularly known as Champak). The show that will witness Khayal, Thumri, Tarana and Bhajan will also Siddhartha Bhattacharyya will be accompanying Chattopadhyay on <g data-gr-id="25">tabla</g>. The classical singer believes that nothing rotates and run without the existence of God. With his larger-than-life heart, he owes his success story to many people in life. “I was initiated in music by my elder sister Purabi Chatterjee, a well-known classical vocalist and exponent of Nazrulgeeti. And then, my <g data-gr-id="16">trainings</g> with vocal maestro, Prof. Subhas Chakladar, a disciple of legendary Ustad Mehendi Hussain Khan of Rampur Gharana, and Ustad Abdul <g data-gr-id="26">Gaffur</g> Khan of Jaipur Gharana enhanced the skills,” shares the singer.
Having completed his MA in Music from Kolkata, he took <g data-gr-id="20">taalim</g> of ‘tala’ and ‘laya’ from the Tabla maestro, Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan. A recipient of Sangeet <g data-gr-id="22">Gunakar</g> from ‘Sadarang Sangeet Samaj’, West Bengal, Bishnumurari has the distinction of participating in a large number of music conferences in Kolkata and Delhi. With more than 25 years experience in teaching music, he has also directed group performances in Bengali light, semi-classical music, Nazrulgeeti, and composed songs of different genres, including devotional hymns for <g data-gr-id="23">agomoni</g>, bhajans, raga-based songs, <g data-gr-id="24">adhunik</g> songs and patriotic songs in Hindi for children, which have been universally appreciated. Champak has had the opportunity to regale great maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar with his performances from time to time, and get their invaluable appreciation and blessings.
When: May 25
Where: Amaltas Hall, India Habitat Centre
Timing: 6:30 onwards