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Playing the right Strings: Tejendra Narayan Majumdar

Playing the right Strings: Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, a musician known for his deep resonant tones of the sarod, will be in the capital to enchant the city at the Delhi Classical Music Festival on 3 October. Millennium Post caught up with the artiste, here are the excerpts of the interview.

What is the inspiration for your music?

My grandfather and my father were both musicians. Hence I was groomed into music from a very early stage. My father was a sitarist. My grandfather was a vocalist and a violin player. They introduced me to the great genre of Indian classical music from a very young age.

What will you be performing at the Delhi Classical Music Festival?

It’s going to be a jugalbandi with Sujad Khan. We have not yet decided on the ragas and compositions that we are going to play yet. It all depends on the mood, time and day of the festival. This is the beauty of Indian Classical music. I always enjoy playing with Sujad Khan, as our temperament and wavelengths matches beautifully.

What do you think of future of sarod in India?

The future of sarod in India looks very promising to me. A number of young and talented young musicians are choosing sarod as their instrument. With devotion and patience they can go a long way.

Being a part of India's rich heritage and also an artiste is there any message that you want to convey to the youths regarding our classical art form?

Indian classical art is one of the richest and oldest art forms in the world. It can never fade away. Some people do have this fear psychosis of Indian classical art form. One doesn’t need to understand the grammar but just has to give some time to develop the taste for the music. There is only good or bad music. With exposure to all forms of music one would definitely be able to distinguish between good art and bad art.

As a music director for films can you share some exciting moments with us? Is there any comparison exist between the earlier one and new trending music?

I have been fortunate enough to work with a lot of great directors like Satyajit Ray, Hemanta Mukherjee, Salil Chowdhury, Goutam Ghose and Nabendu Chatterjee. Earlier music was all about melody and lyrics. With the passage of time it has become more technology driven.

During your initial days  have you faced any difficulties?

I have been brought up in a very middle class family. My struggle began with day one. Almost came up from scratch. My only capital has been the learning from my father, grandfather and gurus the late Ustad Bahadur Khan and the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.


At: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
On Till: 5 October
Timings: 7 PM onwards
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