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New Delhi: Indraprastha Sangeet Samaroh

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 27, 2009

Sahitya Kala Parishad presents…

“Indraprastha Sangeet Samaroh”

dedicated to Ustad Vilayat Khan


Vilayat Khan (1928-2004) | Source: David Courtney @

Ustad Vilayat Khan (Bangla: বিলায়েত খাঁ Bilaeet Khã) (August 8, 1928–March 13, 2004) was one of India‘s well known sitar maestros, born in Gauripur in Mymensingh, Bengal (now in Bangladesh). He recorded his first 78-RPM disc at the age of 8, and gave his last concert in 2004 at the age of 75.

Vilayat Khan taught many of of today’s prominent musicians.  These include Vilayat Khan’s two sons Ustad Shujaat Khan, and Hidyat Khan.  His nephew Rais Khan is also a famous sitarist.  Pdt. Arvind Parikh, Shamim Ahmed Khan, and Satish Vyas were all his students.  Even Vilayat Khan’s younger brother, Ustad Imrat Khan (sitar and surbahar) was taught by him in his younger days.

Date  : 3rd-5th August 2009
Time  : 6:30 pm
Place : Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi-110001
Entry : Free
Organizer: Sahitya Kala Parishad – Academy of Performing and Fine Arts (Govt. of NCT of Delhi for music, dance, drama & fine arts)


3rd August : Ustad Sujat Khan ( Sitar ) & Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan ( Hindustani Vocal )

4th August : Vidhushi Kalapini Komkali ( Hindustani Vocal ), Pt. Bhajan Sopori and Abhay Rustum Sopori ( Santoor )

5th August : Sudha Raghunathan ( Carnatic Vocal ), Ustad Nishad Khan ( Sitar ) and Ustad Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa ( Tabla )

(Source: 07/2009 –

Part 1: Raga Hamir (Aalap) – Sitar solo by Ustad Vilayat Khan Sahib…

Part 2: Raga Hamir (Drut) – Sitar solo by Ustad Vilayat Khan Sahib…

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TNN: Chandavarkar was an innovative and imaginative composer

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 27, 2009

Chandavarkar was an innovative and imaginative composer

Chitra Nair, TNN 27 July 2009, 03:48am IST

Bhaskar Chandavarkar-Profile-072009-1PUNE: An acclaimed music composer, eminent sitarist, well known theatre personality and a learned academician, Bhaskar Chandavarkar breathed his last in Pune on Sunday morning at the age of 73. He was suffering from cancer. Leaving behind a vast body of work, that most say, is unparalleled, Chandavarkar has rendered music to a number of films across languages including Marathi, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam, only to name a few.

Some of these films include Amol Palekar’s Aakrit’ and Thoda Sa Rumani Ho Jaayen,’ Girish Karnad‘s Ondanondu Kaladalli’ (Once Upon A Time), Jabbar Patel’s Samna’, Mrinal Sen‘s Khandhar’ and Chitra Palekar’s Maati Maay.’ A disciple of sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar, from whom he learned the instrument, Chandavarkar was also part of the faculty at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) for a number of years.

Recalling his association with Chandavarkar which began with his directorial debut, Aakrit,’ actor-director Amol Palekar said Chandavarkar was one of those few musicians who could effortlessly guide from prose to poetry in music. “Our association was beautiful and his music, outstanding. We have worked together for a number of films after Aakrit,’ including Kairi.’ However, my fondest memories with him are when we worked together for the show Nakshtranche Dene’ paying homage to poet Aarti Prabhu which was entirely conceived, designed and produced by him,” says Palekar. It was for this event that all theatre actors and singers came together, the funds generated from which were given to the poet’s family.”

For director Jabbar Patel, Chandavarkar passing is a personal loss. “He was not only a great composer but an extremely knowledgeable person who contributed much to music through the time he spent teaching at the FTII. I met him in Pune and I knew he would be the right person for Ghashiram Kotwal‘,” he recalls.

The Vijay Tendulkar play eventually went on to make a mark all over the world, and Patel says Chandavarkar’s music was an inseparable part of the production. “His work in the play was imaginative and the music was a breakaway from the traditional Marathi theatre. Later, when I was offered my first film, Samna’, I could only think of him,” Patel recalls.

Chandavarkar was equally a big inspiration to the younger breed of filmmakers and it’s little wonder that director Kranti Kanade approached Chandavarkar with what he now calls shaking knees.’ “I wanted him to compose the music for my short film Chaitra’. I remember requesting him to watch the rough cuts and then give me his answer. Despite being busy, he agreed and it was one of the happiest days in my life when he replied in the positive,” says Kanade.

Chaitra’ went on to win the national award for best music direction in the non-feature category for Chandavarkar in 2002. “What was even more remarkable was that when I approached him I had no money. So, he not only composed for the film but also paid for all the expenses incurred during the production,” Kanade says.

Playwright Satish Alekar too has fond memories of Chandavarkar. “He was an authority on traditional music, but had a modern outlook. This was perhaps because he had witnessed Pt Ravi Shankar’s tour with The Beatles abroad. He was innovative and was known to help everyone.”

Film officer at the FTII, Chandrashekhar Joshi, recalls the time when Chandavarkar taught him music and cinema during a film appreciation course. “Folk music was his love and as we can see it, he used them aptly in different films. He was also very appreciative of folk musicians and the sacrifices they made to keep the art alive.”

Palekar, however, rues that he could not meet Chandavarkar before he died. “It was his wish that no one go to meet him and respecting that and his seniority, I did not go. But I do wish I could have met him one last time.”

(Source: 07/2009 – The Times of India)

Kunachya Khandyavar Kunache – Samna (1975)

Lyrics – Aarti Prabhu
Music – Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Singer – Ravindra Sathe
Actor – Shreeram Lagu, Nilu Phule

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MTG: Music Director Bhaskar Chandavarkar Passes Away…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 27, 2009

Music Director Bhaskar Chandavarkar Passes Away…

July 27, 2009 4:41:13 PM IST
MTG (Mumbai Theatre Guide) editorial

Vijay Tendulkar’s GHASHIRAM KOTWAL, directed by Jabbar Patel was a landmark production in the history of Indian Theatre. Amongst the core things that people still recall about the production, was the music composed by Bhaskar Chandavarkar.

Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Bhaskar Chandavarkar

Well known musician and sitarist, Chandavarkar composed musical scores for about 40 films in Hindi, Marathi and Malayalam. He had even composed music for PL Deshpande’s Marathi adaptation of Brecht’s play, TEEN PAISHACHA TAMASHA.

Chandavarkar’s music compositions for offbeat films include Amol Palekar’s Aakrit and Jabbar Patel’s Saamna and Sinhasan. Chandavarkar taught music at the Film and Television Institute (FTII) in Pune, where he lived. He was known for his academic proficiency and was well-versed with Western music too. In 1988 he received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award.

He was 73 when he passed away on 26th July 2009 in Pune. He was suffering from cancer.

(Source: 07/27/09 – | Mumbai Theatre Guide)

Sakhya Re Ghayal Mee Harini – Samna

Lyrics – Jagdish Khebudkar
Music – Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Singer – Lata Mangeshkar
Actors – Nilu Phule

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The Hindu: India to have 3rd largest online population by 2013 (07/27/09)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 27, 2009

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Monday, Jul 27, 2009

India to have 3rd largest online population by 2013

New Delhi: The number of internet users worldwide is expected to touch 2.2 billion by 2013 and India is projected to have the third largest online population by then, a report by technology and market research firm Forrester Research said.

“The number of people online around the world will grow more than 45 per cent to 2.2 billion users by 2013 and Asia will continue to be the biggest Internet growth engine… India will be the third largest internet user base by 2013 with China and the U.S. taking the first two spots, respectively.” Globally, there were about 1.5 billion internet users in 2008.

Titled ‘Global Online Population Forecast, 2008 to 2013’ the report said, “In some of the emerging markets in Asia such as China, India and Indonesia, the average annual growth rates will be 10 to 20 % over the next five years (2008-13).” The number of internet users In Indian was estimated to be 52 million in 2008.

In the next four years, about 43 per cent of internet users globally are anticipated to be from Asia, with China accounting for about half of that population.
Asian growth

“… the shifting online population and growing spending power among Asian consumers means that Asian markets will represent a far greater percentage of the total in 2013 than they do today,” Forrester Research Senior Analyst Zia Daniell Wigder said.

“The percentage of the global online population located in North America will drop from 17 per cent to 13 per cent between 2008 and 2013, while Europe’s share will shrink from 26 to 22 per cent. The percentage of those in Asia will increase from 38 per cent to 43 per cent and Latin America will remain steady at about 11 per cent of the global total,” Forrester said.

The report said apart from China, other Asian countries with substantial online growth rates include India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

“By contrast, growth rates in some of the more mature markets such as Japan and South Korea will rise by less than two per cent each year.” — PTI

(Source: © 07/2009 – The Hindu | Online Edition)

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