We like to remember vocalist Pandit Prasun Banerjee (08/15/1926 – 03/22/1997)
Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 22, 2013
While there is no dearth of names in Hindustani Classical Music that have dominated the annals of musical history, there were some extraordinary virtuosos who made waves in their time, but whose names today have slipped from public memory. This new feature is an attempt to revive that kind of vintage music.
Born on August 15, 1926 at Patna, Prasun Banerjee had the good fortune to grow up listening to the great stalwarts of Hindustani vocal music who used to frequently visit his hometown. The urge to learn properly, drove him to Kolkata when he was twenty, giving up Physics, the subject in which he was graduating. He took rigorous talim in the Guru-shishya parampara, first from Pandit Jamini Ganguly and later Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. His selection as an `A` grade artiste of All India Radio was instantaneous.
In 1957 he married Meera Chatterjee, a contemporary and exceptional classical vocalist. Soon, both of them became disciples of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. The result was history. Hailed as the torchbearer of the Patiala-Kasur gayaki immortalised by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Prasun Banerjee`s music touched the hearts of innumerable listeners.
In the early seventies, he taught classical music at the Calcutta School of Music and other institutions of repute. A recipient of the ITC award (1994) and the Bhuwalka award (1995), he was an exceptional composer and had also sung for films, notable among them being `Jadubhatta`.
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