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DE – Raga CDs of the Months (01/2014): Pankaj Mullick, Rabindra Sangeet and the Indian Film

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 2, 2014

150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
– Pankaj Mullick, Rabindra Sangeet and the Indian Film

The South Indian subcontinent celebrates annually the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore: “Kabi Pranam – A tribute to Tagore “. On 7th May we can remember on one of the last universal genius of the 20th century. R. Tagore (1861-1941) was poet, writer, musician, painter, author of dance dramas, publisher and social reformer …

Uruguay Stamps - 150th Tagore Anniversary

Uruguay Stamps – 150th Tagore Anniversary

In 2011 Bangladesh and India, particularly West Bengal celebrate heavily the 150th anniversary of Tagore. Over a whole year with innumerable events at public places, in theatres, schools, in book shops among the literary friends millions remind of Tagore’s (art) works.

From given cause of the 150th anniversary the government in SriLanka and Uruguay appreciated the first Indian Nobel Laureate for Literature with a special stamp edition. Tagore had visited Sri Lanka in the years 1922, 1928 and 1934.

from left to right: Tagore as painter, Argentina Edition, Tagore’s PlayPost Office
(Source: All the stamps on this website with courtesy to Kumar Kamaleshan Nair (Trivandrum) – )

The ceremonies which take place since 7th May show once more that the spirit of Tagore is alive through over all generations and within all social classes. The “Daily  Star”, presently the biggest English-language daily newspaper in Bangladesh titles Tagore as “An internationalist through and through” appropriate to his global meaning.

dates of broadcasting …

2nd January 2014 – 03:00 pm EST (09:00 pm CET) @ radio (DE)
(premiere: 16th May 2011 – 11:00 pm CET (05:00 EST) @ TIDE Radio)
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IMC – India meets Classic presented with it’s show “Rabindra Sangeet – A Voice for All!” the outstanding Rabindranath Tagore already. Rabindra Sangeet is a category which was established in the 20th century by Tagore himself.
It is a musical-literary concept where Tagore embedded equally poems and songs into Indian classical music, same North Indian (Hindustani) as South Indian classics (Carnatic).

Pankaj Kumar Mullick was as singers, actor (debut in the film Mukti, 1937), composer (as music director, conductor / arranger), radio maker and as a film producer. Mullick is India’s most prominent interpreter of Rabindra Sangeet.
Pankaj Mullick’s interest in Rabindra Sangeet came off by the contact with the Tagore family, first by meeting with Dinendranath Tagore, a grandnephew of Tagore, and himself composer and music arranger as later Mullick became on his own.
When Rabindranath Tagore heard Pankaj Mullick’s singing for the first time he embraced Mullick spontaneously as it is reported. And Tagore permitted Mullick to set all his writingsinto music which should not be mastered by Tagore himselve during life times. This granted Tagore uniquely only to Mullick instead Tagore self-confidently understood himself as the most important poet of India. Mullick was also first who added the Tabla as accompanying instrument. The Tabla is a percussion instrument (drum pair) of North Indian classics (Hindustani).

Rabindranth Tagore was 44 years old, when Pankaj Mullick was born on 10 May 1905 in Calcutta. Mullick should accede the world to make Indian history as famous singer, actor, independent music director and film producer. Pankaj Mullick lived until 1978 in Calcutta. Differently than many of his colleagues he did not move to Mumbai, India’s film capital. He followed only some few orders for Mumbai productions like Zalzala in the year 1952, a filming of Tagore’s novella Char Adhaya and Kastoori (with film director: Gyan Mukherjee).
Pankaj Mullick was a pioneer of Indian film. He introduced the Playback singing together with the film director Nitin Bose (Dhhop Chhaon, 1935), as we know it these days in the Bollywood blockbusters.

As it was very usual for Mullick’s time and as all film activists (actors, composers) and playback singers experienced, also Pankaj Mullick was trained comprehensively in Indian Classical music, e.g. in Dhrupad style, the oldest vocal form of North Indian classis or the Khayal, a more modern form. Mullick inherited his musical interest from his father, who demonstrated a large interest in the traditional forms of Bengali music.

Till in the high ages Mullick was active as a music director. His last film was Janhabi Jamunia Bigolito Karuna in the year 1972. One year later Pankaj Mullick was distinguished at the age of 68 by the Indian government for his lifework and his earnings for Indian cinema. Mullick received the most important Indian film prize, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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DE – Raga CDs des Monats (01/2014): Pankaj Mullick, Rabindra Sangeet und der indische Film

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 2, 2014

150 Jahre Rabindranath Tagore
– Pankaj Mullick, Rabindra Sangeet und der indische Film

Auf dem südindischen Subkontinent feiert man alljährlich den Geburtstag von Rabindranath Tagore: “Kabi Pranam – A tribute to Tagore“. Am 7. Mai erinnert man sich an eines der letzten Universalgenies des 20. Jahrhunderts. R. Tagore (1861-1941) war Dichter, Schriftsteller, Musiker, Maler, Verfasser von Tanzdramen, Verleger und Sozialreformer.

Uruguay Stamps - 150th Tagore Anniversary

Uruguay Stamps – 150th Tagore Anniversary

In 2011 feiert Bangladesh und Indien, besonders in West-Bengalen im großen Stile den 150sten Geburtstag von Tagore. Über ein ganzes Jahr wird mit unzähligen Veranstaltungen an öffentlichen Plätzen, in Theatern, an Schulen aber auch in Buchläden unter den literarischen Freunden der Tagore-Werke erinnert.

Aus gegebenem Anlass des 150jährigen Jubiläums hat die Regierung in SriLanka und Uruguay den ersten indischen Nobelpreisträger für Literatur in Form eine Sonderbriefmarke gewürdigt. Tagore hatte Sri Lanka in den Jahren 1922, 1928 und 1934 besucht.

from left to right: Tagore as painter, Argentina Edition, Tagore’s PlayPost Office
(Source: All the stamps on this website with courtesy to Kumar Kamaleshan Nair (Trivandrum) – )

Die Feierlichkeiten zum 150sten Geburtstag, die seit dem 7. Mai stattfinden, zeigen einmal mehr, dass der Geist von Tagore über alle Generationen hinweg, durch alle Bevölkerungsschichten hindurch lebendig ist. Der Daily Star, die auflagenstärkste, englischsprachige Tageszeitung in Bangladesh beschreibt Tagore zum 150sten Geburtstag treffend als einen “Internationalisten durch und durch“.


2. Januar 2014 – 21:00 p.m. CET (03:00 pm EST) @ radio (DE)
(Premiere: 16.05.2013 – 23:00 Uhr @ Tide Radio)
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In der Sendung “Rabindra Sangeet – eine Stimme für Alle!” haben wir Rabindranath Tagore bereits vorgestellt. Der Rabindra Sangeet ist ein Genre, das sich im 20. Jahrhundert etabliert hat.
Es ist ein musikalisch-literarisches Konzept, das von Rabindranath Tagore selbst begründet wurde. Seine Gedichte und Lieder hat Tagore in die indisch-klassische Musik eingebettet, gleichermassen in die nordindische (Hindustani) wie die südindische Klassik (Carnatic).

Pankaj Kumar Mullick war als Sänger, Schauspieler (Debut in Mukti, 1937), Komponist (als Musikdirektor, Dirigent/Arrangeur), Radiomacher und Filmproduzent  Indiens führender Interpret des Rabindra Sangeet.
Pankaj Mullick’s Interesse für den Rabindra Sangeet kam durch den Kontakt mit der Tagore-Familie zustande, zunächst durch die Begegnung mit Dinendranath Tagore, einem Großneffen von Tagore, Komponist und Musikarrangeur.
Als Rabindranath Tagore Pankaj Mullick’s Gesang erstmals zu Gehör bekam, so wird berichtet, umarmte Tagore ihn spontan und erlaubte Mullick, all seine Schriftwerke zu vertonen, die von Tagore selbst zu Lebzeiten nicht bewältigt werden sollten. Dies gewährte Tagore, der sich selbstbewusst als der bedeutendste Dichter Indiens verstand, keinem anderen. Mullick war auch der erste, der die Tabla, ein Percusssioninstrument der nordindischen Klassik, als Begleitinstrument für Tagore-Songs hinzunahm.

Rabindranth Tagore war 44 Jahre alt, als Pankaj Mullick am 10. Mai 1905 in Calcutta ein Junge das Licht der Welt erblickte. Er sollte in die Geschichte als berühmter Sänger, Schauspieler, unabhängiger Musikdirektor und Filmemacher eingehen. Pankaj Mullick lebte bis 1978 in Calcutta. Anders als viele seiner Kollegen zog es Mullick nicht nach Mumbai, Indiens Filmhauptstadt. Nur wenige Aufträge übernahm er für Mumbai-Produktionen, wie Zalzala im Jahre 1952, eine Verfilmung von Tagore’s Novelle Char Adhaya and Kastoori  unter der Leitung des Filmdirektors Gyan Mukherjee.
Pankaj Mullick war ein Pionier des indischen Films. Er führte zusammen mit dem Filmregisseur Nitin Bose (Dhhop Chhaon, 1935) den Playbackgesang ein, wie wir ihn noch heute in den Bollywood-Blockbustern kennen.

Wie zu jener Zeit für Filmschaffende und Playbacksänger üblich, wurde auch Pankaj Mullick umfassend in der indisch-klassischen Musik ausgebildet, im Dhrupad, dem ältesten Gesangsstil der nordindischen Klassik, oder im modernen Gesangstil, dem Khayal. Sein musikalisches Interesse erbte er von seinem Vater, der ein großes Interesse für die traditionellen Formen der Bengalischen Musik besass.

Bis ins hohe Alter war Mullick als Musikdirektor aktiv. Sein letzter Film war Janhabi Jamunia Bigolito Karuna im Jahre 1972. Ein Jahr später, wurde Pankaj Mullick im Alter von 68 Jahren von der indischen Regierung für sein Lebenswerk und seine Verdienste um das indische Kino ausgezeichnet. Mullick erhielt den bedeutendsten indischen Filmpreis, den Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

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2nd day of 34th SAPTAK Festival : 2nd Jan 2014 (Ahmedabad)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 2, 2014


Saptak – An institution that exists solely for music

Saptak celebrates the Indian classical music tradition, helps you get drenched in its richness, explore its idiom, discover its nuances and preserve its timeless essence. It’s an exploration of the world of music in its entirety. From promoting an understanding and learning of Hindustani classical music – vocal and instrumental, to forging a musical bond between all music lovers, the artiste and the rasika, and creating an archival treasure of music – it’s an entire gamut that Saptak offers.

About Saptak…

The famous Russian composer and concert pianist Sergei Rachmaninov had once said that, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” To delve deeper into the world of music, a group of performers and music connoisseurs in Ahmedabad started on a journey in 1980 The quest was to connect with all those who were associated with Indian classical music – as a performer, as a student or as a rasika (listener). The initiative had the blessings of two legends of Indian Classical Music – Pt. Ravishankar and Pt. Kishan Maharaj. Nearly 30 years later, the spark of inspiration continues to burn bright, lighting up the path for newer initiatives that continue to evolve.

SAPTAK 2014 (part 1: 1st-13th Jan / part 2: 27th & 28th January)

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Sankrant’. For Indian classical music it is ‘Sankrant’ as music tradition passes from one generation to another. This year’s programme features such a confluence of generations. Listeners will find it heartening that the classical tradition is vibrant as they watch the making of the new maestros.

Event :: Saptak Annual Music Festival – 2014 Part-1 (1st – 13th Jan 2014)
No Artist Name Instrument / Vocal     Event  Date Event Time
1 Students of Saptak School of Music – Shri Sapan Anjaria and Shri Dhruv Kothari. Tabla Duet 02-1-14 08:00:PM
Shri Arun Oza
2 Shri Mahendra Toke Vocal
Shri Hemant Joshi Tabla
Shri Sudhir Yardi
3 Pt. Krishna Mohan Bhatt Sitar
Pt. Anindo Chatterjee
4 Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia Flute
Shri Vijay Ghate

Event Venue – Amrut Mody School of Management (see map), Opp. I.I.M.A., Ahmedabad.

(Source: 01/01/2014 – (official website))

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