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Sarode maestro Pt. Kamal Mallick is no more…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on June 14, 2014

06142014/HH – Already on 17th April 2014 the worrying news reached us, that sarode maestro Pandit Kamal Mallick (Kolkata) has been hospitalized. He has got admission in Calcautta Heart clinic and research Centre. It has been detected that Pt. Kamal Mallick has been affected with cancer in Pancreas. It was supposed that an immediate operation should follow within 2-3 days. Kamal has already been acute financial hardshipped due to his son Chandan Mallick’s treatment who has been successful kidney transplanted few months ago.

Last night (on 13th June) Kamal Mallick passed away at his Howrah residence. Our thoughts are with his son Chandan (himself a sarode player) and our condolences go to  his family and close friends. – R.I.P.

small_Kamal_MallickSarode maestro Pandit Kamal Mallick of the Maihar gharana was initiated by the late Sangeetacharya Shyam Gangopadhyay. His training was later supplemented by the masterly touch of the doyen of the gharana, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. His gayaki talim was to a great extent, reinforced by renowned khayal singer Pandit Narayan Rao Joshi of the Kirana Gharana.

A senior performer of All India Radio and Doordarshan, he has been a regular concert performer for many decades, performing at such prestigious venues as Hafiz Aki Khan Society`s Festival of Sarode in Delhi, Ravi Shankar Institute of Music and Performing Arts of Varanasi, Jadubhatta Sangeet Sammelan, Sadarang Sangeet Sammelan, Tansen Sangeet Sammelan, Dover Lane Music Conference and many others in Kolkata and other parts of India. He has also extensively toured Africa and Europe, with several CDs having been released by `Sanskritik` (London).

He has worked with the renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray, to evolve the background music of films like Shatranj ke Khilari, Joy Baba Felunath and Hirak Rajar Deshe. Purnendu Patri and Goutam Ghose have also used his music in their films Chhera Tamsuk and Antarjali Yatra respectively.

Simple and unassuming, Pandit Kamal Mallick has been a passionate sarode performer, relentlessly working towards the enrichment of this instrument. His tuneful strokes, layakari, complete dedication and sheer devotion to music have all combined together to give his music a rare dimension that captives the hearts of his audience. As a teacher he was proud to have guided many celebrity performers all over the country and abroad (source: ITCSRA – Artist of the Month).

Kamal Mallick at Dover Lane Music Conference…

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