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Glimpses of Senia Shahjahanpur Gharana Vol-2

Instrumental Series | Sarod Recital

In Stock | Product Code : 00065

Samarendranath Sikdar

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Type : Audio CD
Item(s) : 1
Coupling No. : CD-BMC-418
Released : 0-2014
Pkg Type : Hard Bound 2-Folder
Net Wt. : 56 gms
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Roughly 150 years ago three Afgan horsemen Migrated to india and took up commission as solders under the Nawabs and Rajas of REWA , SHAHJAHANPUR and MUZAFFAR NAGAR. They were also Rabab players , and as they lived in india , they ere infiated into TANSEN’s music. Of the three horsemen Gulam Bandegi Khan Bangas sifted in Gwalior. Gulam Bandegi Khan’s Grandsons  Hussain Ali Khan, Murad Ali Khan and Nane Khan were three brothers who converted the rabab into the Sarode. The Middle brother Murad ali Khan was Childless. He left his Gwalior home in search of a talented boy whom he could adopt and train up as a Sarodiya. He finally found an orphan in the colony of sarodiyas at Shahjahanpur and adopted him. This boy grew up into a great sarodiya named Abdulla Khan, and his son Md Amir Khan was the first guru of Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra. So Radhika Mohan’s talim was from Shahjahanpur and the style was predominantly rabab ang playing full of complex right hand plucking. After Md Amir Khan’s death Radhika Mohan augmented his talim by learning from Md Drabir Khan, thee grandson of the illustrious Md Wazir Khan Beenkar of Rampur. Eventually Radhika Mohan’s style of playing was ablend of the two styles, which come to be known as shahjahanpu Senia style or gharana.

This album illustrates the performances of one of various successor Pt. Samarendranath Sikdar of Radhika Mohan Moitra.

A senior disciple of the late Sarod maestro, Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra, is one of the leading exponents of the Senia-Shahjahanpur Gharana of Sarod. Samarendra first learned to play the Sarod from his uncle, the late Surendra Nath Sikdar. Later, he went on to become a disciple of Pt. Maitra, or Radhu Babu, as he was affectionately called.


In a musical career spanning over 45 years, Samarendra has meticulously learned and mastered the playing style of the Shahjahanpore Senia-Bangash Gharana as Pt. Maitra himself did. A puritan like his guru, he believes that the true beauty of Indian Classical Music is in keeping the Ragas and their compositions pure and unaltered from their original forms. In addition to Radhu Babu, Samarendra also received inspiration and guidance from the late Pt. D.T. Joshi, a close friend of Pt. Maitra, as well as from other senior disciples such as Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta and Shri Nemai Dhar. He accompanied his Guru in a Jugalbandi for the National Program of Music in All India Radio, New Delhi, in 1966. He has also played in many prominent concerts in Calcutta, Delhi, Bombay, Allahabad and Benares. In the year 1983, the All India Radio also featured him in its prestigious Tuesday Night Concert series. He toured the USA in 2007. 

In addition to being a full-time musician, Samarendra also served as a staff artist of All India Radio for over thirty years. During this period, he came across various artistes and enjoyed the company of the most talented musicians in Calcutta.He has also carried forward the Guru-Shishya tradition by being an excellent teacher of instrumental music. He taught regularly for a number of years at the Md. Ameer Khan School of Instrumental Music, established by his guru.

1. Introduction by Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta

2. Raag Chhayanat

3. Raag Chhaya Bihag

Accompaniments Name : Subhasish Nandi  
Accompaning Instrument : Tabla  

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