On the demise anniversary of Pt. Ravi Shankar, tabla artiste Arup Chattopadhyay opens up on his affiliation with the maestro and the artwork of accompaniment
Regardless of his shut affiliation with Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, tabla artiste Arup Chattopadhyay chooses to be self-effacing.
His fashion whereas taking part in the tabla is understood for its candy tonality, glorious readability of bols and its unobtrusive nature. His sense of rhythm and melody , creativity and his huge expertise come by means of throughout his solo concert events and grooming his disciples.
Although the pandemic worn out quite a few stage concert events organised to mark the Panditji’s start centenary celebrations wherein Arup was to carry out, he has been collaborating within the on-line occasions that occurred throughout and after the lockdown interval.
Unfazed by these ups and downs he admits, “This unprecedented state of affairs has given me an incredible alternative to introspect about my artwork at peace. After changing into a busy musician in my early twenties, there was hardly any respite.”
Because the son of Pankaj Chattopadhyay, a famend tabla maestro from the well-known secure of Ustad Karamatulla Khan, Pandit Kanai Dutta and Pandit Shankar Ghosh, the younger Arup really perambulated with the tukras and parans of Farukhabad Gharana since his start in 1961. Arup would attend his father’s concert events, hearken to his educating classes and witness the unrelenting spells of riyaaz. By the age of 5, he was able to current what he learnt. After his intense coaching for greater than a decade, Arup was despatched for superior coaching underneath his father’s guru Shankar Ghosh. For the reason that Gharana was ingrained in him since childhood it was simple for Arup to study the nuances with ease.
It was an opportunity encounter with Deepak Chowdhury, a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, that laid the inspiration for Arup’s robust affiliation with the sitar maestro. He recounts his first music session with Pandit Ravi Shankar.
“ It was Deepak da who took me to Panditji . I had gone there solely to supply my pranams, however Panditji was in a temper to do riyaaz and impart coaching to Deepak da. He was searching for a tabla and requested me if I had introduced one. Once I stated no, he
added, ‘In case your palms usually are not sweaty already, go to the anteroom and request Kumar (Bose) to lend you a pair of his tabla and play with us!’” That was our first session with Panditji. I used to be stunned to listen to him sing extraordinarily properly whereas educating,”
He requested Arup to hitch in once more the subsequent day. “Upon arrival I noticed a gathering of eminent musicians like Pandit VG Jog, Indranil Bhattacharya, Kumar Bose. Pandit ji launched me to everybody and talked about my tabla session with him yesterday. It was a lessonthat evokes me to encourage younger ones,” added Arup.
Quickly after this , Arup got down to London underneath a contract with the Institute of Indian Tradition of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. After a yr of educating and concert events within the UK, Arup’s first Indian live performance occurred in 1986. A number of educating assignments together with concert events took him to the U.S.
As soon as throughout such a tour, Pandit Ravi Shankar invited him to Los Angeles to accompany him on the tabla and together with Bickram Ghosh. From then on Arup had carried out with him in lots of concert events and that affiliation lasted virtually for 9 years. .
“Panditji was a dwelling establishment. By being with him one might study quite a bit. I did . .”
Arup believes that mastery on tonality occurs with unrelenting apply. “The method differs from artiste to artiste. Some favor to play a complete passage or composition full with tihai. His technique is to shine one specific side of taking part in, that too in numerous tempos. An ideal grip on tempo facilitates readability each in padhant and its execution or nikaas, underlines Arup.
The author is a music critic and musicologist.