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Pandit Girish Chatterjee Pandit Girish Chatterjee(Chattopadhya), grand-son of Late Bhabesh Chattopadhya and son of Late Pandit Tarakeshwar Chattopadhya is a known personality in the world of Classical Music. His grand-father was an eminent exponent of Lokgeeti, Puratani, Shyama Sangeet, Bhatiyali and Baul Gaan. His father practiced classical music under Calcutta’s famous Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri, Pt. Bhishmadev Chatterjee and the living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

From childhood, Girish started learning classical music from his father Tarakeshwar Chattopadhya and mother Smt. Dipali Chattopadhya. At the age of 12 he got scholarship at ITC Sangeet Research Academy (Kolkata). For 10 years,he persued his music in the academy as research scholar. During this tenure, he developed his talent under the guidance of Late Pandit A.T.Kanan and living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. He had enough of talim and inspiration from Heerabai Barodekar, Nasir Fahimuddin Dagar, Pt. V.G.Jog, Pt. Gnan Prakash Ghosh, Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan and Pandit Neurutibua Sarnaik at Sangeet Research Academy. Over and above these influences, Girish in his childhood was in constant touch with Ustad Amir Khan Saheb at Kolkata.

Since, he was a research scholar, he took part in many All India Music Concerts and achieved critical acclaim from discerning listeners. For example, in Kolkata’s Dover Lane music conference (In 1992 and 1996), he performed continuously for three hours, with people calling for an encore. Alongwith classical music, he also perfected the technique of presenting Thumri, Bhajan etc.

ACADEMY EXPERT COMMITTEE REMARKS AT SANGEET RESEARCH:-


Girish has a very impressive, powerful, steady and vass voice – he sang Maru Bihag very beautifully, Vilambit and Drut very systematically with Vistar and Taan Sargam. His taans also were powerful and steeped in tunefulness and never falling short of note-points.

Pandit. Jnan Prakash Ghosh,
Pandit. V.G. Jog,
Pandit. A.Kanan,
Smt. Malabika Kanan,
Ustad Yunus Hussain Khan.
(expert committee of Sangeet Research Academy)

PANDIT GIRISH CHATTOPADHAY’S NOTABLE PERFORMANCE WITH SEVERAL CELEBRATED MAESTROS :-

In the year 1985 Girish performed with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi at ‘Malkosh Samaraho’ at Kala Mandir Auditorium, Kolkata, which was most remarkable and glorious performance in his life.
At the Dover lane Music conference 1992, (held in memory of Ustad Dhyanesh Khan son of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan) also attended by Ustad Ashis Khan for his instrumental (Sarode) performance.
At the Dover lane Music Conference – 1996, in which other celebrated performers were pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj and Smt. Kishori Amonkar.
At the function of Trailokya sangeet Parishad (founed by Pt. T.L. Rana) in 1992 he again performed wit h Ustad Ahish Khan.
In, 1997 at Spandan Music Conference ( Silchar), he performed & other performers were Pt. Hariprasad Chourasia and Ustad Ahish Khan.
In memory of Pt. Nikhil Banerjee in the year 2000 held at Sukanta Sadan (Barrackpore, Kolkata) & other performers were Pt. Birju Maharaj and Ustad Sabir Khan.
In 1987 and 1988, he performed at kolkata where other performers were Pandit Gnan Prakash Ghosh, Pt.A.Kanan, Vidushi Girija Devi and Pandit V.G.Jog.
Captivating was his performance at Hrishi Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry where he was acclaimed by the audience comprising of indigenous foreign music lovers.
1998: inauguration of Pandit Girish Chattopadhay’s CD and Cassate of Classical and Ghazal by celebrated Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi at Mumbai amidst distinguished personalities of the film and cultural world of Mumbai.

Noteworthy are his musical performances at Karnataka Sang’s function (Golden Jubilee year, Mumbai) in 1992. NCPA’s and Sajan-Milap’s (Mumbai) Special function in 1993. Pandit Girish Chattopadhya is also the recipient of Sangeet Sumani Award from Sur Sringar Samsad, Mumbai. Pandit Chattapadhya’s performance wasUnique at Khardaha Pushpa Pradarshani & Utsav 2003 where also Pandit Hari Parsad Chaurasia, Begum Parveen Sultana, Pt. Budhaditya Mukherjee also performed. At Sutanuti Utsav 2004, his performance was highly acclaimed by the audience comprising of the Governor of We West Bengal Shri Biren.J.Sha and Kolkata’s Mayor.


“Malkosh Samaraho” held at kalamandir Auditorium listened spell-bound to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, a colossal figure in the world of classical music, who was then accompanied by the seventeen year old performer, Girish Chatterjee, the son of Late Pandit Tarakeswar Chatterjee. Worthy of note here is the fact that the celebrated maestros who comprised the audience were Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh , Neuruti Bua Saranaik, Usad Bilayat Khan, Pandit A.T. Kanan, Pandit V.J.Jog, Ustad Nisar Hussain Khan, Srimati Girija Devi, Ustaad Amjaad Ali Khan, all being enchanted by their performance.

Surprisingly the boy Girish who was asked by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi to join him began with his upper octave (Tar Saptak), displayed remarkable skill in using the notes of ‘MA’ ‘DHA’ ‘NI’ ‘DHA’ ‘NI’ and ‘SA’. He sang spontaneously his raga MALKOSH with unusual command over taan and laya. When Bhimsen Joshi started ‘TAAN KARTAV” the jugal ‘Taan’ of the Guru and his sishya enthralled the entire Kalamandir audeience. The jugal ended amidst thunderous claps and they were greeted with applause. Blessings were bestowed on Girish by the maestros.

Another remarkable event in the life of Pandit Girish Chatterjee was his performance – his raga ‘ABHOGI’ at Karnataka ‘SAWAI GANDHARVA MUSIC FESTIVAL’ arranged by Smt. Gangubai Hangal the celebrated propagator of Kirana Gharna.

Gangubai Hangal, being enraptured by his music of astounding quality, invited him to her residence, where she greeted him, and eulogized him saying that Girish’s music resembled that of the legendary SAWAI GANDHARVA.

COMMENTS BY SOME MAESTROS
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Smt. Girija Devi

One of the most internationally famous vocalists of today Smt. Girija Devi extolled Pandit Girish Chatterjee on several occasions. In her opinion Girish’s talent is confined not only to Classical Music, but also extended to various branches of light classical music like Thumri, Bhaan, Gazal etc. in each of these branches Girish’s skill is unparallel and marvellous. His voice which is divinely gifted and which has the quality of being applicable to all types of music would enable him to reach the zenith of success.

Ustad latafat Hussain Khan

Ustad Latfat Hussain Khan, a celebrated trainer of AGRA GHARANA expressed his opinion that Girish’s voice quality is unprecedented and rare , and he is an erudite scholar of classical music showing great command over Sur, Tala, Laya and chhanda, and having extraordinary skill in using Taan, Sargam, Murki, Pukar and Vistar.

Pandit Neuruti Bua Sarnaik

A legend of Jaipur Gharana Pandit Neuruti Bua Sarnaik expressed his queer feeling, while Girish used to sing his ragas and when his Badhat reached the upper sarja ‘PARAMESHWAR’ himself manifested in his music which was in his words APRATIM (frequently used by him).







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