Abhinandan in Hindi means congratulations. Sitar maestro Debu Chaudhuri, celebrating his 75th birthday at Kamani Hall in Delhi. Before a packed auditorium he performs ragas, Kalyani Bilawal, Yaman, Miyan ki Malhar and Bisweshwari. Debuji is a disciple of the legendary sitar maestro Mushtaq Ali Khan. He is accompanied on tabla by the virtuoso Sandeep Das, a disciple of the great Kishan Maharaj. On the tanpura are David Barsamian and Panchali Nandy.
After the sitar recital we hear master vocalist Rashad Khan sing the popular evening raga Puriya Kalyan. Recipient of the Padma Bhushan award, he belongs to the musical lineage of Rampur-Sahaswan. He is accompanied by Shri Satyajit Talwalkar on tabla and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri on harmonium.
Winner of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s most prestigious awards, Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, was a legendary figure in Indian classical music. He was born in 1935 in what is now Bangladesh. He took up sitar at an early age. He was a disciple of the great sitar maestro, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan of the Senia Gharana, the traditional school of Indian classical music named after Tansen, the father of Indian music. Debuji’s playing was noted for its sweetness and sensitivity. He was the long-time Dean of Fine Arts and Head of the Department of Music at Delhi University. He was the beloved guru of AR’s David Barsamian. Debuji and his son Prateek, also a noted sitar virtuoso, both passed away in New Delhi during the Covid-19 pandemic in May 2021.