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THE ECHO OF I NDIA KOLKATA, Sunday April 10 2011 3 Exponent of Showcasing Raj & the Golden Hindustani classical vocals Age of Indian Cinema Sharing the same passion ANIT MUKERJEA for cinematic excellence, the International Indian Prabir Banerjee, an exponent of Film Academy (IIFA) and Hindusthani classical vocals special- Toronto International Film izing in kheyal began his musical jour- Festival (TIFF) announced ney through the initiative of his their collaboration to host a elder sister Dr Mitali Banerjee. tribute to the legend of In- Later he was groomed under dian Cinema, Raj Kapoor, on Saroj Kumar Ghosh. But June 26 in Toronto, post the Banerjee broke newer 12 t h IIFA celebrations in grounds in the genre Canada. The tribute will be and for his path-break- followed by a retrospective ing qualities he owes film series called Raj his gratitude to Kapoor and the Golden Age Prasun Banerjee and of Indian Cinema, which Mira Banerjee of Patiala Kasur Gharana. From 1981 Prabir Banerjee came under the musical reins of Padma Bhushan will run for six weeks at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, TIFF’s Pt Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Banerjee had participated in sev- permanent home. The Gala eral prestigious music conferences all over India, among these were Swami Conference in Mumbai (1988), Maharishi opening on June 26 will be Gandharva Ved Vidyalaya at Delhi (1989), Allahabad Sangeet hosted by acclaimed direc- Samity et al. In Kolkata he has performed under the banner tor Karan Johar. This year of Sa-re-ga Sangeet Sammelan (1988), Chandril Music Fes- the IIFA Weekend and tival (1987), Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra (1995), West Bengal Awards will be held in To- State Music Academy (1998) and the Eastern Zonal Cultural ronto, Ontario from June 23- Centre. With personal experience honed from his virtuos- 25. Several members of the ity as a classical vocalist his fame in the genre spread abroad first family of Indian cin- tribute event in Canada, himself in the hearts of cin- Satyam Shivam Sundaram reaching out to such countries as Switzerland, France, Italy ema, the Kapoor family at- come June 2011. ema lovers all over India. and others. Several pieces and Germany as performer cum lecturer. Banerjee has the tended the media interac- Speaking on behalf of I’m thrilled about this retro- of memorabilia from Raj honour of receiving the title of Surmoni from Mumbai be- tion to lend their support to the family Randhir Kapoor spective of his work and Kapoor films like costumes, stowed by Sur-Singer Sangeet Samsad. In 1988, he was the tribute and retrospec- said, “I am very touched by cannot wait to see it. He has cut-outs and props used dur- awarded by the WB State Music Academy. An empaneled tive. The legacy of this gesture and would like always been a true inspira- ing the films will be dis- artiste of ICCR, Banerjee had completed his research work Prithviraj Kapoor has been to thank IIFA and TIFF for tion for me.” played in the TIFF Bell with a fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resource, Govt succeeded by three genera- honouring the legacy of our Cinema lovers will have Lightbox atrium beginning of India for his project on ‘Evolutionary Changes of Rag Pattern tions starting with Shammi, father who lived for his the once-in-a-lifetime op- early June. A series of in presentation in the practical field in North Indian vocal Shashi and Raj Kapoor. Raj’s work and who lives on portunity to relive the paintings inspired by Raj classical music.’ His new research received recognition by sons Randhir, Rishi and through his work. He is a magic of the legend’s films Kapoor films by acclaimed Gathani record company through the release of a cassette Rajiv Kapoor enjoyed suc- true legend and I believe during this tribute and ret- Goa-based artist Seema in vocal kheyal in raga bhairab, Shiv Bairab and cess in the industry. His that this retrospective is a rospective. Raj Kapoor and Sardesai will also be Hansakalyani which may be deemed a milestone in his gr andchildren Ranbir, great way to honour his the Golden Age of Indian showcased in the building. musical career. Currently he teaches aspiring musical tal- Kareena and Karishma memory.” Cinema will feature 15 The IIFA celebrations ents in classical vocals at the Salt Lake Music Guild for a Kapoor have subsequently Rishi Kapoor added, iconic Raj Kapoor classics held in different global cit- decade. While on the question of what drove him to the se- carried on the Kapoor tradi- “Our father was a great man including Aag, Barsaat, ies, annuall y, inculcate a lection of Hindusthani classical vocals Banerjee reacts with tion of brilliant artistry and both in his personal and pro- Awara, Aah, Boot P olish, symbiotic relationship be- this statement: “I chose this career partly because of its an- super stardom. The family fessional life. His passion Shree 420, Jagte Raho, Jis tween India and the host cient tradition and heritage passed down from generations shared sentiments regard- and love for cinema shines Des Mein Ganga Behti Hai, countries in terms of trade, and, finds it superior to other kinds of vocal music with which ing the retrospective and through in all his movies Sangam, Mera Naam Joker, tourism and cinema engage- he concludes. pledged to be a part of the and he has made a place for Kal Aaj Aur Kal, Bobby, ments. 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