Showcasing Raj _ the Golden Age of Indian Cinema by ajizai


									                                                                                                                                THE ECHO   OF   I NDIA KOLKATA, Sunday April 10 2011          3

      Exponent of                                                  Showcasing Raj & the Golden
    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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