Pankaj Mullick is regarded as the first man of Rabindra Sangeet. At a very young age he has learnt the nuances of khayal, dhrupad, tappa and also other forms of classical music under expert tutelage of Shri Durgadas Bandopadhyay.
Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay
Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay had been established as an accomplished singer of Bengali and Hindi songs after his introductory appearance on All India Radio in the late 1930s.
Throughout his lifetime Debabrata Biswas has rendered his iconoclastic style of Tagore's songs and it was obvious at that time his renderings were not fully recognized by some mainstream exponents of Rabindra Sangeet.
Kanika Bandyopadhyay was often regarded as Ashram Kanya or 'girl of the Ashram' as Shantiniketan on the model of an Ashram (educational hermitage) was reposed on. She was trained in Shantiniketan and was the direct disciple of none other than Rabindranath Tagore.
Suchitra Mitra had carved a niche for herself as the most flourishing proponent and a translator of Tagore's musical compositions. Performing arts like theatrical performances, film-acting and painting were her other interests. She had also brought forth Rabindra Nritya Natyas (Tagore's dance dramas) and had also acted in many of them.
Rajasree Mukherjee has been considered as the singer who has been bestowed with the divine blessings of God in the form of a melodious voice. She has also been counted one amongst the most reputed trainers of Indian music in East Africa.
Ruma Guha Thakurata
This astonishing multi tasking persona was born in the year 1934 to father Satyen Ghosh, also known as Montey Ghosh, and mother Sati Devi, a talented singer in a Brahmo Family. Ruma Guha Thakurta also bores a relationship with the legendary film director Satyajit Ray as her mother's younger sister Bijoya is married to him.
Through her performances she has always magnetized her audiences. She, unlike other Rabindra Sangeet singers, believes in playing only a keyboard as the instrument while rendering the song. She has a melodious voice and has sung some of the best Tagore's compositions.
Since the year 1961, Banani has attempted to re-introduce Tagore to the people at large through Rabindra Sangeet and for that she has been journeying on invitations. To take part in the Rabindra-Jayanti festivities she conscientiously makes annual visits to India.
Varied themes, rich quality and most importantly that close link to the heart, which Rabindra Sangeet establishes, has made it the music of the common people whilst whispering the saga of love, nature, languishment and eternal worshipping of the omnipresent. Rabindra Sangeet therefore with its sheer majesty, utmost beauty and ultimate passion combines the classical characteristics with the elements of the songs of soil to make the music truly stand apart as an insignia of Indian classical music.
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