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Festive Fun with "Dhaake Masti" Duo Tanmoy & Soumitro

Courtesy: Tomes od India : Wed Oct 03 2018

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Eyi Sharadiyaye Jooti Baadhlen Tanmoy O Soumitra

Courtesy: Ebela : Tue Oct 02 2018

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Eyi Sharadiyaye Jooti Baadhlen Tanmoy O Soumitra

Courtesy: Anand Bazar Patrika : Mon Oct 01 2018

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Music Fest on its way

Courtesy: Times of India : Sat Jul 21 2018

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TANMOY BOSE FLIRTS WITH THE CITY KNOWN FOR ITS OLDWORLD CHARM"

The ace percussionist, who started travelling the world in his 20s, on why Kolkata is where his heart is

Courtesy: Zinia Sen : Thu July 12 2018

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Do you know there was a time when trams would run on lines embedded in jade green grass patches?” asked ace percussionist Tanmoy Bose, who grew up in Cornfield Road on Ballygunge, and lived all his life at a stone’s throw from Gariahat. While taking a round of Charlie Chaplin Park in his neighbourhood, he said, “Today, this park could be a novelty for youngsters, but when I was young, it was just a barren land without any name where we would play cricket and football. In fact, my friends and I started a Kali Puja from here.”

Bose, whose lives near Gariahat More, said he is fortunate to have grown up in the midst of a busy city. “For every small thing, I would go to Gariahat market, which to me, is para-r bazar. Since I live on a busy street, I embrace at least five localities as my own,” he said.

I GOT OPPORTUNITIES TO STAY ABROAD, BUT DIDN’T: TANMOY BOSE

Durga Puja at Ekdalia Evergreen, Agradoot, Saradiya Sammilani, Kheyali Sangha are all mine. The verandah of our house gives a clear glimpse Rashbehari Avenue and in those days we would get a hang of time through the sound of bells strung on ropes in trams. The first tram would leave Ballygunge at 4 am and the last one would return at midnight,” added Bose.

Bose said flirting with Kolkata when he was growing up began with exploring the city’s green fields. “I used to play cricket at Rabindra Sarobar Lake. Back then, it was not beautified, but still had a charm of its own. My father and his friends started Lake Friends Club on the Southern Avenue stretch and I learnt swimming at a public pool. In the evening, my friends and I would have adda at Lake,” he said.

Apart from the city’s old-world charm, Bose is also in love with its changing face. The musician, who often stops by at Patuli’s Floating Market, said he has his reasons for it. “When my sons were all of 7 and 2, we went on our first family vacation to Thailand. I still remember how excited they were to buy things from floating boats. Now both Siladitya and Aryaditya are abroad and I sometimes halt in front of the market and remember that family trip. Also, those from my city, who haven’t travelled to Thailand, can get a feel of the place,” he said.

Bose added that he never tires of Kolkata. “There was a time when I would play cricket on Cornfield Road, have laal cha in the evening, play football in the Jagabandhu School ground, sit for adda with friends. I would walk my way to South Point School and halt at Durga Bari while coming home. I started travelling when I was in my 20s. I got plenty of opportunities to stay abroad, but I didn’t. That’s because I am in love with this city — hook, line and sinker.”


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Courtesy: T2 The Thelegraph : Mon July 09 2018

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Courtesy: T2 The Telegraph : Mon June 18 2018

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Rupam Tanmoy Jugalbandi

Courtesy: Ananda Plus Ananda Bazar Patrika : Sun June 10 2018

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Courtesy: Calcutta Times Times of India : Tue Feb 27 2018

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Courtesy: T2 The Telegraph : Fri Sep 22 2017

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Tripura-e Gaanbaajnar Bhaalo Bhabishyat Aache, Manush-er Gurutva Bojhe

Courtesy: Nandanik : Fri Mar 3 2017

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AmitKathan - TanmayMuhurta

Courtesy: Ebela : Sun Apr 7 2018

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A symphonic start to Bengal music fest

Courtesy: The Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh : Sun Dec 27 2017

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"No music is bad if justice is done to the symphonic pieces" - Tanmoy Bose"

Guru-Shishya tradition holds a lot of significance and contributes to teaching the ultimate ethics of the bond,feels the tabla maestro who recently became a Gandabandh, Shagrid of Pt Shankar Ghosh

Courtesy: Somitra Ghosh, IANS : Sun Mar 26 2017,

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Music is all about rhythmic col¬laboration, and no music - even fusion - is bad if justice is done to the symphonic pieces by the performers, Tabla maestro Tan-moy Bose believes.

"Good music in any form will serve its purpose of preserving our heritage. Fusion music is a melange of sounds from different genres as it exposes the audience to different forms of music which they are not aware of," Bose told in an interview. Bose, who lives in Kolkata, was recently in the national capital to perform at the HCL Concerts.

Stressing on the fact that every kind of music has its own uniqueness, Bose said that one needs to develop a sense of using alphabets before loving and digging into fusion music. "A musician should master the fun¬damental form of music he or she is working with:' he stressed.

A practitioner of Farrukhabad Gharana, Bose began his journey in the world of classical music under the shadow of his Guru Pandit Maharaj Banerjee from whom he learned vocal music. Tidbits of harmonium were taught to him by Pandit Mantu Banerjee.

Later, under the guidance of Pandit Kanai Dutta, Bose began his serious training of classical music in the traditional Guru Shishya Parampara.

"Guru-Shishya tradition holds a lot of significance and contributes to teaching the ulti-mate ethics of the bond. You will learn to surrender self to your guru. Tehzeeb-e-Mausiki is a beautiful term:' the 53-year¬old musician said. Following the untimely death of his guru, Bose became a Gandabandh Shagrid of Pt Shankar Ghosh to whom he paid a tribute recently at the musical event.

"Gandabandh is a traditional ceremony in which guru gives his blessings to his students by tying a thread and accepting him to be his representative," he explained. Sharing some of his memorable moments, Bose rec-ollected an incident which, for him, will always be cherished.

"It was when guruji tied the sacred thread on my hand legiti-mising me to be the representa-tive of his style," he remembered. Though he belongs to Farukk¬abad Gharana, he prefers to call it "Kolkata Gharana" because of his guruji's own style and com-positions, which has amalgam-ated and evolved in the Gharana for so many years.

"A musician's is a lifelong journey to grow and learn. Whatever little I have learnt under guruji's guidance, I feel there is a lot more to be done and to achieve the command which is required to contrib¬ute to take his style forward. I sincerely wish I could achieve what is expected out of me, which eventually time will tell," he noted.

Bose has been a globetrotter, taking classical music and its fusion to the world. He has shared the stage along with Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, Pandit VG Jog, Ustad Imrat Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar with whom he has got a special bond.

"Playing with Pandit Ravi Shankar was actually a dream come true. In my growing years, I attended several of his performances and concerts accompanied by legendary tabla masters. I have been extremely lucky to have received his love and blessings throughout the 10 years with him," Bose said.

He, however, expressed disappointment at the younger generation being detached from any form of classical learning mostly because of the availability of "too many options" in terms of entertainment.


"Don't judge music, enjoy it"

For veteran tabla player Tanmoy Bose, stage is sacred and riyaz an essential part of life

S. Ravi : Fri Mar 10 2017,

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Paying tribute to his guru Pandit Shankar Ghosh at the HCL Concerts re-cently, Tanmoy Bose the well known tabia player did not fail his teacher or the listeners. More than regaling the audience it was an expression of sincere gratitude for his Guru. So concerned was Bose about the concert that despite landing late he insisted on riyaz for the concert.

Bose Is no stranger to the stage, having started very young as accompanist to musicians like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Munawar All Khan, Pandit V.G. Jog, Ustad lmrat Khan and Ustad Amjad All Khan. "All of them were a repository of musical wisdom and their company proved really beneficial", avers Bose. Bose remembers playing with Amjad All when he still in col-lege. "He taught many things. Initially playing with him I would keep looking at his face. He then softly told me to look at his fingers instead, to watch their movements and understand the drift of the music. That is the essence of sangat. Expressing his debt to Ravi scar for the opportunity to play with him during his foreign tours, Bose Says, "Panditji taught many specific specific aspects of music like instructing me how to play uneven beats and construct uneven cycles."

Even though globetrotting kept Bose away from family, it opened him to multiple music genres and musicians. °But for these tours, I would have probably never heard them. This imbibed in me a deep respect for all forms of music irrespective of place and language.

For me music is either good or bad and nothing more. Touting one's genre as superior than others is an insult to that creation and creativity. Also every form has its own audience without which it cannot sustain and grow." It is not mere appreciation but more that Bose picked up from others.

"I learnt to play frame drum from Andres Wiser of Germany and have performed together many times." The influence of this wide exp,,sure is evident from his creations like Chaturang Moksh.

Beyond Borders and Taalyagna based on Indian rhythmic nuances. Likewise, Taaltantra his world music project since 2002 brings to people familiar sounds through different mediums, rhythms and instruments. In fact he is credited to have initiated folk songs and tribal drumming in band format. "Fusion is coming together of different styles and there is no compromise in playing one's genre. Among successful fusion endeavours is "Shakti" which had legendary names like John McLaughlin, L. Shankar. Zakir Hussain, Ramnad Raghavan and and T.H. Vikku Vinayakram associated with it. Their music was heart touching. Do not judge music, enjoy it." Besides concerts and collaborations, composing for films, plays and documentaries too have kept Bose busy. "I view it as a natural progression for any musician. These have been great experiences as I learnt importance of harmony and structure. They also helped in challenging self exerting one to make an effort to push the envelope of creativity more." he explains before signing off.

In praise of guru

I was Pandit Shankar Ghosh's ganda bandh shagird that is he tied a thread on my hand in guru shishya parampara making me his representative to carry forward the musical legacy. He taught his son Bickram Ghosh and me together and was impartial. That left an indelible impression on me and I too teach all my students equally. Rebuke and praise were based purely on performance. While performing, if Guruji didn't approve he would make you doit again.


ALL FOR CHARITY

CALCUTTA TIMES : Mon Jun 08 2015,

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