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আমোদিনীর হেঁশেল

Posted by bangalnama on July 6, 2009

আমোদিনী সেন শ্বশুরবাড়ি চললে – বারো বছরের মেয়ে। ইংরাজি ক্যালেন্ডারে সাল ১৯০০। মেয়েটির কোনও স্কুলে বা বাড়িতে ধারাবাহিকভাবে পড়াশুনো করা হয়নি। তবুও দাদাদের দেখে দেখে তাদের কাছ থেকে লিখতে আর পড়তে শিখেছে, বেশ ভালই শিখে ফেলেছে। বুদ্ধি অতি চৌকস, সবকিছুতে প্রশ্ন আছে – কে? কবে? কিভাবে? কেন? কেন? কেন?

অল্প বয়সেই রান্না শিখেছে, আর সে কি সাধারণ রান্না! ঢাকা-বিক্রমপুরের বিখ্যাত রান্না, তবে নিজের পছন্দমত এক-আধটুকু বদলে নেওয়া। শ্বশুরবাড়ি গিয়ে আমোদিনী শ্বশুরমশাইকে নিজের বাবার মতন করে পেল – স্নেহশীল, ধৈর্য্যবান – এবং তিনি পেলেন ছোট্ট আমোদিনীকে তাঁর কন্যাসন্তান হিসেবে। আমোদিনীর হেঁশেল এখান থেকেই শুরু হয়।

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The Musical Legacy of Brahmanbaria – II

Posted by bangalnama on January 23, 2009

(Continued from Part 1)

Of the musicians that hailed from the illustrious Bajaina Bari (House of Music) of Shibpur, Brahmanbaria, and the Seni-Maihar school, Alauddin Khan was undoubtedly the most influential. He lived for 110 years, played over 30 instruments from the string, wind, bow and percussion groups, was a master vocalist in dhrupad, dhamar and other traditional styles, composed several ragas, invented and modernized musical instruments, trained some of the most revered musicians of our times, and conceived the first ever musical orchestra in the history of Indian classical music. A larger-than-life portrait of Baba Alauddin Khan emerges from interviews and recounts given by the maestro himself and several of his students including Pandits Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee, Ustads Ashish Khan and Mobarak Hossain Khan, and filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak.


The early years

Towards the end of the 19th century, a child named Alam was born in the Khan household of Shibpur in rural Chittagong, bordering Tripura. “Ustad Alauddin Khan was my uncle”, writes Mobarak Hossain Khan. “We called him Laal Jetha. His complexion was ruddy, like raw turmeric, and hence the name, meaning ‘red uncle’.” He was an unusual child, a born vagabond, and became a musical prodigy very soon. He was sent to a Maktab to study when he was a child. But school was unattractive to the boy. He bunked classes regularly and instead, spent time in the local Kali temple, or on the ghats of the Titas, where sadhus and bauls would assemble to sing.

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A Glimpse of a Chittagong Childhood

Posted by bangalnama on October 2, 2008

Tania Sarcar

Pic by: Tania Sarcar

Chittagong, Chattagram as its real name is, must be amongst the most beautiful places on this earth. It is unfairly endowed with the natural beauties of towering mountains, grand rivers, verdant meadows, lush forests and even beautiful sandy beaches. Amongst these wonders live several Mongoloid tribes like the Chakmas, who have until today, preserved their tribal customs, dress, diet and lifestyle.

My mother’s family were originally from Dhaka Bikrampur, its rich and hoary past ingrained in lives of its peoples. However, my maternal grandfather moved to Chittagong in the course of his government job with the Customs department. It was a struggle to make ends meet, with his family of eight children- a fact the children were unaware of. They grew up in the riches of their transplanted home, enjoying a carefree life in the fringes of a Chakma village. Their humble home was made of ‘byara‘, a kind of matted bamboo sheet, and topped with a tin corrugated roof. There was a small cottage garden surrounding the modest dwelling, with the ubiquitous ‘chal kumro’ white gourd growing on its roof. My thrifty grandmother wasted nothing. Every part of the vine was cooked and eaten. The recipes are now treasured in the family’s kitchen.

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The Musical Legacy of Brahmanbaria

Posted by bangalnama on September 18, 2008

The Brahmanbaria district in the Chittagong division of Bangladesh shares a political boundary with the present Indian state of Tripura, and was part of the greater Comilla district prior to 1984. Meghna and Titas sweep the plains of Brahmanbaria – long-standing witnesses to the cultural legacy of the land. Besides its rich literary heritage, where the likes of Adwaita Mallabarman immortalized Titas and the lives linked so inextricably to the river, Brahmanbaria also boasts of one of the creamiest musical lineages that the East has produced. No wonder the district is often fondly referred to as the cultural capital of Bangladesh!

Sabdar Hossain Khan, or Sadhu Khan, a musician from the Shibpur village of Brahmanbaria, had five sons – Aftabuddin, Samiruddin, Alauddin, Nayab Ali and Ayet Ali. While Alauddin went on to become the world-renowned legendary Ustad Baba Alauddin Khan, founder of the Maihar Gharana, the eldest and the youngest brothers were no less illustrious in their own rights. The next generation, comprising of Baba Alauddin’s children and disciples successfully carried forward the legacy, establishing the Khan family of Brahmanbaria as one of the most celebrated, torchbearing musical lineages in the history of Hindustani classical music.

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