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Ronu Majumdar

PUNE13 Jan 2013

Venue Centre Stage, Deccan College Ground, Deccan College Road, Yerawada
Opening Time8:00 PM
Entry All are welcome!
Sounds of the bansuri

Let the soulful tones of Ronu Majumdar's bansuri soothe you and carry you away on an almost spiritual journey. 

India's ace flautist needs no introduction to music lovers all over the globe. He and the bansuri are literally synonymous. In the realm of Indian classical music, Pt. Rananendranath Majumdar is a force to be reckoned with, both as a thinking musician and as a scintillating performer. He is firmly rooted in the Maihar gharana which has shaped stalwarts like Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Pandit Ronu Majumdar's success lies in the fact that he is one of those great artists who has influenced the tastes of music connoisseurs over the years, with wide ranging performances straddling several music genres and boundaries.

Pt. Majumdar is a major innovator with New Age Music by having introduced a completely new aesthetic in Indian music through his epoch-making album "Song of Nature/ A Traveller's Tale". Ronu ji is also a Grammy nominee for his work with the banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck in the album "Tabula Rasa" {1996}. He has performed and composed for the Hollywood movie "Primary Colours" and collaborated with top artists like George Harrison, Ry Cooder, John Hassels, Lary Coryell and Indian maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj and Kishori Amonkar.

Information about the artist

Ronu Majumdar began playing the flute under the guidance of his father Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, late Pt. Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale and finally the revered Pt. Vijay Raghav Rao. He was also fortunate to receive training from his grand guru Pt. Ravi Shankar. A powerhouse performer, Ronu Majumdar is firmly rooted in the Maihar gharana which has also given shape to stalwarts like Pt. Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

He has extensively recorded for Bollywood greats like R. D. Burman, Gulzar, Khayyam, Vishal Bharadwaj to name a few. In 1994, Ronu ji recorded for the Merchant Ivory film "In Custody", music of which was composed by Zakhir Hussain. The music of India's first I- Max film (Mystic India) was also scored by Pt. Ronu Majumdar.

A long list of collaborations with International greats like George Harrison, George Brooks, Philip Glass, Zakir Hussain, Ry Cooder, Bela Fleck, Lary Corryel saw the light of the day. His international releases like 'FASCINOMA' with guitarist Ry Cooder, John Hassels (Water Lily Acoustics), In search of life with Christian Seiferd (Universal), "Tabula Rasa" with Bela Fleck, the American Banjo Virtuoso, "Moonlight Whispers" with Larry Corryel, Inside Kremlin, Chants of India and Passages are endeavours on his mission to endear the glory of the humble Bansuri. Ronuji joined Michael Stipe of REM, Robbie Williams, Asha Bhosle, Baaba Maal and a host of other noted musicians on the genre crossing "One Giant Leap" (Palm Pictures).

HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ALBUMS

  • Heart to Heart and Ethereal Rhythms with Zakir Hussain
  • Hollow Bamboo
  • Lady Astride the Tiger
  • Fascinoma with Ry Cooder
  • Moonlight Whispers with Lary Coryell
  • Generations with Kishan Maharaj

AWARDS BESTOWED ON PANDIT MAJUMDAR

  • All India Radio Award{1981}
  • Aditya Vikram Birla Award {1996}
  • Lifetime Achievement Award by Sahara India {2001} 
  • National Kumar Gandharva Award {2006}
  • Pandit Jasraj Gaurav Puraskar {2008}
  • Madhurita Sarang School of Kathak, Pune (2012)

His Sadhana School of Music in Chicago, USA is solely aimed at spreading awareness and generating interest about our varied Classical Art forms.