Bengal Foundation congratulates Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar on receiving the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Sangeet Natak Akademi; National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama; announced the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2018 – popularly known as Akademi Puraskar – on Tuesday, 16 July 2019. The award was presented to sarod artist Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar and santoor artist Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya for their contribution to Hindustani instrumental music.
Majumdar is a distinguished sarod artist from India, an exponent of the Maihar Gharana. He began his early training under the guidance of his grandfather, Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar, and later his father, Ranjan Majumdar, nurtured Majumdar’s considerable talent. He eventually continued his training under many notable musicians, which included Ustad Bahadur Khan, Pandit Amaresh Chowdhury, Anil Palit, Pandit Ajay Sinha Roy, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Majumdar is known to combine the intellectual density and technical virtuosity of his gharana, while combining elements from the Dhrupad, Tantrakari, as well as Gayaki styles of music. Quoting the New York Times in an article published in 1994: ‘Mr. Majumdar’s playing sometimes suggested the way Beethoven reconstructed a theme of his variations in his late works.’
Majumdar is also a recipient of the President’s Gold Medal, the Pandit D V Paluskar Award, the Sangeet Mahasamman, to name a few. He is currently a guru at the Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay, in Dhaka.