UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings (audio): B. Mukherjee, 1984-06-03

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University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings (audio): B. Mukherjee
2 items  :  84-28.1-2 OT - 2 vcts (digital audio recording) (VHS, sp, stereo); 84-28.3-6 EC - 4 reels (7.5 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 10"); 84-28.1-2 WT - 2 DATs (digital, stereo); Duration: 2:11:11
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Recorded at the University of Washington, Kane Hall 120, 6/3/84; concert co-sponsored by Ragamal and the UW School of Music.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Upholding with great distinction the traditions of the Imdadkhani Gharana of Sitar, Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee's name has long become synonymous with the sitar. Considered as the leading sitarist of his generation, Budhadityaji has received his entire training in Sitar from his illustrious father, Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee, the well known sitarist and a doyen of the Imdadkhani Gharana of sitar, who initiated his son into sitar from the age of 5. From then, responding to the finesse of his father's profound teachings, Budhaditya's music has blossomed into a unique lyrical magic that reflects the 'gayaki ang' on the sitar with it's befitting clarity.

In 1977, Budhaditya Mukherjee became a first class first graduate in Metallurgical Engineering - a gold medal holder. However, even after having achieved such laurels academically, his immense love and dedication to sitar caused Budhaditya to devote himself whole-heartedly to Sitar. Today, he has not only kept alive but also improved and furthered the creative concepts of Ustad Imdad Khan - after whom the gharana is named and in the process, he has also popularized immensely the traditions of Imdadkhani Gharana. The depth of his alap and the intricate taankari is a reflection of a mastery over his instrument that has done justice to his Guru, his father Pandit Bimalendu Mukherjee.

Having specialized in the disciplined development of the ragas based on the gayaki style of the Gharana, Budhaditya Mukherjee has enthralled all audiences alike at over 1526 concerts within India and 1278 recitals abroad in 26 countries. He has, since 1979, performed in 26 countries including the UK., USA., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UAE, Armenia, and in almost all European countries. These performances also include 12 well known International Festivals where he alone represented India. On June 30,1990, Budhaditya Mukherjee created history by becoming the first ever musician to perform at the House of Commons, London.

Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee is a visiting expert in Sitar at the Conservatory of Music at Rotterdam, Holland, since 1995, and prior to that many students have benefited from his valued teachings at the Instituto Internazionale di Studi Musicali Comparati, Venice from 1983 onwards. Today, at the age of 47, Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee has exactly 47 commercial musical releases, worldwide, in the forms of compact discs, long playing discs and cassettes produced by various reputed music companies. While worldwide acclaim and numerous awards have come his way, Budhaditya Mukherjee even today treasures most the words of appreciation he received when he was 20: first- after his first stage appearance in Calcutta in 1976, from none other than the late Satyajit Roy, who said: 'Simply fantastic! I was stunned after hearing him. He is incredibly good. Really extraordinary... His performance is soul filling.', and two years later, after listening to his recital in the Akashwani Sangeet Sammelan broadcast, the all time great Veena maestro - late S.Balachander said: 'When I listened to the sitar recital of Budhaditya Mukherjee, I felt that I was listening to the Sitar Artist of the Century'. May God bless him with a long life and a most befitting future'.

-- http://www.budhaditya.com/

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Digitally processed audio recording by Kay Norton with Panasonic NV-8410 VCR, PCM-F1 digital audio processor, Neumann KM-83 mics.

Performers: Budhyaditta Mukherjee/sitar; Mukhan Bhale (sp.?)/tabla; ?/tanpura.

See logsheets for contents description.

84-28.1-2 OT are original digital audio tapes; 84-28.3-6 EC are analog dubs of digital originals (made in 1985); 84-28.1-2 WT are DAT dubs of digital originals (made in 1994).

Durations of analog reels: 36:46, 36:15, 38:50, 19:20.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1 audiotape : DAT; Tracks: 3
1 audiotape : DAT

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Classical Music, Hindustani
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Asia
  • India--Asia--South Asia
  • North India
  • Seattle (Wash.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Bhale, Mukhan (performer)
    • Mukherjee, Budhyaditta (performer)