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Ustad Barin Majumder: Celebrated musician of subcontinent

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Published on : 03 October 2018, 09:14 AM
Ustad Barin Majumder: Celebrated musician of subcontinent

Songs are not subjected to physical activity, sing with tenderness, sing with all your heart- the person who used to told this was Pandit Barin Majumder, a Bangladeshi classical musician, and educationist. He kept himself occupied all his life practicing pure music. In his early life, he took musical training from famous artists like Chinmoy Lahiri, Pandit Srikrishna Narayan Ratanjhankar and Faiyaz Khan, which later helped him develop the foundation of classical music further.

In 1963, he established ‘College of Music’, which is the first musical college in the country. Besides being awarded Ekushey Padak in 1983 by the Government of Bangladesh, he received other rewards like Swadhinata Padak.

Today is October 3. In this day of 2002, he breathed his last breath. Bangla Insider remembers him on his death day with deep respect.

Ustad Barin Majumder was born on February 15, 1919, into a Jamindar family at Radhanagar in Pabna District. His father Nishendra Majumder was an artist and dramatist. Actually, his whole family was associated with culture and music. His mother used to play the sitar. In his childhood, Barin showed a passion for music. Seeing son’s passion for music, his father sent him Calcutta to music teacher Bhismadev Chattopadhyay. There he was taught Raag Bhupali. After some days, he returned to Pabna. To achieve a higher degree in music, he again left home for Lucknow. There he met Ustad Uday Shankar and Ravi Shankar. He also met with his friend Chinmoy Lahiri. He was admitted to Maurice Music School. Lahiri taught him music beside college classes. He received training on music from Ustad Raghunandan Goswami. In 1943, he received the degree on music from Maurice Music School. Later, Majumder was attracted to Foiaz Khan and became his novice.

His turning point in career was when he was involved in a heated debate with Sunil about a topic when the latter suddenly challenged Majumder that he could not sing. Barin Majumder also accepted the challenge and told Sunil that he would surpass him in singing within three months. Majumder won his challenge and Sunil realized his fault when both performed Raag where Majumder sang faster.

Majumder came to Dhaka in 1957 and joined as a professor of Classical Music in Bulbul Lalitakala Academy. In 1963, he decided to establish a college of music with 75 Taka. He had been performing classical music on Bangladesh Television since 1965. He had incorporated Music College into the University of Dhaka and served as the Chairman of the Examination Body concerning music of Dhaka University till 1977.

Majumder was married to Ila Majumder, a classical musician.  Together they had two sons, Partha Sharothi Majumder and Bappa Majumder. The couple later adopted another son Partha Pratim Majumder.

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