Pandit Falguni Mitra is a Hindustani classical vocalist who is known as a Dhrupad exponent of India.[1][2] Mitra belongs to the Bettiah gharana.[3]


Falguni Mitra
Born (1942-03-01) 1 March 1942 (age 81)
EducationMaster of Arts, Philosophy, Psychology
Alma materSt. Xaviers College, Kolkata
OccupationHindustani classical vocalist
Known forDhrupad, Dhamar
StyleAlaap, Dhrupad and Dhamar
TelevisionRaag Rang, National Doordarshan
SpousePratima Mitra
HonoursDhrupad Ratna, Ballava Gandharva, Sangeet Ratna

Mitra combines the Dagar style of “Alaapchari” with the Betia style of Dhrupad and Dhamar (music).

Early life edit

Mitra was initiated into music by his father, Sangeetacharya Shib Mitra, at the age of five.[4]

Education and work edit

Mitra completed his Intermediate from St. Xaviers College, Kolkata; Bachelor's Degree from Vivekananda College, University of Madras and then earned a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Madras.

Mitra had a career in management with a multinational, Cookson Group PLC.[specify] Along with his professional career, he also pursued music and took it to an extent which was to be soon recognized as his own rendition of Dhrupad,[by whom?] in India and across the world.

Mitra was the Guru and Prefect of ITC Sangeet Research Academy,[5] Kolkata from 1999 to 2010[6]

Mitra has conducted lecture-demonstrations and written articles in journals in India and also abroad.[7]

Music career edit

Mitra is a performer in the Indian music circuit. He is known for his mastery in the Dhrupad style of the Betia Banaras Gharana along with the Dagar alap style[by whom?].[3][by whom?] He sings alap, nomtom and Dhrupad compositions in all the four Banis, namely, Gaurhar, Dagur, Nauhar and Khandar. He avoids splitting the words during upaj[what language is this?] and thereby preserves the poetic integrity of those compositions. He is also known to sing many rare ragas in the Dhrupad style.

Some memorable performances edit

  • ‘Tansen Sangeet Sammelan‘, Kolkata, 1956
  • ‘Sangeet Rasika Sabha', New Delhi Kali Bari, 1957
  • ‘Sadarang Sangeet Sammelan’, Kolkata, 1963
  • ‘Sarba Bharatiya Sangeet Sammelan’, Kolkata, 1963, 1965
  • ‘Bhawanipore Sangeet Sammilani’, Kolkata, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1978, 1981, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • ‘Sursringar Sammelan‘, Mumbai, 1976
  • ‘Sursagar Society Sangeet Sammelan’, Kolkata, 1975, 1977, 1979. 1980, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000
  • ‘Akhil Bharatiya Dhrupad Sammelan’, Varanasi, 1976, 1977, 1979, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2011
  • ‘Tansen Sangeet Samaroah‘, Raipur, 1978
  • ‘Akhil Bharatiya Dhmpad Sammelan‘, Nathdwara, Rajasthan, 1981
  • ‘Kalakshetra Art Festival’, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, 1984
  • ‘Tansen Sangeet Sammelan‘, Chennai, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • ‘Ustad Chand Khan Memorial Conference’, New Delhi 1995
  • ‘West Bengal State Music Academy Conference, Kolkata, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • ‘Dover Lane Music Conference‘, Kolkata, 2000, 2002
  • ‘Sangeet Research Academy Music Circle’, Kolkata, 2000
  • ‘Salt Lake Music Conference‘, Kolkata, 2000
  • ‘Bangiya Sangeet Parishad Music Conference’, Kolkata, 2002
  • lTC Sangeet Research Academy Conference, Raipur, Kanpur, 2004
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Kolkata, 2007
  • lTC Sangeet Research Academy Conference, Mumbai, 2008
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Conference, Bangalore, 2009
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Conference, Brindavan, 2010
  • Prakriti Foundation Gharana Festival, Chennai, 2010
  • Kala Prakash music festival, Varanasi, 2010
  • Tansen Sangeet Samaroah, Gwalior, 2010
  • Eastern Zone Cultural Center, Kolkata, 2011

Notable works edit

  • Program in collaboration with Smt. S. Sowmya on original Hindustani and Carnatic songs followed by Rabindranath Tagore's compositions on the same, Music Academy, Chennai. 1996[citation needed]
  • Pandit Mitra composed music for Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale, dance ballet Meera of Mewar at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, 1985.[8]
  • Artist at Prakriti Foundation[9]

Honors edit

  • Honored by the South Madras Cultural Association on 3 March 1996.[specify]
Dhrupad Ratna by Dhrupad Kalakendra, Indore.
  • Dhrupad Ratna by Dhrupad Kala Kendra, Indore on 28 March 1998.
  • Sangeet Ratna Alankaran by Sree Kashi Sangeet Samaj on 19 February 2012.
  • Sangeet Bharati by Sri Satyananda Mahapith, Jadavpur on 26 February 2016.
  • Ballava Gandharva

External links edit

Bettiah gharana

References edit

  1. ^ Banerjee, Meena (3 March 2016). "Into the world of banis". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu Group. Archived from the original on 8 January 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  2. ^ Banerjee, Meena (29 March 2012). "Reviving tradition". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Betia Gharana".
  4. ^ Mitra, Falguni; Ranganathan, Sumitra. "Betia". ITC Sangeet Research Academy.
  5. ^ "ITC Sangeet Research Academy".
  6. ^ "Guru and Prefect". ITC Sangeet Research Academy.
  7. ^ "Pratima Chandra Foundation".
  8. ^ Krishnan, Lalithaa (6 October 2016). "The Hindu Review of Mira Dasi". The Hindu.
  9. ^ "Pandit Falguni Mitra".

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