Smt. Anasua Mukhopadhya, a noted Vocalist, Composer, Trainer and most importantly an exponent of Traditional & Contemporary Music is also a familiar personality for her polished behaviour. One cannot restrict her particular genre of Music as according to her “Music is soul” & “Everywhere”. She is one of the eminent judges for the local audition committee of All India Radio and Rabindra Bharati University. Kaushik Chattapadhyay spoke to her.
Reminiscing on Childhood…
Born as the youngest member of the Bandopadhya family at Jamshedpur in 1942, Anasua was always cajoled & loved for her dynamic abilities. She started her musical career at the tender age of 7 under the tutelage of her first Mentor, Guru Chandi Charan Sarkhel with the talims of North Indian Classical Music at Tatanagar City, in the then state of Bihar.
In spite of being a meritorious student, ranking 1st all through her academic career up to B.A, she participated in innumerable music competitions across the state and came out flying colours ranking 1st in almost all of such competitions. Soon she became a popular name in the field of music as a prodigy throughout the state.
She was unanimously selected by the University of Ranchi to attend and participate in the Youth Festival of 1963 at New Delhi when Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister and the Youth Festival of 1964 again, when Lal Bahadur Shastri was Prime Minister.
Even at teenage, she was fortunate enough to perform and attend the event at Rastrapati Bhawan when Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was President of India.
In the course of her musical journey, she shifted to Calcutta after her marriage in 1966, and she started to perform as a regular vocalist on All India Radio, Kolkata with several subjects’ right from Khayal, Bhajan, Geet, Ragpradhan, Nazrulgeeti, etc.
Her learning process never stopped in her professional musical career as she was one of the fondest & blessed students of Late Classical Vocalist Smt. Mira Bandhopadhya, Lt. Sri Sukumar Mitra for Nazrulgeeti and then from her ever remembered teacher, Guru Lt. Biman Mukhpadhyay for vocal musical covering Puratoni, Toppa, Nazrulgeeti, Bhajan, Geet, Shyamasangeet etc. to name a few.
Classical Music scenario of today…
‘There are so many talents but lack of proper execution and guidance’. Extremely disheartening to find today’s generation losing interest in our own pride and culture of Indian Classical Music. Our utmost attempt should be to bring them back to our culture and heritage of music paying special attention towards them and try to make more and more involved.
Being seniors in the fraternity of music we have a more responsible task ahead of us to do our best to teach them, guide them on the right track and make them aware and understand what Indian Classical Music is all about, as well as to develop the inner feelings of engagement in it.
Relationship of music with Spiritualism…
“Re mon, Krishna naam Kanhi Lijey”
Music is soul searching – ‘exploration of inner self’ it’s the Saadhna, a journey with the help of which one can attain peace of mind.
Music itself is one of the greatest blessings of the Almighty. God has gifts to offer to all, so, someone who is blessed enough be gifted with Music, nothing can be like it.
The practice of music is a prayer itself. It is a prayer to God to make us more pure bodily and a sacred soul to reach the sublime sanctity of spiritualism. With ones’ sincerity, dedication and unconditional passion for music ‘firmly behold the hand of music’ – one reaches out to the height of divinity.
Dedicated for years together to teach and educate students in Indian Classical Music, Semi-Classical Music and Regional Bengali Songs of varied subjects.Simultaneously having her Musical Choir group – ‘Aamodini & Sreeejoni’, where students are being taught to learn the nuances of solo performances as well as community singing. All these are her endeavours towards making our own Musical Culture & Heritage more honoured and everlasting, for years to come.