Saturday, March 9 at 730 pm at Shri Ram Mandir, Henderson
One of the most popular and talented flutists will perform in Auckland early next month.
Ranendranath Majumdar, endeared to his millions of fans across the world as ‘Ronu,’ will present a Concert at the Shri Ram Mandir Community Centre of the Shri Ram Mandir Temple Complex located at 11, Brick Street in the West Auckland suburb of Henderson.
He will accompanied by his son Hrishikesh Majumdar on the flute and Prashant Kumar (son of Shri Ram Mandir Managing Trustee Prem Kumar) on the Tabla.
Tickets, priced at $30 (VIP) and $20 (General) including dinner are now available.
For more information, please call (09) 8364647.
Ronu Majumdar is a versatile performer of the ‘Maihar Gharana,’ and his experiments with the instrument have led to several innovations in this branch of music.
Critics say that his in-depth knowledge of various types of music practiced in different parts of the world has enabled improvisations, creating a unique blend of harmony and culture.
Since his formal introduction by his Grand Master Pandit Ravi Shankar at the Moscow Festival in 1988, Pandit Majumdar has become an international performer, appearing at several important events throughout the year.
Pandit Majumdar is a force to reckon with in the realm of Indian classical music as both a thinking musician and scintillating performer.
Beginning his musical career under the guidance of his father Dr Bhanu Majumdar, he has had the good fortune of being groomed by famed artistes and teachers such as Pandit Lakshman Prasad Jaipurwale, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao and Pandit Ravi Shankar.
Pandit Majumdar is an innovator and an artiste capable of blending with the contemporary style. He won the prestigious Aditya Vikram Birla Award in 1999 for his dedication to music. Sahara India Pariwar felicitated him with a Lifetime Achievement Award on the occasion of Jyoti Diwas 2001. In 2014, he won the Natak Akademi Award.
He has composed and performed for ‘Primary Colours’ (a Hollywood movie) and collaborated with several celebrated artistes.
A Natural Instrument
The flute is considered the most ancient and natural musical instrument.
Hindus associate their favourite God Lord Krishna as the most talented flutist, capable of mesmerising anyone with melodious tunes.
Many believe that the origin of the flute was in the jungles, emanating melody when pests and insects carved holes into bamboo sticks and when the wind blew through the bamboo trees, creating sweet notes.
The ‘Bansuri,’ combining ‘bans’ (bamboo) and ‘sur’ (musical note), is usually a long bamboo pipe with six or seven holes punched into it.
While one end of the flute is placed on the lower lip to blow, the fingers manipulate the sound produced by exposing and covering the holes.
Photo : Ronu Majumdar (From www.ronumajumdar.com)