Bengali Music (Rabindrasangeet - Vocal) gained immense popularity in tandem with its creator, the learned Rabindranath Tagore. While the world mostly knows him as a poet, Tagore composed over 2,000 songs collectively known as Rabindrasangeet, (“Rabindra Music”) merging prose and poetry with lyricism. This contribution to Indian music has had a long-lasting influence in Bangladesh and Bengal, India, where it roots are. Heavily influenced by the North Indian light-classical thumri style of song and focusing mainly on words set to melody, Tagore’s music emulates the tone of Indian classical raags mixed with a poetic flair.

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Sajali Roy

“My aim is to create good singers in the UK, who have a deep understanding and knowledge on Bengali & Indian music history."

Teaching at The Bhavan since 2005, Sajali Roy’s career began as an artiste for All India Radio Kolkata, as well as acting as director for numerous concerts and judge for many musical talent contests worldwide. Her gurus include the late Dr. Jamini Nath Ganguly, late Dr. Biman Mukhopadhay, late Maya Se, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty and Jharna Banerjee. She has directed, performed and been a judge in music shows and competitions in India, Bangladesh, East & West Africa and in the UK, including Southbank Centre, Nazrul Centre and for national television on Doordarshan in India.

A qualified Sangeet Prabhakar (teacher), she teaches Rabindrasangeet and other Bengali song-forms such as Nazrul Geeti, Dwijendra Geeti, Atul Prasadi, Rajnikanth and Raag Pradhan to students of all ages. Her student, Shahnaz Sadullah, describes Roy as a “dedicated and patient teacher whose contribution and efforts to encourage every student of hers to reach their full vocal potential is immeasurable and admirable”.

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