Rajan Parrikar Music Archive

Banditji Lands Celestial Booty

International living legend and Ghatkopar Lions Club award winner Banditji is in the news once again.

“A minor planet, till now bearing the alphanumeric name 2006VP32, has been christened ‘Panditjasraj’ after him. Jasraj already has a constellation and a piece of the moon named after him.” All the details here.

Thanks to “SK” for bringing this to my attention.

Leave Harry Alone

I hear that a photo circulating showing Harry Chaurasia (of SILSILA fame) paying his respects to Annapurna Devi has the custodians of “Hindu culture” up in arms. Harry’s great violation, claim the apostles of purity of all things Hindu, was to have his footwear on while bowing to Ms Devi.

Photo by: ?

Yes, the choice of hideous white Bata sandals does grate, but so far as I can tell, Harry means no disrespect. Quite the contrary, in fact. His facial expression suggests reverence.

Lay off Harry, you douchebag-marinated bums.

Amir Khan – Some Photos

A few years ago I received a precious gift from Tejpal Singh-ji, of the Singh Brothers duo and a pupil of Amir Khan, in the form of his books. These are some of the photos from his work Sangeet ke Dedipyaman Soorya, Ustad Amir Khan (translation: The Radiant Sun of Music, Ustad Amir Khan), co-authored with Prerna Arora.

I have retained the original captions as they contain some more detail.

Amir Khan book by Tejpal Singh & Prerna Arora

Radiant Sun of Music – Ustad Amir Khan by Tejpal Singh and Prerna Arora
Kanishka Publishers, 2005

Signed by the author

Shahmir Khan

Shahmir Khan, Amir Khan’s father

Amir Khan and senior wife Munni Begum

Amir Khan and senior wife Munni Begum

Tejpal Singh's ganda ceremony

Tejpal Singh’s ganda ceremony

Amir Khan and sitar nawaz Vilayat Khan

Amir Khan and sitar nawaz Vilayat Khan

Amir Khan, Alla Rakha, Ravi Shankar, Kankana Banerjee

Amir Khan, Alla Rakha, Ravi Shankar, Kankana Banerjee
(missing: Alubhai, probably taking a bidi/pee break)

(l-r) Amir Khan, Naval Mehta, Mushtaq Ali Khan, Latafat Hussain Khan

(l-r) Amir Khan, Naval Mehta, Mushtaq Ali Khan, Latafat Hussain Khan

Amir Khan and the Singh Brothers

Amir Khan and the Singh Brothers (Bombay, 1971)

Recital at AIR Delhi in 1948

Recital at AIR Delhi in 1948

Concert in Jullunder with Samta Prasad on tabla

Concert in Jullunder with Samta Prasad on tabla (1963)