Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury

Musician

Birth: 1901

Death: 1972

Pandit Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury was a master of the Dhrupad style, especially in instrumental music, and played the Bin, the Sursringar and the Seni Rabab.

Pt. Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury was from a family of wealthy zamindars or landlords in East Bengal, the present day Bangladesh. His father, Brajendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, was renowned as a patron of musicians.

Bijendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury not only continued this tradition of patronage, but became the disciple of many of the great musicians of his time, including Mohammad Wazir Khan, the great Binkar of Rampur and the last descendant of Tansen’s daughter Saraswati. He also learnt from Mohammad Ali Khan who was the second son of Basat Khan. Imdad Khan, founder of the lineage of Sitar represented today by his grandson Vilayat Khan, also became his guru. He also received training from Allauddin Khan, father of Ali Akbar Khan and Annapurna Devi, and guru to Ravi Shankar. Besides these, Hafiz Ali Khan, the great Sarod maestro, was also one of his gurus.

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