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Remembering Legendary Sarod Maestro Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra on his 39th Death Anniversary

•• Remembering Legendary Sarod Maestro Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra on his 39th Death Anniversary (16 October 1981) ••

Pt. Radhika Mohan Maitra (13 February 1917 – 16 October 1981) was a Legendary Indian sarod player and the guru of Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta and Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay. Maitra was considered an influential figure in 20th century sarod playing and received the title Sangeetacharya. He was among those awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1971.

Radhika Mohan Maitra came from a Bengali zamindar family that had a history of musicianship and of patronising that art. His grandfather, Lalit Mohan Maitra, was a player of the tabla, his father, Brajendra Mohan, played the sarod, and his mother learned the sitar. Among those who were patronised by his grandfather was Mohammed Amir Khan and it was he who acted as the guru and principal teacher of Radhika, although the pupil also learned other instruments and styles of music with his permission. In addition to his musical training, Maitra held an M.A. degree in philosophy, awarded by the University of Calcutta, and also a LL.B. law degree. He taught philosophy for a while and was also a noted musicologist with several books to his name.

Maitra rose to prominence as a musician in the 1950s, when he was in demand for concerts both within India and elsewhere in the world. Aside from radio recitals, he performed in countries such as Afghanistan, Australia, China, New Zealand and the Philippines as part of cultural delegations organised by the Government of India, and he also performed in a non-government tour of the USA in 1975. It was from around that time that he gradually reduced his appearances, preferring instead to concentrate on teaching both the sarod and the sitar. His students were often obtained by a referral method, whereby a potential new pupil was introduced by someone who was already being taught by Maitra. Sometimes he would teach directly, and other times he would delegate the task to a student.
In July 1944, Maitra married Lalita Chaudhuri, a lady from the “royal family” of Sushang. He died on 16 October 1981, aged 64, following an accident.

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