Ranjan Kumar [Violin Artiste]
In the feast of fascinating Indian culture, BETTIAH (West Champaran, Bihar) has been a cultural pivot of Indian classical music since the era of his Excellency Bettiah Maharaja, which is a well known for 'Dhrupad'.
The eldest son of (Late) Mahesh Prasad, Ranjan has been surrounded by the musical atmosphere since his childhood by the grace of his musicologist and poet hearted father in order that he developed his sense of music and enthusiastic passion for it. As toddler, Ranjan's introduction with music started with vocal, thereafter, he deepened himself in his violin training under Shree T. M. Patnaik (Disciple of legendary violinist Dr. Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu). The able guidance of Shree Patnaik and hours of true devotional practice led Ranjan to attain high maturity to improve his imagination power and melodious musical skills. His fervour for learning the innovative style in violin playing infatuated and dragged him to Chennai under the rarest guidance of Padamshree M.S.Gopalakrishnan. Here, he rejuvenated his violin playing in 'Hindustani Gayaki Ang' (parur msg style) by imbibing continuous techniques of musical richness.
Ranjan, an honours graduate in History, masters in music, is well known name for either A.I.R. or DOORDARSHAN Kendras. His performance in several prestigious and glorious musical concert as Solo, Accompaniment as well as Duet performer with the other instruments on the violin either inside the country or outside the country like- Katmandu, Nagarkot (Nepal) made him the star of Audience' eyes. His classical-orchestra conduction and fusion music skills either for Doordarshan or for other private channel or public musical concert left a deep impression in the womb of audience's heart. His accompany on the violin with almost all the considered leading Dhrupad, Khayal and light classical vocalists strengthened his position in the eye of musical stalwarts. That is why, credibility of musical honesty was witnessed By "The New York Times' delegates" in Bodh Gaya.
His figure has not been only meant for musical people but for media and prestigious organizations also. An impressive article by 'Aaj' (a daily news paper) in which Ranjan was titled by 'violin ke paryay'-was an example for that. A prestigious stage for classical music, 'Matri Udbodhan Ashram, Patna' titled him with 'Sangeet Kala Ratna'. The ministry of Art Culture & Youth affairs (govt. of Bihar) in 2003 awarded his name as 'Best Performer'. In 2005, Champaran Sanskritik Mahotsav awarded him with 'Kala Pratibha Samman' which was witnessed by the Ministry of Art & Culture (govt. of Bihar) and almost all the leading daily news papers. In 2005-06, a widespread musical concert organized by 'Central Sangeet Natak Akademi', New Delhi embellished him as soloist. These kinds of titles and eulogy have been subject of attention to Ranjan.
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