West Bengal: Victor Banerjee, Ustad Rashid Khan on Padma list, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Pt Anindo Chattopadhyay refuse
West Bengal’s Victor Banerjee and Ustad Rashid Khan are on the Padma Shri list, but Sandhya Mukhopadhyay and Pt Anindo Chattopadhyay are not.
Kolkata: Bengal awarded Padma honors to Victor Banerjee, Prahlad Rai Agarwala, Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Kali Pada Saren, and Kaajee Singh on Tuesday, while singer Sandhya Mukhopadhyay and tabla player Pt Anindo Chattopadhyay declined the Centre’s nomination to confer Padma Shri on them.
On Tuesday morning, Chattopadhyay declined the award. He is a Farrukhabad Gharana tabla player and a Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh disciple. He was the youngest tabla player to perform in the House of Commons 20 in 1989, and he received the President’s Award in 1970 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002.
“If a Padmasri had been bestowed upon me in 2010, I would have accepted it.” But it’s 2020, and I’m not about to accept it at this point in my life. Padmasri awards have long been bestowed upon my contemporaries and juniors, including Ajoy Chakraborty, Shahid Parvez, Rashid Khan, Vijay Ghate, and Satish Vyas. “Why are you humiliating me in this way?” Chatterjee inquired.
He went on to say that other artists had received calls from the central government requesting that he accept the award. “However, they all refused because they believe it is my personal decision.” They, too, believe I am deserving of the Padmabhushan. In India, Zakir Hussain and I are taught as part of the curriculum at five universities. Why are you humiliating me in this way? “Even Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt Shivkumar Sharma supported my decision to decline the award,” he said.
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Khan was named a Padma Bhushan recipient 16 years after receiving the Padma Shri. “Sandhya should have received the Padma Bhushan a long time ago.” Anindoda should have received a Padma Bhushan as well. “They are so senior and have served the cause of music for so long,” said the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana vocalist.
On Tuesday morning, a government official informed the 53-year-old vocalist of his Padma award. “I just heard “apni pachchhen” (you’re receiving),” he explained. “I was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun and came to Kolkata at the age of ten,” Khan said, surprised that his state had been mentioned. Bengal is my natural home. Being awarded a Padmabhushan by the Indian government is a source of great pride for me. I want to ask the central government to include Indian classical music in our school curriculum. “It should be taught to students in the same way that math and science are taught,” he said.
“The country has recognized my work on several occasions,” said Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, the Indian Statistical Institute director. It is a tremendous honor.” In 2015, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awardee was appointed as the ISI’s first female director. Her studies have focused on pattern recognition, machine learning, and bioinformatics. She is also working on a model incorporating the Covid-19 and its impact on GDP and unemployment.