partha pratim roy
An ardent love for music from childhood made him battle against all odds and on all fronts. Moreover, he did not hail from a family steeped in the practice of music. However, his family’s friendly nexus with Pandit Nikhil Banerjee earned him the privilege of learning the art of Sitar from Pandit Debiprasad Chatterjee, a close successor of Banerjee.
This was followed up by his receiving lessons in music from the late Pandit Niharbindu Chowdhury and the late Sangitacharya Ajay Sinha Roy, both veteran exponents of the Maihar School. He also received lessons in the intricacies of classical Indian rhythm from Pandit Anil Palit. However, notwithstanding all these, Roy is liberal enough to imbibe the style of Ustad Vilayat Khan of the Etawah School alongside the obvious influences of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee of Maihar.
The prodigy in him was recognised by such colossal exponents of Indian classical music as the late Ustad Karamatullah Khan, late Pandit Jnana Prakash Ghosh, late Pandit Jamini Ganguly, late Pandit Gokul Nag, and others. His emergence as a new star on the firmament of classical Indian music seemed imminent with his superb solo performance in the presence of 1 lakh audience at the Youth Festival held at the Ranji Stadium, Calcutta, in 1978, and a three-hour solo Sitar recital at the Max Muller Bhavan, German Consulate, Calcutta, in 1980. Married and father of a son, Roy went on with his love for music and later on earned distinction with his solo performances at North Calcutta Music Conference; Gita Music Conference; Ramakrishna Mission, Lucknow; Nishtha Sangeet Parishad, Bhillai; National Seminar of Music, Lucknow; India International Centre, New Delhi; India Habitat Centre – HCL Concert, New Delhi; Attic, New Delhi; Epicentre, Gurgaon; Ninaad Music Festival, Jodhpur; Sangeet Ashram, Jaipur, Swaralaya Christmas Fest, Pallakad, Kerala (2010), Soorya Festival at Trivandrum (2012), Sangeet Natak - Rasavikalpam Festival at Trishhur (2012) to name only a few of his performances in India. Roy has also been giving performances abroad since 1996.
His major foreign performances include the ones given in Bangladesh, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Japan, Norway, France and many other parts of the globe on several occasions. He has been interviewed by Cataluniya Radio, Washington Bangla Radio, Time Out, Jadavpur University FM Radio (Calcutta), etc. He performed live on Albrez Television (Spain). Several of his performances were also broadcast by Wolverhampton City Radio (U.K.) and Radio ARA (Luxemberg). His awards include Best Instrumentalist Award, IIT (Madras) (1987); Pride of Region, Government of India; Sangeet Gaurav Award of the Award Council of India (2012), etc.
Apart from being a solo performer of Indian classical music, Partha Pratim Roy has an abiding interest in various other musical genres, and in the same vein he had the privilege of working with the late legendary Pandit Ananda Shankar in the latter’s orchestra. He has also scored music for ballets and television serials and worked with eminent personalities like Utpalendu Chakraborty, Madhabi Mukherjee, Swapan Sen, Kalyan Sen Barat, V. Balsara, Dilip Roy, etc. He has also composed music for dance ballets and worked with Pandit Vijay Shankar, the late Pandit Omprakash Maharaj, Rani Karnaa, and many others.
He has recently formed his own Fusion Music Troupe with a view to preserving and propagating traditional Indian culture the world round. The fusion music created by him, mainly based on Sitar, Sarod, Dhol, Khol, Tabla, and various other Indian and western musical instruments, is a class by itself, being poles apart from the others in vogue.