Story Of Samanwaya Sarkar...


“I always believed in myself as a sportsman every way, in fact my first passion was spending infinite hours in the ground playing Cricket untiringly that in turn boost my confidence and spirit and also power as a Sitarist, I would say so, I never learnt to say this is impossible in Sitar.” …Gleefully adds Samanwaya


Samanwaya was a marvelous Cricketer who played at First Division levels. Born in a family of learned musicians and music lovers since his childhood he got his father Sri Swapan Kumar Sarkar in every step of his musical pursuit. His Father was a desciple of Sri Lalit Mohan Sanyal (senior disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan), and his great uncles were disciples of Vidushi Hirabai Barodekar and Pt. Viswadev Chattopadhyay.

“I think that I was destined to play Sitar and won’t do anything else. As my father bought a Sitar for himself which he found tough to learn being a Govt high profiled executive for time and also age so, he decided to give it to someone in need.But my Mom then insisted to try why would you do so rather try it with your son. And the nightmares for me started …. I still remember those hard days when Papa would simply push me off the bed around 4 am mercilessly. He would say ‘I am going office so keep on practicing and don’t get up before the next hour’. I would wait to listen to hear the sound of the closure of the gates of the staircase to get confirmed that he had left for office, (laughingly) but after all he is my father so he was aware of my instinct and as soon as I started packing the Sitar he would appear in front of me and would make me sit for another hour even he being late for office. That’s how I grew up knowing the importance. It was not for me to excel in competitions or become a professional Sitarist rather to be a perfectionist in my learning. As a reward to do well at Guru ji Manilal Nag ji’s place, I used to get pets too quite often, but had it been the opposite then I had to starve till I reach home (laughingly). Those days from my place at Sonarpur to Guruji’s place were not an easy travel at all. ” …..smilingly says Samanwaya


Samanwaya is an A Graded Sitarist of All India Radio,a National & Presidant award Winner and an outstanding artiste of the younger generation. He is admired and respected for his technical balance between both the hands, mastery over strokes, lucidity of fingerings on his expression of meends, heavy and subtle gamaks(heavy oscillation) , choot (swift jumps between notes) , fast and intricate tans(trills) from the lower octaves to soaring heights with ease. The Soothing tone at the same time powerful that he conceived and developed in his playing makes him unique. He started his primary lessons from his very childhood at the hands of Pt. Sasanka Bandopdhyaya of Senia gharana. His subsequent taalim from Pt. Manilal Nag for 12 years, Pt. Shyamal Chatterjee and Pt. Kumar Prasad Mukherjee respectively belonging to Bishnupur, Senia Maihar and Agra Atrauli gharana has greatly contributed to his unique style of blending Tantrakaari ang ( i.e. style of instrumental music) with gayaki ang (i.e. style of vocal music) of Dhrupad and Khayal. Finallyfor a decade he got the tutelage of the legendary vocalist Padma Vibhushan Girija Devi as a Gandabandh disciple, from whom he has imbibed the intricacies of khayal, thumri, tappa, dadra, jhula etc in his Sitar.

According to her gurumaa Smt. Girija Devi ji “He is the only Sitarist of the country who is playing tappa after learning the proper intricacies of the form.”

His learning with Maestroes of Vocal Music made him more well versed with ragas, bandishes of Khyal, Thumri, Tappa, Tap Khyal and many more gems enriched his artistry to a level that his audience get a rare aesthetic bliss of mind. These all have achieved him a remarkable reputation throughout the country and abroad.

Prizes and Awards

First Prizes & Awards:
1993 and 1994 First twice in the Rajya Sangeet Academy in Instrumental competition.
1995 First in HMV Golden Talent arranged by Ravi Kichlu Foundation in the junior Group.
1995 First in Calcutta Youth Festival organised by Govt. of West Bengal.
1997 First in the competition arranged by West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts in Rabindra Bharati University.
2000 First in the Eveready Golden Talent contest arranged by Pt. Ravi Kichlu Foundation. & First in the All India Radio Music Competition at the National level in Hindustani Instrumental Music. ( An award on behalf of President of India)

Scholarships:

2003-2005 Recipient of NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.