Born in Benaras on June 20, 1963, Ranendranath Majumdar, popularly known as Ronu was trained under his fatherUpdated: Oct 17, 2002 15:44 IST
Born in Benaras on June 20, 1963, Ranendranath Majumdar, popularly known as Ronu was trained under his father but, later switched to vocal music under the tutelage of the late Pt Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale at whose behest he reverted to the flute. Ronu today, displays an unlimited range of improvisatory inventions while playing the flute.
Ronu who is hailed as India's front-ranking flautist is one of the biggest heart-throb of the younger generation. A powerhouse performer, Ronu is firmly rooted in the Maihar gharana which has thrown up musicians of eminence like Pt Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Expert guidance, hard work, and natural talent enabled Ronu to establish himself as one of the most accomplished exponents of his instrument and a fine concert artiste
He has played innumerable jugalbandis with leading instrumentalists. An innovative composer he has scored music for projects viz Carrying Hope, Traveller's Tale, Song of Nature, Kal Akela Kahan
Awards and recognition have followed Ronu all along the way. The first place award in the All India Radio Music Competition in 1981 was one of the first. He won special praise when he performed at the Asia '82 in Delhi and in the Festival of India in Moscow, as a performer in the musical ensemble Pandit Ravi Shankar led. Ronu has, in recent years, given performances extensively in Europe, the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and the Middle East.
First Published: Oct 17, 2002 15:39 IST