L i n e a g e
Indian classical music has a rich heritage like its great river Ganges which flows down with its countless tributaries, enriching the areas it passes through. Broadly expressed via two modes: vocal and instrumental, ancient Indian history of music reveals that all Dhrupad singers were excellent Veena players. The tradition has been kept alive and by almost all the maestros of Indian instrumental music who are essentially great vocalists as well. They sing though their instrument.
Debashish was born in a family of vocalists where the stream of Raga music has flown through generations. It was but natural that Debashish was brought to the renowned vocalist Pandit Ajay Chakraborty to continue the family legacy. Having been with the guru for twenty years now, Debashish has mastered the finer nuances of Patiala, Gwalior, Jaipur and other schools of Indian vocal tradition. On the other hand Debashish blended the essence of important schools of instrumental music like Maihar and Seniya in his style of the guitar playing. His musical and spiritual training under Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra, his Guru, with whom he lived and trained for ten years, enhanced and nurtured his aesthetic sense. Thus one can easily find a deep relationship between vocal and instrumental styles in his music.
The traditional power of Dhrupad, imagination of Khayal and delicacy of Thumri -of the past; the polish of intricate Gat kari -of the present and innovative explorations - for the future bring the three-dimensional effect in his multicoloured instrumental music. The beauty of such blend intoxicates his audience the world over. In his own words, " We the musicians, who were born in early sixties, have grown up in a fast changing world.
Every thing is quickly built and nothing stays for long today. In our time- within last twenty years- we have traveled almost two hundred years at a speed, which is ten times faster than that of our father's generation. Every generation has its own language and a role model. The spirit behind my work is to build a better present, based on the best of past traditions and rich cultural heritage; and present this in a fashion that is understood by today's generation".