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Question for Today



Who is Deben Bhattacharya? And why is he not in the New Grove?

"Neither a musician nor an educator, I record and collect unwritten music primarily for my own pleasure but also to share it with those who are not fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to hear it directly from the mouth of a Bedouin singer in the caravan, sadly enough, all too rare these days. An ancient Sanskrit scholar defines music as the root of joy, for me that joy becomes even more meaningful when shared with others." — Deben Bhattacharya



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Blogger morskyjezek said . . .

By the way, this is not a trick question. Bhattacharya created many recording compilations, probably most in the 1950s and 1960s, and he also made some films. There are a lot of these, and it seems that he is an important figure in ethnomusicology but the world seems to have forgotten about him and only rarely remembers the recordings (and even less often the films) that he made.    

12:33 PM, November 11, 2006


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