New Delhi: Legendary Sarod player Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta breathed his last on January 15, 2018, at his residence in south Kolkata. The 84-year-old Sarod maestro reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest.
The noted musician was born in 1933 at his maternal home in Bhagalpur, Bihar. He learnt sarod under the tutelage of Pt Radhikamohan Moitra. His father, Prafulla Mohan Dasgupta, was a district magistrate and a music aficionado. He was conferred Sangeet Mahasamman and Bangabibhusan in 2015.
Extending her condolences on the great loss, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said his death has created a void in the field of classical music. She tweeted: "My heartfelt condolences to his family and disciples.”
Padma Vibhushan Pandit Buddhadeb Dasgupta is no more. A great loss for the world of classical music. Rest in Peace. Condolences to his family
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 15, 2018
Some of the eminent artists expressed their grief over the news of Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta's demise.
Debasish Roy Chowdhury- I started to work with Buddhadev Kaku (uncle) since 1990. He was the pioneer to create 'Bandish' on Tagore's songs. I performed with Him in Delhi, Varanasi, Patna and USA. He was the student of Pt Radhika Mohan Moitra. He had a great sense of humour and was a father figure to me.
Bickram Ghosh- Buddha Jethu (uncle) was just like an elder brother of my father. I've heard his music from childhood and I've also performed with Him. In fact, He took the initiative for my debut concert in 1979. It's a great loss for the Gharana, he belonged.
Rashid Khan- I'm very sad (he was almost crying). He came to my home before 2 months and blessed my son. He was truly an educated person...Big loss for Musical world
Tejendra Majumdar- Great Loss...with his demise India Music World lost a Guru. I'm a great fan of Him from early days
PTI quoted a family member of the Padma Bhushan awardee who revealed that the maestro had been suffering from respiratory problems for the past few days. He is survived by wife and two sons.
(With PTI inputs)