Source: The Hindu; Author: Gowri Ramnarayan; Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

Steeped in their own traditions, Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Bombay Jayashri are also well-acquainted with each other’s genres. “Want to learn this lori (lullaby) sung by mothers and grandmothers in my family,” the boy asks. The girl learns it eagerly. Then she launches into a kriti in Kapinarayani. “This is Jhinjoti!” the boy exclaims and responds on his flute. Their common interest made Pandit Ronu Majumdar and Bombay Jayashri Ramnath friends from childhood. Young Ronu was trained in Hindustani music by father Bhanu Majumdar, Pandit Laxmanprasad Jaipurwale and Pandit Vijayraghav Rao. Jayashri’s parents Sita and Subrahmaniam sang Carnatic music and nurtured it in their offspring. Jayashri was to hone the skills acquired from Guru T. R. Balamani in Mumbai with Guru Lalgudi Jayaraman in Chennai. Her induction into Hindustani music began at an inter-collegiate music competition, asked the winner if she would learn geet and bhajan from him.

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