| A few words about Moni Babu
musical journey started in 1930s under the tutelage of Shri Bipin
Chatterjee in Barisal, Bangladesh. After shifting to Kolkata in probably
1940, he came in contact with Pandit Keshav Ganesh Dhekne, under whose
training he participitated in the Bengal Music Conference in 1941
and topped the Alaap and Dhrupad Sections. Subsequently, on advice from
the great Aftab-e-Mousiki Ustad Faiyaz Khan, he moved to Agra and, for
several years, received training under Ustad Tassadaq Hussain Khan of
Subsequently, compulsions of job and family forced him to largely stay away from active musical circles, but his passion and devotion never lessened. In 1973, he suddenly resigned from his job and immersed himself completely in music. During this period, till a few months before his death in June 1982, he practiced almost continuously, sometimes for 12-14 hours in a day.
1979-80, unfortunately, his habit of smoking had led to lung cancer and
his voice had started losing its quality. The songs featured here were
all recorded at home on a cheap tape -recorder a few months before
his death in 1982. The recordings were done purely as a personal memento and the possibility of publishing it for public entertainment was not even
imagined at that time. Besides, a spate of unexpected family problems
at this time coupled with his intense self-respect ensured that he
could not afford even the minimum basic accompaniments. This is evident
from the out of tune tanpura strings and tabla in some the songs.
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