Only a handful of people have the courage to be
knowledgeable and at the same time prefer to remain away from the glare
of limelight. He was among them who had the honour to be loved and remembered
as a Guru by a large number of well-known Shishyas,
who had the delight of learning tabla from him and enjoy his blessings.
Pandit Biswanath Bose
was born on 19th of May,1928 at Calcutta. His grandfather, Akshay Kumar
Bose, Zaminder of Pankabil, Jessore, an amateur tabla player,
taught him to play the first beats of Rhythm. He was fortunate enough to
have the guidance of Pandit Ananta Narayan Chattopadhyay of Lukhnow.
Later he became a disciple of Pandit Kanthe Maharaj of Benaras Gharana.
He was fortunate enough to accompany almost all the mæstros of Indian
Not only was he devoted towards teaching, but also
formed an organisation in 1950, named "Akshay Sangeet Tirtha"
in remembrance of the name of his grandfather. He had been promoting the
young talents throughout his lifetime through this organisation.
Lifelong inspiration from his wife, Mrs. Bharati
Bose, a great sitarist helped him to nourish and groom their three sons
Kumar Bose, Jayanta Bose and Debojyoti Bose, who are at present
artists of international fame. And, the circuit is, perhaps complete with
his eldest daughter-in-law and wife of Kumar Bose, Smt. Kaberi Bose,
who has already established her credentials as a vocalist of light classical
variety, Bengali Tappa and Nazrulgeeti. After a colourful career he passed
away in the year 1980 only at a prime age of 52.
After his demise, rich tribute was paid by none other
than Pandit Ravi Shankar with his melodious presentation followed
by Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Kishen Maharaj, Zakir Hussain and other
Pt. Biswanath Bose