Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay
Indian Classical Music is an on the spot creation within the framework of the raag. Providing accompaniment for a pre-composed item is totally different from that of a spontaneous composition. Here the mood of the artiste reigns supreme. The accompanist has to understand the psyche of the artiste as well as the requirement of the moment and accordingly give either subdued support, one to one dialogue, or absolutely thrilling display of his talent.
Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay and his tabla have all these characteristics in abundance. An ardent admirer of the art of sangat, he had his initial training from his father Pandit Mahadeo Prasad Misra (Benaras gharana) who formally trained him into an accomplished tablist. At the tender age of 18 he won the first prize in tabla in the All India Radio Music Competition. At present, he is the top grade artist of A.I.R.
This was just the beginning of a brilliant career of this sensitive tabla player who is successful both as a soloist as well as an accompanist. His popularity took him to places including World Youth Festival (Berlin), Festival of India (Maryland), Boston, New York, San Francisco to name a few. Apart from these performances, he was associated with many prestigious organizations like Song and Drama Division, Delhi, Faculty Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi, Amir Khusrau Society of Chicago. At present he is a full time member of the faculty of Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta.
… Maestros mesmerize with celestial music…. Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay enthralled the audience with his Benarasi style of percussion. The Hitvadi
Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay who belongs to Bishnupur gharana is a tabla player par excellence …. And has regaled the audience each time ….. .His accompaniment of the singer enhances the beauty and the serenity of the program. Nagpur Times
… In the layakari Nag (main artiste) maintained a high standard and wide rhythmic range. Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay on the tabla maintained the right pace and rhythm throughout. The Telegraph
Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay on the tabla followed him (Rashid) with competence. Sunday Financial Express
The program was a total success from beginning to end. Anand Gopal accompanied…. On the tabla. He maintained the desired musical temperament throughout the program. The Telegraph
Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay was the hardest working accompanist of the festival. Evening after evening he accomplished the task with great ability. Accompaniment with vocal and instrumental music needs different kinds of skill and Anand Gopal has both in an ample measure, enabling him to add luster to the main item, whether it is vocal or instrumental. The Hindustan Times