Prof. Dhruva Tara Joshi, popularly own as "Joshi ji" was not only a dined musician of class but also a seasoned composer. He had a vast Knowledge of Urdu, Hindi, English and Bengali language. His love for music and passion for language helped him to understand the Philosophy of Music. He has a great Sitar player of his time and gave a number of brilliant concerts all over India but unfortunately his physical problem forced him to stop playing Sitar. So Joshi ji condentrated more on composing and teaching music. That is why he composed not only Khayal, Dhrupad, Ghazals in Urdu language but also composed many famous instrumental basdish. During one of his rare visits to Delhi, Joshi ji left his manuscripts with the author and requested him to publish his life time achievement. There are about 94 Vocal compositions in this publication selected from his manuscript which include Khayl, Drupad and some instrumental compositions. Many of these compositions are sung by the present performers as they have been accepted as the creation of Master Composer. He was a Guru in its truest sense ans taught many students who are no more today and some of them are renowed musicians of the day. His pen name (takhallos) as a composer in hindi was trem Rang and in Urdu language it was "Junu Lucknowee". He was also a great composer of Vcal Classical Music and some of his instrumental compositions have also been included in the last chapter just to show his vast repertoire and command on the subject. He was a great persomality, a great artiste and become friendly to anyone, who had the fortune of coming close to him. As a Person and as a human being he had no parallel in the field of music. The book is a testimony of joshi ji's" great creations and the permormers and students of music of all the time to come will be immensely benefited from this invaluable publication.
Dhrubatara joshi, known to music fraternity as "Dhrubada" was with
Lucknow Radio Station when I first met him. It was in the year 1943, when
I joined Music College of Hindustani Music to learn North Indian Classical
Music at the behest of my father who was a friend and admirer of Shri
Shrikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar, Principal of the Music College. My
association with Joshiji did not end at Lucknow but continued in Delhi
when I joined Delhi Radio Station as Director of Music in 1953. At that time
Joshiji was also working with Radio All India.
It is for more than sixty years that I have closely known Prof. D.T.
joshi -as an erudite musician and a multifaceted genius. He was a highly
trained musician disciplined by and trained under the great Sitar Maestro
Ustad Inayat Khan. By nature, he was of a most gentle disposition when
because of some handicap in his handling of the Sitar, his career as a
performing Sitarist had to be given up. He turned to vocal Music, and with
his creative talent, composed several hundreds of beautiful compositions
suitable for rendering with aplomb and efficient singing. Old lovers of music
still remember his National Programme in the 1950's in which he had played
raga 'Puria Kalyan'. He was highly respected in the music world.
His ninety-seven Vocal composition and instrumental are now
collected for publication by the unstinting effort of Pandit Debu Chaudhuri,
chief disciple of the Great Senia Sitar legend Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, who
together with the great Sarod Maestro Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra and
Prof. D.T. Joshi formed inseparable musical fraternity well known to all in
those times. I am very happy that at last due to the painstaking effort of
Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, the works of Joshiji are seeing the light of the day.
I am sure that the publication of the works will benefit all serious lovers
and students of Indian Classical Music.
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