THE MUSICAL AND SPIRITUAL MUSE OF BENGAL
V SUNDARAM I.A.S.
'The meaning of song goes deep. Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect the music has on us. A kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze in to that' …Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Dilip Kumar Roy (1897-1980)
Despite the mean, mendacious and machinating manoeuvres of the Government of India to use their transient authority to curb if not crush the underlying spirit and passion of Vande Mataram , our immortal National Song, students in many Hindu schools run by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Tamilnadu are singing the Vande Mataram song with great, gusto, joy, fervour, passion and enthusiasm everyday.
I have had the good fortune of playing the resonant, vital, vibrant and vivid voices of Dilip Kumar Roy and M.S.Subbalakshmi rendering the song of Vande Mataram (originally recorded in a 78 RPM Gramophone Record in the late 1930’s) at several public functions in schools and other public places. I played this record at several public functions in Tamilnadu in the Cenetenary Celebrations of the Vande Mataram song in 2006. I have seen the tremendous emotional impact of this recorded song on the minds and hearts of the students and the members of the general public. All the students wanted to know more about Dilip Kumar Roy. They said they were generally familiar with the life and achievements of M.S. Suubbalakshmi
Descriptive slip on the 78 RPM H M V
Gramophone record in 14421 (C 1950)
of Vande Mataram by Dilip Kumar Roy, and M S Subbalakshmi.
I first heard the resplendent voices of Dilip Kumar Roy AND M.S.Subbalakshmi singing Vande Mataram at Rajghat in Delhi in 1953. Dilip Kumar Roy (1897-1980) musician, singer, writer, was born on 22 January 1897 in Krishnanagar in Nadia district, West Bengal. He was the son of Dwijendralal Roy. He lost his mother in childhood and was brought up by his father. At the age of 16, however, he also lost his father. In 1918 he passed BA with honours in Mathematics from Presidency College and went to Cambridge University in England, earning a Tripos in Mathematics.
Dilip Kumar Roy had his first lessons in music from his father. He later learnt music at the feet of Surendra Nath Majumder, Radhika Prasad Goswami and Achchhanna Bai. During his stay in London he passed the first part of a course in western music. He went to Berlin to learn German and Italian music, returning to India in 1922. He then practiced Classical Music under the guidance of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, Ustad Fayaz Khan, Pundit Bhatkhande etc.