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KMA over the Years
Reviews by critics and cognoscenti –

• “A get-together to celebrate the centenary of the Alliance Francaise…was held on Tuesday. Members were entertained by a small string orchestra, conducted by Abraham Mazumder, in a short programme of three works…it was delightful to hear the oboe played again in Calcutta.”
(The Statesman, December 1, 1983 – Gerald Nell Craig)

• “Mazumder’s conducting of this ensemble was elegant and precise. His gestures were expressive and his command over dynamics judicious.”
(The Statesman, May 25, 1988 – Fauzia Marikar)

• “The Atelier Musique is now a formidable ensemble …Nilesh Patel’s performance of Bach’s Bourree was most impressive…Saurav Guptagave an expressive rendering of Weber’s Sonata No. 2…Pal Kadosa’s Triste was the most modern work on this programme and was played with a fine sense of performance…Wagner’s Fest March from Tannhaeuser was given full Wagnerian treatment…the Telemann Viola Concerto with Abraham Mazumder as soloist was the musical highlight of the evening…the orchestra gave us an exciting and moving interpretation…The Sandré Hall has probably never resounded with such a grand full-blooded sound within its portals ever before.”
(The Statesman, August 26, 1989 – Adi Gazder)

• “…The orchestra today is arguably the best we have in the city.”
(Amrita Bazar Patrika, 1989 – Kishore Chatterjee)

• “Conductor Abraham Mazumder deserves kudos for the triumph of the Atelier de Musique…under his tutelage, this group of young musicians has blossomed into the prime chamber orchestra of Calcutta.”
(The Telegraph, July 24, 1991 – Prosanto Dutt)

• “The excellent rapport and slick organisation of the whole group was admirable and conveyed an overall impression of professional discipline and good teaching.”
(The Telegraph, July 15, 1994 – Fauzia Marikar)

• “…the greatest surprise was young soloist Sourjya Banerjee playing Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G…throughout the work, this young artist was confident and thoroughly poised…one looks forward to his musical development, which the Calcuttans must ensure.”
(The Statesman, February 28, 1997 – Adi Gazder)

• “…The young violin soloists – Anubrato Ghatak, Jashodeep Dutta and Sourjya Banerjee – ably supported by a 35-member strong orchestra – were poised and confident with Telemann, Bach and Beethoven”
(The Telegraph, July 23, 1999 – Mohua Mitra)

• “The two back-to-back concerts presented by Atelier Musique under the batons of Abraham Mazumder and Anubrato Ghatak confirmed that one has received over the last few years that this orchestra is one of the most well-coordinated in the city.”
(The Statesman, August 4, 2000 – Kishore Chatterjee)

• “The concert on World Music Day…also included a duet for violin and viola composed by Anubrato Ghatak…Excerpts from Handel’s Water Music were the musical highlights of the evening concert.”
(The Times of India, June 27, 2000 – Staff Reporter)

• “The 60-strong ensemble of L’Atelier, consisting of musicians ranging from age six to twelve, testifies to the success in inculcating the spirit of music in children.”
(The Statesman, June 19, 2006 – Calcutta Notebook)

• “Every composition was rendered effortlessly and the synchronisation was perfect ”
(The Telegraph, June 29, 2007 – Dalia Mukherjee)

• “A crowd of young musicians await with their instruments for their tutor’s instructions. Mazumder teaches them the finer nuances of Western Classical Music.”
(The Indian Express, Sept. 16, 2008 – Pragya Paramita)

• Tucked away in a corner of Baghajatin a new conservatory, of western classical music is being tuned. With musical insights for pop/rock enthusiasts and Bach aficionados alike, Kolkata Music Academy is an initiative of music conductor and violinist — and Mohiner Ghoraguli co-founder — Abraham Mazumder and his wife Madhusree. The Academy will provide intensive lessons on a range of classical instruments like the violin, viola, cello, piano and also singing for grounding in western styles through practical and technical lessons.”
(The Telegraph, Sept. 25, 2008 – Mohua Das)

• Abraham Mazumder, intrepid conductor and founder of the KMA, has been one of the most inspired and dedicated teachers of the violin and strings. The octet played with almost flawless intonation, excellent coordination and a fine awareness of phrasing.
(The Telegraph, Saturday, July 10, 2010 - Fauzia Marikar)

• The conductor, violinist, veteran music teacher and Moheener Ghoraguli founder has been invited by the prestigious Munich Philharmonic to conduct a Tagore symphony with his orchestra in April 2012. The 119-year-old Munich Philharmonic, known for having Zubin Mehta as honorary conductor, will have 35 of their senior artistes and musicians following Abraham Mazumder’s baton with “separate parts written and assigned for the brass, woodwind and double bass sections.
(The Telegraph, Wednesday , March 28 , 2012 - Mohua Das)

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