Remembering Bhaskar Bhattacharya.

Margo Sagov video interview: Oral history – 33 minutes. Memories of Bhaskar particularly relating to his wedding with Rohini in 1988, which took place over several weeks in mountainous locations in Northern India, to wit the Himalayas. The extended group gathered at hotels in Manali; Baul musicians from Bengal; Bhaskars’ parents & brother over from UK; as also many of Bhaskars’ Western friends. Margo recorded the sounds of the wedding itself and of Vashisht at festival time & the fair in Kullu Town, besides the actual wedding music, wandering with her Walkman professional & a camera.

Himachal Music 1988 – a playlist of music by Baul musicians, sounds from the Vashisht Mela & the Kullu Town Fair, and, at the actual wedding, Rajasthani Shehnai & drums, Rohini’s female Kashmiri relatives, Bauls, The Mighty Tigers military wedding band & more Bauls. Hypnotic, entrancing.

Wedding Month – photo coverage Himachal 1988. Relatives, wedding guests, musicians, views of Vashisht Mela.

(all material on the wedding trip courtesy Margo Sagov, who also digitised the original cassette tapes & ftpd & sleuthed assiduously).

Bhaskar Encyclopaedia Page – The Flower Raj Wiki, with links to work info & obituaries.

Bhaskar Photo Album – The Flower Raj Photos (we need more).

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7 Responses to “Remembering Bhaskar Bhattacharya.”

  • Margo Sagov has a couple of corrections to the video interview:

    “The only thing that is definitely factually incorrect is that Subal was NOT part of that particular Baul group at the wedding.”

    “I mixed him up with another guy who’s name nobody can remember… so if you can delete that line (around 22 minutes in or so). Also I mention Kanai and Subal again a few minutes later, so you could cut that out as well. (Subal was part of Paban’s group and I only met him in London in the early 90s, he was a brilliant singer who has now passed away).”

    Note also:

    “Both Bhaskars’ parents, Raman and Mira, and his brother, Ranjan were in Manali for his and Rohini’s wedding celebrations. As is customary, only the male relatives travelled with the group to Rohini’s uncle’s house in Palampur (I think?) for the actual wedding day, leaving his female relatives behind in Manali.”

  • I listened to your Remembering Bhaskar when you first sent notice of it Margo but had to run away after and only now remembered to come back and say how much I enjoyed your reminiscences which you tell so beautifully.

    It seems to me that you told true stories rather than the tall tales that Bhaskar so entertained us with on many an occasion! It’s hard to believe he’s been out of sight, although definitely not out of mind, for so long – yours was a lovely tribute.

    Let’s go sit on his bench and tell some tall tales soon!

    And Nico can I tell you how much I like your site. One day I lost a whole entire day tripping around India etc thanks to The Flower Raj.

  • I only met Baskhar when I got back from India in 1979 having first left in 1965. He was living in the basement at the ‘Hillbillies’ hippie squat on Haverstock Hill, North London, where I had many other friends with Indian connections, especially Brian Beresford.
    At the time I’d founded a travel agency, REHO Travel, at 43 New Oxford Street London WC1 (first floor – £35 / week was the rent). We were doing well and Baskhar wanted a place to rent as well, as a premises for his projected film company, which he called “Mayavision”. I told him there was a premises available on the top floor of the same building and he took it.
    I remember the opening party he held, when there was no furniture so we all sat on the carpet hippie-style and then a real Indian chillum was packed (by Baskhar of course) and passed around. Not many people knew how to take a hit!
    We stayed friends for many years in the 1980s and had many a party, his place, my place, other people’s places. Mayavision took off and he did a lot of work for BBC as well (Jewel in the Crown) and made the series “Great Railway Journeys of the World” with Gerry Troyna.
    I was watching a fantastic 6-part TV series produced by Mayavision International last might,called “The Story of India”. If it’s by the same Mayavision which Baskhar founded, it’s a worthy legacy, and I recommend any lover of India to watch it, extremely well done, but when I checked the Mayavision website I couldn’t find the lsightest mention of Baskhar. Why is this?
    The programme or at least its trailer can be seen here: See
    – really worth watching! It really tells the background story of why we naive westerners were first attracted to India in the 1960s.

  • Sean,

    I missed this but generally view anything Michael Wood fronts. Our dear Bhaskar could have well been in Michael’s shoes but he, kind of, peaked with the C4 Kumbha Mela odyssey.

    He told me, several times, that he would eventually become a sadhu in old age.

    I am sad he didn’t make it and that I would therefore know where to find him in my own old age.

    Bom Bholenath & all that!

  • Does anyone remember Bhaskar’s buddy Subodh ? He might have a lot of inputs…

  • I have some pictures of Bhaskar…how do i post them in THE Flower Raj blog?

  • Partho P. Neogi

    Hi Ronit,

    I am a distant-relative of Bhaskar & I reside in India. It would be very kind of you, if you can arrange to send me all those pics of bhaskar to my mail id Moreover, if you have any contact info of Bhaskar’s younger brother Ranjan, please do let me know.

    Warm Regards,
    Partho Neogi

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