Hall of Fame
The Legacy his Guru Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Saheb and his teacher’s Guru Baba Allauddin Khan.
Pandit Ashok Roy performing in Fiji, South East Asia with Bhagwan Pandey as a Cultural Ambassador for India, sent by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations ICCR in the 1970’s to develop cultural understanding between nations.
Eminant personalities accoladed Ashok Roy for his musical genius. With Ali Akbar Khan, his Guru. A precious moment with the great Yehudi Menuhin who extended his appreciation to Pandit Ashok Roy after a concert in 1975 in Suva, Fiji.
Amongst his many collaborations and compositions was forming the group called Slivanje which performed at the Womadelaide Festival in 1992 and 1995. The following photograph was taken at Womadelaide Festival.
Pandit Ashok Roy’s collaborated with many Australian Musicians whether of an Eastern or Western denomination. Some of these collaborations were with established Japanese musician Riley Lee and Shakuhachi player in Sydney; with Satsuki Odamura an established Koto player;
Sangam was yet another group formed with Sydney’s accomplished musicians, John Napier, Greg Gibson, Satsuki Odamura, Tony Lewis; Jonathan Pease and Pt Ashok Roy. The group performed extensively in Sydney and produced a CD called Anamika supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Australian Music Centre
The Music of his Heart however rested in the magic of the tradition that he revelled and enjoyed. Seen below in concert with the well renowned Tabla player from India Aneesh Pradhan.
Seen here performing with Bobby Singh on Tabla and Shanta Roy in New Zealand
Others equally captivated by Pandit Ashok Roy helped enhance and build a community that cherished his kind of music in Australia. One amongst them was Eileen Nancy Grover, founder of the Asian Music and Dance Institute in the 1970’s, who later helped with the establishment of the Australian Institute of Eastern Music AIEM formed in 1984 says fondly “the melody shall always linger on…”
There were many CD’s launched at ABC Studios and by Larrikin Records including Radio and Television Concerts.
Students !! captivated by his music turned to learn from him. The sweetness of his music captured Adrian McNeil, Ethno Musicologist, Colin Berriman who took to the Sitar and me who learnt vocal music from him
And Others who came and went taking a piece of the Joy that Ashok Roy spread through his Music
Ashokji loved an afternoon yarn, cooking and coffee
Despite failing health Pandit Ashok Roy never gave up playing his Sarod until the ver end. The Sarod remained his constant companion.
On the Final day many friends and Students came to pay their final respects to him. An Era of Music had come to its end.
But Nancy Grover, one of the persons who was most dedicated to Ashok Roy says, “the Melody will always lingers on …”