founded The Gokul Nag Memorial Foundation, a Trust for the preservation
and promotion of Hindustani Music, in the fond memory of her grandfather,
Sangeetacharya Gokul Chandra Nag of the Vishnupur Gharana.
The word Sangeetacharya means,
a master musician ,and truly the title was aptly chosen for Gokulchandra
who was primarily a sitar player with equal dexterity in vocal
music and in esraj, sarod, rudraveena, surbahar, jaltarang, nyastarang,
harmonium, tabla and pakhwaj. Nobody would believe the truth about
this maestro unless one had seen and heard him with his own eyes.
this brainchild of Goddess Saraswati had lived till his last days
in utter simplicity at his rented house in Bagbazar( a most traditional
part of old North Kolkata), close to the Ganges( only 5 minutes
walk from his home) . One could feel Gokulbabu walking along the
lanes as his voice was always audible, humming a tune or a bandish(
a vocal composition) as he passed by the windows of his neighbours.
lost her grandfather, a wonderfully self-absorbed musical sadhu,
when she was only 14 years old. But his memory lighted up her
dreams and she fulfilled her desire to keep her grandfather’s
name alive by founding this institution.
Nag Memorial Foundation had its august inauguration in 2002 at
Uttam Mancha in the presence of the most prominent musicians of
Kolkata. The foundation provides a stage for talented young musicians
as well as featuring Maestros in the field. Occasionally , seminars
and workshops are held too.This foundation also has a private
collection of the music of Gokul Nag and Manilal Nag.