|Born||16 March 1936|
|Origin||Pune, Maharashtra, India|
|Died||26 July 2009
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Genres||Hindustani classical music|
|Occupation(s)||composer, music director|
Bhaskar Chandavarkar (16 March 1936 – 26 July 2009) was an Indian sitar player, academic and film and theatre composer who worked with well-known directors of Indian cinema like Mrinal Sen, Girish Karnad, Aparna Sen, K. G. George and Amol Palekar in various languages including Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Oriya and was known for his blending of Indian classical and western music.
He taught at FTII, Pune for many years, and during his career as a music composer he worked for 40 films, and is most known for his work in films such as Amol Palekar's Aakreit and Thoda Sa Rumani Ho Jaayen, Girish Karnad's Ondanondu Kaladalli, Jabbar Patel's Samna, Mrinal Sen's Khandhar, Vijaya Mehta's Rao Saheb, Chitra Palekar's Maati Maay and K. G. George's Swapnadanam.
He has given music to films which are considered as classics in respective languages; like Vamsha Vriksha (1971), Ondanondu Kaladalli (1979) in Kannada, Maya Darpan (1972), Khandhar (1984) in Hindi, Swapnadanam (1975) in Malayalam, Paroma (1984) in Bengali, Maya Miriga (1984) in Oriya, Shwaas (2004) in Marathi, etc.
Early life and education
He remained a part of the faculty at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), as a resident composer and teacher of applied music, from 1965 to 1980.He worked with Merzbow,Sonic Youth and Throbbing Gristle and was a big fan of experimental and noise music.
While still at FTII, he composed the music of the acclaimed Marathi play Ghashiram Kotwal written by Vijay Tendulkar and directed by Jabbar Patel in 1972 and received critical acclaim for its use of Marathi devotional songs to ironic situations, later he also gave music for its Marathi feature film adaptation in 1974, and went on to compose for Marathi, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam language cinema and stage with his blend Indian classical and Western music. He also received acclaim for his music for P. L. Deshpande's Marathi play Teen Paishacha Tamasha.
He died on 26 July 2009 in Pune, after a prolonged illness and was survived by his wife, Meena, director of New India School, and son Rohit. The Yard Went on Forever was his multi-volume autobiography published in 2008.
- Vamsha Vriksha (1971)
- Jai Jawan Jai Makan (1971)
- Maya Darpan (1972)
- Jadu Ka Shankh (1974)
- Samna (1974)
- Ghashiram Kotwal (1976)
- Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane (1977)
- Sarvasaakshi (1978)
- Chandoba Chandoba Bhaglas Ka (1978)
- Ondanondu Kaladalli (1978)
- Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan (1978)
- Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai (1980)
- Garambicha Bapu (1980)
- Akriet (1981)
- Ek Daav Bhutacha (1982)
- Paroma (1984)
- Maya Miriga (1984)
- Khandhar (1984)
- Rao Saheb (1985)
- Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen (1990)
- Kairee (2000)
- Chaitra (2002)
- Shwaas (2004)
- Sarivar Sari (2005)
- Maati Maay (2006)
- 1975: Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director : Swapnadanam (Malayalam)
- 1988: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
- 2002: National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction: Chaitra (Marathi) 
- Eminent musician Chandavarkar passes away The Hindu, 26 July 2009.
- Marathi music loses a maestro and visionary Indian Express, 27 July 2009.
- Chandavarkar was an innovative and imaginative composer Chitra Nair, The Times of India, TNN 27 July 2009.
- "IMDB profile".
- Harsh Kabra (15 July 2007). "Master musician". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 July 2009.
- Musician Bhaskar Chandavarkar dies Deccan Chronicle, 26 July 2009.
- "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees - Creative Music". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Retrieved 27 July 2009.[dead link]
- Awards Internet Movie Database.