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Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya
|Genres||Indian classical music|
Bhattacharya was born on 23 December 1957 in Howrah (the twin city of Calcutta), India. A commerce graduate from one of the most reputed colleges of Calcutta, after a few brief years of professional life Bhattacharya started learning music from his father, Rabi Bhattacharya, honed his skills under Dulal Roy and finally began learning under Ravi Shankar.
Bhattacharya is the inventor of "mankas" or fine tuners that help in quick tuning of the santoor. His technique of playing the santoor facilitates in the playing of "Krintans, Ekharatans, Boltans" broadening the utility of the santoor in various traditional art forms. His improvisations on the shape and string arrangements have resulted in a deeper and more classical sound for the santoor.
He has endorsed the End Polio Now campaign of Rotary International as its ambassador, and has been recognized by the Indian National Polio Plus Committee both at India Habitat Centre and the Calcutta Press Club for his role in promoting the cause.
Awards and citations
|1||Best Critic Award||Germany|
|2||Pre Grammy Nomination||1997|
|3||'Excellence in World Music' from Music of the World||USA|
|4||Mahakal Samman||Madhya Pradesh, India|
|5||Surender Paul Award||Kolkata, India|
|6||Bhakti Kala Khetra Award||ISKON, India|
|7||Jadu Bhatt Award||Kolkata, India|
|8||Pt. Monmohan Bhatt Special Achievement Award||New Delhi, India|
|9||Vishnu Pad Alankaran Samman||Gaya, India|
|10||Vocational Excellence Award||Rotary International District 3291, India|
|11||Rotary Peace & Goodwill Ambassador||Rotary Club of Calcutta Metro City|
- Song of Nature, Flame of the Forest (1992) with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on mohan veena and Ronu Majumdar on bansuri
- Essence of Jugalbandi (1993) with Ronu Majumdar
- Sargam (1995) (Music of the World)
- Kirvani (1996), featuring an original raga and three shorter pieces (Music of the World)
- Mental Bliss (1998), Bikram Ghosh, tabla
- Nomad Christmas various artists (Music of the World)
- Santoor (2000)
- Hypnotic Santoor (2001)
- Transcendence (2005)
- Aahir Bhairav & Gurjari Todi (2009) - Label: Questz World
- The Exotic Santoor (Reissued 2010)- Label: Aimrec - Available from Amazon.com
- Martin, Janine (2006-01-14). "Never Missing a Beat". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India.
- Borah, Prabalika M. (2009-02-12). "Soul Stirring Music". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
- Sathyendran, Nita (2010-03-04). "'Learning is a continuous process'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
- "Santoor Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya creates a new raga named "GANGA" based on Ganges river | India Live Today Movies". India Live Today Movies. 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2017-09-14.