Tarun Bhattacharya

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Tarun Bhattacharya
Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya
Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya
Background information
GenresIndian classical music

Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (born 23 December 1957) is an Indian classical musician who plays the santoor,[1] a type of hammered dulcimer. He studied with Ravi Shankar.[2] He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2018.[3]

Early life[edit]

Tarun Bhattacharya was born on 23 December 1957 in Howrah (the twin city of Calcutta), India. He was a commerce graduate from one of the most reputed colleges of Calcutta, and after a few brief years of professional life he started learning music from his father, Rabi Bhattacharya. He later honed his skills under Dulal Roy and finally began learning under Ravi Shankar.[4]


Bhattacharya is the inventor of "mankas" or fine tuners that help in quick tuning of the santoor. His technique of playing the santoor facilitates the playing of "Krintans, Ekharatans, Boltans" broadening the use of 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[citation needed].

He has endorsed the End Polio Now campaign of Rotary International as its ambassador. He has been recognized by the Indian National Polio Plus Committee both at the India Habitat Centre and the Calcutta Press Club for his role in promoting the cause[citation needed].

An audio CD with a raga created by Tarun was released by the singer Girija Devi at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in September 2017.[5]

Awards and citations[edit]



Sangeet Mahasamman ( Govt.of West Bengal India)
2 Best Critic Award Germany
3 Grammy finalist 1997, "Kirvani", Music of the World USA
4 'Excellence in World Music', Music of the World USA
5 Mahakal Samman Madhya Pradesh, India
6 Surender Paul Award Kolkata, India
7 Bhakti Kala Khetra Award ISKON, India
8 Jadu Bhatt Award Kolkata, India
9 Pt. Monmohan Bhatt Special Achievement Award New Delhi, India
10 Vishnu Pad Alankaran Samman Gaya, India
11 Rotary Vocational Excellence Award District 3291, India
12 Rotary Peace & Goodwill Ambassador Kolkata, India



  1. ^ Martin, Janine (14 January 2006). "Never Missing a Beat". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India.
  2. ^ Borah, Prabalika M. (12 February 2009). "Soul Stirring Music". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  3. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi awardees on their musical journey". The Hindu. 25 July 2019. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  4. ^ Sathyendran, Nita (4 March 2010). "'Learning is a continuous process'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Santoor Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya creates a new raga named "GANGA" based on Ganges river | India Live Today Movies". India Live Today Movies. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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