Tarun Bhattacharya

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Tarun Bhattacharya
Tarun Bhattacharya - Kolkata 2015-01-02 2129.JPG
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 has learnt from Ravi Shankar.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.[3]


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[citation needed].

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[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.[4]

Awards and citations[edit]

No Award Received Country Year
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



  1. ^ Martin, Janine (2006-01-14). "Never Missing a Beat". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India.
  2. ^ Borah, Prabalika M. (2009-02-12). "Soul Stirring Music". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  3. ^ Sathyendran, Nita (2010-03-04). "'Learning is a continuous process'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  4. ^ "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.

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