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Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya

  • Birth Name Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya
  • Born 23-12-1957
  • Occupation Artist
  • Year Active Not Defined
  • Origin Howrah, Calcutta
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    Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya is an Indian classical musician who plays the santoor, a type of hammered dulcimer. He has learnt from Ravi Shankar. The famous Maihar Gharana's only santoor maestro, Bhattacharya has revolutionized santoor, the instrument, as well as its style of play. He displayed for the first time ever that one could 'meend' or glide notes at the lower octave in a hammered instrument like santoor. He changed the art of playing santoor forever. Bhattacharya is the inventor of "mankas" or fine tuners that help in the tuning of this 100-stringed instrument fast, with a long-lasting effect and a very high degree of accuracy. His innovative techniques of playing the santoor also 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 deeper and more classical sound for the santoor. Bhattacharya is recognized the world over for his wizardry in Ragdari, as well as, Layakari and plays music that touches the inner soul. His santoor thrills all his listener transcending countries, cultures, gender, religions and age. He is one of the few contemporary classical musicians who reach out to connoisseurs and the general public as he has been to able to adapt to the changing times despite keeping to the classical genre of music.:

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    • Best Critic Award

      Best Critic Award
    • Excellence in World Music

      Music of the World - USA

      Excellence in World Music
    • Surrender Paul Award

      Surrender Paul Award
    • Pt. Monmohan Bhatt Special Achievement Award

      Pt. Monmohan Bhatt Special Achievement Award
    • Vocational Excellence Award

      Vocational Excellence Award
     

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