The Exotic Santoor: Tarun Bhattacharya
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Santoor Maestro Pt Tarun Bhattacharya has been a pioneering and revolutionary musician who has changed the face of Indian classical music, he has been truly an unparalleled music ambassador of India. One of the most celebrated torch bearers of Indian classical music he has virtually traversed the globe many times over performing in some of most awe inspiring venues and cities as Royal Albert Hall, Palace-de-beaux (Brussels), Theater- De-La-Viile (France), Apollo Theatre (Spain), Jubilee Auditorium (Canada), Kremlin (Russia).
The mesmerized list of admirers include Prince Charles, George Harrison, Paolo Solaris and many more of respected figures across the Globe.The famous Maihar Gharana's only Santoor Maestro, Pandit Bhattacharya has revolutionized Santoor, the instrument, as well as it's style of play. He displayed for the first time ever (1980) that one could 'meend' or glide notes at the lower octave in a hammered instrument like Santoor. The champion maestro changed the art of playing santoor for ever.Maestro Tarun 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.
Maestro Tarun Bhattacharya has released over 100 CDs and Cassettes. He has been the recipient of numerous felicitations like pre Grammy nomination in 97, excellence in world music USA, and his CD "Kirwani" has been acclaimed as the top 10 in the world. Pt. Bhattacharya received his talim (music instructions) from his father Pt. Rabi Bhattacharya, Pt. Dulal Roy and finally from the great Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar.
He is Rotary International's Global Ambassador for Peace & Goodwill.
Ustad Sabir Khan is one of India's most renowned and accomplished tabla player. He was
born into a family of tremendous family tradition in Indian music. His father, Ustad
Keramatullah Khan was one of India's most prominent tabla player from the 1940s till his
death in the late 70s. His grandfather, Ustaad Masit Khan is a celebrated tabla player who
taught numerous lumenaries of Indian classical music.
A representative of the Farukkahbad gharana (style) of tabla, Sabir's playing shows the
versatility the style is known for. He is an accomplished solo artist as well as accompanist to
India's top musicians. Since his youth, Sabir has accompanies such artists as Ustad Vilayat
Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Shivkumar
Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to name a few.
Sabir is also an excellent vocalist, he specialized in ghazal and thumri and frequently
composes and arranges music for various vocalists in India. A gifted musician and amongst
the top 10 tabla players in the world, Sabir Khan is a true virtuoso of tabla.
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