Hindustani Classical (vocal) Music in Chicago - Tapan Bhattacharyya : A Profile
 
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1. Raga Multani
2. Raga Kedara
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    (part 2)
3. Thumri
4. Bhajan
 

Facsimile of Bhajanmalika

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  CHRONOLOGIC LIST OF CONCERTS, WORKSHOPS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Article in Indian Reporter Newspaper Friday, March 22, 2002

Concert Review in The Music Magazine,
June 1, 2004

Article in Indian Reporter Newspaper Friday, June 18, 2004

Review of Bhajanmalika published in "KALAA", Vol. 9 Toronto Fall 2005

Article in Indian Reporter Newspaper Friday, September 26, 2008

LINKS to Historical Articles

 

   
 

Background & Resume

 


     Dr.Tapan Bhattacharyya is a resident of Chicago area and has been involved in the performance and seminar-workshops on Hindustani classical vocal music during nearly three decades in North America.  Tapan had early training from the Arya Sangeet Vidyapeeth of Calcutta, and Sri Akhilbandhu Ghosh (a disciple of Sri Tarapado Chakravarty & Chinmoy Lahiri).  He was finally tutored by Mr. Shankar Bose of Calcutta (a disciple of Nagendranath Datta of Ranaghat, Mehdi Hossain Khan of Rampur gharana, and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of Patiala gharana).  Tapan is an exponent of several genres of Indian classical music including Kheyal, Thumri-Dadra, Tappa, classical Bhajans, Bengali Ragprodhan, Tappa and old style devotional songs.  His music is a judicious blend of technical complexity and tender emotions.

Tapan has given numerous concerts, seminars, and workshops as invited guests of musical and cultural organizations, and educational institutions i.e.(1) Toronto & Chicago TV (2) Raag'Mala of Toronto (3) Hindustani classical music society of Ottawa  (4) “Triveni” of Williamsville, N.Y. (5) Bengali Association of greater Chicago (6) Indian Classical Music Society of Chicago (7) the Vedanta Societies of Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville (8) Cultural committee of the City of Chicago (9) Williams College, Massachusetts, and (10) the Unitarian Church-Bharat Samaj of Evanston, Illinois.  In 1984 he was the Coordinator of a seminar and concert on the evolution of music in Bengal at the prestigious Bengal Studies Conference organized by the South Asian Studies Department of the University of Toronto, a conference attended by eminent academicians and scholars.  In 1992, and 1994 he was invited to give lecture-demonstration of Bengali Tappa, and classical songs at the North American Bengali Conference (NABC) in Toronto, and Houston respectively.  He was an invited artist at the Parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1993.  He was formally introduced to the leaders and teachers of Hindustani vocal music in Bombay where he gave a performance of Kheyal and thumris supported by professional accompanists during the summer of 1999.  He was invited to give a recital at the World Music Festival organized by the City of Chicago Cultural Affairs in 2010. A detailed list of his concerts and musical workshops is appended (vide infra).

His two audiocassettes of Thumris, Bhajans, and classical Bengali songs (1989, 1990), and a CD of Khayal, Thumri, and Bhajan (2001), have been appreciated by music lovers. He has also contributed articles on different aspects of Indian classical music in music journals, and has written critical reviews and liner notes for CDs of eminent musicians.  He is currently writing a learner's book on Bhajans in English with musical notation, which will be published soon.  A biologist with earned doctoral degrees, he has trained numerous students of various ages and nationalities into the art and science of classical vocal music in Canada and U.S.A.  He has been awarded grants from the Illinois Arts Council for teaching Hindustani vocal music under the Master-Apprenticeship program (2000-01, 2002-3, 2004-5, 2006-7, 2008-9).  He has also received a special grant from IAC to write a musical text for learning classical Bhajans.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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