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CANDID WITH ARNAB BHATTACHARYA

Arnab Bhattacharya hails from Kolkata in India. Apart from being an engineer in Computer Science and Engineering, he passionately carries ahead his love for Indian Classical Music. He is deeply involved in music for the last 23 years. He started taking training in Sarod at a very tender age from Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta and became a talented torch bearer at Senia Shahjahanpur Gharana.


He started learning Sarod at a very tender age from his father Mr. Swapan Bhattacharya and then came under the guidance of Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. It was under the guidance of his Guru that he achieved perfection and learned the rich repertoire of Senia Sahajahanpur Gharana.



Arnab's music is an excellent blend of the traditional and modern form of Indian Classical music which sets apart as a youth face of the Indian classical music that connects to all the generations alike. And this has been possible owing to the unique ability to weave the most intricate textures even at extremely high speed maintaining the purity of the Raga which is definitely unparalleled. With this passion and dedication for music coupled with knowledge of all Gharanas and their judicious application in his performances.



1. What was your purpose in learning music during childhood?

I started learning at the age of 5 from my father Shri Swapan Bhattacharya. Then for advanced training went under the guidance of Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta. Since my childhood, I have seen my father practicing sarod. He was trained under my grand guru Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitreya. So the interest grew in me seeing him do riyaz or practice since childhood.


2. When did you realized soul connectivity with your music to carry ahead as a profession?


After completing Engineering in Computer Science, I was working in an IT MNC. But I used to perform and practice regularly. It when I was doing a job I was not getting that much time to practice because of the level of work. So a pang of guilt started working within me and slowly I realized that its music whom I love and passionate about. So I left the job and followed my passion.

3. Besides your parents and Guru, whom do you consider as an important element who supported your musical passion?

Definitely, my wife, She supported me a lot when I left my job and struggling in the beginning. She had been a great source of inspiration for me.


4. What is your call for musical globalization? 

Music has always been a global subject. And I think this is the only language or subject with bonds everybody everywhere with any differentiation.


5. Any suggestions or input to make Indian classical music more prominent amidst the younger generation?


In my opinion I always that in all Academic institutions music should consider as a compulsory subject since childhood. It not only teaches music but it teaches how to be focused, disciplined and how to respect..This is the subject that teaches you to collaborate and create new ones. There is always a scope to evolve

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