Debashish's Biography ( Brief version )  


Kolkata, India's Debashish Bhattacharya started learning Indian music from his parents before he learned the alphabet. In his childhood he mastered many Indian classical instrumental styles as well as vocal music from different musical teachers in Calcutta. He became a disciple and student of Brij Bhushan Khabra, the father of Indian classical guitar, for 10 years, and also trained under Ajoy Chakraborty, the eminent Indian vocalist. He has also studied with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

As a performer, Debashish gave his first guitar recital at the age of four on the All India Radio, and in a public concert. In his twenties, he evolved a unique style of playing guitar, synthesizing selected features of various other instruments such as the Veena, Sitar, Sarod and Sarangi. He has given to the world a new schooling of Guitar...Kolkata Gharana.

Debashish developed his innovative Hindustani slide guitars after years of research and experience. It consists of three self designed and patented guitars named as Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi. Debashish plays these guitars while sitting cross legged, with the guitar held on the lap and played with a small steel bar, metal picks and a celluloid thumb pick.

Debashish is one of the greatest slide guitarists of the world who has contributed to the guitar world a new standard and style of playing the guitar. Over more than 30 years he has cut a niche in the world of music.

He has been featured in bill-board top 10, Song Line Magazine top 10, Central Asia and Asia pacific world music top 10, Amazon top 100 albums, National Geography and world's who's who enlisted artiste. 2009 Grammy Nominee, 2007 BBC Planet Award, 2005 Asiatic society Gold medal, 1984 President of India Gold Medal, worth mentioning.

He has received numerous aficionados, his compositions, his music, and his philosophy of teaching has changed the life of many. His has also given to the world of music, the actual design of the instrument, and through his incredible talent and discipline, elevated the Hindustani slide guitar to be the highest evolution of slide guitar anywhere. To develop his playing, he has undergone decades of disciplined study of Indian vocal technique combined with his instrumental work. Debashish can sing perfectly in parallel with every blindingly fast melody he plays. Possessed of a very open musical mind, Debashish is eager and more than qualified to collaborate and truly blend with musicians from any other country.

As a humble student of Indian Music (HIndustani) he has redefined Indian Classical Music on Slide Guitar. More than 3000 concerts all around the world, having trained over 1000 students, he has designed 19 guitars and out of his 15 albums, 3 have been internationally awarded. He has played with Ustad Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Jerry Douglas, Dereck Trucks and many other world renowned musicians. Back in India, he has played for Pandit Ravi Shankar. He has extensively performed and performing in many Indian music festivals.


 

Debashish's Biography (short - 100 words)  

Guitar God of the subcontinent Debashish Bhattacharya is the global musician of modern India. Debashish formed a new approach to the slide guitar rendition of Raga music. By Indianising the foreign instrument, Debashish added the resonating taraf and chikari strings, changed string positions and developed an entirely new technique of tuning and playing raga music on the Hindustani slide guitar.

A designer musician, Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya has designed 19 guitars and currently tours the world with his patented Trinity of Guitars named-Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi. He has won the BBC Planet Award for World Music and was nominated for Grammy.


 

Factual Biography of Debashish Bhattacharya  

  • Date of birth: 12-01-1963
  • Gurus and their subjects -

    Shri Sunil Kumar Bhattacharya khyal (Father)

    Smt. Manju Shree Bhattacharya khyal (Mother)

    Late Pandit Gokul Nag (Sitar)

    Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra (Guitar)

    Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod)

    Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty (Khyal)

  • Academic: Geography Honours (Calcutta University) 1984
  • Creation: Hindustani Classical Guitar - Chaturangui, Gandharvi, Anandi and Debangui.
  • Style Dhrupad Alap jod to khyal style Gat jhala to thumri ang.
  • Performing in AIR since the age of four.
  • First live broadcasting from Akashvani with Ustad Karamatullah Khan on tabla.
  • All Bengal music competition winner 1978. Same year he first developed Chaturangui.
  • All Bengal music competition first 1978, 79, 81 Recieved awards from stalwarts like Pandit Radhika Mohan Mitra, Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Acharya Shree Hirendra Kumar Ganguly and Shri Satyajit Ray.
  • Radio Competition first prize 1984.
  • Performing in India professionally since 1991.
  • Music reflects mix of Patiala, Maehar and Gwalior Gharana.
  • Wrote first Indian classical guitar syllabus in 1981.
  • Performed with Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Swapan Chowdhury, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri, Shree Yogesh Samsi, And many more.
  • Performed more than 2000 concerts in all over the world. Specially North America Has recorded 21 albums.
  • Received BBC award 2007 and Grammy Nomination 2009. Asiatic Society gold medal 2005 and He has done more than thirty years research work which started around 1975 covering finger style of right hand, finger picking and wrist movement of the left hand to create a new world of Hindustani Raaga guitar playing..

    Out of many Twelve guitarists of India studied with that syllabus with Debashishji are performing in Akashbani/ door darshan as A grade artistes.

  • Internationally he has been in Billboard top 10 artiste, World's who's who and national geography enlisted artiste, Among Amazon's top 100 album are a few instances of his dedicated life to Guitar.

  • Contact No: + 91 98309 73333

    E-mail: debashishguitar@gmail.com

 

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