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Tapan's GURUJI
Kaviraj Asutosh Bhattacharya was born on march 17, 1917 in the Holy City of Varanasi (then known by its'British name of Benares),the son and grandson of famous Bengali Ayurvedic Drs. As a boy he expressed an interest in learning drums and started learning pakhawaj at the age of 8. A few years later he sow Pandit Kanthe Maharaj, one of the great tabla player of the Benares Gharana, giving a performance and decided he wanted to learn tabla from him.

In 1938, at the age of 21, he was starting to gain fame to his own right -he performed at his first music comference accompanying none other than the great Ustad Allaudin khan, (known as "the grandfather of modern indian Classical Music), the most well known to the west as the guru of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Smt. Annapurna Devi; Ali Akbar khan (Allaudin's son) and Nikhil Banerjee.

Follow the footsteps of his family heritage he went to Delhi to undertake the 5 years degree at the Ayurvedic College. At the same time as taking lectures, studying and gaining practical experience in his medicine guru's clinic, he was maintaining his tabla practice, giving lessons on sundays and performing concerts and radio recitals with the likes of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan…

After completing his degree and returning to varanasi, he set up his medical practice and continued to give tabla performances, learn more from his Guruji and practice arround six hours a day. From here on he always thought of medicine as his profession and music as a hobby, so he never took money from performances. As a result he never made any professional recordings, save a few which might be discovered in All india Radio archives.

One of his beliefs is that music should be a divine experience. This sort of music can only come from years of intensive practice and devotion, from thinking of music as an offering to God and allowing inspiration to come from spontaneity, which can only happen when one is completely free with one's instrument due to "too much practice and devotion" .
Often he says that nowadays, Indian classical music has no depth -It's very showy, fast and tricky, but without the depth of former days.




The Tapan Guruji...
"Pandit Ashutosh Bhattacharya"
with his guruji "Pandit Khante Maharaj
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Guruji de Tapan
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