Ramprapanna Bhattacharya is a next generation Sitar virtuoso, teacher and performer.
He is representative of the younger generation of the famous Etawah / Imdadkhani Gharana. He was initiated to Sitar by his father Sri Ram Udar Bhattacharya (disciple of Sitarist U. Ali Ahmad Khan, U. Mustaq Ali Khan, Pt. Gokul Nag, Pt. Indraneel Bhattacharya) and received intense guidance from him. Subsequently he was privileged to have talim from Late Pt. Kashinath Mukherjee, a prime disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan & Ustad Amir Khan. Currently he is undertaking extensive and intense taleem from Pt. Arvind Parikh for several years.
He has innumerable stage performances for the prestigious music-events, both in India and abroad, which have been highly acclaimed by connoisseurs, critics and musicians alike.
Recently his performance for Indian Embassy Philippines, to celebrate India’s 70th Republic Day, was highly appreciated by all dignitaries and foreign delegates, including honorable Ambassador of India. He was awarded at the Banquet Hall of the Glasgow Hilton Hotel (Scotland) for his sensational Sitar Performance in 2012.
He has numerous awards and accolades including Pandit A. Kanan Memorial Award, National Scholarship in Sitar by Govt. of India, New Delhi, first prizes in the Instrumental Music at the Kolkata District Youth Festival (Govt. of West Bengal), Inter Collegiate Music Competition etc.
Recently his performances were released by HCL-Peninsula Studio under the series “Maestros in Studio”. His Sitar as the background music for Bratati Bandopadhyay’s recitation of Joy Goswami’s “Bilayet er Sange Aka” - has won the hearts of millions.
Being deeply rooted in the classical tradition, Ramprapanna has been teaching music for several years with respectable results. He conducted seminars / workshops / presentations in prestigious venues.
Ramprapanna remains a keen student of music - collecting, preserving and documenting rare authentic ragas and bandishes (compositions). He has handled the pursuits of academics, corporate career and music simultaneously, which is the rarest of its kind.