A Musical evening with Sarod Player Arnab Bhattacharya and Spectrum

Arnab Bhattacharya

Kolkata, Jan 28, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Young Indian instrumental Sarod player Sangeet Prabhakar Arnab Bhattacharya performed with his band Spectrum at Birla Academy on the 27th of January to a capacity audience. Arnab was accompanied by Rajdeep on lead guitar, Bittu on bass guitar, Suman Debnath on keys and Anindya Hazra on drums.

Rajdeep, Suman Debnath and Bittu
Bittu (left), Suman Debnath and Rajdeep

Arnab Bhattacharya shared some aspects of his life as well as future plans in a backstage conversation with WBRi. The Sarod player was interested in music from a tender age. However he was initially interested more in soccer during his school days and he even played upto the senior division level. It was later that he realised where his heart  lies. He continued performing at various shows like Lucknow Music Festival, Goa Music Festival, Geneva Drums, World Music Festival and so on. Meanwhile, he completed his engineering degree and worked in many MNC’s like Accenture, IB, ICICI bank before finally quitting his job as he felt it was imposing great stress on him and also making his life monotonous. He started his own music school in Delhi and became part of the band AROY (A Reflection of You). He does not have any plans of opening up a music school in Kolkata at present. However his father runs a school where he is a visiting teacher. He is now settled in Delhi but has to be a globe trotter due to his numerous shows he has to do all over the world.

Arnab Bhattacharya
Arnab Bhattacharya

The evening's performance began with “First Child” which was composed when a close friend of Arnab gave birth to her first baby. The song is dedicated to the child.

The second composition the band played was “Sweet child of mine” which is inspired by the Guns N' Roses classic.

“Dahan” is one of the most popular compositions of Spectrum. The audience at Birla Academy did not hold back on applause when Spectrum played the number.

Arnab Bhattacharya began music training at the tender age of four years. His first Guru was his father Sri Swapan Kumar Bhattacharya. It is his father who introduced him to North Indian Classical music.

Later under the tutelage of Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, he picked up the nuances of traditional Seniya-Shahjahanpur Gharana.

He performed at his first musical performance at the age of six and now has performed all over the world at various musical concerts in Russia, USA, Europe and even Central Asia.

Due to his contribution to expanding the depths of the Gharana he has been invited by the University of Geneva to give a lecture demonstration to students.

A recipient of several awards including Sarod Sunder, Nabin Sarod and Sarod Nayak, Arnab Bhattacharya is humble about his achievements and feels that he has just embarked on this huge journey in the world of music and he hasa long way to go.

Watch a video clip of Arnab Bhattacharya performing almost exactly a year ago.

- Reporting by Priyanka Dutta (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)