Suman Bhattacharya is one of the finest new generation Sitar players, based in Singapore. Born on April 1977 in a music loving family in Kolkata, India, Suman started receiving talim (training) in Hindustani Classical Music (vocal) at a tender age of five years from his aunt Late Smt. Sucheta Bhattacharya and his father Sri Bidyut Bhattacharya. A musical environment at home created in him a sense of respect towards all forms of music especially the Indian classical music. The sound of string instruments specially that of Sitar and Sarod had fascinated him since his childhood. His parents realized his urge to learn instrumental music and later they sent him to Sri Bimal Chatterjee of Imdadkhani Gharana to learn to play Sitar. Sri Bimal Chatterjee, a senior disciple of Pt. Kashinath Mukherjee, gladly accepted him as his disciple and started teaching him the art of Sitar playing in a number of styles (including both the Tantrakari as well as the famous Gayaki Ang style of Ustad Vilayat Khan). Being already trained for years in vocal music, the Gayaki Ang really captivated Suman and soon he started mastering the subtle nuances of Gayaki style on Sitar. After learning Sitar for 20 years, his characteristic style includes slow yet colourful alap, rhythmic and energetic Jod & Jhala, Masitkhani Vilambit gats, Razakhani and Vilayat Khani madhyalaya and drut baaz, fast jhala, etc. His techniques include 5 note meends, gamaks, 3 ocatve spanning ekhara sapat, palta and chhut tans that truly portrays his awe inspiring control on the sitar and brings out the true essence of Khayal music on Sitar. Virtually, Suman's Sitar Sings.
Suman however, did not stop learning the vocal form of music and continued to receive talim from Sri. Kalyan Basu, senior gandabadh shahgird (disciple) of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana. Suman is very particular about ragadari, yet is very conscious about bringing out the colour of the raga in a form that is peaceful yet energetic and acceptable in nature.
He has performed in front of many veterans and renowned musicians of the age and has received valuable guidance from them including Pt. Kumar Prasad Mukherjee, Smt. Kalyani Ray, Smt. Dipali Nag, Smt. Maya Chatterjee, Sri Debdas Bhattacharya, Ustad Bidyut Khan, Sangeetacharya Sri Dulal Roy and many others. He tried to inculcate their suggestions and talims into his life and music to become a true musician.
An All India Radio artist, he has performed at many occasions and locations in and around Kolkata and has also received certificate from Narendrapur Rama Krishna Mission for his commendable performance in 1997. He is also involved in spreading Indian classical music amongst the younger generation both in India and abroad. He was also associated with Bal Bharti Indo-American Cultural Academy for promoting music in Fremont, USA in 2004-2005 . Suman was closely associated with Society of the Youth for Artistic Music Appreciation (SYAMA), Singapore from 2012 to 2014. Later he founded the music organisation and a movement in Singapore, names PARAMPARA. He also leads an organisation promoting fine arts under the banner of R.S.B Creations in India.
Suman is also an accomplished professional working in a multi-national software company as a System Architect and Project Manager. Academically he is a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and B.Sc. in Physics (Hons) from Calcutta University.
Performances in March, 2014
Dhwani at Substation (organised by SYAMA), Singapore on 15th March, 2014 at 7:45 pm
SIFAS Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, 2014, Singapore, on 12th April, 2014 at 5:20pm