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About: Debashish Bhattacharya
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 Kabra, 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 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 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 in 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 Billboard top 10, Songlines Magazine top 10, Central Asia and Asia Pacific world music top 10, Amazon top 100 albums, National Geographic, and world's who's who enlisted artist. 2009 Grammy Nominee, 2007 BBC Planet Award, 2005 Asiatic Society Gold Medal, 1984 President of India Gold Medal, are worth mentioning.

He has received numerous aficionados; his compositions, his music, and his philosophy of teaching have changed the lives of many. He 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. With 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, Derek Trucks, and many other world-renowned musicians. Back in India, he has played for Pandit Ravi Shankar. He has extensively performed and is performing in many Indian music festivals.
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