My father & Guru
Pandit Harashankar Bhattacharya
Pandit Harashankar Bhattacharya was born in a musical family having the 3rd generation. His grandfather was "Sitariya" Lalmohon Bhattacharya. He started his learning sitar from his father Late Ganga Shankar Bhattacharya.After that, he was under the guidance of Late Murali Dhar Thakur of Bisnu pure Gharana.
From the year 1968, He went to Mumbai and started taking TALEEM from The sitar legend PADMABHUSHAN USTAD ABDUL HALIM JAFFER KHAN SAHAB of Indore Gharana, Beenkar Style. He was there under the strict guidance of Ustad Ji to absorb the special Bazz ~ named Jaffer Khani Bazz staying with him at his residence.
Pandit Harashankar Bhattacharya is universally acknowledged as a sitarist par excellence. He occupies a pre-eminent position among the leading Sitarist of India.
Right from the early stages, he was at the top in subsequent competitions such as All India Music competition organized by Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, Bharati Bhaban Burnpur, Kulti, Adra etc.
He received so many awards and felicitation in his career from an early age. "Sur Singer Samsad" a famous organization of Mumbai awarded him "Sur Moni" title. Prayag Sangeet Samity of Allahabad also honoured him with the title of "Sangeet Praveen". He is an empanelled artist of ICCR. Now this list of awards is pretty huge.
Hara Shankar Bhattacharya is a regular artiste of grade "A-TOP" in AIR and TV and has taken part in several classical conferences all over India and abroad. He visited USSR, Nepal and Bhutan and embossed his name in the heart of listeners. He went there as a cultural Delegates from india.
He was attached with Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra of Delhi. Then he shifted to Kolkata and started working in Information and Cultural Affairs of Govt. Of West Bengal as a senior most sitarist. He worked as a Music director in "APNA UTSAV" (Festival organized by Govt. Of West Bengal).
Hara Shankar is a regular examiner of RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY, VISHWA BHARATI UNIVERSITY and attached with many other top-level organizations all over India.