Possessing the rare feat of winning top positions simultaneously in Khayal and Thumri at the age of 20 in the All India Radio Music Competition and also receiving the Top Grade (the highest title of “Pandit”) from Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India at only 44 years of age, Shantanu Bhattacharyya’s singing has been described by the greatest maestros of the country including his Guruma, the immortal Vidushi Meera Banerjee, as a true psychic reflection of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.
Initiated into music by his mother Srimati Ira Bhattacharyya, he received further training from Sri Amalendu Pal, Sri Bhishmadeb Bhattacharyya, Sri Sukhendu Goswami and Sri Sudhir Banerjee. And then Shantanu got expansive and invaluable taalim from worshipped names of the Patiala-Kasur style, Pandit Prasun Banerjee and Vidushi Meera Banerjee. Later he studied with Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty as a scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy Kolkata.
An Honours Graduate in Economics from the University of Calcutta and simultaneously a winner of all state and national level competitions in Khayal and Thumri, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya has performed at the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan Jalandhar, Ustad Allauddin Khan Smriti Samaroh Maihar, Sangeet Natak Akademi Festival Delhi & Bhopal, ITC Sangeet Sammelan Kolkata & Delhi, Gururao Deshpande Sangeet Samaroh Bengaluru, West Bengal State Music Academy Annual Conference Kolkata, Bharatiya Sangeet Vidyalaya Dharwad, VSK Baithak Delhi, Sangeetalok Conference Ambala, Spirit of Unity Concerts Shirdi, ICCR Kolkata, Gurukul Pune, Thumri Festival Jaipur, India Habitat Centre Delhi, Swami Haridas Sangeet Samaroh Chennai, India International Centre Delhi, Ballygunge Maitreyee Music Conference Kolkata, Amir Khusro Music Akademi Concert Chennai, K.C.Das Anniversary Celebrations Bengaluru and the All India Radio National Programme.
His performances have been highly applauded and best rated at the University of California Los Angeles, ICMC Dallas Texas, Chhandayan New York & Toronto, Sangeetaanjali San Francisco, Ragamala Toronto, as well as numerous other venues in the USA, Canada, England, France, Italy, Finland, Germany, Australia and Singapore.
Accompanied by Sudhir Ghorai on tabla