Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay

M.A., Ph.D., D.Litt.(Honoris Causa), Khyalist

About Me

Born on February 21, 1927 in a family of rich musical tradition dating back one hundred and fifty years Pandit Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay is among the best exponents of Khayal in the country. Son and disciple of Sangeetacharya Satya Kinkar Bandyopadhyay, Pandit Bandyopadhyay is the scion of the Bishnupur gharana. Today Pandit Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay is one of the senior most Khayalists still performing at the top of his form.

Since the nineteen fifties Pandit Bandyopadhyay has remained an established and highly esteemed artiste. He is a 'Top' grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has been performing at all the major music festivals and gatherings of the country and has travelled to America and Europe to perform and lecture on Indian Classical Music.

A disciplined yet creative elaboration of the Ragas, aesthetic and tuneful voice technique, extreme clarity and unmatched precision of taankarl, and underlying sense of rhythm, absence of gimmickry and generally a matured synthesis of cerebration and emotive content in his music have given the form of Kheyal a new dimension, contemporary in presentation and traditional in analysis.

The combination of artistry and analytic mind has made him a natural Guru who carefully nurtures the inner talent of a pupil. Many of his students are now established in their own rights. His own son Santanu Bandyopadhyay is among the most notable young classical vocalists of the country. Pandit Bandyopadhyay's brother Sri Nihar Ranjan Bandyopadhyay also received training from him and is among the established vocalists.

Pandit Bandyopadhyay was one of the founding father and Head of the Department of Vocal Music of Rabindra Bharati University. He retired in 1992 as Professor of Music after more than thirty years of dedicated teaching. In the year 2000 he acted as a Visiting Professor of Music in Viswa Bharati. He still features in selection Board of several Universities.

Pandit Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay is a unique and outstanding figure in the music world, a top quality performer, and ardent thinker and researcher and a dedicated Guru, rolled into one.

Pandit Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay has been conferred with the distinguished academic degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt) from Rabindra Bharati University on 8th May 2018 and Doctor of Literature (D. Litt) from Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University on 2019

Guru Sishya Parampara
Bahadur Khan
18th Cent.
Descendant of TANSEN
Court Musician - Raghunath Singh - II of
Mallbhum (Vishnupur)
Gadadhar Chakraborty
Ramshankar Bhattacharya
1761 - 1853
A specific and distinguished style of Dhrupad
originated as a result of Ram Shankar's
musical brilliancy and the style thus
named as Vishnupur Gharana later on
Anantalal Bandyopadhyay
1832 - 1896
Gopeswar Bandyopadhyay
1880 - 1963
Regarded as one of the best
exponents of Dhrupad
Satya Kinkar Bandyopadhyay
1899 - 1980
Versatile genius - expert both in Vocal (Dhrupad, Khayal etc.)
and instrumental music (Sitar & Surbahar)
     Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay
The Khayal style has been reformed at this
stage keeping parity with the modern trend of music
Santanu Bandyopadhyay Nihar Ranjan Bandyopadhyay
Son              Brother
Suvrojyoti Bandyopadhyay Stuti Moitra
Arnab Bose
Son Purbachal Bera
  Arpita Purokayet
  Dolon Banerjee
Sougata Bandyopadhyay
Ivy Banerjee
Piu Mukherjee
Koyel Dasgupta

Disciples of Pandit Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay:

01. Nihar Ranjan Bandyopadhyay
02. Santanu Bandyopadhyay
03. Mani Manjusha Majumdar
04. Mira Dutta Roy
05. Uma Mitra
06. Swapna Ghosh
07. Dilip Karmakar
08. Ramanuj Dasgupta
09. Ajoy Chakraborty
10. Manojit Mallik
11. Kabita Gupta
12. Nandini Chakraborty
13. Sangrami Lahiri
14. Jayashree Tribedi
15. Mudhushree
16. Shuvrokanti Chattopadhyay
17. Mukul Dey
18. Kalyani Sikdar
19. Tumpa Bhattacharjee
20. Koushambi Mukhopadhyay
21. Piyali Mitra
22. Sudeshna Gangopadhyay
23. Sambuddha Chatterjee
24. Arpita Mukherjee
25. Sikha Bhattacharjee
26. Sanghita Mojumder
27. Sohini Singha Majumder
28. Shyamal Chakraborty
29. Arghya Mukherjee
30. Asim Kumar Biswas
31. Rishita Saha
32. Aditi Chakraborty
33. Oli Bhattacharya
34. Bhaskar Bhattacharya
35. Subhojit Patra
36. Dipanwita Saha