Born on 31 May 1927 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Shri Vanraj Bhatia studied Western music initially
with Dr Manek Bhagat and later at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and at the Conservatoire
de Paris. He also studied individually with composers such as Howard Ferguson, Allan Bush, and
William Alwyn. He was a Reader in the Department of Western Music at the University of Delhi from
1960 to 1965.
Shri Vanraj Bhatia has had a distinguished career as a composer over the past more than fifty years. Besides more than a dozen full-length works of orchestral and choral music, he has composed incidental music for four plays directed by Shri E. Alkazi for the National School of Drama, Delhi, between 1965 and 1973. He has also composed music for the Son et lumiere (sound and light show) shown at Teen Murti House, Delhi. Shri Vanraj Bhatia has received various prestigious awards for his music in films, television serials, etc. He has to his credit music for some 40 feature films, 50 documentaries, eight television serials, and several hundred publicity films and spots.
Shri Vanraj Bhatia has received awards from many institutions including the Surmani Award conferred by Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, a Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Music, London, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and the Rajya Puraskar by the Government of Maharashtra.
Shri Vanraj Bhatia is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian music.