Amiya Ranjan Banerjee



Born on 1 February 1927 in Calcutta, Shri Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay received his training in music from his father Satya Kinkar Bandyopadhyay. He belongs to the Bishnupur gharana of Dhrupad of West Bengal.
A leading practitioner of vocal music, Shri Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay has devoted himself equally to pedagogy and scholarship in music. He was awarded a doctorate by Calcutta University for his research into the aesthetics of music, and for long years he headed the department of vocal music at Rabindra Bharati University in the city. He has published several books on music in Bengali, including Sangeeter Soundarya Chinta, a work on aesthetics, and the musical reminiscence Smritir Aloy Amar Jiban o Gan. He has performed widely in India and other countries, and sung over All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has many recordings to his credit.
For his service to music over a lifetime, Shri Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay has been honoured by several institutions and the State of West Bengal. He has been conferred the Sangit Dibakar Award by the Bangiya Sangit Parishad, the ITC Award by the Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, and the Girija Shankar Award by the Government of West Bengal. He is also a recipient of the Bhismadev Award and the Bhuwalka Award.
Shri Amiya Ranjan Bandyopadhyay receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to Hindustani vocal music.