Vanraj Bhatia

Born in 1927 in Bombay, Shri Vanraj Bhatia studied Western music initially with Dr Manek Bhagat and later at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Paris Conservatoire. He also studied individually with composers including Howard Ferguson, Allan Bush, and William Alwyn. He was Reader in musicology in the Western music department of the University of Delhi from 1960 to 1965. Shri Vanraj Bhatia has had a distinguished career as a composer over the past 25 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 show at Teen Murti House, Delhi. He has to his credit music for some 21 feature films, 50 documentaries, seven television serials, and several hundred publicity films and spots. Shri Vanraj Bhatia has receiv- ed awards for his music in films and television serials including Bhumika, Manthan, and Tamas. He is a recipient of the gold medal of the Royal Academy of Music, the Lilly Boulanger Memorial Prize, and the Rocke- feller Fellowship. Shri Vanraj Bhatia receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to music as a composer.