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Padma Bhushan Pandit Debu Chaudhuri

(Former Dean and Head, Faculty of Music & fine Arts, University of Delhi)

Adorned with the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest Civilian Govt. Awards, for his contributions in the field of music, from the President of India, Pandit Devabrata Chaudhuri, a legendary figure in the domain of Indian Classical Music, popularly known as "DEBU", is one of India's most respected, leading and outstanding musicians of today.

Panditji received his early training from the late Shri. Panchu Gopal Datta for some time and later for 38 years from the veritable great master and the most traditional exponent of Sitar, SANGEET ACHARYA USTAD MUSHTAQ ALI KHAN of the "SENIA GHARANA", the traditional school of Indian Classical Music named after the great MIAN TANSEN, the father of Indian Music. Debuji is the foremost exponent and torch bearer of this Gharana.

Debuji (respectfully called) is a man of many parts. Akin to the seven swaras (notes) that are the heart and soul of any musical creation and composition, howsoever old or new, his personality is seven-fold. India’s foremost Sitar maestro, respected Guru and teacher, composer of numerous mellifluous symphonies, creator of eight new Ragas, author of three books and several monographs, eminent musicologist and academic, and winner of numerous awards and honours, both national and global.