Children are very active and productive during an early age and they grasp things quite easily.
Today we will be talking about Master Siddhartha Bhattacharya, who can visualize and understand complex musical patterns. He is only 15 years old. He is a Science student of Class 11th at Pace Junior College, Andheri-East, Mumbai.
His parents came to know about his talent when he was only 5 years old. He is primarily focused on learning the ‘Gayaki’ (or singing style which calls for smooth transitions between notes together with ornamentation which is basis of vocal music) art on Violin Instrument in Hindustani classical.
His journey of music started at the age of 7 when his parents took him to the legendary Hindustani Violinist Pt. Milind Raikar ji (a foremost disciple of late Padma Shri Pandit D K Datar Ji and late Padma Vibhushan Gaan Saraswari Kishori Amonkar Ji). He has been learning the art of playing Violin as an instrument and have been learning Hindustani classical Raags (Raag is a melodic framework for improvisation akin to a melodic mode in Indian classical music) under Pt. Milind Raikar ji for about 8 years now. He has also learned to play Bansuri (the Indian Bamboo) from eminent Guru Shri Govind Gosavi ji from the age of 9 years while he picked up Western classical on Violin instrument.
When he was undergoing his training on Violin and Bansuri instruments, his Gurus were also teaching him the taals (which often have very complex patterns). He had undergone rigorous training on taals (the rhythmic cycles of Tabla) while learning to play the Hindustani classical raags on Violin. Initially, for 6 months he was on the learning curve and one day, one of his Gurus told his parents about Siddhartha’s advancement of knowledge on taals quite sooner than expected. His Gurus told them that he could understand a vast number of taals in such a short duration and attune with perfection while rendering the classical Raags performances. It surprised his parents and they attribute it to the blessings of his Gurus.
His parents want to see him as an established Hindustani classical artist in the service of our fathomless heritage in Indian Music. He is mastering the ‘Gayaki’ on the Violin instrument for all these years and hopes to contribute to a great cause.
Some of his achievements are listed below:
· CCRT (Centre for Cultural Resources and Training – Ministry of Culture, Govt of India) under 14 Scholarship.
· ‘Youngest Violinist to receive maximum certifications in Hindustani and Western Classical Music on Violin Instrument’ from India Book of Records in August 2021
· 1st prize in ‘Tarang 2022’ – National level Music and Dance competition organized by the prestigious Auro University in January 2022
· ‘India Star Icon Kids Achievers Award’ in September 2021 for being the youngest versatile child from Mumbai in the ‘playing musical instrument’ category
· ‘Rising Star’ Award from an International organization in the year 2021 for his outstanding performance
· 1st Prize at the ‘Ajivasan-National level Interschool competition’ held by Padma Shree Suresh Wadkar’s academy in the year 2021
· 1st Prize (Pt. Venkata Charya Bhagavathula Award) at ‘Art Hub’ who organised the International Indian Classical Music and Dance competition in January 2021
· 1st prize twice (in the year 2017 & 2020) in national level music and dance competition held by ‘Swar Sadhana Samiti’, Mumbai
· ‘Best Flute Player of Year award’ from his mentor institution for Bansuri
· Cleared ‘Madhyama Purna’ with 1st class in the exams conducted by Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj in 2021. Cleared ‘Madhyama Pratham’ and ‘Praveshika Purna’ with distinction from the same institute.
· Cleared Grades 1 to 7 in Western classical on Violin instrument from Trinity College of London, UK. Completed ‘Grade 7’ level 3 in January 2020
· Many more awards and recognitions
He has the personality traits of an ambivert. He requires space for his self-introspection and he spends long hours into sadhana (practice) while he’s with his Guru on routine basis.
Besides music, he has a keen interest in mathematics and physics. He has won couple of international awards for his achievements in mathematics. As a child artist, he has also worked in many TV commercials mainly in lead roles for brands like Goodnight, Flipkart, Nestle, Maruti, etc. He also worked in a Hindi movie in Bollywood.
He seeks blessings from all his Gurus (teachers) and his elders in all ways. He is an ardent animal lover and since childhood, he had always extended his compassion for distressed animals.
By the grace of God and well-wishers, he got the opportunity to learn Hindustani Classical Music and Western Classical Music from eminent Gurus. With the blessing of his gurus and well-wishers, he would like to remain in service of Indian Classical Music.
This was all about Siddhartha Bhattacharya. The team of The Child Prodigy wishes him all the best for his upcoming endeavours.