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Buddhadev Das Gupta Padma Bhushan Awarded In 2012

Buddhadev Das Gupta

Buddhadev Das Gupta

Award Name : Padma Bhushan

Year of Award : 2012

Award for : Arts

Location : Bhāgalpur, Bihar, India


Buddhadev Das Gupta is an Indian classical musician who plays the sarod. Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta resides in Kolkata, India. He is one of the artists featured in Nimbus Records's The Raga Guide. He was born on 1 February 1933 in Bhagalpur, Bihar, India. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the prestigious Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur, which was then affiliated to the University of Calcutta and stood 2nd. He received the honorary D.Litt degree from the Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur (his alma mater) at its annual convocation on 16 February 2010. His father was District Magistrate by profession and an avid lover of music although he never learnt music. Since childhood little Buddhadev grew up with a musical atmosphere at his home. At a very early age he started taking Sarod lessons from the eminent Sarod maestro Sangitachrya sri Radhika Mohan Maitra. His first program in the All India Radio was as a guest artist. He has done more than 17 national programs in All India Radio, which is a very rare incident among known Indian Classiscal Musicians. In 2011, Sarod maestro Buddhadeb Dasgupta, was offered the Padma Shree by the government of India, but he turned it down saying "it was far too late in the day". In Jan 2012, he has been conferred with Padma Bhushan by Govt. of India. His famous autobiography Bamaner Chandrasparshavilash, was periodically published in a Bengali Magazine "Disha" and has been published in the form of book in 2004 (part-I) and in 2010 (part-II). The book became instant hit and is a best-seller among Bengali autobiographies.