Source: IBN live; Author: Aswathy K; Photo Courtesy: livemint.com

“Anyone can be a musician but only few can be an artist. An artist is the one who can produce and create music,” says Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, the santoor maestro who was in the city on Sunday to perform at JT Pac. When we say ‘the santoor maestro’, this softspoken man clarifies that he is a player of Shatatantri Veena (100 stringed instrument). “Santoor is a name derived from Persia but the name that is mentioned in our vedas is the shatatantri veena and I would like to call it by that name,” says Pt Tarunji who was the first ever musician to show that one could ‘meend’ or glide notes at the lower octave in a hammered instrument like Santoor. And thus he revolutionised the santoor altogether since then.

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