A child prodigy, guided by the legends

Barun started learning the sitar from his father and eldest sister when he was 5 years old. At the same time, he was initiated in slide guitar. 

 

He started performing on radio at the age of 6 and became a regular part of the national orchestras (both seniors' and juniors') on the Hawaiian slide guitar. 

 

Barun had the opportunity of learning Indian classical music on slide guitar under Professor Nikhil Bannerjee (in photo), Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Shri PV Krishnamurty, Pt Kartick Kumar and many other stalwarts.

 

In 1971, he designed and introduced the improvised version of slide guitar, by adding extra strings as well as sympathetic strings, to suit the playing of Indian classical music in its true form.


In 1972, he became the first A-grade artiste of AIR in light music on slide guitar.

 

In 1973, he became the first AIR A-grade artiste in classical music on slide guitar.

 

 Since then, he has been working hard in the teaching, development, recognition and appreciation of the Hawaiian slide guitar as an Indian classical music instrument.

 

By God's grace, he got global recognation and appreciation of the new instrument as the 'Indian Classical Guitar', manufactured by Mr Bhabasindhu Biswas of Kolkata.

 

In 1978, Barun became the disciple of Pt Ravi Shankar and worked with him in many of his ensembles, recordings and workshops.

 

Barun is considered as one of the torch bearers of the famous Maihar Gharana, established by the legendary Baba Allauddin Khan (the guru/master of Pt Ravi Shankar and many other stalwart artistes of India).

 

In the year 2000, Pt Ravi Shankar named and gave official recognition to a further developed and highly evolved version of the Indian classical slide guitar as the Hansa Veena.

 

The first Hansa Veena manufactured by M/S Rikhi Ram and Sons of Delhi was given to Barun by his guru Pt Ravi Shankar on Panditji's 80th birth day. This unique instrument was later launched in all over the world and soon became popular as an unique addition to the rich history of Indian musical instruments.

 

Barun is, thus, known globally as the pioneer artiste of the Hansa Veena and the Indian slide guitar.

Barun Kumar Pal , as a senior Artiste of Radio and Doordarshan

  • A selected A-grade Artiste in both Indian Classical music and Light music since 1972.
  • Have performed in several national programmes of A.I.R. and National network concerts of Doordarshan.
  • Performed for the most honored concert of India, “The Radio Sangeet Sammelan”, in 1999 and 2006.
  • A member of the the Audition committee of All India Radio
  • Served A.I.R. as a staff musician, composer and programme planner for 20 yrs