Kolkata: Padma Bhushan Sarod player Pandit Buddhadeb Das Gupta died in Kolkata on Monday at the age of 85.
He had been suffering from a respiratory illness for the past few days. Reportedly, he died at 6.30 am after suffering a heart attack.
Das Gupta was born in 1933 at his maternal home in Bhagalpur in Bihar. His father, Prafulla Mohan Das Gupta, was a district magistrate and a music specialist. Dasgupta, who was a stunning talent, and was taught music by Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra.
Dasgupta’s body has been kept at the Peace Heaven funeral parlour so that people can pay their last respects. Reportedly, his body will be cremated on Wednessday.
Besides his world-wide fame as a Sarod player, Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta has had an equally brilliant track record in Academics. He stood second in the Matriculation Examination, held in 1948. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the leading Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology Shibpur.
He received the honorary D.Litt degree from the Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur at its annual convocation in 2010.
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.
He has done more than 17 national programs in All India Radio which is a very rare incident among known Indian Classical Musicians.
His famous autobiography ‘Bamaner Chandrasparshavilash’ (“The desire of a dwarf to touch the moon”), was periodically published in ab 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.