(1979-2008) 29 years of Pandit Debashish
Bhattacharya's humble services rendered in developing Indian Slide Guitar, he is the first living creator of Indian slide Guitar.
He is officially the first designer of Indian Instruments, Guitar , His guitars are different than guitars played by Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra, Pandit Viswamohan Bhatt by name Mohan Veena and some other veenas , which is actually guitars. Since 1979 all the development in Indian slide guitars has been either observed or implied by the other contemporary guitarists of India, though many of them at that time has not even decided, if they will ever play Indian ragas on Guitar, Debashish Bhattacharya as a teenager has become the pathfinder and
the trend setter for of all those guitarists and x-Veena players. Any one in this planet ever sees a guitar with the front Chikari, and resonating strings on it, or a hollow neck Indian guitar should know that the man behind it is none other than Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya.
Trinity. According to Mythologies, both Indian and Western, it embodies power of the
whole being - the Universe and its creator. Almost a synonym of 'Trinetra' the three eyes- associated with the motherly beauty of
goddess Durga and Lord Shiva - the omni-potent, it reflects reverence and unflinching faith of a child for its parents. Parents whose unquestioning love protects the roots of past that is history; nurtures the present and cherishes dreams wrapped in the mysterious folds of the future.
The history reveals that a young Hawaiian came to India with his guitar in the year 1931. Unknown in his own country today the ninety-five year
old Tau Moe is a revered figure in India as he introduced the lap steel guitar and, therefore, is considered as the father of the Indian Slide Guitar. Since then the Hawaiian Guitar has come a long way.
Debashish Bhattacharya, the worthy disciple of Pandit Brij Bhushan
Kabra, adopted this instrument, with all its limitations, as Indian classical Slide Guitar. With love and devotion he mastered all that was possible within its framework. He had always been interested in improvising and loved to compose. Indian music, which thrives on improvisation, gave him all these possibilities already built into single tradition but the instrument, ideal for Western music, tied his hands at times. Keeping intact the original sound of guitar he yearned to blend the tonal resonance of majestic traditional Indian instruments. He experimented by blending tones of
Rudra-veena, Violin, Sarode and Sitar into
Chaturangui - one instrument with four colours and the first of the Trinity
During one of his trips to Puri, Debashish was savoring the beauty of the famous sea beach. The restless inventor in him found the high rising waves like his own restless soul. But when it touched the sky at its meeting point in the horizon, Debashish found that there was nothing but peace and beauty. This led to the creation of
Gandharvi - the rendezvous of bass and treble representing the restless earth and overpowering sky; the birth place of the celestial beauty belonging to Gandharva Loka.
Melting the golden tones of Saraswathi-veena, Santoor, Sarangi and the acoustics of 12- string-guitar into one mould and reshaping it into the second of the Trinity of guitars achieved this. The acoustic steel guitar world receiveda new acoustic tone, a completely different culture of sound.
Indian classical music, as is practiced, arises from the meditative mood and culminates in the Anand or joy of creation.
Anandi, with its exotic folk lute like tone, was conceived and designed by Debashish to capture this mood.
In the Music world, Anandi is accepted as slide-Ukulele.
The creation of Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi, a family of new generation slide guitars, is a masterpiece and Debashish is the first Indian musician to have achieved this distinction of creating the Trinity of any such instrument.
The Trinity of Guitars - as invented by Debashish Bhattacharya, is like the
Trinetra. By preserving the traditional values the first eye allows the second one to move on to reach new vistas to amass wealth to treasure under the protection of the third eye. The grandeur of the past holds hands of the innovative present to weave magic for the future. With deep reverence for Tau Moe, Debashish intends to scale the peaks of music with the
Trinetra as the beacon of Trinity of Guitars.