While he has a well-developed and well-utilized hammering technique, including the sliding/glissando technique pioneered by Shivkumar Sharma, he also uses his fingernails in picking patterns by hammering with one hand and plucking with the other. An additional technique involves carefully placed palm mutes during dramatic sections such as a tihai to produce a staccato melodic conclusion. Perhaps his most unusual and stirring contribution to the santoor's legacy is a modified string at the bottom of the instrument, tuned to a very low pitch, which he presses on and bends during compositions to provide a meend-like robust underlayer or phrase ending. Pandit Bhattacharya has also modified his santoor to include small blocks beneath each string which facilitate "fine tuning" during performances, since the santoor, with its 90-plus strings, goes out of tune frequently. Read more on Last.fm.
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