Pragyan Barua is a Indian Classical Vocalist based in Guwahati. Barua qualified as Sangeet Visharad through Kanakali Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Guwahati under Bhatkhande University in the year 1984. Disciple of the Mewati Gharana, Barua received his musical talim from Pandit Jasraj and presently provides talim to new aspirants.
Barua is a disciple of (Late) Sangeet Jyoti Birendra Kumar Phukan and Sri Puspa Ranjan Dey of Guwahati. Son of Retd. Prof. Prafulla Chandra Barua and Mrs. Renu Barua, Pragyan Barua is a graded artist for ‘Kheyal’ of All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan.
Barua is one of the frontrunners in as a vocalist of Hindustani classical music. He has participated in a host of national functions and musical conclaves on invitation like the ‘Sangeet Sankalp’ (an all India organisation with headquarters in New Delhi) samaroh at Ahmedabad in 2001. Apart from performing at various places in the north eastern region and in other Indian cities like Kolkata, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad, Barua also plays the piano, guitar, percussions, borgeet, modern songs and light music.
Winner of the gold medal and running shield of Prayag Sangeet Vishwa Vidyalaya, Allahabad in their Hirak Jayanti Samaroh Senior group competition in 1998, Barua has also composed and directed music for a documentary production on Lt. Hiteshwar Saikia, Television serials and audio cassettes.
Baruah’s musical acumen has been duly recognised and he is a recipient of a junior fellowship from the Human Resource Development ministry of the central government for two consecutive years from 1997. He has received the Sangeet Prabha award for 2002-03 from the North East Foundation for Cultural and Socio-economic Development besides awards from various institutions including the cultural affairs ministry of the Assam government.
A faculty member of the Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (2005), the vocalist is a member of leading cultural organisations like Sankalp, Arohan, Brothers, Gandhar Gosthi and Ashadeep besides being associated with Vivekananda Kendra.