G. C. D. Bharti
Born15 April 1959
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
ParentVidyadhar Gaina Bharti
AwardsPadma Shri

G. C. D. Bharti (Bharati Bandhu) is an Indian musician known for his Kabir bhajans.[1][2][3]

Early life

He was born on 15 April in Raipur, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh to Vidhyadhar Gaina Bharti.[4] His early musical training was under his father's tutelage and later, trained Ghazal, Thumri and Dadra under Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan and Sufi music under Ustad Haji Eid Ali Shah Chishti.[2][5]


Bharti is the lead vocalist of Bharti Bandhu Group, an Indian musical troupe based in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.[6][7] The members of Bharti Bandhu are GCD Bharti, Vivekanand Bharti, G Ramanand Bharti and C Vidrumna Vachaspati Bharti.[8][9] Their musical style has been developed from family musical tradition.[4][10][9] The troupe has been reported[by whom?] to have performed in four Chhattisgarhi movies, Pirit Ke Jang, Chhattisgarh Mahatari, Ram Milahi Jodi and Muktiram. Bharti Bandu sing Sufi songs[11] and the verses of Kabir. The troupe has performed widely in India,[12] and have given nearly 6000 performances. The members of the group have trained thousand of students.


Bharti was honored by the Government of India, in 2013, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri.[13][14][15]


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  2. ^ a b "Pandit Bharti Bandhu presents vocal recital at Jagriti". Daily Pioneer. 18 October 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Music fest begins with Sufi flavour". Telegraph India. 12 March 2014. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Listeners soak in spirit of mystic Sufi music". Telegraph India, NAMITA PANDA, 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ "India Tender". India Tender. 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Curtains come down on Megha Utsav". The New Indian Express.
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  8. ^ "Bharti Bandhu mesmerise students with Kabir Gayaki Neena Sharma". The Tribune, Chandigarh, India
  9. ^ a b "Sufi Utsav from June 21". Hindustan times. 2006. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  10. ^ "Padmashree Swami GCD Bharti and Bharti Bandhu perform at a sufi musical evening organised at Benares Club in Benaras". Times of India. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  11. ^ "A Sufi evening in IIM Shillong". IIMSHILLONG newsletter, issue 65, November/December 2012.
  12. ^ The Foundation Day of the IGNCA
  13. ^ "Padma Awards Directory" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  14. ^ Padma Awards 2013: Full list Zee News India
  15. ^ "President Pranab Mukherjee gives away Padma Awards to Sridevi, Rahul Dravid, Sharmila Tagore". India Today,