Dada Tapan Kanti Baidya was born in Bangladesh. In 1976, he won the Gold Medal in the National Music Competition which enabled him to a full scholarship to study North Indian Classical Music at the Visva Bharati University in India. There he studied with various masters from different Gharana/schools such as Pt Prasun Kr Benergee, Smti Mamta Dasgupta (Patiala Gharana), Pt Nemai Chand Baral (Dagar Gharana Dhrupad), Ustad Eunus Hossain Khan (Khyal Agra/Atroli Gharana), Mohan Sing Khangura, Pt Aloke Chattergee (kirana Gharana Khyal).
After earning his Masters in Music in 1982, he returned to Bangladesh where he served as a professor of North Indian Classical Vocal at the National music and arts academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He appeared regularly in public as well as television as a Classical vocal performer. In 1986, he established his school, Sadarang Sangit Shamaroha (Sadarang School of Music) based on his own style and technique of vocal performance (Gharana).
In 1992, he was invited by the Bangladesh Cultural Center in New York to open a classical Music department. After his arrival to New York, he taught at the Bangladesh Cultural Center NY, Bangladesh society of new york and Bangladesh association of New Jersey as well as frequent visits to teach in Florida and Washington DC. Also during this time, he established an organization called the Bangla Institute of performing arts which supports artists and performers in all fields of Indian traditional music (Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khyal, Tarana and Thumri). As a performer, he held concerts at venues such as the Ecosoc Hall–United Nations NY, Yale University, and John Hopkins University to name a few. He also performed and taught at the National Music College, Dhaka in his yearly return to Bangladesh. In 2002 he was invited to perform in India Habitat center in New Delhi, India.
In 2007, he formed the Sadarang Music Center in New York, and continues to teach children and continues to hold a large class of students. In his recent return to Bangladesh in January of 2011, he performed in a historical concert consisting of a 5 hour continuous performance of N.Indian Classical vocal Music at the Dhaka University.