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Rajib Karmakar

Rajib Karmakar is undoubtedly one of the finest young sitar players today. Years of learning have resulted in an extensive technique and deep understanding of diverse musical styles. His open mind has led to an extension of his musical horizon to incorporate imaginative experiments in world music styles that delight the young and the old. He has performed all over the world, in prestigious music concerts and festivals. He is the creator of the world’s first double necked electric Sitar ” Mayur Tantri” . Rajib’s versatility has ably adapted his classical knowledge and skill in his fusion projects like Wahh(USA), Fuzorhythm(India), Loop Science(Germany), Nada Naissance(France) etc. ! He is currently residing in Los Angeles, California as a performer, educator and digital artiste Rajib is performing frequently in India and abroad including USA, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland etc

Gargi Shinde

Sitarist Gargi Shindé is a disciple of the renowned Maestro Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan. Gargi’s quest for a dialogue between the Indian and Western musical traditions began when she heard a recording of her Guru in concert with Dave Brubeck in 1958 while he toured south Asia as part of the American Jazz Ambassadors program. Gargi has performed since the age of 10 winning accolades and gold medals at national music competitions and recitals in Mumbai, India. She is currently based in New York City. In the U.S, Gargi frequently collaborates with artists from diverse genres including award winning singer songwriter Sean Rowe on his first album End of October, winner of the Prix du Livre de Jazz, pianist Lewis Porter, and Adam Klipple, veteran jazz drummer Mark Johnson and bassist and composer Masataka Odaka

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Jonathan Mayer

Biography Training: Son of the late Indian composer and Indo-Jazz Fusions founder John Mayer, Jonathan studied sitar from Clem Alford, Pandit Subroto Roy Chowdhury, both of Senia Gharana, and Ustad Wajahat Khan of Imdadkhani Gharana. He also studied composition from his father and later with Andrew Downes at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons). Who he's worked with: Jonathan is currently one of the most versatile sitarists in the world, having studied both Indian & western music. From these traditions he has created a unique creativity towards the sitar, seeing it as a instrument and not a genre

Pandit Habib Khan

Pandit Habib Khan is regarded as one of the best sitar players in the country today. He was born into a family of musicians and can trace his lineage back several generations to when classical music enjoyed the patronage of the nobility and royalty of India. He began his training at the tender age of five under the strict eye of his accomplished father, Ustad Hameed Jaffer Khan. The Jaffer Khan family was from Indore and were well known for their unique style of playing the sitar, melding the effect of the human voice and the instrumental tone into a harmonious whole. Habib Khan has carved out a distinct style of his own which is a blend of his father's traditional techniques and his own imaginative inventions

Neel Murgai

Neel Murgai Ensemble Neel Murgai: sitar, vocals, daf Mat Maneri: viola Sameer Gupta: tabla Greg Heffernan: cello “Music is a reflection of the times. This is our stimulus of vibrations into the global dialogue, a cross-cultural mélange only possible at this time: the Ancient Future Traditional.” NME announces the release of their debut CD, Audionomic Stimulus Package! Sitarist, overtone singer, frame drummer and composer Neel Murgai creates music that defies categorization. His unique global sound is rooted in his sitar studies with Pundit Krishna Bhatt, combined with modern and avant-guarde western music and other sounds from around the world

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Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar- Sitar Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer is India's most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician. He is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. This however, he did only after long years of dedicated study under his illustrious guru Baba Allaudin Khan and after making a name for himself in India. Always ahead of his time, Ravi Shankar has written two concertos for sitar and orchestra, violin-sitar compositions for Yehudi Menuhin and himself, music for flute virtuoso Jean Pierre Rampal, music for Hosan Yamamoto, master of the Shakuhachi and Musumi Miyashita - Koto virtuoso, and collaborated with Phillip Glass (Passages)

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Ashwin Batish

Ashwin Batish is an extraordinary sitarist and tabla player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso, funk... an example of a few hybrids he excels at. He is famous for such songs as the Bombay Boogie, Raga Rock, Raga Jazz, Casbah Shuffle and Sitar Mania. His pioneering efforts in world beat music have earned him critical reviews and great respect in the music community. Ashwin is also very well know for being an educator. His series of instructional videos for the sitar, tabla, dilruba, dholak, vichitra veena, harmonium that he has produced with his father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish have become a very sought after commodity by the Indian music student

Billy Joe Wiseman

Billy Joe Wiseman is an undeniably talented guitarist, having gained industry recognition and a fan following for his chops as an award-winning independent performer, session guitarist for Virgin Artists, and Guitar Chair for both the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Hotels. In addition to teaching and coaching the popular female pop band Haim, Billy Joe has accompanied countless artists across the globe, including Paula Abdul, Joe Sample, Maynard Ferguson, Charo, Tony Newton, Doc Severinsen, Gladys Knight, John Klemmer, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Ed Shaughnessy,  Joe Williams, Louie Bellson, Brandon Fields, and slew of others

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Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place

Read "Anoushka Shankar: Music Makes the World a Better Place" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Esoteric, eclectic and prolific, the Indian sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar has mapped out an intriguing artistic path by delivering intriguing music that has veered between the modern and the traditional. Her ambitious, progressive and multicultural musical world view has been growing exponentially from a record to record and has taken her on a path of ...

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Broto Roy

In the mid-‘80s, India-American composer and tabla percussionist Broto Roy (an EMI-India recording artist) began composing and recording a genre of music he calls “Raga-Jazz”, an amalgam of ancient Indian ragas (melodies), talas (rhythms) and western Jazz. His mastery over the complex, formalized rhythms of his native India combined with his deep appreciation and understanding of the Jazz idiom led the Washington Post to declare his music “spiritual and visceral”. He was Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center’s inauguration of their Millennium Stage. His CD “Total Immersion” is only the second live recording sanctioned by the Kennedy Center for public release (the first was by Pavarotti)


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