Tag Archives: sitar

Pat & Matt, Varanasi

16 Mar

My friends at the academy, Pat and Matt often both practiced on the roof. They were both studying sitar, but Matt also plays guitar, so they were playing around with a Raag they had learned. Interestingly, they are both from the Pacific Northwest, where I call home, and they were taking off from college to study in India. When they return they will be studying jazz, Pat on saxophone and Matt on guitar.

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Sangeetkar (Musicians), Varanasi

16 Mar

Another performance by the Mishra family at the academy. Debu (Deobrat) often sings when he plays, especially folk songs. His family is known for their vocalists, yet his father was the first to play sitar, and he has infused a singing style in his sitar playing. Debu blends the two styles with great agility, one of few musicians to do both at the same time.

Deobrat Mishra, Varanasi

16 Mar

Deobrat Mishra is the director of the Academy of Indian Classical Music in Varanasi, the school I attended. He is a sitar virtuoso and often plays alongside his father, Pandit Shivnath Mishra, who is one of the top sitar players in India. This concert was given at the academy, and Deobratji was playing next to his father, along with Bitu, their nephew who is an amazing tabla player. I tried to draw both Guruji (Shivnath) and Deobratji but Guruji’s head was hidden behind his sitar, so it was not a good composition. In any case, the concert was entrancing, and we were able to witness the musical chemistry between the father and son duo.

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