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Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Sankar ji passes away

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away in San Diego, the Ravi Shankar Foundation announced on Tuesday. He was 92. The legendary musician and composer had suffered from upper-respiratory and heart issues over the past year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery last Thursday. Though the surgery was successful, recovery proved too difficult for musician, the foundation said in a press release. H ...

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Sahana Banerjee – The beauty of Sitar

Sahana Banerjee is one of the most accomplished and outstanding female sitar players of India belonging to the Rampur Senia Gharana. Sahana was born in a family of rich musical heritage AND WAS READILY RECOGNIZED AS A CHILD PRODIGY AT AN EARLY AGE OF FOUR. Her father Prof. Santosh Banerjee, a celebrated "Sitar" & "Surbahar" player of India and former Head of the Department of Instrumental Music of Rabin ...

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The 59th Sawai Gandharv Bhimsen Mahotsav

I'm finally at the venue of the Sawai Gandharv Mahotsav, a festival I've been dreaming of attending for many years now. I missed the first 2 days of performances though. Today's performance saw the venue jam packed so much so that the organisers had to stop selling tickets after a while because there was no place to accomodate the beyond 10K people who wanted to get in. All this for Shankar Mahadevan. I'm a ...

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