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Saturday, May 10, 2008
Indian slide guitar visionary Debashish Bhattacharya + Chhandayan - Indian music in NYC
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Slide guitar has been a part of Indian music since the 1930s when Hawaiian player Tau Moe took the country by storm (although contrary to some of our on-air comments, the very first exposure of the instrument in India may have come a few years earlier). But North Indian classical slide guitarist extraordinaire Debashish Bhattacharya, considered one of the country's foremost instrumentalists of any kind, has taken the music to new levels. He has invented his own instruments - what he calls the "Guitar Trinity" - to realize his musical visions: The Chaturangui, a 22-string hollow neck guitar, the 14-string Gandharvi, and the Anandi, a 4-string slide ukulele. He's extended the musical language by collaborating with a range of fellow global guitar renegades from Okinawa to Hawaii. And he shares the love: He's written the first-ever guide to Indian classical guitar technique and runs a music school in Calcutta, his home town.
Debashish and his accompanist / brother Subhashis (tabla) stopped by on their way to join several other Indian classical luminaries at New York's annual Chhandayan NYC All Night Concert of Indian Classical Music which took place May 10-11 at Synod Hall at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
Debashish also has a brilliant new cd, Calcutta Chronicles on Riverboat Records; he'll introduce a few of the tracks tonight.
This page has information about, plus an image of the instrument Debashish played on this show, the 22 string Chaturangui, largest of his "Trinity of Guitars", from the manufacturer's site:
Also joining us earlier in the show: Samir Chatterjee of Chhandayan (http://www.tabla.org), producer of, and participant in the all-night concert. Samir is a major booster of Indian classical music in the New York metro area and elsewhere in North America. And he'll soon embark on a new mission to teach and support South Asian classical music in Afghanistan.
Glenn Luttman, our illustrious engineer, of Fly Ashtray fame.
Jake Aron, our spry young assistant engineer still in the early stages of his own very promising musical career.
Steve Krinsky, venerable FMU DJ and sometime fill-in for Rob, catalyst for this show.
Ken Wessel our transportation angel. Kenny is himself a wonderful guitarist, leading his own projects and playing with Adam Rudolph’s multi-culti ensemble Moving Pictures among others. In fact he’ll be performing with Rudolph’s group at Drom, 85 Avenue A in Manhattan on Friday, June 13. Check out Ken’s site for gig and cd info: http://www.kenwessel.com.
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Sat. 5/10/08 7:17pm
Hey, Rob, can you post a picture of the guitar Debashish is playing?
Sat. 5/10/08 7:23pm
i was thinking the same, cy. if you dig around in the link Rob gives in the intro blurb, you can see some (small) pics
Sat. 5/10/08 7:24pm
Hey guys, I just added a link for an image of the guitar. Don't know if I have time to post an image right now on this page but maybe I can later...
Sat. 5/10/08 7:54pm
im watching tv a chef on tv has a fmu tshirt on.
Sat. 5/10/08 8:37pm
I wish I could go to that concert. Maybe next time.