St George's Bristol
26 Mar 2018
St George's Bristol
Asian Arts Agency presents one of the world’s greatest slide guitarists, Debashish Bhattacharya, at St George's Bristol.
With tabla accompaniment from Sanju Sahai.
“You will likely never hear better acoustic slide playing than this” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA.
“Sinuous artistry…imbued with the spiritual and the sensual” – Daily Telegraph
Debashish Bhattacharya brings universal appeal to his inventive fusion of classical Indian ragas and bluesy Western music.
Embracing Hawaiian slide guitar from his childhood in the 1960s, Debashish has pioneered a unique style of Hindustani slide guitar and gained global recognition, mesmerising audiences and artists for over four decades with his unique blend of Indian ragas and western styles.
AWARD WINNING GUITARIST
Twice Grammy nominated, a Songlines and BBC award winner, Debashish has collaborated with many world renowned musicians, including Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, Jerry Douglas and Derek Trucks.
Watch Debashish perform Raag Shudh Sarang below:
INVENTOR OF HIS OWN SLIDE GUITARS
Debashish has also invented his own hollow neck slide-guitars (the 24-string chaturangui, the 14 string gandharvi and the anandi, a 4-string lap steel ukulele), which are unique to his compositions.
Combining extreme virtuosity with graceful artistry, Debashish has won the heart of millions around the world.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN INDIAN MUSIC AND FOOD
Come and immerse yourself in Indian music and food – with Indian tea, snacks and sweets also available.
For more information on Debashish, check out his website.
TABLA ACCOMPANIMENT FROM SANJU SAHAI
Sanju Sahai is one of the finest and prestigious tabla players of his generation. An international artist, Sanju is the 6th generation of tabla player in the Benares Gharana lineage, stretching back over 200 years. Sanju has accompanied many Indian legends including Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (bansuri) and Ustaad Amjaad Ali Khan.
Find out more at: www.sanjusahai.com
SUPPORT ARTIST – DURGA RAMAKRISHNAN
The concert will begin with a performance from Bristol based Carnatic vocalist and Veena player Durga Ramakrishnan.
Durga is an accomplished Carnatic musician and has performed throughout India and the UK. Durga also leads workshops in Indian music and culture and teaches Carnatic Vocal and instrumental Veena to all age groups. The Veena is a popular string instrument in classical Carnatic music. Find out more at: https://www.ragavidhya.com/
Presented in association with St George’s Bristol.