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Music of India by the Batish family and friends - sitar, tabla, santoor, sarod, harmonium, tanpura, dilruba, veena, ghazal, bhajan, geet, thumri, raga rock, raga jazz, ethnopop

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Here is a little sample of my son Keshav (Tabla) and I (Sitar) playing raga Dhani in Tintal. Keshav has studied Indian music with me since birth and today, at 13, he is one amazing musician. I hope you can catch him playing live in concert one of these days :)

Instruments taught: Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Dilruba, Dholak, Singing, Tanpura, Vichitra Veena

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Batish Institute

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Ashwin Batish was on tour when he was invited to perform his special brand of Sitar Power for "Musique Plus" in Montreal, Canada. Ashwin is playing a live version of the song "Bombay Boogie" from his album "Sitar Power #1 - "a fusion of rock and Indian music."

Ashwin's pioneering efforts have truly made a place for such fusions to be considered a mainstay in today's musical world. He is presently working on new tracks for his upcoming release Sitar Power 3! This video is an edited version of a 25 minute interview performance by Ashwin. The interviewer is Natalie Richards. A DVD of the full program is available through Batish Records. Please call us at 1-800-RAG-MALA to order your DVD.

Please read on with some of the reviews this music has garnered over the years.............

"best raga rock you've heard since Ravi Shankar played Madison Square Garden in '71." BAM

"The song turns out to be a toe-tapping "raga rock"- a high-energy dance number he calls "Bombay Boogie". Christian Science Monitor

"His music has a unique sound. He fuses raditional ragas with the sounds of electric guitar, bass, drums and synthesizers to create songs such as "Bombay Boogie" and "New Delhi Vice." Hinduism Today

"Classical Indian sitar music can be mellow and spiritual. But in the hands of Batish, a master player, the sitar is an instrument of versatility and great charm." Idaho Statesman

"California-based sitarist Ashwin Batish gives listeners an explosion of tantalizing musical sounds the sweet strains of the sitar fused with rock. Caribbean, jazz and afro-cuban forms .... wild, foot-tapping medley" India Worldwide, NY

"Don't bother sitting down. You'll just have to get right back up on your feet anyway. Ashwin Batish, the man who is bringing a new meaning to the term "fusion" and new respect to the instruments of India. New Times, Miami

"His latest album, Sitar Power, launched him into infamy. Batish took spirited sitar lines that borrowed equally from Indian ragas and Californian surf-guitar riffs, and set them to rock based electro-drums, bass, and guitars. Then he fused everything with his offbeat, quirky sense of humor (Bombay Boogie and New Delhi Vice are just a couple of song titles)" Montreal Mirror, Canada

"Sitar Power" is a wild fusion of traditional Indian music and rock." Michael Snyder, San Francisco Chronicle

"Certain musical collisions seem like such strange bedfellows; they'll stop you dead in your tracks the first time you hear them; Bob Wills (country/jazz), Los Lobos (Mexican/rock). Add dance pop/Indian fusion to your list, the invention of a Santa Cruz, Calif, based sitar player named Ashwin Batish...... Batish rips on the sitar, he's equally at home with Shankar and Chuck Berry." Tower Records, Pulse

"Ashwin Batish has been a man with a mission, and his mission has been to make the sitar into a contemporary electric instrument as relevant as the electric guitar. Based in the U.S., he's made the albums to back up his thesis, showing that it can rock as hard as any stringed instrument on the planet." Chris Nickson, All Music Guide

"Sitar Power is one of the few breakthroughs that happened on the American continent, courtesy of a talented and charming gent ..... beyond the instrumental virtuosity, his joy with what he is doing comes across as a specific within the general sense of his exuberant personality." Eugene Chadbourne, All music Guide

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Sitar Mania is the title track of Ashwin Batish's raga rock fusion Sitar Power album #2. As with the other Sitar Power songs, this one is highly energetic and will make you want to dance! You can visit Ashwin's web site at www.sitarpower.com and review a huge collection of old articles, pics etc

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.

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. Ashwin often gives private and group Indian music lessons at his Santa Cruz, California USA facility and is often called upon by various music festivals and universities to perform his sitar and be a guest lecturer for weekend workshops and seminars on Indian music and ethnopop, raga rock sitar fusion.

Ashwin Batish's pioneering effort in worldbeat music called "Sitar Power" has earned him some critical reviews and great respect in the music community. The sitar is ageless in Ashwin's hands. It is souped up for amplification and effects! We hope you get to catch one of Ashwin's electric performances. His music is as dynamic as his stage presence. When called upon, Ashwin will assemble a seven piece band of handpicked musicians that compliment his every musical nuance.

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Posted in Music, Santoor by ragmala at 12:54 am

Keshav is 9 years old and recently did a short recital for his 4th grade class at his school in California. He is the grandson of the legendary Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish and is presently studying Indian music from his father Pandit Ashwin Kumar Batish at the Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine Arts in Santa Cruz California USA. He enjoys Indian music and along with the santoor he is practicing hard on the dilruba, sitar, dholak and congas.

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Welcome to the Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine Arts podcast page. Thanks to Podbean for providing this resource. Eventually we hope to have enough funds to get a larger feed space here and do many broadcasts.

The Batish family's prime directive in life if to further the music and fine arts of India. That's what we do best. The patriarch of our family Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish and the founder of the institute has been a great personality on the Indian music front since 1930. Sadly we lost this great musical genius recently. On July 29, he passed away leaving a great sense of loss and void in our hearts and soul. He was a true visionary. In the past 20 years he had dedicated to the creation of over 20 books on teaching Indian music and over 5000 compositions in North and South Indian ragas all designed to bring Indian music to a global audience. Our mission now is to take these gems and to produce them to the best of our abilities and release them to the World. Here is where we will be presenting excerpts and clips of this work in progress and we hope you will subscribe and perhaps help us in this production.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of this musical saint. He was born Shiv Dayal Batish and was known in the Indian film and music industry as S.D. Batish But it was his guruji Shri Chandan Ram Charan that gave him the pseudonym "Rasik" You will find this name in most of the lyrics penned by him.

We present you today with a song from his CD "S.D. Batish, The 72 Carnatic Melakartas vol.1." It is a composition he wrote while researching the ragas of the South Indian music system. The 1st 12 Melakartas (Parent modes) are presented. This raga is called Manavati and is number 5 in the Carnatic system of 72 parent modes.

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