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By Music City Pulse Podcast

Sharmistha Ganguly is a classical Hindustani vocalist. She is unique amongst singers of that style in that she is also an instrumentalist, playing the harmonium in the ensemble. Often what she plays on the harmonium follows the melody she is singing. In this episode we get a basic introduction into the classical Hindustani style of Northern India. The music heard in this episode was recorded live on March 16, 2019 at the Centennial Performing Arts Studios in Centennial Park Nashville Tennessee immediately before recording the interview. Sharmistha was accompanied by Anup Raychowdhury on tabla and Eric Fristch on sitar. Anup is an accomplished musician who learned tabla from his guru the late S. Ganguly in Calcutta India. He has dedicated his life to passing the torch to the next generation by teaching this remarkable art form. Eric currently studies sitar online with Pandit Mukesh Sharma in New Delhi. This music is always performed with a tanpura which does not play melody, but supports the melody of other instruments by providing a continuous drone.

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