While it was Ravi Shankar who brought Indian music to the world, it’s been left to others to help it sink roots. In Japan, that task has been taken up by Nagoya-based sitarist Amit Roy, who has been imparting the Hindustani tradition to his Japanese students for the past decade.
The fruits of his labor can be heard Sunday at the India Express concert, when Roy will be joined by over a dozen of his Japanese students on sitar and tabla. While some may balk at the idea of attending a concert of Hindustani music by non-Indian musicians, rest assured that all the musicians featured are proficient and capable of drawing beauty from the ragas; many of them already have separate careers in the worlds of jazz, classic and session work.
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