is an extrodinary musician whose imaginative renderings and
innovative techniques reveal a prophetic re-thinking that
has always been on the vanguard of North Indian classical
music. A disciple of the great Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Brij
Bhushan Kabra, his musical lineage is linked to the renowned
16th century Mogul court singer Tansen.
Debashish is a winner of the President of India Award and
the first guitarist to perform before several hundred thousand
people at Bangalore's 23rd National Festival of Music.Touring
extensively, including Canada, Japan, England and the United
States, he is widely acclaimed as "an outstanding talent
of the new generation of classical Indian musicians."
His unorthodox finger style and steel bar dexterity reproduce
all the modulations and nuances of vocal music to an advanced
degree, while also exhibiting a distinct instrumental style
which embraces classical elegance and traditional sensitivity.
The listener will hear in his music a new and profound level
of virtousity for this style of guitar.
Debashish has devoted many years creating a hauntingly beautiful
and innovative guitar that is a synthesis of four instruments:
the Veena, the Sitar, the Sarod, and the Arabian Kannur. His
Guru gave his instrument the name Dev Veena; literally, "The
Veena which has been sent to us by God." The Dev Veena
has twenty-two strings and is played flat on the lap, Hindustani
or Hawaiian style, while using a metal bar in the left hand.
The wonderful gift of Debashish's music is that he presents
a fusion of formal classical music and improvisation, revealing
an expression of passion and emotion that crosses cultural
and musical boundries.To hear him in concert is to experience
the musicianship of a master.