INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Female Sitarists


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Female Sitarists Sep 13, 2002 03:18 p.m.

I'm trying to put a little variety into my sitar CD collection. There doesn't appear to be many female sitarists out there that are recorded. Bought a CD by Hasu Patel and Suman Sharma. Any of you ever heard either, and what do you think of their styles? I have definite opinions already, but I don't want to say just yet....
Other than Anoushka Shankar, what other female sitarists have you heard that you all can recommend?
Re:Female Sitarists Sep 13, 2002 05:06 p.m.

Next week I'll go see a female sitarist called Sharmistha Sen. Don't if she has recorded, but it's a start......



Re:Female Sitarists Sep 13, 2002 07:39 p.m.

Hey Remco, I hear she is good.....try to sneak a MD recorder in with you
I hear Mita Nag is excellent as well, anxiously awaiting her new CD from but not much progress with it from what I hear so it will be awhile.......


Re:Female Sitarists Sep 14, 2002 11:24 a.m.

I'm still trying to get my hands on a recording of Annapurna Devi (remember, it is said that she is the one who absorbed 75% of what Baba taught her, her brother, Ali Akbar Khan, took in about 50%, and Ravi Shankar only made it through Ustad Khan's training retaining 25%). Although she would be labled as a practitioner of the surbahar, the above statement leeds me to believe that she would be very highly rated when speaking of women that are ICM instrumentalist. I think someone had said on this forum that the had a leed on her recordings (of which I believe there are only 2-3).
Re:Female Sitarists Sep 14, 2002 07:59 p.m.

Yup. Get a hold of Roger over there on YooHoo. He has a source, or so he says...
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