UW Ethnomusicology concert recordings: Sharmistha Sen, 1992-05-08  PDF

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UW Ethnomusicology concert recordings: Sharmistha Sen
2 items  :  OT - 2 DATs; WT - 2 reels (7.5 ips, 1/2 tr. stereo, 10"); Duration: 1:07:16; performer bios.
Collection Number
Concert recording featuring UW visiting artist Sharmistha Sen, at Kane Hall Rm. 120, May 8, 1992.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sharmistha Sen is one of the few women instrumentalists to have attained prominence in Indian Classical music. Her main teachers were the late Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, who played in the classic dhrupad-based Jaipur -Seniya style; and the late Professor D. T. Joshi, a widely respected teacher who was a disciple of the legendary Ustad Inayat Khan. Her musical style can perhaps be described as a cross between the traditional Imdadkhani style imbibed from D. T. Joshi, and the Jaipur Seniya style learned from Mushtaq Ali Khan. Her touch, strokes, glides and subsequent production of tonal and microtonal effects are typical of her two gurus, but has a signature decidedly her own.

There are very few accomplished musicians today who have had music training both in the unique classical Master-disciple, guru-shishya system as well as in the modern University system where she earned her doctoral degree from Visvabharati University in Santiniketan.Sharmistha made her public debut when she was just thirteen. She has won numerous awards and participated in many major music festivals in India. Later, she concertized throughout Europe and the U. S. During the 1983-84 academic year, she was on the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, as Artist-in-Residence. She was a Professor of Music in Daulat Ram College at Delhi University.

- www.indiarts.com

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Recorded by Ashok Kumar for the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives with Panasonic SV-250 DAT recorder, Symetrix SX202 dual mic preamp, mic inputs from sound board.

Performers: Sharmistha Sen/sitar; Manoj Kumar Nagar/tabla; Prabha Rustagi/tampura.

Contents: Raga Miyan Ki Malhar; Raga Tilaka Kamoda.

Note: 2nd half of concert (Naina Devi) recorded on DAT (92-14.2 OT) but not copied to analog due to poor quality of performance and recording, at suggestion of Daniel Neuman (supporting vocalist miked to drown out soloist who had recently suffered a stroke & was unable to sing; effect is most unfortunate.)

Transmission Data: Digital files created from original DATs 8/2010 (by Gary Louie) - AW1 N. India 92-14.1 OT.wav, AW1 N. India 92-14.2 OT.wav

Documentation: Concert flyer

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Classical Music, Hindustani
  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia
  • India--Asia--South Asia
  • North India
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Kumar, Manoj (itr)
    • Rustagi, Prabha (itr)
    • Sen, Sharmistha (itr)