Sarangi Virtuoso

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The renowned musician passed away recently.

Dhruba Ghosh was one of the reasons why the world applauds Indian classical music. He helped elevate the status of the sarangi as a solo instrument.

Born in 1957, Ghosh grew up in a musical family – his father was a renowned tabla player, Nikhil Ghosh. He was yet a teen when he began performing in his father’s concerts. Since then, he performed at numerous concerts and festivals in India and around the world.

Ghosh propagated the sarangi by collaborating with foreign classical musicians. He was a founder member of the World String Orchestra in Japan, which brings together the traditional string instruments of Japan, China, Korea, Uzbekistan and India.

One of his fruitful collaborations was with American saxophonist Paul Winter for Miho: Journey to the Mountains, a project inspired by the sounds of nature. He composed two tracks one of which was the Whale Raga – an unusual duet with Humpback whales. It won the 2010 Grammy award for the Best New Age Album.

He was the Principal of Bharatiya Sangeet & Nartan Shikshapeeth of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai.

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