Welcome to the official website of Michael Griska!

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z4Michael Griska performs and teaches North Indian Classical Music better known as Hindustani Music on the sitar and surbahar. He is a disciple of the world renowned sarod player, K. Sridhar. His studies with Sridharji are always on-going as he keeps to his daily riyaz.  Michael also offers sitar and surbahar maintenance including Javari as he maintains his own instruments.

Michael’s approach to develop the raga and tala is a balanced mixture of Dhrupad and Khyal.  He makes use of Dhrupad’s raga development with a lengthy alap, jor, jhala, and a with focus on shruti and raga grammar. Even though Khyal techniques are used throughout the music, Khyal is more utilized with the tala, allowing the freedom to compose on the spot and without the use of compositions other than a gat.

Michael performs, teaches, and fixes instruments from Pittsburgh to New York to Washington D.C. and all throughout the Carolinas of the USA.  If you are interested in scheduling Michael for: concert performance, lecture/demonstration, wedding performance, yoga music accompaniment, music lessons, or instrument maintenance (including Javari) call or email: 412-414-8617, michaelgriska@gmail.com.


T.V. Interview that aired on WQED on October 9, 2014 on the program “Pittsburgh 360”. Also includes clips of Michael Griska’s performance at the at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for the World Kaleidoscope music series on July 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. Click here to watch the full program http://wqed.org/tv/watch/?id=1070&series=4&page=0

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