What do surbahars, books, and sitars all have in common?

The Answer is: Thursday October 9, 2014 they will all be hanging out with Chris Moore on WQED! The program is called Pittsburgh 360 and it airs at 7:30pm EST. It is safe to say Hindustani music is starting to creep into Pittsburgh via satellites. Next Thursday will be sitars and surbahars. Then what’s next? Kids busking on the streets with sarods and bansuris instead of guitars and flutes. The hum of Raga Hamsadhwani on the train. The wistle of Raag Bhoop on the Bus. Perhaps maybe a few car beeps of Raga Patdeep!

I am very thankful and fortunate to have Chris Moore take an interest in what I do. Mr. Moore interviewed me where I first learned about the sitar and Indian Classical music, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland. Yes, that’s right…one can learn something by going to the library!

He brought along a delightful camera man named Walter; and with the help of Miguel from the library, we got busy. It was really pleasant working with these guys. I think we carried on a conversation throughout the whole interview (off camera). Chris is really knowledgeable about current events, local happenings and history. I found him remarkable as he gives a voice to the community where it is needed. You can say he puts a camera where there is no camera. That is why it is extra special to be interviewed by him. As Chris sung out his questions, Walter commenced the camera with at least 50 eyes! Always looking for new shots with an eye on the lens and still able to tip toe around my coffee without spilling it! The interview includes (I think) excerpts from my July 27th performance at the library, a one on one interview, and maybe some embarrassing photos! I really have no idea. I just hope I didn’t flub too many notes during the performance!

So be sure to tune in Thursday October 9, 2014 on WQED at 7:30pm EST. Or, http://wqed.org for you Hipster Techkeys.

And don’t forget I will be performing October 12th in Pittsburgh. This is a rare chance to do yoga with the Sound of Yoga. If you have ever practiced yoga, you might have put on music to help you concentrate. You might have noticed that deep meditative music feels like yoga. Your friends might even have talked about music with yoga. Well this is your chance to practice yoga to the deep sounds of the surbahar. This instrument is very good at putting your mind into the right state of being. I will also have the sitar with me to add a few delightful melodies to the practice. It is recommended to pre-register to reserve your spot. Space is limited and it is first come, first served, unless reserved! Go to Yoga Digs website for pre-reg info.

October 12, 2014 Sunday
Hindustani Music and Vinyasa Yoga
Yoga Digs http://yogadigs.com
1224 East Carson Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Doors Open at 2:30pm, Event 3pm-6pm

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who came out to the Phipps the other day. It was nice to see some old faces and some new and faces. Until next time, I will see you on the Telly!


About michaelsitar

I am a fellow who got mixed up in Indian Classical Music. And this is where you can find out about my adventures down this wonderful path of the Unknown Musical What Nots!!!
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