Dhruba Gosh, son of the tabla-master and -teacher Pandit Nikhil Ghosh, counts as being an outstanding performer on the sarangi. He has a brilliant but sensitive technique and a flawless mastery over the traditional Bundu-Khan style, which he learnt over many years under Ustad Sagiruddin Khan, and has also developed new techniques to extend the sarangi´s range of sounds. He has also made a name for himself as a composer. If there is now said to be a renaissance of the sarangi in India, the credit is due to him.
For centuries the sarangi was a popular string instrument in the north of India but it found its way as an accompanying instrument into Indian courtly and art music only about a century ago. It is played upright in the lap and has 3 gut strings to which 35 metal ones resonate. Its sound is rich in overtones, sharply accentuated but also mellifluous, owing to slides between notes, so it is said to be the instrument of a hundred colours. Demanding a high level of skill, it has mostly been replaced as an accompanying instrument in popular ensembles by the harmonium.
Dhruba Gosh performs regularly in the music centres of his homeland, India, be it in Calcutta, Delhi, Mumbal, Puna or Bangalore. He is also a frequent guest in Europe, like at the Helsinki International Music Festival, the Baroque Music Festival in Brussels and the Silk Route Festival in Athens. Concert tours often take him to Europe, the USA and Japan. He works together with classical western musicians like Phillipe Pierlot (viola da gamba), Jean Paul Dessy (cello) and François Deppe (cello), with jazz musicians like Veronique Bizet (piano) and Yamashita (piano), and with crossover musicians like Trilok Gurtu (tabla) or with musicians who mostly play traditional music on string instruments.
Dhruba Gosh lives and works as a musician and teacher in Mumbai and Brussels. He teaches at the Sangit Academy in Brussels and at the Royal Music Conservatory in Liège.
Author: Gabriele Stiller-Kern
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New Perspectives from India
(19 September 03 - 16 November 03)