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A Cricket in the Court of Akbar is now available for instant viewing online or on your TV through Amazon. You can rent or buy the film today and watch it from any device in glorious HD (so long as that device has an HD screen). DVDs will become available again soon. In the mean time, head on over to the Amazon store and stream away.… Read More...


With a sitar comes many technical challenges that must be mastered in order to keep the instrument in good condition. Maintenance requires courage and ritualistic commitment—you will bleed, but you will come away a deeper understanding of what your instrument needs to sound its best. It is an important part of the practice, and will lead to a better understanding of how to achieve the best sound from your instrument. … Read More...


I had a wonderful experience at the Hamilton International Film Festival a few weeks ago. Hamilton is a small town in upstate New York, and home to Colgate University. The film festival is an intimate event, with screenings held at the historic Hamilton Theater, and where filmmakers and audiences can come together and really connect. The festival is put together by Grant and Todd Slater of Slater Brothers Entertainment, and … Read More...


Hamilton International Film Festival

I’m excited to announce A Cricket in the Court of Akbar will be presented at the Hamilton International Film Festival in Hamilton, NY Friday, August 2nd at 8:30pm. I will also be presenting a short recital beforehand at 6:30pm as part of the opening reception at the Colgate Book Store, and I’ll be on hand for a Q&A after the film. It should be a fun festival! Please visit the … Read More...


Sitar maestro Pt. Krishna Bhatt will be performing this Sunday, May 5th at 7pm at Symphony Space in Manhattan. He will be accompanied by the legendary tabla virtuoso Pt. Anindo Chatterjee. This is sure to be a memorable event. The concert is presented by the World Music Institute as part of its Masters of Indian Music and Dance series. It is surely not to be missed!

Tickets can be purchased …


Beginning at midnight on Wednesday, June 20th and ending at midnight on Thursday, June 21st, New York’s WKCR-FM (89.9 on the dial) will be hosting an historic event: the 24-Hour Ragas Live Festival, featuring live performances by Indian classical musicians for a full 24 hours, presenting ragas specific to the season and time of day (with a few Carnatic performances thrown in for good measure)! The festival is part of … Read More...


Pandit Krishna Bhatt will return this Summer to offer classes in instrumental and vocal Indian classical music. Classes are being held in a brand new space, the Namaskar School of Music in Prospect Heights Brooklyn.Visit http://gurukul.viewcy.com for more information and to register online.

Intermediate/Advanced Instrumental classes begin Monday, May 21st at 7Pm. Classes have a focus on sitar, but any instrument is welcome, and classes will be archived online, with … Read More...



Starting in May, a new series of music classes will begin for those interested in learning sitar and North Indian classical vocal and instrumental music in New York City. Here are the details:

Gurukul School of Music Summer Classes

Led by sitar maestro Pt. Krishna Bhatt, the classes will introduce students to the techniques and compositions of the Maihar Gharana (school) of the legendary Baba Ustad Allaudin Khan. Sessions … Read More...


So you want to buy a sitar?

SitarsOver last few years I’ve received many requests for information on where and how to buy a sitar. Of course I can’t blame you guys. The first time I heard the instrument live, I fell in love with it and obsessed over how to wrangle one up. Well, there are several factors to consider before you make that purchase on ebay. Here are a few things to look out for.… Read More...


Here is the concluding part of a series of videos that were just posted of Sameer Gupta and I playing at Havorford College a few months back. It was a wonderful evening. Do check out the rest of the series and the other acts at Waleed’s Youtube Channel. Enjoy!… Read More...


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