Ashwin Batish is an extraordinary sitarist and tabla player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso, funk... an example of a few hybrids he excels at. He is famous for such songs as the Bombay Boogie, Raga Rock, Raga Jazz, Casbah Shuffle and Sitar Mania. His pioneering efforts in world beat music have earned him critical reviews and great respect in the music community.
Ashwin is also very well know for being an educator. His series of instructional videos for the sitar, tabla, dilruba, dholak, vichitra veena, harmonium that he has produced with his father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish have become a very sought after commodity by the Indian music student. Ashwin often gives private and group Indian music lessons at his Santa Cruz, California USA facility and is often called upon by various music festivals and universities to perform his sitar and be a guest lecturer for weekend workshops and seminars on Indian music and ethnopop, raga rock sitar fusion.
Whether or not you’re familiar with the music, your mind
is likely to be delightfully blown by what Batish
creates. SF Weekly, California
This fusion is out of this world and ready to be heard
everywhere. .... They were like waves of music crashing,
one Indian, one Western and then both together. It was
breathtaking. Brad Kava - Patch April, 2012
“You could call it sambas, or Afro-Cuban, but it's beat
music—with exotic, more cultural melodies on top,” says
Batish, who describes the blend as “World Beat.” “You
gotta get up and dance,” he says