In the mid-‘80s, India-American composer and tabla percussionist Broto Roy (an EMI-India recording artist) began composing and recording a genre of music he calls “Raga-Jazz”, an amalgam of ancient Indian ragas (melodies), talas (rhythms) and western Jazz. His mastery over the complex, formalized rhythms of his native India combined with his deep appreciation and understanding of the Jazz idiom led the Washington Post to declare his music “spiritual and visceral”. He was Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center’s inauguration of their Millennium Stage. His CD “Total Immersion” is only the second live recording sanctioned by the Kennedy Center for public release (the first was by Pavarotti). His debut CD “American Raga” was played aboard the International Space Station when Dennis Tito carried it with him as he orbited the earth. His Broto Roy Quartet, consisting of sitar, tabla drums, tenor sax and electric bass, released All Barriers Fall (May 2018) and June 2015 released “Ancient Algorithms” - all and more at Amazon and iTunes.
His third CD Live at the Lowell Festival (near Boston, USA) was released in 2003 (Buzkhashi) by the Broto Roy Trio featuring the great Indian “sarodist” (Indian bass-lute) Aashish Khan and violinist Shashi Dhar. His Bengali folk ensemble GANGA released their CD Setting Down Roots in '08 (Buzkhashi). In 2011 GANGA released “Bringing It Home”, a compilation of live tracks from their concerts at the Library of Congress’ Coolidge auditorium; the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (New York City); Festival of American Folklife (July 4th) and many others. EMI-India re-released American Raga with worldwide distribution by Virgin Records in '09.