Calcutta Chronicles has received a GRAMMY NOMINATION for Best Traditional World Music Album at the 51st Grammy Awards
In 2007, Debashish Bhattacharya won the BBC Radio 3 Award For World Music in the Asia & Pacific category for his album 3: Calcutta Slide-Guitar
Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide-Guitar Odyssey is a musical journey through the centuries of guitar playing in India. Using three unique guitars that BBC award winner Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya designed himself, each beautiful raga explores influences ranging from Gypsy to Sufi with deep sensitivity and free-flowing movement between past and present, tradition and innovation.
This new album follows on from 3: Calcutta Slide-Guitar, which won a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in 2007 and helped bring to the world's attention Debashish Bhattacharya's incredible artistry as a musician and slide guitar player and his talent for innovative composition. He is also known for his collaborations with various musicians, including Bob Brozman, Djeli Moussa Diawara and Takashi Hirayasu.
Played on three slide-guitars designed by Debashish, Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide-Guitar Odyssey is an album of Indian raga music, interpreted in a way that is accessible both to the Indian and western listener, touching on the blues, jazz, flamenco and Hawaiian music. His home city, Calcutta (now Kolkata), has for centuries been a centre of artistic excellence and this has strongly influenced Debashish's development. This, together with his own inspirations drawn from performing and collaborating all over the world, plus elements of Sufism and the origins of the Romani of Hindustan, have resulted in a beautiful and dynamic album.
Debashish grew up in a musical family, accompanying his parents, both singers, on tabla, guitar or tambura. In the late 1920s, the legendary Hawaiian musician, Tao Moe, visited Cal.......