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Published on May 5, 2014
Sitar maestro Pandit Ashok Pathak performing in Rasa, Utrecht in 2014. Pandit Ashok Pathak is a global top class sitar player. His father Pandit Balaram Pathak was a legendary figure in classical Indian music. Pandit Ravi Shankar mentioned his grandfather Pandit Rameshwar Pathak as an important source of inspiration. One can recognize the Pathak family style- Pathak Gharana in the specifically soft and silky sound, in the innovative sitar technique, and in the far reaching expansion of 'meend', ie very beautiful but difficult string glissandos produced by moving the strings up and down in one and the same fret position. Also the Pathak family has a very profound knowledge of traditional compositions. Pandit Ashok Pathak is mostly known for his interpretations of traditional Indian music, but he is not afraid of experimenting with other styles of music.