Starring Kinnar Seen
Opening: Dee Harris + Nitim Mohan
Kinnar Seen (above) M.A., is the eldest son of the renowned Acharya Lachman Singh Seen of the Punjab Gharana, from whom he learned Tabla and Sitar from childhood. He earned a Master’s degree in Sitar as well as a Sangeet Visharad in Tabla and vocal music. He has accompanied many prominent artists and received numerous awards internationally. He teaches at the Sangeet Vilas Kinnar School of Music in Long Island and Queens, NY, lectures widely and performs throughout Europe and North America.
A guitarist and multi-stringed instrumentalist of western music, Dee Harris studied the North Indian classical music with sitarists Daisy Paradis and Kinnar Seen . His music is profoundly influenced by the Sarod virtuoso, the late Pundit Vasant Rai. Unfortunately, Dee never met Vasastji due to his untimely demise in 1985. He has learned immensely from the abundant live-concert recordings of Vasantji that has surfaced recently, and from his lesson tapes that Vasant Rai had left to his students that are now in Dee’s possession. As a guitarist, Dee Harris is largely self-taught. He has developed many new techniques on his instrument as well as a redesigned guitar in order to achieve the subtleties of the Indian classical music. His guitar has twenty strings: four of them for playing melody (SPSM), three chikari (SSP), four support (SGRN), and nine sympathetic strings tuned to the notes of the Raga being played. He plays this eclectic instrument with a slide as well as with the fingers of his left hand on the frets. His performances are exciting and authentic.