Monday, February 06, 2006

The ineffable sound and beauty of the sitar

Originally uploaded by trudeau.
See that ivory plate near the bottom of the gourd body of the sitar? Looks a bit like a transducer. I'm given to undertstand that this wide plate is the source of the celestial buzzing of the strings.

Some of my background is derived from Houston-based sitarist David Courtney, who studied in India. His wife is Chandrakantha Courtney, an estimable singer of Indian melodies.

His helpful web site is

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