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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Arvind Parikh

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Arvind Parikh is a Hindustani classical musician and sitar player whose performing career has spanned over six decades. His association with such learned musicians as B. R. Deodhar, Latafat Hussain Khan, Amir Khan, Niyaz Ahmad-Faiyaz Ahmad Khan, D. T. Joshi, and Radhika Mohan Maitra  and vocalists helped him in his research work on different rare ragas and compositions. 

Arvind Parikh has performed at almost all the major music festivals in India and Europe, and has had concert tours in several parts of West Asia, the Far East and Australia.

Parikh has numerous students internationally including musicologist Deepak Raja, music director Tushar Bhatia, sitarists Rafat Khan Niyazi, Vinayak Chitter, Ramprapanna Bhattacharya, Abhik Mukherjee, Ganesh Mohan, and more. Parikh has documented many the precious compositions and ragas. "Sitar Guru",and "Bandish Parampara" published by Navras records UK are some of his works.

Parikh has worked as musicologist and teacher, and promoted initiatives aimed at increasing interest in Hindustani classical music n India and abroad. He was vice president of the International Music Council (UNESCO) during 1994-97 and is now co-ordinator for the Indian sub-continent. He is President of the Indian Musicological Society, and chairman of the Western India Chapter of ITC-Sangeet Research Academy. At his instance, music forums have been established in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi. He spearheads an association of classical musicians, called the All India Musicians’ Group (AIMG) drawn from the Carnatic and Hindustani traditions (including Zakir Hussain, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Shivkumar Sharma, Chitravina N Ravikiran, and Rajan and Sajan Mishra), to create support in government, industry and the media for Indian classical music.

Parikh was awarded the Gaurav Puraskar for 1997-98 by the Gujarat State Sangeet Natak Academy. A recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award for Instrumental music (sitar) in 2003, he is a top grade artist and regular broadcaster of All India Radio.

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