Debashish Bhattacharya

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Indian slide-guitarist Bhattacharya got his first guitar at age three. His premiere on All India Radio came a year later, and he’s since been lauded by everybody from India’s Ministry of Information to the BBC. Deeply schooled in the Hindustani classical tradition, but hardly a snob about it, he has performed with John McLaughlin, recorded with Bob Brozman and rubbed elbows with Hawaiian steel-guitar great Tau Moe. He delves into Islamic mysticism, raga, Arab-Andalusian music and Hawaiian sway – but Bhattacharya’s greatest asset is soul, to the extent that if Robert Johnson were alive today, a collaboration would seem pretty much inevitable.

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