Eastern Blues

 Producer – Torana Music Box

In this CD, I have researched and created new playing styles and techniques on the sitar. My aim was to give a Sri Lankan identity on the sitar.

The techniques:

  • I have introduced Western harmony, staccato techniques and hammer guitar techniques on the sitar. Normally, the Indian sitar plays ragas and these ragas are melody patterns. Chords are things that the sitar won’t play. Strumming the sitar like a guitar and some times creating percussion effects on the sitar are techniques that I use.
  • I have attempted to play blues and jazz techniques on the sitar. For that I have created new oscillating and fast vibrating (Andolan) techniques on the sitar.