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O Shakuntala!

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Interpreter: Debashish Bhattacharya
Label: Riverboat
Location: India

Virtuoso guitarist Bhattacharya adapted the Hawaiian slide guitar to his needs, and in doing so became a unique voice in the annals of Hindustani classical music. Following his Grammy-nominated ‘Calcutta Chronicles’, this release presents an epic love story by the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. The redoubtable Bhattacharya accompanies the hero and heroine through tragedy and joy until, yes, they rise above their problems and live happily ever after. Well, it’s a poem, innit, it’s what they do in poems. Tabla, pakhawaj and mridangam accompany the fearlessly nimble fingerwork of the master.