Rajesh Vaidhya plays the “veena,” a sitar-like instrument (video)

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Enzo had been telling us about an amazing musician who lived in southern India named Rajesh Vaidhya, a master of a large stringed instrument of the sitar family that is native to that region called a “veena.”

A few weeks later back in LA, Jonathan and Enzo shared what they had recorded with the rest of the crew, and no one could believe their eyes– let alone their ears! This song became an instant favorite among all of us, and we are very excited to share it with the world.

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  • Sankalp Sharma

    its not sitar its called the veena… hez a great musician.. One of my favorite.. for his collections you can also Buy Online Music

  • 1jetpackangel

    I spent about half this video with my spoon hovering in front of my mouth. I mean, my mouth was open, but I wasn’t eating.

  • 2karmanot

    Rajesh first appeared in the spotlight some years ago on ‘Playing For Change’ a collective of street musicians. He is phenomenal.

  • S1AMER

    The variety of string instruments that have been developed by different cultures over time is absolutely and utterly fascinating. Though all the instruments have the similarity of human finger(s) plucking strings, they produce such different sounds. Instruments into which one blows air that strikes some sort of bellow or reed or whatever are similarly fascinating. There’s nothing quite like a trumpet, say, or a bassoon, and yet one can see similarities with their very different cousins.

    Wonderfully diverse is mankind, that’s for sure, but we all share the desire to make some sort of “music,” however we might produce and describe it.

  • KC Jenner

    It reminded me of some of the mediation music that I listen to before going to bed. This was more “twangs” sounds that is not the restful, but it reminded me of music, like Kitaro (that is Japanese).
    I also like Mannheim Steamroller (because it’s not just for Christmas) it is only instrumental with no words!

  • Indigo

    Aha! there’s a breath of World Culture that got slipped behind our national White Noise Sound Barrier. Brian Williams will not be happy with a disruption of the propaganda stream as elegant as that.

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