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THE TIMES OF INDIA (Calcutta Edition)
June 17, 2003

Strumming to Mahima

City guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya joins Bob Brozman for an international album


He is an authority on Hawaiian music, jazz and blues, a professor on ethnomusicology at Australia's Macquarie University with 12 collaborative projects to his credit. Meet Bob Brozman, the international guitarist who is also working to create a foundation that helps Third World musicians obtain the musical basics that Western musicians take for granted. Brozman's latest collaboration project is with Kolkata's very own guitarist, Debashish Bhattacharya.

Titled Mahima, the project brings out facets of timbral diversity between slide and Hawaiian guitar. Recording for Mahima Began in August last year when Debashish and his brother Subhashis and sister Sutapa were invited to Brozman's California residence Brozman's idea of collaboration is a free-flow exchange of cultures where artistes live, cook and eat together "We learnt each other's language, cracked jokes using our slangs and gave nicknames to each other. Rather than me leaning on Bob to embellish his style, this album turned into a hybrid of the East and West," Bhattacharya said, after returning from the album's international release in London on Monday.

All the 11 pieces of Mahima are based on raags (sic.) set to world music rhythm patterns. "I hope to come over to and Kolkata for a Mahima concert," Brozman said.

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