Sitar

 

I studied the Sitar for six years (97-03) under Sri Patric Marks of Chicago, IL.  Patric passed away on 23 November 2008, following a valiant battle with cancer.   He taught the Sitar and Tabla to a large body of students in the IL/IN/WI region. 

Patric studied the Sitar under Ustad Ghulam Hussain Khan of the Indore Gharana. He had also trained under Ustad Rais Khan for a while.  Patric was from the Indore Gharana (lit. Indore School).  

Ustad Bande Ali Khan founded the Indore Gharana.  He was an outstanding musician in the Maratha court of Indore in the 19th century, and he played an instrument known as the Been, or, Veena, which was a precursor to the Sitar. The genealogy of the Indore Gharana relevant to Patric is shown below.

Patric Marks on YouTube (Raga: Yaman Kalyan)

Patric Marks on YouTube (Raga: Behag)








Here is a two-minute clip of me playing Raga Kafi in Teen-Taal (16 beats; 4+4+4+4) on the Sitar.  

This is a “Hori” Patric taught me -   Mishra Kafi Hori in Deepchandi-Taal (14 beats; 3+4+3+4).

I am currently studying the Sitar under Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Ustad Allahuddin Khan Professor, Department of Instrumental Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India. 

Patric Marks (1936-2008)

Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay