May 2, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Debashish Bhattacharya

Debashish Bhattacharya’s hand-crafted guitars are exquisitely detailed with distinctive fretboards, additional strings and unusual tunings to create an other-worldly musical effect.


Debashish Bhattacharya’s music, technique and instruments are sine qua non, fusing classic Hindustani ragas with Hawaiian lap steel slide guitar. His hand-crafted guitars are exquisitely detailed with distinctive fretboards, additional strings and unusual tunings to create an other-worldly musical effect. Editor Mark Hudson of the noted British publication, The Telegraph described Bhattacharya’s 2009 CD “O Shakuntala”:

Calcutta’s Debashish Bhattacharya takes the slide guitar into territory Ry Cooder doesn’t even know about. Building through exquisitely wrought slower passages his squirming, gilded notes hit heights of dizzying speed and virtuosity - but without compromising the inner soul of the music.

Born in Calcutta in 1963 into a family of vocalists, by age 4 Debashish Bhattacharya had found his goal: to play classic Indian ragas on Hawaiian lap steel slide guitar. He was determined to create a new sound while studying with leading gurus including Pandit Brij Bhashan Kabra, the pioneer of Indian classical guitar. For his distinct musical vision he was awarded the President of India Gold Medal in 1994. Other honors include a Grammy nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 world music recordings, Songlines Magazine’s Top 10 recordings and the BBC Planet Award. In November 2018, editor-in-chief Simon Broughton of the influential British publication Songlines chose Bhattacharya’s recording Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe as the fourth most significant world recording in the past 5 years. Broughton’s comments were most insightful:

The slide guitar suits Indian music very well because it can glide between notes – and there are some beautiful ragas here, including the transcendent ‘Papa Tau’. But it’s the infectiously romantic Hawaiian tracks – ‘Meeting by Waikiki’ and ‘E Ku’u Morning Dew’ – that are most memorable. It’s an incredible musical journey stretching halfway round the globe. SB

Bhattacharya’s devotees and recording partners include Jerry Douglas, Ballake Sissoko, John McLaughlin, Martin Simpson, Bob Brozman, Zakir Hussain and Derek Trucks. Debashish Bhattacharya is sure to have new devotees after his May 2 performance at The Blue LLama Jazz Club.

Joining Us For This Event?

Guests are welcome to arrive and take their seat any time after Blue LLama opens at 5 p.m. The artist will perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees for the second performance are welcome to arrive any time after 8:45 p.m. The artist will perform from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A full dining experience is available throughout your entire stay at either show.


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