Ashwin Batish Indian Sitar Fusion Music Concert – Raga Rock
From 1979 to 1994, I lived in Santa Cruz, CA. I remember the neighborhood walks in the early eighties. We had a nice mixture of architecture, from Spanish style to towering, embellished Victorian homes. Our home was on Bay Avenue with the buses rumbling on the way to and from the University of CA, Santa Cruz. I enjoyed living on the older, West side of town. We were a few blocks from Mission St., aka The El Camino Real, aka Highway 1. Just down Mission St. was and still may be The Batish India House. The Batish family ran the business which included a store packed with wonderful products, clothes, and what have you from India. We loved eating the curry laden recipes cooked to perfection. There was a stage where the family performed classical Indian music.
One day during one of my walks I decided to stop in and hope to speak with Ashwin – you know – those deep questions about life, the universe, and to ask what “seeing” meant. That’s what I called it, something I was experiencing at the time. Ashwin was there, and with no one else around, we had a good talk. Ashwin is an awesome, kind man. I’ll always remember our “deep” conversation. Thanks Ashwin!
Around that time, Ashwin was beginning to experiment with combining music of the East with that of the West. If I recall correctly, his first work combined his master level sitar playing with a friend on acoustic guitar. I still have the album they made on tape. Then along came Sitar power. I still have that first one on tape too.
I encourage everyone to come see Ashwin and his plethora of talented musicians play at Matthews Opera House in Spearfish, SD, April 11th. It’s probably the first time many of our locals have experienced anything like this. See you there!!