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Ronobir Lahiri has been playing sitar for 25 years. After intense classical training in Calcutta, India, under Sri Deepak Choudhuri, the preeminant disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, he returned to the USA and made a departure from the strict classical form. With a head full of Indian melody, he began to explore the parallels between the cyclical narrative form of raga and tala, and brought on board the hypnotic, relentless evolving repitition of house music. Drawing inspiration from Philip Glass, Jerry Garcia, Miles Davis, among others, the new album, "Hypnosis," is an epic blend of Indian and club, creating an auditory environment that is at once uplifting and meditative, energetic and chilled out, spiritual and intensely viceral. 'Hypnosis: Deep House Sitar,' was released on the Hearts of Space label, for Valley Entertainment, and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and many other digital retailers. In 2013 he was featured on Katy Perry's album Prism, the song "Legendary Lovers," and plays a eloquent sitar solo on Ziggy Marley's 2014 album Fly Rasta, the song "Sunshine." He performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2013 with the Blue Man Group and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Sitar-driven deep progressive house.
Ronobir Lahiri holds a BA in Theater and Literature from Yale University. He formally trained on the sitar in North Indian Classical Music under the guruship of Deepak Choudhuri, a preeminant disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, in Calcutta, India. In 2000, he was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design for a production of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.
Other theatre scores include The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here, What Alice Found There, for the Williamstown Theater Festival. He began his career scoring to picture with HBO, composing the 2007 Cinemax Yearender. The following year, the promo he scored for HBO Sports was
awarded the 2010 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Promotional Announcement. In the past year, he has scored 7 short films, for NYFA, USC Film School, and several independent production companies. He is resident composer for Hand Crank Films, having scored over 50 short films and commercials for that company, two of which were awarded Addy Awards in 2012. He has selfproduced two albums of Indianfusion sitar music, titled Broad Strokes, and Joy for
Silverlake. In 2009, he was Music Director for the Franco Dragoneproduced circus, India!, which toured Germany. As MD, he led a 14 piece band with his sitar in the music of A.R.Rahman, Sting, and Peter Gabriel. In 2011, he was invited to PerryMansfield Performing Arts Academy, where, along with Otis Sallid and Aaron Jones, he composed the original musical,
The Moon. He’s also an accomplished stage and screen actor, with numerous primetime television credits, and has played the title role in the King and I in 5 major productions, including
Broadway and the West End. He is currently composing the score for "The Anatomy of Funk," a dance/theater concert scheduled to open at the Apollo Theater in NYC in Oct. 2013.