Sarod by Avi




Avi Kishna is an Indian classical musician and producer
Sarod by Avi is performed live in classical as well as crossover settings

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Avi Kishna is an Indian classical musician, producer and coach, armed with enthusiasm, positivity and diversity.
He is co-founder of Imperceptible Art, setting up projects for and with a wide variety of artists.
As both musician and producer he exclusively works for Imperceptible Art.
As musician his main instrument is the sarod.
Sarod is one of the most popular Indian Classical stringed instruments (lute).
Avi got his training in Indian Classical Music from his Guru Sri Koustuv Ray; an Indian musical virtuoso residing in Amsterdam.
Sarod by Avi is performed live in classical as well as crossover settings at different venues around The Netherlands:
“Bijlmer Wijksafari” – Bijlmermeer Amsterdam
“Women in Paradise” – Paradiso Amsterdam
“In The Picture Festival” – Bijlmerpark Theater Amsterdam
“Connection Xperience” – Club Stereo Amsterdam
“All Muzing XPO” – VLLA Amsterdam
“Collab Session” – Hall of Fame Tilburg
“Helende Geluiden” – Rosenstock Huessy Huis Haarlem
“Notes on a Fresian Son” – Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
“Ligconcert” – Pllek Amsterdam
“Full Moon Babylon” – Podium Grounds


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    “Listening to and collaborating with Avi on the Sarod has taken me on an exciting journey full of beautiful sounds, sensitive nuances and sometimes surprising turns.”

    Marie Chaplet – Singer/Recording & Performing Artist

  • ent021“Avi is a professional musician who is not afraid to try different thigs, which makes him an eclectic person and therefore a joy to work with!”

    Entisar – Singer/Recording & Performing Artist

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    “Not only a talented Sarod player with a special mood and touch in his Indian instrument, but also very creative at finding his own voice and ways to connect his traditional heritage with music in a modern setting.”

    Aura Rascón – Flutist/Composer/Interdisciplinary Artist

  • 11046211_499256890281634_5998894321941566155_n“To hear Sarod by Avi is to hear angels whispering about the joy of flight, the return of blossoms blooming in head, heart and soul. Each note of every Raga reaching deep. Asking for our tears and joy.”

    Jimmy Rage – Multidisciplinary Artist


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Sunday October 2 – 20:00

RaagMala Suite

Full Moon – Ligconcert
Pllek – TT Neveritaweg 59 (NDSM-werf) – 1033 WB Amsterdam

Wednesday December 21 – 20:00

RaagMala Suite

Winter Solstice – Ligconcert
Pllek – TT Neveritaweg 59 (NDSM-werf) – 1033 WB Amsterdam

Sunday October 23 – 18:00

Imperceptible Art EXPO

More info soon
Anton de Komplein 240 – 1102 DR Amsterdam ZO


For Info and Booking:
+31 6 474 95 703 or +31 6 315 53 915
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Introduction to the Sarod

The Sarod; one of the most capturing stringed instruments from India and is known for its deep, weighty, introspective sounds. The origins of the sarod go back almost 15 centuries to the Persian rabab. Sarod, meaning “beautiful melody” in Persian, came to its current form about 250 years ago.

The rababs’ fingerboard has frets and is made out of wood and used to be covered with cat-guts as strings. To create the typical (Indian classical) sound and to emulate the movements of the voice, they evolved the form of the original instrument.


Usually the sarod is made of tun- or teakwood with a steel plate as fingerboard without frets. The base got rounder and covered by goatskin which functions as a resonator. The 23 strings, often steel and brass, consist of 15 resonating or sympathetic (taraf), 3 rhythmical or drone and 5 melody strings.

Where the left hand, played on the tip of the fingernails, covers the melodious side of the instrument. The right hand, traditionally played with a coconut shell pick or plectrum (Jawwa), focuses on the rhythmical variations.

This evolution of the rabab into the sarod, made it possible for the artists to create another dimension of musicality. On the one hand, the musician could now play slow, gliding and resonating notes, which remind of the ancient Veena (India’s ancient musical instrument), on the other hand the typical strong rhythmical rabab techniques.

This combination of playing techniques together with the typical metallic echoing sounds, is what attracts a wide range of musicians and lovers of music. There have been various great and legendary artists whose music and names still resonate today.

In the mid-nineteenth century there were three notable sarodiya’s from different families in the famous Shahjahanpur area of India. Enayat Ali (Shahjahanpur, 1883), Niamatullah Khan (Bulandsahar, 1809) and Gulam Ali (Gwalior). All three were descendents of the Afghan soldiers turned musicians who came into India centuries ago.

The second half of the 20th century has been mainly vibrating around the music of maestros like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (Bangladesh, 1922), Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta (Bhagalpur, 1933) and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Gwalior 1945).


Today in The Netherlands, there are only two “sarodiya’s” practising this instrument. Both (Martijn Baaijens & Avi Kishna) trained and guided by their guru Sri Koustuv Ray (Kolkota, 1955).

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Sri Koustuv Ray, got his training and guidance by earlier mentioned Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta and late Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra. Radhika Mohan Moitra descents from the linage of sarodiya’s going back to the dawn of this captivating instrument.