“Gandharva music is universal.
It is at home with every land, with every man, with every society.
It is the language of bliss, the science and art of bliss, the song of Nature.”
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Transcendent. Soulful. Illuminating.
Classically trained Sitarist Reshma Srivastava dazzles audiences with her soulful compositions and energized interpretations of the ancient ragas. Replicating the intimate sounds and frequencies of nature, she offers concertgoers a unique, transcendent experience.
“It is hard to describe in words how beautiful this was. After listening to Reshma play traditional Indian evening ragas with the evening breeze blowing and birds talking in background, I felt restored clarity. I felt centered. Things that have been weighing on my mind were put back in perspective as very small in the grand scheme of things. Things seemed as they should be, and I felt more in tune with the universe.” – Miche McClendon
“PURE SITAR. A marvelous concert. Sublime energy. Opened hearts. Relaxed minds. Reshma Srivastava: A shining treasure under a full moon.”– Sherri Remez
“Reshma Srivastava is Saraswati incarnate! One of the most remarkable sitar players next to Ravi Shankar. Listening to her play is transformational–a sound like no other.”–DeeDee
Having experienced (during every note in the first and then second section of Reshmas’s performance) sheer golden light filled with changing mathematical abstractions dancing with every fraction of every note, I need no convincing of the validity of this particular musician’s absolute conformation to the laws of nature which govern music. There was never a fraction of a second during which anything else was experienced. Such a performance is truly heaven sent. The listener is swept up into the fundamental music of which the universe is constructed…all brought about by the conscious play of a Great Musician. Nothing compares to this in all the fields of Art. It is the most subtle, and Reshma Srivastava is the most exalted of musicians.–Fairfield Concertgoer
“The experience of listening to Reshma play sitar is really like a breeze that blows into your soul. It turned me into a leaf and I just danced across the sky in the current her music created and floated. Amazing!”
Meet the Artist
Reshma Srivastava was born into a family of musicians in Allahabad, India. She began her life long musical career on the sitar when she was six years old and started giving public performances at an early age. Her uncle, Prof. Satish Chandra, an artist from Pt. Ravi Shankar’s tradition, was her teacher.
At twenty, She became an A grade artist, appearing frequently on All India Radio and Television. Reshma received her Masters in Music from the University of Allahabad, and among her many prestigious awards she was honored in the Vedic tradition with the titles Sur Mani (Master of Notes) and Prayag Gaurav (Pride of Prayag‚ Äì Allahabad),
Reshma’s sitar performances span the globe. She has given concerts throughout India, Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel, Croatia and across the United States. She is also a frequent visiting instructor at Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Holland where she teaches courses on Maharishi Gandharva Veda, an ancient form of music that forms the basis of Indian classical music.
Reshma has recorded six CD’s and currently offers private lessons to help students master the fine art of sitar around the world via Skype.
Inquiries about Private Sitar Lessons by Skype,
Concerts & Workshops
Reshma offers private lessons designed to help students master the fine art of sitar performance. She teaches students all over the world via Skype and is accepting new students at all levels of experience from beginners to advanced. Lessons are scheduled to meet each student’s time zone.
Email Reshma: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Special thanks to gifted photographers Hannu Siika-aho and Juha Siika-aho for their beautiful photographs.