Artist Profiles: G.S. Sachdev

G.S. Sachdev

Gurbachan Singh Sachdev, better known as G.S. Sachdev, was a renowned bansuri flute. He was well known for his pure and classical approach toward North Indian music, and highly regarded for his deeply meditative style on the bansuri bamboo flute.

A native of Chandigrah, G.S. Sachdev started playing the bansuri at 14. He trained with some of India’s greatest musicians including Vijay Raghav Rao, Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. He resided in San Rafael, California, in the US where he taught and conducted workshops and master classes at the university level for many years.

Unlike many musicians, Sachdev shied away from fusion. He found great pleasure and a sense of immense satisfaction with the rigors and demands of Indian classical music. His music was normally considered as an antidote to tension, stress, fatigue and cynicism.

He performed and toured regularly in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. Over the years, he developed the gift of communicating instantly with the audiences through his music.

Gurbachan Singh Sachdev died in June 2018.

Discography:

Raga Bhupali (Unity Records, 1975)
Bansuri – The Indian Flute (Philips, 1976)
Live In New York Cathedral Of St.John The Divine (Chandi Productions, 1979)
Romantic Ragas (Chandi Productions, 1981)
Memories (Chandi Productions, 1981)
Incantations (Arion, 1983)
Full Moon (Fortuna Records, 1987)
Master Of The Bamboo Flute, Volume II (Invincible Records, 1989)
Flights Of Improvisation (Lyrichord, 1993)
Classical North Indian Ragas (Chandi Productions, 1994)
Amar Sangit (The Relaxation Company, 1996)
Jasmine Nights (Audiorec Classics, 1998)
Aradhana (Chandi Productions, 2000)
Whisper (Chandi Productions, 2006)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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