Late Pt. Bishan Dass followed in the footsteps of his father, Pt Rikhiram, and started learning sitar at a very tender age under the guidance and supervision of his father. Later, he became a disciple of world renowed sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar. He also worked in the maintainance cell of A.I.R.
Continuing with the craft of instrument making, he carried out many acoustic experiments. Besides Indian Masters, He was also visited by famous musiciamns from the world over.
George Harrison, a.k.a of the Beetles, received his first lesson in the sitar by Bishan Dass. He taught George the basics of sitar, the position & the manner in which to sit and hold the sitar.
The Story of Pt Bishan Dass
Late Pt. Bishan Dass followed in his father’s footsteps and started learning sitar at a very tender age under the guidance and supervision of his father. Later, he became a disciple of world renowed sitar maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar. He also worked in the maintainance cell of A.I.R. During his tenor at A.I.R he got associated with great musicians like Ustad Allauddin Khan, Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pt.Ravi Shankar and many others. From these great Ustads Bishan learnt that the primal value of a good instrument was its tonal quality. They would often discuss these aspects of an instrument and give him useful hints. “This extra interest fired my imagination and aroused in me the urge to produce quality instruments for the maestros” says Late Pt. Bishan Dass.
Late Pt. Bishan Dass realized “to be a master craftsman you need to have a thorough knowledge of music, to understand the sound, tonal quality and other nuances of instruments”. It is a rare blend of the art of a musician and skills of a craftsman. With a past like the one he has had it isn’t much of a surprise that he has flowing through his harmonic veins things like octaves, consonances & melodies.
Beatles’ the world famous musicians on their world tour visited ‘Rikhi Ram Musical when they visited India. George’s first lesson in the sitar was given by Bishan Dass. He taught George the basics of sitar, the position & the manner in which to sit and hold the sitar and then Pt. Ravi ji took over.
Late Pt. Bishan Dass’s shop in Connaught Place is like a ‘institute’. In this institute of his, Late Pt. Bishan Dass experiments with the acoustic sound of the instrument. Every instrument that is made is rigourously checked for quality of tone, functioning, operational ease and isn’t complete until it is perfect. Bishan Dass has invented new instruments like Transistor sitar, Tamboori, Swarsangam, Rikhi Veena, Mohan Veena and Vishwa Veena.