Strict teacher, loving mentor

Janardan MittaJanardan Mitta turned 75 on 12th May 2009. His sitar was a permanent fixture in the music of films made in Chennai for some 40 years. A disciple of Ravi Shankar, he has been focussing on classical music concerts in the last few years. He has also been involved in fusion efforts, notably with Carnatic violinist A. Kanyakumari. Excerpts from his conversation with V. RAMNARAYAN. Belonging to a Telugu family from Hyderabad as you did, how did you become a sitar player? My father, a successful lawyer, had a great interest in music. He could play the tabla and harmonium and used to sing songs like Mohe panghat pe from Mughal-e-Azam …read more