Anand Vyas is an American artist (Born in Queens N.Y.) He has spent a large portion of his life in India, learning the Ragas and Classical Music of India. He is Ustad Sultan Khan's only disciple who plays the Sitar rather than the Sarangi. He is also the innovator of the bowed Sitar. Anand's Ghanda-Bandhan (the traditional teacher-disciple ceremony) was held in India. There were many world renowned musicians at this ceremony including Fazal Quereshi (Maestro Zakir Hussein's brother) and Ikram Khan (Sarangi Master) *Anand Vyas
What separates Anand's playing from other player's of his generation is his "round sounding" clarity of tone and the very heavy gauge string that he uses to employ a very full sound on the sitar. The usage of such a heavy string has been used by two notable Sitar heavyweights, Ustad Rais Khan and Pandit [Nikhil Bannerjee]] Anand very sparingly uses the drone strings on his sitar, feeling it takes away from the clarity of each note treating the sitar like any other single note instrument such as a flute. Using the drones if, and only if, it serves a musical purpose for the piece of music being played. The result is a sound that is unmistakable, A very full rich sitar sound.
All work here has been Produced, Written, And Performed by the Artist himself on Every Track. On 4 Tracks his Tabla teacher Mizaz Khan is playing.
He is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, painter, and musicologist.