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Renowned Indian musician presents to UV students; gives personal lesson to school resource officer
Unadilla Valley School Resource Officer John Lowe got an introduction to the sitar last month courtesy of a well-known Indian musician.

Sandip Burman was at Unadilla Valley for an educational session hosted by Secondary School band teacher Gregory Maistros. Lowe, who is Unadilla Valley’s staff and faculty rock band, Storm Surge, thought he had missed the presentation and raced to the band room.

“I was hoping I could at least talk to him for a second,” said Lowe, who, in addition to playing drums, is a big music fan.

But he got more than a chat when he met Burman.

“He said ‘come here, take your boots off and sit down next to me,” Lowe recalled. “He pulls out the sitar and proceeds to show me how to play it.”

Lowe said he plays the guitar a little and the sitar is nothing like it.

“It’s not even close.  It’s very complicated. There are 21 strings,” Lowe said.

Lowe said the World Music Foundation shared a photo of the personal lesson from Sandip on the organization’s Facebook page.
“It was an unforgettable experience. He was so gracious,” said Lowe.
 
Burman has played with the likes of Ravi Shankar and Bela Fleck. He has also worked with composer Danny Elfman and contributed to the Mars Attacks! soundtrack.
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