Sitar Music for the cocktail party, steeped in the traditions with over 20 years professional experience in North Indian Classical music, but updated to a modern context, using backing tracks of house, club, ambient, and lounge to create a Buddha Bar type atmosphere that's young, hip, and a perfect auditory backdrop for any occasion with an ethnic theme.
We hired Ronobir for our cocktail hour at Hotel Maya. And while we knew his music was great, we had no idea that nearly EVERY GUEST (and there were ~300 of them) would be SO complimentary of him! Here are a few examples of what we heard:
- The sitar player hypnotized me
- I couldn't stop listening, I just stood there the entire time
- Your cocktail hour was great. The sitar player made it excellent
- Each cover was ridiculous - from Work to Halo to One Dance, I couldn't get enough
- The sitar dude was the f'in best
- I'm flying him out to Toronto (from LA!)
And then he knew that we (the couple) loved the Halo cover and played that as we were passing during the photo shoot. That only made it more romantic.
If you're going to pay for any type of music to be at your cocktail hour, or even your ceremony, make this your #1 choice.
We had been searching for a new-age musician that could incorporate the classical w the new so that all our guests would be satisfied in the musical selection - and we found Ronobir. He is hands-down THE BEST. I'm not really a review-writer or one to boast endlessly about someone, but he seriously is that good! Look no further and don't haggle on the price-tag - he is worth every penny. Our event went up an entire notch w the ambiance his music brought to the scene. Thanks again, Ronobir!
Our wedding was magical we had incredible food, ambiance (it was all outdoors), it was intimate and beautiful. Ronobir elevated the night to beyond magical. As the bride you don't get to enjoy all the details and hard work you put into your day... hiring Ronobir was an easy decision and he took care of all the details. On the day of, my most vivid memory (as everything was a blur) is Ronobir playing during dinner hour. I was dancing in my seat loving his music. He was spectacular, my guests loved him, my husband and I loved him. He was worth every penny. Don't hesitate to hire him..
Response from Ronobir Lahiri:
Thank you so much! :)
My fiancé and I first met Ronobir at a wedding approximately six weeks before our own. We were totally blown away by his sitar playing and the potent effect his music had on the ceremony and accompanying social hour. We inquired about his availability and Ronobir could not have been friendlier or more approachable. Fortunately for us, the one day he had free this summer was the date of our wedding in Orange County, California. Ronobir sent us his contact details and we locked him in a few days thereafter. He was easy to work with, flexible, accommodating, and incredibly patient with us. Most importantly, he was super responsive to all of our queries and concerns. Simply put, the wedding and accompanying events would not have been the same without Ronobir. His music was the perfect accompaniment to all the wedding festivities. Our guests were totally blown away by him and his music, and were nonstop raving about it ever since. Overwhelming consensus was been that he was, by far, one of the highlights of the day. Just take a listen to one of his videos online (YouTube him) and it is clear why. My wife and I cannot recommend him highly enough and do so without reservation. He is incomparable.
Ronobir played sitar for the cocktail hour at my pre-wedding sangeet. He was AMAZING!! I am so glad that he was able to play for our event. All of my guests were SOOO impressed with his talent. He has a unique style that is unmatched by any other musician out there!!! He also composed a song for me for my bridal entrance - It was EXACTLY what I wanted and made my entrance something I will treasure for years to come. We are so fortunate to have Ronobir Lahiri play for such an important event in our lives and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him for any event - he is sure to impress!!!
We had Ronobir perform at the cocktail hour of our wedding reception. He played a number of pop songs on his sitar, and he provided an amazing musical background for our guests. Hearing Top 40 songs on sitar is quite a unique experience; several guests commented and said they had never heard anything like it and were wondering how we had found such a talent.
That performance itself would have warranted a very high rating. But Ronobir also composed a shortened version of a song that I was going to sing to my wife. After going back and forth on a few different songs, he created the background track and then added live sitar to accompany my singing. Given his schedule and stardom, he was incredibly patient with me through the month leading up to the event and helped me practice. It was a magical moment that truly surprised my wife, and he was the creative force behind it.
What a wonderful inspired rendition of Cheap Thrills! Thank you so much for this lovely improvisation, that takes this song to a whole new level of classical perfection! It is filled with sublime spirit and beauty!
Response from Ronobir Lahiri:
You're so sweet, thank you so much!
Ronobir Lahiri gave a super hit sitar performance at our office party! The audience was amazed by his skills and was mesmerized. We had a lot of folks asking for his contact details. He was extremely professional, came early and set everything up by himself. Worth every penny and would definitely recommend him to anyone for any type of event. Can't wait to hear him again!
Ronobir Lahiri played the sitar and accompanying music for my daughters recent wedding. He did a superb job. The music selection and performance he played while the guests entered the ceremony area and all through the wedding was excellent. The volume was perfect and the music set the tone and mood of the wedding ceremony.
I would highly recommend Ronobir to perform for both the ceremony and reception
It was such a pleasure having Ronobir perform at me and my husband's wedding reception. From communicating to him regarding booking and event details to the day of our event, Ronobir was quick to respond and very professional. The music was beautiful and just what we had intended for our wedding reception. We would love to have Ronobir perform at another function in the future and highly recommend him to anyone interested.
Ronobir is an absolutely amazing sitar player. His music appeals to all ages as he plays a brilliant mix of classical Indian songs along with instrumental takes on popular modern music. He also played background music for our ceremony, and it added so much to the vibe. On a personal level he was polite, easy to work with, friendly, fun, and highly responsive. Ronobir was sort of a late add to our wedding, but to be honest it was one of the best decisions we made! All of our guests are still talking about him and how they had never heard anything like his music before. Do not hesitate to book him – he will make any event more special and is worth every penny. Can’t wait to go see him at one of his local shows!
Tanvee and I were BLOWN AWAY by Ronobir's AMAZING AMAZING music during our wedding! Bravo!!! He really hit it out of the park!
We heard from numerous people (I'm talking about practically everyone we talked to!) -- on how the sitar was FANTASTIC.
Seriously, the music made the day so much more special. Our wedding was at the Japanese Gardens at CSULB and Ronobir was more than willing to meet with us earlier, check out the venue, and even picked a location right on the rocks. It made the wedding seem like something from a fairy tale.
On top of that, Ronobir was super dedicated to the music! It was almost non-stop beautiful music - and everyone could see how much passion exudes from Ronobir.
Tanvee and I could tell how much Ronobir cares about sitar and how much he cared about making our day special.
We wholeheartedly recommend him. He was patient, supportive, and willing to make our wedding special.
Ronobir played at our Indian-American fusion wedding cocktail hour and it was absolutely amazing. He was very responsive, flexible, a pleasure to interact with in the days/weeks prior to the wedding and on the wedding day itself. His blend of sitar classical and cover songs was fantastic - our guests are still talking about it several weeks following the wedding. In fact, I wish I could have been a guest at my own wedding just to hang out and listen to him jam out! Highly recommended if you want a truly gifted performer and a one-of-a-kind performance!
We had Ronobir play Sitar during our Hindu wedding ceremony and then at our cocktail hour.
To start with, it was a breeze working with Ronobir throughout the booking process. We emailed each ther to discuss which piece he would play during the bridal entrance, he emailed me some amazing pieces he had played in the past and I was able to pick the one I like over email. He is a true professional and arrived at the venue well in advance to set up.
The music during the Indian ceremony was just mesmerizing, the atmosphere created by his music was the perfect compliment to our elaborate Indian-Persian wedding, his presence added to the high-end feel of our wedding.
The best part which followed the ceremony was the cocktail hour where he played some of the American cover music on a sitar. It was out of the world! All the guests talked about how amazing his music was.
It has been 2 months since our wedding and I was at a party last weekend where the guests were still showing me videos of Ronobir playing at the cocktail hour and told me they hear it everyday (these were both American and Persian guests) It was just amazing.
It was a great decision to hire Ronobir and I would absolutely recommend him with nothing less than 5 stars.
We had the privilege of booking Ronobir to be our featured musician at our son's medical school graduation party at the historic Accomac Inn on the banks of the Susquehanna river near York, Pennsylvania. His performance was mesmerizing. Our guests were in awe as Ronobir indulged and captivated us with a series of beautifully orchestrated compositions from his upcoming album, Hypnosis.
He transforms the sitar into a modern age instrument by combining traditional eastern Sitar sounds and overlaying it with current and past popular western music in a very innovative way. If you are looking to add life to your event, book him. You will not be disappointed. We look forward to doing another event with him soon.
Ronobir was prominently featured at my wedding during both the cocktail hour and the reception. Several guests specifically followed up with me on the excellence of Ronobir's performance, and how his unique style greatly enhanced the evening's festivities.
I particularly thank him for playing live music for the reception entrances and father/daughter dance... This was a last minute request on which he spectacularly delivered.
While the rest of the day is a haze of ceremonies and photographs, I vividly remember Ronobir's music.
We found Ronobir by chance, while looking for a musician to perform at our daughter's wedding. What a great find.
All our guests enjoyed his music.
Ronobir was one of the biggest surprises and hits at our wedding reception. He is so incredibly talented. The music was so ambient, yet distinctly present. Truly a perfect blend of classical Indian with American fusion. It added the exact tone and flavor of class that we wanted for our cocktail hour.
We were so happy and thrilled that we were able to have him as a part of our wedding. He was a big part of making our dream wedding come true.
Thank you Ronobir. Everyone at our Bollywood event was delighted with your musical expertise! Your knowledge of the sitar was beyond our expectations.
Ronobir was hire to play at my father's 60th bday party this past weekend. His music along with his presence, and personality was all top-notch. He was able to play a mix of traditional Indian, classic rock, and modern tunes.. Absolutly outstanding..
Having a live sitar player definetly set the scene for the event, and I would highly reccomend hiring Ronobir for anyone intersted in a sitar player or an interesting (not your typically hired) live musican.
We'll definetly be hiring him for future events down the line.
ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS IVE SEEN TO DATE. HE WAS THE HIGHT LIGHT OF THE PARTY. WILL HIRE HIM AGAIN AND AGAIN.
Ronobir played the sitar at our daughter's wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. His playing was exceptionally good and he was very helpful with our plans. Our daughter and son - in - law were very happy with the way he played and added to our event! We highly recommend Ronobir Lahiri. Thanks, Ronobir!
Exquisite music from solo sitar to orchestral sounds,
Ronobir is everything in one friendly and sophisticated person.
Yale educated, highly creative, world music.
Ronobir recently played at my daughter's wedding - a simple Indian ceremony in an idyllic surrounding before a multi-cultural, very discerning audience. His music helped create a beautiful, spiritually uplifting ambience that is still drawing compliments from one and all. He will definitely be a fixture from now on at all major celebrations in our extended family. Thank you, Ronobir! Wish you the very best!!
Ronobir played cocktail and dinner at our wedding in Joshua Tree CA June 2013. He was amazing, and set the right vibe for a beautiful dinner and magical evening. Our guests were commenting on how wonderful the music was. He was professional, friendly and an overall delight.
We had the pleasure of having Ronobir play at our wedding. He was professional, on-time and set a wonderful tone for the guests. I had multiple come up to me later saying one of their favorite parts of the ceremony was the sitar player. He was also very prompt with emails which I sincerely appreciated throughout the wedding planning process. He also let us use a couple of his tracks for our wedding video! Thank you!!
It was a pleasure working with Ronobir, he is very professional, punctual
always easy to reach and very entertaining. I will very highly recommend
Ronobir to any kind of occasion.
Ronobir did an amazing job at our small intimate event. He is a gifted musician. I would use him a thousand times over.
Ronobir is highly professional and was on time to our event. He plays a fantastic variety of music everything from classical to Pumped Up Kicks all on his sitar! He is great and I recommend him for any event you are having.
What to Expect
A beautiful ambient soundscape that is ever-present, yet never intrusive. Energetic, uplifting, and never boring. Sitar music like you've never heard it before. All sound equipment and stage furnished by the artist. I only need a power source.
Sitar Music with a modern edge. Based in the tradition of North Indian Classical, I provide energetic, uplifting live sitar over a bed of ambient, club, and lounge tracks, creating a chill atmosphere that's perfect for the cocktail party or reception. Over 20 years professional experience, having trained in Calcutta India, under Deepak Choudhuri, the preeminent disciple of Ravi Shankar, using elements of raga and tala theory, I explore the tension between computer generated music and human emotion. By overlaying traditional Indian ragas onto ambient, house, techno, and club tracks, I seek to create a sound environment both intense yet soothing, joyful yet profound, uplifting yet understated.
Featured on Katy Perry's album "Prism," "Legendary Lovers," and Ziggy Marley's "Fly Rasta," "Sunshine"
Performed at the Hollywood Bowl as a special guest of the Blue Man Group, October 2013
More than anything else, I embark on this experiment with great respect and humility towards the rich and complex Indian musical tradition from which I came.
Additional Booking Notes
I provide all necessary sound equipment, as well as my own stage, and only need a place to plug in.
Original tracks from the new album, "Hypnosis: Deep House Sitar"
Available on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/Ronobir-iTunes
"Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye
"Pumped Up Kicks" Foster the People
"Across The Universe" The Beatles
"Ticket to Ride" The Beatles
"Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
"Counting Stars" One Republic
"Teenage Dream" Katy Perry
"Drunk on Love" Rihanna
"Rather Be" Clean Bandit
|Ronobir Lahiri||Sitarist - Composer|
Influences & Inspiration
Pandit Ravi Shankar, Karsh Kale, Anoushka Shankar, Talvin Singh, Sasha, Joris Vroom, John Digweed, Jerry Garcia, The Beatles, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Shujaat Khan, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Underworld, Clint Mansell, Nitin Sahwney, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Cheb I Sabbah
All sound equipment provided by me. I also provide my own stage