Music of India can conjure up a mood of mysticism and a feeling of
another dimension. Mr. Batish certainly evoked this with his expert
playing of his facinating and ancient Indian instrument, Vichitra
Western Mail: Cardiff Commonwealth Arts Festival, England
A most outstanding musician, performer and conductor of Indian music.
Has contributed with his melodious voice and tunes to innumerable
performances and hit records. His presence in the states will substantiate
and enrich the culture of the western world.
Shakti Samanta, Producer, Shakti Films, Bombay, India
A well known artist from India, has earned a name for himself as a
singer and multi-instrumentalist. He is a musician of great talent
and well known standing and is genuinely interested in cultural work.
Keval Singh, Deputy High Commissioner for India,
Mr. Batish's authority as a great master musician, coupled with his
knowledge of the west and ease in explanation, have given our students
their first serious opportunity to understand and enjoy Indian music.
His performances, lectures, and demonstrations here have been a great
Dr. Ralph Abraham, Professor, University of California,
Santa Cruz, U.S.A.
A leading music director of India films, has composed music for over
50 films over the last thirty years. He has done a yeoman service
to the Indian film industry. We understand that Mr. Batish has gone
to the western hemisphere for the purpose of transmitting the musical
heritage of India. His absence in the Indian film industry will be
severely felt in the coming years. We wish him all the best.
S. R. Shetty. Assistant Secretary, Indian Motion
Picture Producers Association, Bombay, India
We have had the privilege of presenting his performances recorded
by our company on our discs to his innumerable fans all over India
V. K. Dube, Artist & Repertoire Manager, The Gramaphone
Company of India
An artist and composer of this service since 1938.
A. Dinakkar Rao, Assistant Station Director, All
India Radio, Bombay, India
An outstanding musician, composer, and music director, having given
many performances with his melodious voice. His continued stay in
the States will help bring both our countries closer in cultural ties.
He has won the Tansen Award for the best vocalist of the year 1964.
Shri Brij Narayan, Director, Sur Singar Samsad, Bombay,
A bonafide member of our association.
Secretary, Cine Music Director's Association, Bombay,
When you wrote the music for India My India and A Letter From Thimpu,
you proved that Eastern music is not just unacceptable to untrained
Eric Davidson, B.B.C. Television, London, England
Thanks for your cooperation in teaching Sitar to Michael York for
our film, The Guru.
Ismail Merchant, Producer, Arcadia Films, New York
How very much we appreciate having you work with us. As you saw, the
studio audience enjoyed your performance prodigiously; it will interest
you to know that we are getting many congratulatory letters from the
radio audiences. I sincerely hope that your talents will continue
to be available to us, and that we may have the pleasure of working
together in the near future.
Charles McLelland, B.B.C., London, England
He plays an important role in feeding the growing interest of asian
music and culture in Great Britain by his beautiful performances and
David Bryson, B.B.C., Television, Birmingham, England
He has composed vocal and instrumental music in the four T.V. series
of India My India, and thirteen series of "Faces Of India.
Yavar Abbas, Face Films, London, England
A prominent person for many years in the field of films and classical
Asia and Africa Review, London, England
Your Sitar playing has blended very well and most effectively in Ginza
Strip. (C.B.S. Label)
Tony Carr, Record Producer, Blackpool, England
His English is fluent and easy to understand. He teaches systematically
while at the same time instilling an appreciation for the soul of
music. In addition to being a superb teacher, Mr. Batish has won the
affection of all who have come into contact with him, for he is a
warm as well as interesting person.
Professor Lantz, University of California, Santa