ABOUT THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Dr. Rajan Sachdeva, PhD
Director, Detroit Institute of Indian Music
Dr. Rajan Sachdeva is an accomplished sitarist who plays in both the gayaki and tantrakari (vocal and instrumental) styles. His major contributions have been in the field of Indian classical music as an instructor, lecturer and performer. Dr. Sachdeva taught music at Govt. Women College Patiala, Punjab and S.D. College at Jammu, India before coming to the United States. In the metropolitan Detroit/Ann Arbor/Toledo area alone, Rajan ji has had some 400 students over the past twenty years. With a combination of exceptional musical talent and systematic teaching skills, Rajan ji has generated great interest and awareness of Indian classical music amongst the Indian and American communities in these areas. His students have been comprised of various backgrounds, ages and levels with many of them going on to become performing artists themselves.
Dr. Sachdeva received his M. Music in sitar and his Ph.D. in Indian music from the Pracheen Kala Kendra (University of Music and Dance) at Chandigarh, India. His sitar guru is the renowned Pandit Vachaspati Sharma. Rajan ji is an exponent of the gayaki style of sitar pioneered by the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He had the opportunity to learn from the maestro himself.
As the founder and director of the Detroit Institute of Indian Music, Rajan ji has dedicated his life to preserving and spreading the beauty of Indian music. He currently teaches classes in both vocal music and instrumental music on a wide range of instruments including sitar, sarod, harmonium and tabla. Rajan ji also teaches at the University of Michigan through the student organization Saadhanai, offering students the rare opportunity to learn Hindustani vocal music, sitar and tabla.
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