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Viram Jasani was brought up in England. He studied briefly under Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Imrat Khan, two of India's foremost masters of the sitar. From them he adopted the Gayaki style of classical vocalists, with its own approach in creating glissandi by bending the main string. These glissandi contain tonal embelishements in the form of a grace note with a hint of the preceeding or suceeding note (gamak) and especially glissandos between successive notes (meend). This technique enables the sitar player to emulate the fluidity of the voice in Indian traditional singing.

 Viram Jasani also studied with the great tabla maestro Ustad Latif Ahmed Khan, with whom he also gave many recitals in Europe and in India. He has also appeared on tabla in the classic debut album of Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin I).

 Viram Jasani has an MA in Economics/Politics and Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and a postgraduate MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he specialised on North Indian music and is presently a research fellow. In recent years Viram Jasani has helped in increasing awareness for Indian as well as other Asian music through lecturing at the Guildhall School of Music, City University and the Music Faculty of King's College, University of London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and has been since 1991 the Chairman of the Asian Music Circuit.

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