As a young girl in India, Veena Chandra was inspired to play music by her father, who even named her after an ancient Indian stringed instrument in the hopes she would take a liking to music.  

Since then, Chandra has garnered international recognition in the Hindustani Classical music genre as a renowned sitarist, composer, and teacher. Chandra also followed in her father’s footsteps and passed down the music tradition to her son, Devesh Chandra, who joins her in performances playing the Indian hand drum known as the tabla.  

Zydalis Bauer spoke with the mother and son duo to learn more about them and Hindustani Classical music. 

Learn more about Hindustani music and some of the instruments used in the genre in this digital exclusive.

This interview originally aired on March 17, 2022.