Creating history on many fronts, Rishabh Seen has not only established himself as one of the best and most interesting Sitar players of the modern era, but also as a very forward thinking musician and composer. At his current age of 20, Rishabh has become the world’s first Sitar player to be endorsed by an Amplifier brand – Laney Amplification. He is the first ever Sitar player to play and write Metal music and front a Metal band ‘Mute The Saint’ which he founded in 2015 and is also the youngest Sitar player to deliver 2 TEDx talks.
Traditionally rooted and equipped with the subtle musical nuances of the ‘Etawah Gharana’ of Sitar playing, Rishabh is the third generation musician of his family. His grandfather Ustad Lakshman Seen is a President-awardee Tabla virtuoso and his Father Pandit Manu Seen is a Sitar Maestro who has been one of the rare musicians to be awarded the Top-Grade by the Govt. Of India. Since the past decade, Rishabh has continuously and extensively toured throughout India in cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Kerala, Jaipur and Himachal Pradesh. He has also played internationally in countries like Japan, Singapore and Nepal and has performed at the biggest Indian music Festivals in India like The Echoes of Earth Music Festival (Bangalore), Tansen Music Festival, Alt & Pepper Music Festival in Kerala, Tangalwood Music Festival in Nepal, Harivallabh Music festival in Punjab. He has Toured Singapore and Japan for a series of Music concert and workshops. Rishabh has been called the ‘Sun of Indian Classical and Metal music’ by ‘The North-East Today’ Newspaper/Magazine (India) and being listed amongst ‘The Top 10 young Indian Entrepreneurs and Innovators of 2015’ by ScoopWhoop and Under 25 Summit India.
Rishabh’s music and playing has been well praised by Legends like Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, Kathak Dancer Pt.Birju Maharaj, Mercury Prize winner percussionist Talvin Singh, Sitar Player Niladri Kumar, Pop Singer Bif Naked and more. Today, he is being globally recognized as the first ever Sitar player to bridge Indian and Metal music, after he founded ‘Mute The Saint’. The band has successfully covered some of the finest metal bands like Animals As Leaders, Meshuggah and Periphery on a Sitar. His covers went viral and were picked up by IBN7 Live India, Loudwire, RollingStoneIndia, NME, Metal Injection and many more global web-portals and magazines, and has been highly praised. With over a Million Hits on his 5 cover videos, World famous Metal bands like Periphery, Meshuggah, Animals As Leaders, Black Crown Initiate, Betraying The Martyrs, and The Aristocrats have all praised and supported Rishabh’s effort and vision for bridging Indian Classical and Metal Music. Rishabh’s band ‘Mute The Saint’,released their debut album on 1st December 2016 via Metal Injection and is digitally And physically available worldwide.
Rishabh’s playing and efforts have been increasingly inspiring and sparking the youth’s interest in their culture, traditional music and instruments. Rishabh has established himself as one of the youngest and the most promising musicians from India who promises to make sure that his musicianship, vision and efforts shall never see any limits.