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MMSITAR.FE.120305.JEL - RALEIGH - "Music is like respiration of the soul and I feel like, to me anyways, its just that thing I have that gives me a sense of identity and a sense of purpose and it can be anything you want it to be. It doesn't have to be music to fulfill one like that but for me it's like that. It's the end all, you know, my ticket to immortality hopefully but it's also to me a sense of spirituality," says 25-year-old musician Viswas Chitnis..The Raleigh resident plays piano, guitar and drums but his passion is playing the sitar. Chitnis has played the classical Indian instrument for ten years and has studied with the world-renown sitar player, Ali Akbar Khan, in California..Chitnis hopes to one day be a full-time musician but for now he works as a chemist during the day at a pharmaceutical company. "It's nice to be a chemist but I aspire not to be a chemist someday, " he says..During spare time, he performs throughout the community as a solo artist playing the sitar as well as performing with hip hop band Pro-L, rock band DMVB and working on a jazz fusion project with another local musician. Chitnis also formed a record label with friends called Futurock Records that has put out five records so far. .Chitnis, who describes his first experience of hearing sitar music as mesmerizing, feels strongly about the future of the sitar with young musicians. "My teacher says that our music is dying and that when he goes back to India he can see that the music is dying...he has instilled in us [his students] a sense that we must not let this happen. Ultimately, I'm not here to make a million dollars or to sell a bunch of records or see my name on billboards. If I can find three or four musicians who I can instill a sense of purpose that my teacher has instilled in me then I've done my job," says Chitnis as he prepares for an afternoon performance at a local Indian restaurant..TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VISWAS CHITNIS VISIT www.futurock.com.Staff Photo by Juli Leonard

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MMSITAR.FE.120305.JEL - RALEIGH - "Music is like respiration of the soul and I feel like, to me anyways, its just that thing I have that gives me a sense of identity and a sense of purpose and it can be anything you want it to be. It doesn't have to be music to fulfill one like that but for me it's like that. It's the end all, you know, my ticket to immortality hopefully but it's also to me a sense of spirituality," says 25-year-old musician Viswas Chitnis..The Raleigh resident plays piano, guitar and drums but his passion is playing the sitar. Chitnis has played the classical Indian instrument for ten years and has studied with the world-renown sitar player, Ali Akbar Khan, in California..Chitnis hopes to one day be a full-time musician but for now he works as a chemist during the day at a pharmaceutical company. "It's nice to be a chemist but I aspire not to be a chemist someday, " he says..During spare time, he performs throughout the community as a solo artist playing the sitar as well as performing with hip hop band Pro-L, rock band DMVB and working on a jazz fusion project with another local musician. Chitnis also formed a record label with friends called Futurock Records that has put out five records so far.  .Chitnis, who describes his first experience of hearing sitar music as mesmerizing, feels strongly about the future of the sitar with young musicians. "My teacher says that our music is dying and that when he goes back to India he can see that the music is dying...he has instilled in us [his students] a sense that we must not let this happen. Ultimately, I'm not here to make a million dollars or to sell a bunch of records or see my name on billboards. If I can find three or four musicians who I can instill a sense of purpose that my teacher has instilled in me then I've done my job," says Chitnis as he prepares for an afternoon performance at a local Indian restaurant..TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VISWAS CHITNIS VISIT www.futurock.com.Staff Photo by Juli Leonard