Ragopedia: Exotic Scales of North India Plastic Comb – August, 1989
If you are serious about Indian music, a copy of Ragopedia from the Batish's is a must. -- India Currents by Mr. Arvind Kumar, editor, Page 50, May 1991
About the Author
S. D. Batish has been a stalwart on the Indian music scene since 1936. His songs have been broadcast from All India Radio nationwide. His old movies are regularly shown on Indian TV. He is a true master of the various vocal and instrumental styles of North Indian music, including Bhajans, Geet, Thumri, Ghazals, Film Sangeet, etc. Some of his outstanding films are Betab, Bahu Beti, Toofan, Harjeet, Tipu Sultan, Ham Bhi Kuch Kam Nahin, and Amar Keertan. His songs have been sung by such top artists as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Talat Mahmood, Mohomad Rafi, Sudha Malhotra, Manna Dey, and Geeta Dutt. Some of his all time hit songs are, Pagadi Sambhal Jatta, Khamosh Nigahen, and Aakhen Kehe Gayi Dil Ki Baat. He is also the founder of the Batish Institute of India Music and Fine arts based out of Santa Cruz, California, where he teaches regularly. He was first invited to teach music of India by the University of California in 1970. A vocalist by profession, Pandit S.!
D. Batish is also a master of the rare Vichitra Veena, the harmonium, violin, dilruba, sarodini veena, and all the instruments of the North Indian percussion family.