Dimitris Roumeliotis

'' Music replaces the lost magic sense of the world.
It is the ultimate effort for trance, that's why it functions like a ceremony, purification

Dimitris Roumeliotis


  Dimitris Roumeliotis was born and grew up in Athens.
Since his childhood years, he devoted himself to music, singing and playing the guitar.
In June 1988, Ravi Shankar's brilliant concert at Herodeion Theatre, under the Acropolis,
moved him deeply and changed his life forever.

  Indian classical music and the sound of the sitar affected him so deeply and in December 1989, he started his hard and charming initiation, into this incredibly enriched musical school.
Ross Daly introduced and helped him in his first steps until 1994, when he met his beloved teacher, Rabindra Goswami, an excellent sitarist from Benares, India and since then, he has been learning with piety and devotion the mystics of the ''Ragas''.

  The deep and lyrical playing of sarod player Ali Akbar Khan and sitarist Nikhil Banerjee,
Ravi Shankar's philosophical style and Vilayat Khan's genius expression on Ragas,
have been giving him a huge material of inspiration for years.

  Indian musicians are very pleased and impressed, when a new Raga is created and Rabindra Goswamijee tasted that joy, when Dimitris composed one morning and one night Raga and named them Raga Abha Ranjani (aura) and Raga Kaushik Satikar (hospitality),respectively.

  D.Roumeliotis has composed many instrumental pieces, all of them based on Indian classical music, put his own lyrics and has set to music verses from Nikiforos Vrettakos's poetry.

  He created '' IHOR '' band in 1999, giving concerts in Athens, Crete, Patras, Corfu, Thessaloniki, Chalkida and in Benares, India in February 2001 and 2012-2014 with George Mylonas and Nikos Souliotis.

  On February 2017, he released his first cd album, with ''EMSE'' , under the title ''Dimitris Roumeliotis & IHOR'' .
Musicians: Satnam Ghai on tabla, Orestis Zafiropoulos on cello,Danae Roumeliotis on violin, Lydia Roumeliotis on qanun,Yiannis Eustathopoulos on percussion and Xenia Katsari on tamboura.
Recorded, sound mixed and produced by Chris Maragoudakis.
Cover design, drawings, graphics and photos by Isidoros Printezis.

  In 1996-97, he played sitar in a band called ''Dithyramvos'' with Amin Alagabou, George Kollias, George Fasolis, Thanos Kollias and Vagelis Simentis. He has cooperated with many musicians such as Ross Daly, D.Zervoudakis, D.Zafirelis, V.Rakopoulos, H.Lambrakis, Nor-Dar, Shankar Lal, Don Conreaux, T.Barberis, N.Touliatos, Y.Panayiotopoulos, director Th. Valeta etc.

He wrote music for a theatrical project of ''Mahabharata'' with George Hatzidakis on direction.

  He played sitar on cd ''Ampela'', a cooperation of the Armenian band Nor-Dar
and the top singer of India, Lakshmi Shankar, Ravi Shankar's sister in law.


   Satnam Ghai is an excellent tabla player, born in Punjab, an area of India, well-known as the birthplace of many important musicians and especially, fine percussionists.
Alla Rakha, partner of Ravi Shankar, his famous son Zakir Hussain, Keramatullah Khan are some of the very few, tabla players from Punjab, this  enthralling place in north-western India. Since 1999, Satnam has been living in Greece, giving concerts with Dimitris. He has taken part in seminars and concerts with Ross Daly, Telemachos Mousas, Dimitris Zafirelis, Giannis Haroulis, George Glynos and many other musicians.







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