Besides the different cultures and instruments, Strings Tradition also brings together five versatile musicians. New York based Malian Kora master Mamadou Diabate comes from a Griot's family. His father, Djelimory Diabate, played the Kora and he is related to another great Kora player, Toumani Diabate. Renowned sitarist Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, son and pupil of one of the greatest sitarist ever, Ustad Vilayat Khan, is a specialist of the singing style of the Sitar, Gayaki Ang. The inventive Southern India violinist Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan also comes from a musical family. Tablaist Gourishankar and Ghatam player Muraly Trichy round out the quintet.