From humble beginnings to the international stage, Aloke's journey is one of inspiration and determination.
Encouraged by an uncle who played sitar to pursue his creative passion and cautioned by a brother to adopt a traditional occupation that would pay the bills, Aloke chose accounting as his profession.
While excelling at a day job keeping books, his passion for music continued to grow until he decided to transition to music studies. He obtained a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from San Diego State University.
This led to an epiphany: while the sitar might have support from percussion and drone instruments, it plays a single and distinct line whereas western music involves musicians coordinating their performances to create a melodic style that is completely different.