About Sarita


Dr Sarita McHarg was born at Ujjain, India, on the 11th of May 1977, to folk singers Pundit Hira Singh Borliya and Srimati Anusuya Borliya. As a child growing up in a family of professional musicians and singers, Sarita learned various forms of Indian dance and folk singing, especially the Kabeer and Malwa traditions. As a teenager, she took an interest in sitar and, thus, began her classical music studies under the guidance of Kumari Vinita Mahurkar.
An All India Radio artist, Sarita has performed on sitar and surbahar, and as vocalist both in India and abroad, and she enjoys the benefit of vast musical experience with Western and Indian musicians. She performed with World Music Orchestra at the 2007 International Jazz Festival in Melbourne, Australia; and in Nepal with visiting American jazz musicians at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in 2009. Most recently, Sarita performed to high acclaim at the famous Mahakal Temple, Ujjain, in July 2016.
Sarita continued her study of Indian Classical sitar and surbahar under guidance of her beloved gurus, India’s First Lady of Sitar, Srimati Joyas Biswas of Kolkata, and Srimati Ragini Trivedi of Indore. She also furthered her study of Indian classical vocals and folk singing under the guidance of Srimati Girija Devi, Pundit Ramakant Dubey (classical) and her father, Pundit Hira Singh Borliya (folk).
Sarita’s latest book, Traditional Folk Songs of Malwa (English & Hindi), is a tribute to her father, All India Radio artist Hira Singh Borliya – the book is a collection of  75 songs showcasing the rich and vibrant ceremonies of Malwa culture.

Preview and/or purchase at:

Sarita is also working on a second volume to complete the series, which should be released in the coming year.
Sarita’s PhD thesis, Baba Allauddin Khan: The most influential figure in the history of North Indian (Hindustani) classical music, has also been published as a book.

Preview and/or purchase at:

Academic Qualifications
  • Graduate – Indira University of Music & Fine Arts, Ujjain, India
  • Bachelor of Arts (Music) – Vikram University, Ujjain, India
  • Master of Arts (Sitar) – SNDT University, Mumbai, India
  • Master of Music – Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Doctor of Music – Vikram University, Ujjain, India
  • Madhyama Yoga Siksha – Academy of Yoga, Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India
Performance Experience
  • Vocal, sitar and surbahar recitals for multiple functions in Ujjain between 2007–2016
  • Vocal and sitar recital in Main Music Auditorium at Daly College, Indore, India – 2009
  • Vocal recital for All-India Radio broadcast at Indore, India – 2009
  • Vocal and sitar recital at Durga Festival, Ujjain – 2009
  • Vocal accompanist with Bollywood legend Ravindra Jain at Clock Tower Concert, Ujjain – 2008
  • Vocal and sitar recital with Pokhara Folk Music Band, Summit Hotel, Pokhara, Nepal – 2009
  • Vocal and sitar recital at graduation function for Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Nepal – 2009
  • Vocal and sitar recital with guitarist Adrian Sergovich, Paris Cat nightclub, Melbourne – 2007
  • Sitar recital with Sophie Raymond Band, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne Australia – 2007
  • World Music Orchestra at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia – 2007
  • Vocal and sitar recitals at International Jazz Festival, 6th & 13th May – 2007
  • Sitar recital at Monash University Music Auditorium, Melbourne, Australia – 2006
  • Sitar recital at Monash University Robert Blackwood Hall, Melbourne, Australia – 2006
  • Vocal and sitar recital at Church of Christ, Cheltenham, Australia – 2004 & 2007
  • Vocal & sitar recital for South India’s “hugging saint”, Amritanandamayi — 2002 & 2006
  • Vocal and sitar recital at Kingston Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia – 2005
  • Vocal and sitar recital at Kumbha Mela special music function at Ujjain, India – 2004
  • Vocal and sitar recital with guitarist Sophie Raymond at Wheelers Hill, Australia – 2004
  • Vocal and sitar recital with guitarist Sophie Raymond at Wheelers Hill, Australia – 2004
  • Vocal and sitar recital at Australia’s Melbourne University graduation function – 2004
  • Performed Rajasthani Bhavai dance at the Yoga Institute in Santacruz, Mumbai – 2004
  • Vocal and sitar recital at Yoga Institute in Santacruz, Mumbai in December – 2004
  • Accompanied Hira Singh Borliya – folk singing, sitar recital at Pune, India – 2003
Music and Dance Gurus (teachers)
  • Srimati Aparna Devodhar (Sitar) at Mumbai, India 
  • Pundit Pushparaj Koshti (Sitar) at Mumbai, India
  • Pundit Kartik Kumar (Sitar) at Mumbai, India
  • Ustad Khalil Gudaz (Sitar) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Pundit Debi Prasad Chatterjee (Sitar) at Calcutta, India
    [disciple of Srimati Annapurna Devi, Pundit Nikhil Bannerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan]
  • India’s First Lady of Sitar, Srimati Joya Biswas (Sitar) at Calcutta, India
    [disciple of Pundit Ravi Shankar for 60 years]
  • Srimati Ragini Trivedi (Veena, Sitar and Surbahar) at Indore, India
    [daughter and student of esteemed Vichitra Veena artist/musicologist Pundit Lalmani Mishra] 
  • Indian Classical vocals, Pundit Ramakant Dubey atUjjain, India
  • Indian Classical vocals, Srimati Girija Devi at Calcutta, India
  • Indian folk singing, at Ujjain under guidance of her father Pundit Hira Singh Borliya
  • Indian light Classical vocals under Pundit Inder Singh Bais
  • Indian Classical and Folk dance under the guidance of Pundit Hiralal Johari at Ujjain
Teaching Experience
  • Private sitar tuition at Ujjain, India, 2007–2016
  • Folk and classical vocal tuition at Ujjain, India, 2007–2016
  • Private classical dance tuition at Ujjain, India, during the period 2007–2016
  • Vocal and sitar 8-day workshop at Daly College, Indore, February, 2010
  • Private Yoga classes in Melbourne, Australia, 2004–2007 
  • Private sitar classes at Melbourne, Australia, 2004–2007