Deep is a creative and flexible instrumentalist. Deep likes to perform percussion on tabla, though he occasionally performs with dumbek and pakhawaj as well. Deep is trained in Indian classical raga music, and it inspires his compositions and improvisations. He brings his melodic ideas to life on a variety of plucked string instruments, such as Hindustani guitar, the sarod, the mohan veena, lap steel guitar, and his self-named "banjabab" (a modified tenor banjo).
The sarod is a North Indian classical instrument. Deep's guruji is the sarod maestro Soumya Chakraverty. Sarod has 23 to 25 strings. It is fretless, allowing long slides called meends. Sarod is played with a jabba, a plectrum made of coconut shell. Similar to a sitar, it has open strumming strings and sympathetic strings.
Tabla is a North Indian classical drum. There are two pieces, a larger drum made of brass or aluminum, and a smaller drum made of wood. The leather heads are held in place and given tension by adjustable leather straps down the sides. Listen to a sample.
Modified Lap Steel Guitar
Deep modified a solid body 8 string lap steel in order to more easily play mohan veena style on it. One of the characteristics of Hindustani classical melody I like is playing jhalla, fast passages that rely on the strumming of chikari (open drone) strings, functionally similar to a banjo's 5th string. Deep added a banjo tuning peg and post half way up the neck to create a high-octave chikari (drone) string, and used a regular string slot to have a second chikari string an octave lower. Listen to a sample.