This past Saturday I had the chance to see devotional music and festivities near my house in Jaipur. The temple, devoted to lord Hanumaun, is in the middle of a traffic circle, which for this event, was transformed and blocked off allowing for 200 or so people to congregate and take part in the ceremonies, music, and speeches. I am not sure which holy day this was, but I do know that it wasn’t celebrated all over the city like other holy days are. Inside the temple there were priests reciting slokas (vedic hymns), and afterwards there was a band playing bhajans (Hindu devotional music). The music was good, but the dholak (a folk drum) was so loud that nothing else could be heard! We only stayed for 20 minutes and then met some friends for hookah and tea…
Teaching this tukra today and enjoying its small pleasures! 😊🙏🏼
This is quite possibly the strangest thing you might hear all day…. 🤣I still enjoyed it though, I think that makes me strange. 🤷🏻♂️ 😂
@rakhitailor captured a warm moment last night with a long time student @ryanshah____ who is now in high school! He started in 3rd or 4th grade. The journey of teaching is a deeply gratifying path. One where even the smallest moments can illuminate the depth of what we are doing as both teachers and students. ❤️🙏🏼😊
An attempt to fit a beautiful traditional composition in an 8.5 beat taal. This was fun!
Digging this groove and rela today.
I was recently inspired by an amazing bedum tihai posted by the tabla maestro @rupaktabla_official where he used a calculation into rupak theka in a 3/4 time (dotted 16th notes). So here is a similar idea but using Dadra as the 3/4 timing. Thank you for the constant inspiration Rupak bhai! 🙏🏼
Sharing a little snippet of a video I edited this morning of the first song on my album, Openings. You can check out the full video on my YouTube channel. I will post another snippet of this soon! .
Some trippy ideas from a playful kaida today….
These are some not so common variations of a very common traditional rela over an uncommon nagma pattern…. 🤷🏻♂️🙌😊