Rehearsal with Rajasthan roots

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I had my first paid gig in India yesterday (for a wedding). The musicians are apart of a group called “Rajasthan Roots,” and they are excellent. The photo here was taken after a rehearsal in Morchang Studios–a studio owned and ran by one of the founding members of Rajasthan Roots. I have a couple of pictures of the gig we did yesterday but they were not of us playing (I will post them soon!). There were six musicians total: bansuri (flute), morchang and other percussion, vocals, dotara (two string plucked instrument), bass, and drums. The vocalist and percussion player come from a family of folk musicians just outside of Jaipur, and they definitely carry the group. We are talking about doing a whole album together, so we will see what happens. In any case, our next gig is this Friday and is an actual concert. I will definitely be sure to get pictures of us playing this time!

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House concert in Jaipur

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This is a house concert the host family I am living (Raj and Vina Bhandari) with arranged for me and Justin (a sitar player also in the Hindi program). Unfortunately, his sitar string broke and that is why you see the laptop there besides me! It was the first concert I did accompanied by a laptop. It got me thinking though… maybe I could take this idea farther. The last picture is of Dr. Singh, our next door neighbor who has studied tabla for many years in Benares.