The monumental contribution of the great Composers of yesteryears in sustaining Indian Classical Music हिंदुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत को लोकभोग्य बनाने में हमारे हिंदी फिल्म के फन कारों का महत्त्व पूर्ण योगदान (Scroll down for Hindi version)

“I like to listen to classical music; it is so soothing but don’t understand it” Haven’t you heard such admission by a lot of your friends? The essence of classical music is embodied in structured melodious patterns. Before independence it was the royal patronage that sustained the great artistes through the ages. In the absence … More The monumental contribution of the great Composers of yesteryears in sustaining Indian Classical Music हिंदुस्तानी शास्त्रीय संगीत को लोकभोग्य बनाने में हमारे हिंदी फिल्म के फन कारों का महत्त्व पूर्ण योगदान (Scroll down for Hindi version)

The finer nuances of Pratham Tarang “રામ કરે ઐસા હો જાયે” માં પ્રથમ તરંગમાંથી અલગ અલગ સૂરો કેવી રીતે ઉપજાવ્યા ? To read the Gujarati version scroll down the article

The instrument Pratham Tarang that you see me playing here is commonly called the Indian Banjo. It is a popular stringed instrument that one often sees in kavvalis (The Sufi prayers accompanied by rhythmic clapping by a group of people) and bhajans. Ever since I took it up, it has gone through several phases of … More The finer nuances of Pratham Tarang “રામ કરે ઐસા હો જાયે” માં પ્રથમ તરંગમાંથી અલગ અલગ સૂરો કેવી રીતે ઉપજાવ્યા ? To read the Gujarati version scroll down the article

मेरा नाम चीन चीन चीन चू

याद है की नहीं ये मस्त गाना? ये गाने ने तो उस जमाने में ठहाका मचा दिया था। क्या बात करूँ ? वो अजीबो गरीब चीनी कॉस्च्यूम में हेलेन का बार की सीढ़ियों से उतरना; उसकी आँखें जबरदस्ती चीनी दिखाने के लिए क्या क्या नहीं किया,? वो सीधी ऊपर की और उठायी भँवरे; ऐसे लग … More मेरा नाम चीन चीन चीन चू

How a 74-year-old YouTuber created instrumental versions of film songs using the Pratham tarang

March 18, 2017. Ustad Zunain Khan, the torchbearer of the Jafferkhani Baaj sitar playing style, was to perform a jugalbandi with me. It was an unusual combination – his magnificent sitar and the new kid on the block, the Pratham tarang. Some of the classical music aficionados were amused at the sight of the two … More How a 74-year-old YouTuber created instrumental versions of film songs using the Pratham tarang

The Jungle Man

The older folks like me have this compulsive habit of slipping into the halcyon days of the past. Bereft of all the modern gadgets that people take for granted, looking back, our childhood, spent in one of the quietest suburbs of the bustling city of Mumbai, was like a seamless dream. In the evening, after … More The Jungle Man