Girishbhai – A tribute to his unwavering support and love

To become a great musician requires a lot from the person who wants to become the musician. Patience, dedication, focus are requirements. Success follows if one undertakes intense sadhna. The path becomes easier if you have people who support you, encourage you and challenge you to work even harder or go that extra mile.
They are many such people in my life. People that I am indebted to for their friendship, unwavering support. They truly helped me to reach where I am today. One of these people is (the late) Girishbhai.

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8 Things to Consider when Purchasing Tabla by Pandit Divyang Vakil

8 Things Consider when Purchasing Tabla

For any artist, the quality of instrument is very important. There are many factors to consider when purchasing tabla. It is only in recent times that the wide majority purchase ready-made tablas, previously, each piece was bought individually to create a pair of tabla.

Here are 8 things to consider to keep in mind when purchasing tabla:

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Nakkara Maestro Ustad Dilawar Khan by Pandit Divyang Vakil

Great Nakkara Player – Ustad Dilawar Khan

Some of my friends from Jaipur had called me up. A nakkara player, Ustad Dilawar Khan was coming to Ahmedabad.(At the time, I did not know it, but he is one of the greatest nakkara players I have heard, I highly recommend that you listen to him.)

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Candlelight Practice Jyoti Riyaaz by Pandit Divyang Vakil

Candlelight Practice (Jyoti riyaaz)

In olden times, many ustads and pandits used to do candlelight practice, also known as jyoti riyaaz.

Two major concepts should be kept in mind when doing candlelight practice:

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Playing with Pandit Rasiklal Andharia

Playing with Pandit Rasiklal Andharia

It was 1979 or 1980. I was working as the youngest tabla teacher of the city at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, one of the oldest music institutes in Ahmedabad. Our principal, Mr. Ravjibhai Patel, called me and said, “We are doing a national conference of Mahavidyalaya Mandal at Valsad for three days. I am very […]

Pandit Sudhir Kumar Saxena by Pandit Divyang Vakil

My First Meeting with Pandit Saxenaji

On first death anniversary of my first Tabla Guru, Pandit Sudhirkumar Saxena, I wanted to take the time to reflect on the person who had great knowledge of tabla and great love for me and I too for him.

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To be a Master of Indian Classical Music by Pandit Divyang Vakil

To be a Master of Indian Music

I am amazed at how many students I get who want master Indian music or tabla. The desire is commendable, but the effort that is made to achieve this aim does not reflect this goal. The world has changed. There was a time not long ago, when students of music would practice 7, 8, 10 hours a day. Besides practice, they did nothing. There were no weekends, no days off. It was single-pointed focus to become a master. There were no birthday parties and movies, no social commitments. For a period of time, they left behind the world in order to achieve greatness. And once that level is attained, a beautiful world opens up that cannot be described in words.

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