Girishbhai – A tribute to his unwavering support and love …

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 […]

Great Nakkara Player – Ustad Dilawar Khan

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.) The […]

8 Things Consider when Purchasing Tabla

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 […]

Candlelight Practice

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: 1) you must play one composition until the candle burns out2) you must stare into the flame jyoti while practicing Candlelight practice […]

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 […]