RIP Shyam Bhai

Shyam Venkatramani also known as Shyam Sunder or as I fondly called him, Shyam bhai when I knew him in 2012-13 during my volunteer days at Aurobindo Ashram at South Delhi. A master Mridangam player, amazing on Harmonium and gifted vocals he had. This morning while browsing through my Facebook friends, the infamous “Remembering” tag…

Sound of Silence

Tried learning Simon & Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence recently on my Guitar. Lyrics: Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence In restless…

Kabhi Kabhi..on Guitar

A medley of Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Me Khayaal Aata Hai..immortal nazm written by Sahir Ludhianvi. I combined the song that was sung by Mukesh for the movie, Kabhi Kabhi starring Amitabh Bachchan and combined it with the rendition I heard in the play, Ek Mulaqat starring Shekhar Suman and Deepti Naval based on the…

Ground Control to Major Tom

During Secret Life of Walter Mitty that I was watching last night, this David Bowie song “Space Oddity” comes on where Kristen Wiig comes on screen and plays it on Guitar for Walter to motivate him. As Varuna is doing her Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), I thought of recording a verse…

Harmukh Bartal – Kashmiri Shiva Bhajan in Himalayas

On Herath (Kashmiri Shivratri) 2017 last week, I was at Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary beyond Almora, in Kumaon Himalayas and I decided to dedicate this Kashmiri Bhajan to everyone on my Guitar. I don’t speak Kashmiri but my wife tried my best to teach me 🙂 Pls forgive any mistakes…Herath Mubarak.. In the background you might…

Young Cowboy from the Rodeo

Back in Michigan, around 10 yrs ago, my CEO shared a song his mother wrote in 1960s..about 10 yrs later I revisited the song and tried my hand at it… The song was written and composed by Norma Fitzpatrick in 1960s. This is my rendition of it Lyrics: Was a young cowboy from Butte Montana…

Edelweiss on Guitar

My first time ever trying to pluck this legendary ballad from the movie, ‪Sound of Music‬. Thanks to Varuna for introducing the song. Feels good to hold the guitar back in my hands again… Lyrics: Edelweiss, edelweiss Every morning you greet me Small and white, clean and bright You look happy to meet me Blossom…

Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Me

This is my rendition on Guitar of Sahir Ludhianvi’s Nazm, Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Me from the Urdu Play “Ek Mulaqaat” that I recently saw starring Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman. Honestly, I liked this version better than the movie version.

You Don’t Love Me Anymore

She walks over to him and she says “do you remember me?” I think we might have met somewhere before… Tried to learn an old favorite of mine and that too on a fasting stomach! Tim McGraw’s “You don’t love me anymore” kept me company on many icy highways of Michigan back in the days….

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