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RIP Shyam Bhai

Feb 23 2018

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 under his name shocked...

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Vipassana Meditation – 10 days of Silence

Jan 10 2018

I’m posting this verbatim from Varuna’s blog about Vipassana meditation course that she took at Dharamsala (Himachal, India). Vipassana Meditation Retreat Course – My 10 days of Experience in Silence Four years back when my sister did her 10-day Vipassana course, I looked at her with disdain and thought how could she waste her 10 days doing nothing...

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Jagjit Singh – An Enigma

Dec 30 2017

There is an old anecdote that my Father always tells me and my brother. “When you were little kids of 5 and 8 respectively (my brother is 3 years older than me) – people who would visit our house would often ask – who is listening to these ancient songs of Talat Mahmood?”. It turns out that both of us would find ourselves crooning to the music of...

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Sound of Silence

Dec 17 2017

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 dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of...

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Kabhi Kabhi..on Guitar

Dec 17 2017

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 life of Sahir and Amrita Pritam (or rather their love...

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Ground Control to Major Tom

May 07 2017

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 for her on my Fender...

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Harmukh Bartal – Kashmiri Shiva Bhajan in Himalayas

Mar 03 2017

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 see: Trishul, Nanda Devi and...

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