McLeod Gunj

Whenever most people say that they are going to Dharamshala, they actually mean McLeodgunj. That’s where the Dalai Lama and most Tibetan population is based at. Dharamshala – also spelt as ‘Dharamsala’, is the town almost at the foothills of the McLeodguj mountain. ‘Gunj’ means market or neighbourhood in Hindi, so you would find several […]

Dharamshala

Many years ago, in 1998, I was approached by a friend for composing music for a film on His Holy Highness The Dalai Lama. I agreed. Vinita said that I ought to go to Dharamshala as that culture is so different, you won’t understand anything sitting in here Pune. She has travelled a lot since […]

Manual Mode and Super Chips

A friend said she won’t consider herself a photographer till she understands the Manual Mode. I don’t agree. In simplest words I can say that clicking on the Manual Mode is like driving the car on the manual gears when it also has automatic transmission. Manual mode allows you set Aperture and Shutter Speed manually. […]

Korea – Arts and Culture

As I started performing more and more in Korea, I started realising the depth and popularity of Arts and Culture in the Korean society. Although on surface one would see a totally westernised society, but deep inside the people are really bound to their roots. Korean culture is quite old and after the modernisation, since […]

Maa Ganga

In my college years I was surrounded be many Bangla guys and girls. Lots of fantastic musicians I grew up with were Bangla. usually very intelligent and very intense people! Girls were very beautiful, intelligent but I found them quite hot tempered.  But necessarily all of them by default used to miss ‘Cal’ a lot. […]

Geoge Island

To the south edge of South Korea there are over a thousand of small and big islands. Some of them have volcanoes on them too. Jeju island being the most famous, there are several others which are big enough for habitation.

Geoge island is the second biggest island from the south sea. Two years ago I got to know that I am to perform on Geoge island, and I was quite happy about it. Several years ago I had performed on Jeju island. I think it was some very big festival where thousands of people had come. I also remembered that it was very beautiful place. So I became even more enthusiastic about this concert and the journey to the island.

 

 

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My First Encounter with Korea

I clearly remember my first encounter with Korean musicians. In February of 2002 I got a call asking if I would be interested in recording a fusion project with some Korean musicians. And that the budget isn’t much but I might like it. The budget was never used to be good then anyway, so I said yes.

In the studio there were 5-6 musicians from Korea and some local. The recording which was supposed to take 3 days, took 7 and at the end it was all fine. No one in the Korean team could speak a word of English except their manager! And thus whatever anyone wanted to say to other musicians about music or anything totally was dependent on this manager who could barely speak English, But could communicate well. All in all we were having good time and creating some interesting music too.

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