My Music – Videos and Tracks
Nearly every experience along my musical journey has been special in one way or another. I’ve had the privilege of playing with some truly wonderful musicians, enjoying some fantastic stage moments and also the pleasure of enabling so many students to fulfil their musical ambitions through teaching.
These are some of my favourite moments over the years:
Here is a bhajan that I sang in a small concert. I’m particularly fond of its philosophical meaning. The words which are attributed to the 15th Century Saint Kabirdas are, ‘Naaswanth Vastu He Jagme, Mamta Kispar Karta He, Kar Guzaraan Garibi Mein‘ which means ‘If everything in this world is temporary, then why are we attaching ourselves to it. And, by attaching oneself to things which are destructible, we are all essentially living in poverty’.
Of the tracks that I have composed in various Raag, Hansdwani, Megh and Bageshri are ones which have worked well in my Indo-Jazz Band (Nirakar) over the years. Here are clips of them for a taster :
Here is a clip that I played in Roopak Taal, one of my favourite rhythms. It is 7 beats with the emphasis being on the first, fourth and sixth.
Nirakar at The National Theatre Foyer in London. Really relaxed gig as the seated audience and passers-by alike enjoyed our Indo-Jazz set through the evening.
Here is a rendition that I did of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘Tujhe Dek Dek Sona‘. I enjoy singing popular Bollywood film music as much as any other genre and I’m sure I’ll continue to sing this particular piece for many years to come.
Playing songs by well-known artists Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith as request songs at The Dorchester Hotel was my first foray composing Tabla to pop songs. I’m certain that it won’t be the last time we’ll be playing them at an event!
Whilst I’m singing, the uplifting vibe and energy brought about by audience participation in the songs is something that I deeply enjoy experiencing. With that purpose in mind, I set up The Kirtan Band in early 2014. Here is a video of some of the tracks:
In 2014, I wrote and composed a spiritual song called Anand Nij Anand. I realise that It means so much more when I present something that I have written myself. I hope you like it as much as I enjoy singing it.
This is a short Nirakar take of ‘E Meri Zor Jabeen’ sung originally by the late, great Manna De in the 1965 Bollywood movie Waqt. You don’t really get a true flavour of the wonderful decor and organisation of this wedding reception at the Millenium Hotel in Kensington from this clip but I can’t forget how special it was to play that day.
Here is a clip of when Nirakar played at The Troubadour in London – This was special because I never envisaged that my band would be invited to top the bill at well-known gig venues in London. Great fun and wonderfully appreciative audience.