Bhoopali at a World Music Festival

Ajarn* Maiya Singh Ji was invited to play at the “Rhythm of the Earth” world music festival – at Central World , Bangkok – May 2008.

Satpal Singh Ji (Ustadji’s nephew) is on Tabla.
the Thai word for “Teacher”/”Ustad” is Ajarn – pronounced aa-charn

Raag Bhoopali – Tintaal

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Kindly excuse my playing – looking back at the video: I think my playing took more away from the music than it did add … oh well – we had zero practice as a group before the event, so I shouldn’t beat myself up about it too much eh?
Ustadji and Satpal Singh were awesome though!
We were initially given 1 hour stage time and were planning to play Raag Yaman. On the day, we were requested to cut it down to 20 mins due to various time constraints. Ustadji wanted to switch to Bhoopali, thinking that it would be easier for an audience unaccustomed to Classical Indian Music to digest and enjoy. my opinion: Good Decision !

Raag Pahari Alaap and Tunes.

Ustadji Maiya Singh on TarShehnai.
Manav Singh on TarShehnai – playing Along.
(TarShehnai = Hybrid Sitar + Sarangi + Mechanical Amplifier)

Raag Pahari Alaap.

Song tune in Raag Pahari.

Traditional Namdhari Shaans (Tunes) in Raag Pahari.

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Here’s an Idea of how he “randomly” composes Tunes. We were just jamming, I switched to Ik-Taal at just the right point (without being asked to) – he got an idea – and this is what happened afterwards. (by the way: In between, he’s speaking THAI – I forgot to cut that out :)

Here’s a Shabad Tune he’s teaching me: Kanchan Sio Pa-e-yai Nahi Tol

3 Tunes in Raag Bhairavi

3 Tunes in Raag Bhairavi

1st: Tune using both MAs and both GAs .. took me quite long to understand what was going on when I first heard it :P

2nd: Nice tune, but very hard to play – and My teacher said he didn’t remember the rest of it, hence the short segment.

3rd: Old hindi song – Dil Ka Khilona Toot gaya

My younger brother is on tabla.

Enjoy.

Raag Kirwani

Small “classical music” get-together at Aunty Tara’s house on 24 March 2007.

Maiya Singh (My Teacher) on Tarshehnai
I’m on tabla.

The foil-leaf in the Tarshehnai’s sound box popped so my teacher had to end abruptly.

Btw. this little recording was done with NO practice. – the Get-together WAS the practice.

Enjoy