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 !

My Ustad’s Ustad’s Ustad

Thanks to “tripmonk0” on youtube for uploading the video.

Ustad Piara Singh on TarShehnai.

Bhai Baljeet Singh learned from Ustad Piara Singh.

Maiya Singh picked up a lot of the tunes and style of Ustad Piara Singh by listening to him play during Diwaans and Informal Gatherings at Bhaini Sahib. Maiya Singh also spent time with Bhai Baljeet Singh as his student.

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

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