Hello friends and fans!
I had a great time this weekend performing on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. We played at the Artworks Theatre to a capacity audience (thanks Dee for all your help in organizing the event!!!). The first set was was mainly traditional sitar. I was performing with one of New Zealand’s premiere tabla players, Basant Madhur. We first played Raag Yaman, in slow, fast and very fast movements (vilambit, drut and jhala – 16 beat cycle). We followed this by a composition in Raag Khamaj. Raag Khamaj can be performed as a classical raga or a light classical raga. I find the mood to be very uplifting, romantic and sweet. The first raga (Yaman) was a more serious and deep composition while the second was very joyous and energetic. For the finally we played a nice rendition of the famous George Harrison song, Within You Without You.
The second set was all fusion and featured electric sitar, didgeridoo, bansuri and tabla. With most of the crowd dancing, we had a really great night! The card on my camera become full during the first composition, but I managed to catch a nice portion of the fast composition in 16 beat cycle (Raag Yaman). Enjoy!
Talk to you soon,