About this blog

About this blog

After the words, after the images, I have decided to add a new dimension to my journal of India: Sounds! It was this potato & onion seller who gave me the click, although I had already recorded the Varanasi train station once...

A few months after the beginning of this sound adventure, I love how it has opened my ears, literally. Not only has it revived my alertness to sounds, it has also made me more accepting of those noises against which I would normally complain. Traffic decibels have become fun, the running train has become a rhythmic song which gives way to snoring men when it slows down. Instead of shouting at the guy listening to Bollywood songs underneath my berth on the train at 3am that I want to try and sleep, I'm grateful to him and I switch on the recorder with great amusement. This sound blog has offers me opportunities to be creative in novel ways and I enjoy it immensely. Most of all, it has made me a lot more patient and nonjudgmental about my life, and it has made me even more grateful to Incredible India for being so vibrant and irresistible...

And so, I keep my small recorder with me at all times, and whenever noticeable sounds come to my ears in my normal daily life, I press the REC button... Along with each recording, I provide a picture, just to give a context to the sounds. You may hover onto the pictures with your mouse for more explanations...

So put your headphones on, close your eyes and let your imagination carry you all the way to India... Enjoy!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Karnatik sunrise (8'01)

Dr. K. Shashi Kumar sings Karnatik (south Indian) bhajans at sunrise for Subah-e-Banaras (Varanasi).

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Friday, 26 December 2014

Aaye kaaha se, Jaana kaaha hai (6'53)

Myself playing a song in raga Bhairavi (the title means something like "Where have we come from, where are we going to"), for Subah-e-Banaras with Buburendra Pradhan on tabla. (I forgot to record the actual performance, so this is one of our practice sessions, sorry...) (Varanasi).

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Teenage girls sing a bhajan (4'20)

Swati, Sakshi & Priyanka sing "Gari" (a song for women), with harmonium and Mayank on dholak. (Khajuraho)

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Inside the elephant house (8'53)

Elephant village, Amer, Rajasthan.

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Amer musician (3'03)

Musician playing the ravanhatta outside of the Amer fort, Rajasthan..

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Kal Bhairav Temple (10'37)

A bit of a shock after the peaceful Mrityunjay Mahadev Temple, this one, which is known as the most ancient temple of Varanasi, was packed and rather develish... More information on this temple here.

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