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Day 5: Kechak Ke-Chak Kech-Ak

A thousand apoplogies for my delay in prompt daily blog entry updation. But as Day 5 started every thing gathered a new momentum and required my 100% percent presence for total honest recall in this blog and in my future of Djembe playing. Hence it is for the greater good! So here goes; this is […]

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Day 4: A test of mettle

By now, the rate of perception of the days passing by is inversely proportional to the amount of sleep one gets. Every morning, eyes gets groggier and hands feel heavier but the smiles cannot be seen diminishing from each and every one of us… We started with the second TTM curriculum class where we ran […]

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Day 3: Dance baby dance!

Dance class started 15 minutes earlier than scheduled so that we had time to cool down before our Djembe session with Mamady would begin. Very thoughtful, but this meant a half hour less of sleep… (A sacrifice well worth it as you will soon discover). With groggy eyes, I went to the breakfast buffet and […]

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Day 2: The time of reckoning and a taste of things to come…

My day started nice and early today. I caught an early breakfast and got ready for our first TTM level assessment class. This class is dedicated to students who want to have a structured learning experience with the TTM grading. It is a well thought of curriculum and helps categorize the rhythms in a way […]

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Day 1: Welcome, Pyramid Class and Fun

There was excitement in the air today. I guess my body sensed the start some something new; of something familiar yet fascinatingly new. I rented a motorbike and went to visit Mr. Aan to see the progress of the djembe I’d be using for the duration of the workshop. Karthik and Ameya, my students from […]

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Day 0 – Arrrival and Settling in…

This year’s trip started with my customary one day Singapore visit and halt at my parent’s place. Its always wonderful to have a home away from home, was my first feeling as I walked home from Bedok MRT. After a long walk at the East Coast park, a scrumptious meal and catching up with an […]

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Yamini the Songbird

The rain Gods have finally blessed us and on this occasion I’d like to introduce to you an extremely sweet and melodic personality. The sweetness of her voice is surpassed only by her smile, Yamini, our singer. This is what she had to say… Yamini Lavanian Good things do happen. My journey with Taal Inc. […]

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Karthik Iyer, Guru Poornima

I often wonder where I’d be if it wasn’t for my teachers and gurus… I am slightly late in publicly acknowledging my gurus in my life but I would like to offer my thanks and  my present to Mr. Zubin Balsara, Mr. Sanjeev Pandkar, Mr. Chandrashekar, Mr. Joshua Banks, Mr. Iqbal Azad, Ms. Tara Tucker, […]

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Amar Kulkarni – (Sangban + Didge + Afterparty Entertainment)

The second person I’d like to introduce you to is the only one in the band who gives Zakir Hussain’s curly hair a run for his money…. Mr. Amar Kulkarni. Amar is a multitalented yet understated musician who is working on his very own Ajala Dhwani Project apart from a whole bunch of interesting musical […]

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