Yes, this is India. Sometimes the hot water works, and sometimes it doesn’t. There’s rolling power brownouts and cattle in the streets (watch your step, please!)
I had time for one short tourist trip of three days. I saw the Taj Mahal, the temple at the birthplace of Krishna (sorry, no cameras were allowed in the temple), and made a short foray into Rajasthan. Here’s the Taj, and my driver and I enjoying a Rajasthani meal, and a young boy dancing.
We mostly have been focusing on the music, of course. We are recording at a studio located in the offices of a media company in Delhi. We are fortunate to be able to use their facility and the engineers that Vishal has arranged for us to work with are very good. Here are a few pix of the music crew.
Top left, L to R: Vishal (Tablas, Composing, Arranging), Pritham (Sarod), Yogi (Blah blah blah), Rafiz (Excellent tabla, actually there teaching one of Vishal's students, not working with us), Jaffir (Sarangi, singing), and Ujwaal (Singing, composing, arranging - Vishal's younger brother, only 19 years old). Second picture: Ujwaal laying in some vocals, Third Picture: Me, Pritham, and Ujwaal during a power brownout in the studio (we are all holding up our cell phones because we are using the displays as flashlights while the power is out - hey, this is the third world, after all!).
The music we are working on now will come in a future CD (late 2006, early 2007) and we will be doing some shows of this material at that time, at least in India, and also in the west if suitable arrangements can be made.
We have done some shopping, but we decided to pass on the McAloo Tikki for 40 Rupees (about 90 cents) - yes, your favorite burger chain is here, too!
Hopefully, the Gods are smiling on us and blessing our music, and each and everyone of you, too!
That’s all for now – namahskar!