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Good foundation is the key. It all begins in the feet.

For those of you who do not have access to a tanpura or taal master here are some recordings.

This is a recording of a G sharp tanpura for you to practice your sargam, just click on the link.

G sharp in teentaal, again for sargam practice. Note that all taals have been recorded from sam (the first beat)

G sharp in jhaptaal (10 beats) for practicing Bhairavi composition

For the gents. tanpura only.

Nrtta & Sound Sadhana Students
G~ektaal with support

Ektaal with no support, tabla courtesy of Bickram Ghosh


Some listening exercises to tweak the ear.









This is a great piece of Sitar by Ustad Shahid Parvez, listen to the piece and to where the audience react. Then go back and listen to what they were reacting to, then carry on. f you are not coming for the weekend of the 12th and want some feed back, leave a comment.






I know you have already listened to this piece. Now listen to it again and tell me what YOU feel from listening to this piece. When you listen, with no judgement but just allow the music to speak to you, what is the picture that comes to YOU?

There is no right or wrong answer so, its good not to look at this as a test, you know what I mean?

Listen to it again.

For me, it has just the right amount of show which comes through so charismatically, not to turn you off, and the amount is that amout which enhances the reality of the whole piece. It evens it out perfectly not tainting the ultimate, true intention of the Art of music being, experiencing the Truth, no matter what it may be; getting out of the way of oneself, being authentic. Without having done the maths, exactly, I would go further to presume that the exact ratio would (hopefully, from the idealist in me) be equivalent to the golden mean (if anyone wants to get back to me on that I would welcome the mathematical expression of what this is). This could also be known us the experience of the Source, the absolute. Laya, merging to the Absolute. #dropinocean #samsara #nirvana #selfless #marg

of course there are many techniques to achieve this mergence, with, or to(?) that which is higher, in our case here, from a musical path, using laws of the Universe to try to vibrate at the level that is closer to the Source, purer by nature, lighter, through which we can become more transparent. Why do I say that? Because without being transparent how could we be able to recognise the transparancy of that which is finer? The only way is to be the same so that you can recognise it, feel it, know it.


The essence of our Universe is of a spiral nature :)

some of you have stated that the recording is not good so here is the whole version below. Pay attention to the joining of the notes, how one merges into the next (there is a hint in the title of this lesson). Hint 2: Akhanda Svara: Unbroken sound





a list of musicians for further listening, as requested can be found here.

Some Old Stuff Below you may find of interest.:

Ode to Saraswati


NEW: article on ragas. Click on the link for pdf


Those who have been learning the Hanuman Chalisa with me can now access a transliterated version, with meaning and devanagari and also listen to a version sung by my teachers below. Just to reiterate what I have said in class, this is a small extraction from a monumental body of literature. In order for this to to have an effect, or make proper sense, the tradition as a whole must be explored. A good place to start is here: Sri Ramchritmanas_Roman. (Please inform me if you cannot download the pdf.)

This body of work by the author of the Hanuman Chalisa is an epic based on the Ramayana of Valmiki written about 1,000 years prior. This means that the story of Ram was already inherent in the psyche of the Indian population, making it a welcoming platform for Tulsidas to impart the religious teachings of his time. It is advisable to start around page 80 and then go back to the beginning.

Hanuman Calisa edited translit

how to read diacritics


mp3: Please notify me if this file doesn’t work

Hanuman Chalisa Audio by my teachers:



One thought on “student page

  1. natasha says:

    This came through from a student who was happy to share her answers with you.

    RE lesson 5 :
    it made me feel a sense of revisiting, coming home, coming back and back and back again to something – each time with a new perspective having looked away from that thing you keep coming back to. it evoked in me a feeling of being in balance and moving at a perfect pace, with curiosity and infinite patience.

    reply: THOSE notes if sung regularly will make you vibrate at that level and feel like you felt more often

    at 3.30 something happens…. a jump into thin air and float for a moment….. a precipice reached or a door opens onto a new landscape and again i start walking
    at 6.30 it’s like tabla and sitar reach perfect agreement and smile

    reply: YES

    so colourful!!!!
    so circular!!!!

    reply: YEAH MAN

    the repetition makes me very calm, something reassuring in it’s consistency

    reply: YOU can get that too, the calmness, through the practice of rhythm. Then you can live in that space of ease

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