The Flower Raj - People & Places in the land of the Gods - India revisited. Paul Leake & Kailash Ray - First Interview.
video oral history, interview i of iii, interviewer arthur mandelbaum, phuket 2011

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Paul Leake & Kailash Ray both travelled to India from the US in the 1960s, both fell in love with Indian classical music and both studied with great masters & continue to study up to the present time. Their separate but interwoven stories are told in this series of three video interviews.

First interview. Tabla Paulís account of how he became a student of North Indian Classical music, who his teachers were and where he studied.

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"Samsara is time devouring. Everyone is busy and has obligations. It was difficult to find the time and a conducive place to interview Tabla Paul and Kailash Ray for The Flower Raj and for posterity. The perfect circumstances for them to tell the stories of how they became musicians in the North Indian Classical tradition manifested in July 2011 in Phuket, Thailand."

"I interviewed them with the small hand held Flip HD Camcorder. The voice behind the camera is mine, a long time friend of all involved."

"The interviews have three sections. Part I of III is Tabla Paulís account of how he became a student of North Indian Classical music, who his teachers were and where he studied."

"Part II of II is Kailash Rayís story of how he came to the sarod (a lifetime love affair), who his teachers were and where he studied."

"Part III of III consists of repartee between Tabla Paul and Kailash Ray evoked by the Ďaudienceí member Sitar Andy, who was there at the beginning [the 1960s] as well."

"Paul was still recovering form a serious thumb injury and Kailash Rayís sarod was in need of repair at the time of the interview. Hopefully, a video of them playing together as well as more stories will be forthcoming". (by Arthur Mandelbaum 2011).

INTERVIEW LINKS:

Tara Bir Singh - "Nepal Sitar" (Amazon USA).
The Mind's Ear, Larry Porter Tabla Trio (Paul Leake on tabla).
Uday Shankar Wikipedia.
Pandit Kamalesh Maitra (Culturebase).
Pandit Kamalesh Maitra (Amazon CD).
Mahapurush Mishra (Questz - Artist)
Mahapurush Mishra (Magic of Juju)
Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh (Wikipedia).
Ustad Keramat Khan (sadly no links found).
Ballygunge (Wikipedia).

These three videos are also on The Flower Raj Blog - where you can comment.

Listen to Tabla Paul Leake playing with Michael Bocian at Tabla Paul Leake - Materials.

You can also hear these & other tracks at The Flower Raj Music Sampler original music recordings.

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