The Flower Raj - People & Places in the land of the Gods - India revisited. Paul Leake & Kailash Ray - Second Interview.
video oral history, interview ii 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.

Second interview. Kailash Ray’s story of how he came to the sarod (a lifetime love affair), 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 Paul’s 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 Ray’s 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 ‘audience’ member Sitar Andy, who was there at the beginning [the 1960s] as well."

"Paul was still recovering form a serious thumb injury and Kailash Ray’s 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:

Pandit Ravi Shankar A clip from "The Mahabharata" (1989). Directed by Peter Brook, adapted from his groundbreaking stage plays. Raag Malkauns played by Pandit Ravi Shankar is the music in this clip, wonderful.
Pandit Ravi Shankar web site, still going strong.
Pandit Ravi Shankar Wikipedia entry.
Bhatkhande Music Institute University where Kailash Ray studied for Rupees 7 per month fees!
Ustad Ilyas Khan musical lineage described.
Kanailal and Brother, Calcutta "The History of an Indian Musical Instrument Maker". Article by Steven Landsberg in Asian Art.

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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