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


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.

Third interview. Paul deals with questions about music & women; later Kailash Ray remembers the great musicians who inspired and influenced both him & Paul, the ones who have now passed beyond.

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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).

Sunil Bose an obituary of master vocalist Dr. Sunil K. Bose, former Director of All India Radio (1916-2007).
Nikhil Banerjee (14 October 1931 – 27 January 1986) was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar Gharana who played the stringed instrument sitar (Wikipedia).
Satyajit Ray: The Music Room - "1958's Jalsaghar, or The Music Room, which proves beyond doubt that this writer, composer, illustrator and film-maker, who was sometimes accused of being more Western than Indian, was no such thing." (Derek Malcolm in the Guardian).
Ustad Ayet Ali Khan (1884-1967) "musician and developer of musical instruments". (Banglapedia).
Ustad Allauddin Khan "(c1881 – 6 September 1972),was a Bengali sarodiya and multi-instrumentalist, composer and one of the most renowned music teachers of the 20th Century in Indian classical music." (Wikipedia).
Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan "plays raag jaijaiwanti on sarod, AIR record of made by purnabhat." Thirty minutes with full alap. (Youtube audio/video).
Hemen Chandra Sen Renowned Sarod Maker (page on various instrument makers from Lavenir exporters).
Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan (1888–1972) "Even before Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan gave his Sarod his magic touch at a public performance, the atmosphere used to become electric." (
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (14 April 1922 – 18 June 2009) "often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad (master), was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West...". (Wikipedia).
Ustad Bahadur Khan (January 19, 1931 - October 3, 1989) "was a sarod player. He was the son of famous Indian classical musician Ustad Ayet Ali Khan, nephew of the Sarod legend Ustad Alauddin Khan, cousin of Sarod player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Surbahar player Shrimati Annapurna Devi, and former cousin-in-law of Sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar...". (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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