I'm going to be in India for 6 days on a trip around the world I'm going on in a year, and I was wondering if maybe you guys cold tell me some things.
Is there much, or any Hindustani music in the south? I enjoy carnatic music, but Hindustani much more. Provided the music IS around, will there be anyone, or can anyone recomend someone to study tabla with for a few days?
The furthest outside Madras I'm going to go on this trip, I think, is Bangalore. Possibly Calcutta but I doubt it.
If these things arent available, I think I'd like to perhaps study midringam or khol or something while I'm down there. Any thoughts?
There's a fair amount of Hindustani musicians in Madras, but they are not immediately visible. I know of some contacts in Bangalore though. I was there for about a month earlier this year and there is, in particular, a tabla school that I know of that is run by a senior student of Sheikh Daoud.
Let me know if you are interested and I'll dig up the details...
Bran, I'd love more info. anything at all would be greatly apretiated really. While I'm there I'll be staying with a Hindu family in a small village, who I understand (in this particular area) are frequently artists of one sort or another.
Its a trip sponsored by the university of pittsburg, so I wont have a huge amount of time to travel outside of the area around madras. I still really want to learn from a tablaji in India though!