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Kapil Srivastava – Guitar Man of India

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One of India’s Prominent Guitarists – Kapil Srivastava, a leading name in India’s Guitar Culture a.k.a Guitar Man of Indiawinner of State Award in the year 2007 (New Delhi, India) and founder of Guitarmonk

Kapil is one of India’s leading solo & lead guitarist who made his first television debut as Guitarist in album titled ‘Lady Chatterjee’ for song ‘Pyar aur Dosti’. He also composed & performed a recent track in the Bollywood Movie – Dubai Returns (Starring Irfan Khan).  He has performed guitar with various record labels including Sa Re Ga Ma HMV, T-Series, Doordarshan, GM Records and has 3 solo music albums to his credits.

Authored 6 Guitar Books (under Creative and Unicorn Publishing) and have led more than 7000+ students worldwide in more than 8 countries via Guitarmonk.

Kapil Srivastava is also contributing socially via its music movement (as Guitarmonk Social) primarily for preservation of arts, music for health, music for poor). He executed more than 100 events in last few years on social causes.
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Check out his guitar videos at online guitar channel GM Tune Time.
 
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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Events & Moments

 

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Cloud Covered Mussoorie Mall Road

Mussoorie Mall Road

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in My Image Gallery

 

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Beautiful Guitar Cake gift on my Birthday

Guitar Cake

I was honored by this great and yummy Guitar cake on my b’day by my students. They made my eve with this surprise. I had one more cake but this was a sort of gift of music in my life.

I bless all of them and thank them for this wonderful and respectful gesture for me.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in My Image Gallery

 

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Taj Mahal – India’s monument of love

 

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Taj Mahal India’s monument of love

A trip to Agra will never be complete without paying the famous Taj Mahal a visit. Since childhood, I was in a complete awe with this associated love story of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who passed away after giving birth to their 14th child.This monument is an expensive construction or modification as being such a finished, artistic, massive monument of its times. The King wanted to keep the loving memory of his late wife with time immemorial.

After a four and a half drive from Delhi, I arrived at 8am in Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh,  India. Even at such an early time, flocks of tourists have already formed a queue at the entrance. Not wanting to be with bigger crowd later on, I immediately paid for the 20 INR local fee, while tourists have to pay 750 rupees. Also remember to bring only the basics, your wallet, camera, and mobile phone because big bags are not allowed and many items are prohibited inside the Taj Mahal. Taking pictures of the mausoleum is not even allowed.

First to welcome me was the certain grandiosity of the red stone gates. A three-storey red sandstone structure with a central arch and two-storeyed wings on both sides where verses from the Qu’ran in Arabic were inscribed in black calligraphy. Apparently, that was just the start of the majestic visual treat for me. The main monument itself was even more beautiful at a closer look.

Built with perfect symmetrical planning, the Taj Mahal, is adorned with colorful hues of precious stones in intricate designs. Even the horticulture at the ornamental gardens where two marble canals with fountains and lined with cypress trees were well planned. I just stood there as I was too mesmerized by the perfect reflection of the Taj. A real beauty indeed.

Truly, this trip has definitely drew me thinking deeply about love and faith. And I figured out that the real beauty of the Taj Mahal is beyond its  royal facade, it’s the beauty of the heart and the ultimate display of romantic love that made this monument endure fame and glory whilst withstanding the test of time.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in My Trips

 

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Mussoorie : The Queen of the Hills

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In Uttarakhand, a luscious green scenery has been luring both locals and tourists to come closer with nature. A breathtaking view of the Himalayas, with the invigorating breeze, and the rich flora and fauna make it a perfect choice for a sweet escape from all the stress and commotions of the city.

The way to the top of the resplendent hills is a long spiral road that would usually take around an hour to drive. And always remember to keep a watchful eye on the road. Don’t forget to blow your horn at every bend because some wildlife may also be crossing or another car might be  coming in at the same time.  Along the way up to Mussoorie Hills, you will also get to pass by the Malsi Deer Park and the prestigious ITBP Academy (Indo-Tibetan Border Police Academy) where recruited officers undergo initial training as well as specialization in counter insurgency operations, VIP protection, rock climbing and identification and handling of improvised explosive devices.

All types of schools can also be found in Mussoorie. Day schools, exclusive schools for boys and girls, co-educational schools and boarding schools have made the hills a home away from home for students who are as well charmed by the natural atmosphere and the high standards of education that are offered by the British-era schools. To name a few of the best schools found in Mussoorie, there’s Woodstock School, St. George’s College, Wynberg Allen and Oak Grove.

The landscape here must have been really that favorable and influential for Indian author Ruskin Bond, who pioneered in the growth of children’s literature in the country and later became India’s most beloved writer and was the pride of Mussoorie.

Our first stop was at the Cart Mackenzie Road for the Nag Devta Temple, which was built in 1838 and is dedicated to the God of Snakes, Lord Shiva. It was about 6km from the city center and has a cool vista of the Doon Valley and the Mussoorie. At the temple, we prayed for this trip to be blessed and safe until our return to Delhi.

Okay, so from a holy place we moved  to other attractions. Seven kilometers from the main Mussoorie city is the Mussoorie Lake. There we tried to paddle a boat and the area was a great picnic spot too for honeymooners and families. Thus, Honeymoon Inns and Hotels are sprawled in and around the area, so accommodations aren’t really an issue unless it’s peak season.

We managed to have some roasted nuts and steamed corn at the Mall Road, and since we wanted a real bird’s eye view of the hills, at an altitude of 2024 m, we reached the top of the Gun Hill through a cable car. Well, we opted to take the cable cars since we’re saving our leg energy for later plans. But for those who have a lot of time and energy to spare can reach the top after 40 minute hike.

After savoring the pristine air atop the hill, we then decided to go to Kempty Falls, which was around 15kms away from the center of Mussoorie.  The stunning falls are girdled by the mountains. We grabbed some chai from the tea sellers in the picnic area as we enjoyed the refreshing sound of the waterfalls and the relaxing view of nature.  Oh, and did you know how Mussoorie got its name? Well, basically the British imperialists named the area after the plants called “Mussoorie” which has been abundant in the region until now.

Oh Mussoorie…… I only came to visit but you seized me. I hope your beauty will not fade soon with the work of the greedy.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2014 in My Trips

 

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Mastery to Guitar Scales Volume One:  A must have for Guitar Learners

Mastery to Guitar Scales

This is a sixty-page book on the 48 scale routes to master all major scales of guitar. The guide book also serves as a forever exercise and practice routine activity for every guitarist be it intermediate or advanced. An in-depth discussion on guitar scales, being the basic foundation of understanding the art of guitaring and a step-by-step instructions on how to manoeuvre the 48 independent open string scale sequences in both ascending and descending, with different routes and fingering while keeping selection of open string notes as compulsory for each scale.

Mastery to Guitar Scales Volume One is a good start for every beginner to build up level of guitar scale in a professional way. Those who are in intermediate level can easily progress to advanced and continue to professional playing once good command in leads and comfort in delivery of tunes are achieved.

The book comes in both tabs and staff notation, 48 scale positions with practice chart, a video demo reference and a lot more and is reasonably priced at Rs. 495 for the print version (within India only).

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Books

 

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River Ganges and experience of Haridwar

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As an Indian, observing religious practices has been part of my growing up years. And today, I have yet another blessed experience to share as I visit Haridwar and the Ganges River. India’s famous and holiest river has long been known for its purity and spiritual sacredness. It is considered to be the terrestial home of the goddess, Ganga. The 2, 525 km Ganges is the longest river in India and flows eastward from its source in the western Himalayas across northern part of India until it reaches the Bay of Bengal. It passes through several Indian states as Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Bengal. Annual pilgrimages to the shrines and temples along Ganges River are made by Hindus to engage in purifying rituals. Every 12 years, Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world is held on the banks of Sangam, where the waters of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati converges. It is believed that to bathe in Ganges River is to wash away one’s sins, while spreading one’s ashes in the water upon death may hasten salvation and improve one’s karma.

One of the seven holiest places to Hindus is the Haridwar district in Uttarakhand. As one of the four sites where drops of Amrit, or the elixir of immortality was accidentally spilled as the celestial bird Garuda carried the pitcher. To dip into the holy river or simply visit this holy place is already an overwhelming experience for me. Now, I understand the feeling of the millions of devotees who partake in the special bathing rituals in the Ganges. I just hope that the government will come up with a more effective plan to clean-up the river and that the devotees themselves exercise more respect and be more responsible in observing the cleanliness of the river to somehow improve the standards of the public health and hygiene in the area.

To get a panoramic view of the Ganga, I decided to go to Ram Jhula in Rishikesh, still in Uttarakhand state. It is a 450 ft long iron suspension bridge that can be used to cross the river. From this bridge, a very nice view of the Ganges River and the different ashrams and religious centers can be seen in full view. As I wait for the evening prayer at the Geeta Bhavan’s ghat, I decided to have an early dinner at Chotiwala. It is the very famous restaurant that has been in operation for 50 years now! I definitely give two thumbs up for the palatable dishes they serve. I left the restaurant satisfied and with a very full stomach.

I took some time walking around the area, enjoying the evening breeze and the night view at Ram Jhula. Then I went to the river bank and waited for the evening prayer. Other people have also started to gather there. Later on, the sound of bells can be heard announcing the start of the Ganga Arti and Hawan, with young dedicated boys singing the mantras under the blessing hand of Shiva while doing some fire and incense offering. The ceremony lasted for 30 minutes. It was an enchanting moment to see how the river Ganga is admired and worshipped.

To cap this day’s realization, let me share this beautiful thought from the First Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. “ The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India’s age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.”

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2014 in My Trips

 

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Kapil guitarist tribute to Rajesh Khanna on guitar

 

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Kapil guitarist tribute to Rajesh Khanna on guitar

In memory of the late Rajesh Khanna, the original superstar and known as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Hindi cinema. Rajesh Khanna graced 180 films, with 17 short films and 163 feature films wherein he was the solo lead in 106 films! A FilmFare Special Award as well as FilmFare Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to him apart from the four-time BFJA Awards for Best Actor and being selected as Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress. He too, was the highest paid actor in 1970-87 and later on shared the same tag with Amitabh Bachchan. Upon his death in 2012, India’s third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan has been awarded to him posthumously. A bronze statue has been unveiled and a postage stamp has been released to honor him.

Kapil Srivastava wanted to stir the interest and awareness of GM students to the brilliant form of Bollywood music via Rajesh Khanna songs on Guitar. It was to reflect the star’s musical heritage and his unmatched charisma to the evergreen music of RD Burman and Kishore Kumar. It became an exalted dedication when other professional artists volunteered to grace the performance that lasted for an hour at India’s leading Guitar School, Guitarmonk in its East Delhi branch. Indeed, the Tribute  to Rajesh Khanna  warrant the fact that there will only be one superstar and Rajesh Khanna proved it in his lifetime, and that even beyond his death, India will always honor his significance.

To know more about the tribute and other performances by Kapil Srivastava and his multi-talented students, kindly visit www.guitaristindia.com  and appreciate the art of guitar in Bollywood music and alike .

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Events & Moments

 

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