Kapil guitarist tribute to Rajesh Khanna on guitar



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  and appreciate the art of guitar in Bollywood music and alike .

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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Events & Moments



Great Guitarist and Great Music Career – Are they relative?

One of my students asked me a question today

“Sir, Can I choose to work, practice wholeheartedly on my guitar skills and try to achieve the best skills as like achieved by some of the best Guitarists of the world and then can I confidently rely on guitar as a career?”

This was In fact the same question I went through in my life. A great musician and a great music career is not always proportionately relative to each other.

You can be an average musician or even a learner and still can have a great music career. On the contrary you can be a great artist and still have an average or struggling career time. I have seen hundreds of examples in my musical journey and experienced many situations in my own life.

The artist career is dependent on industry platforms and scopes (and that’s a separate subject for an Artist to know about) whereas artist ability is another factor. Many average artists, fits well in available platforms and enjoy a much better earning, lifestyle, foreign trips etc. than those who are awesome, out of the world but still strugglers. The great ones, who are appreciated at every local street for their skill and expertise, are seen ending in same local streets with no work.

You can be the world’s best guitarist playing rock or say ragas genre – but they, who appreciate and jump on your music, will forever pay you for your livelihood for the life time?.And that is the moot question to build your strong career.

Most star musicians who have established themselves at a ‘Global Platform’ are the right ones picked at right time. They are indeed great talents but they are indispensable to ‘Sponsors, Investors and indeed good luck’

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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Guitar Counseling & Articles


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‘RoG’ – a unique and rare Music Album of Indian Ragas on Guitar by Kapil

Ragas on Guitar, a historic guitar genre gift by Guitarmonk to the world


Guitarmonk releases ‘RoG’ – a unique and rare Music Album of Indian Ragas on Guitar

ROG Album is conceptualized by India’s leading guitarist Kapil Srivastav,with the objective of presenting Indian Guitars Tone & Indian Raga Scales music versatility. A person curious to hear Raga Scales, Raga Tones on Guitar or Indian Guitar & Genres must listen to this album that gives you multi-dimensional raga scales playing. The album fuses ragas scales with multiple genres and represents plenty of Fusion styles as Rock & Classical Fusion, South & North Indian Fusion, Arabian Fusion, and other pure Folk & Classical styles on Guitar etc. It further expresses instruments as Slide Guitar, Shehnai, Piano, Drums, Tabla, and Pakhawaj etc. apart from Spanish Acoustic Guitar. The album has 7 Raga based themes.

Representation of Indian RAGAS ON GUITAR (ROG) via Raga on Guitar Music Albums & an Online Guitar Course to the global community of guitar lovers

RoG (Ragas on Guitar) Course is now learnt by students in more than 10 countries as online.

RoG (Ragas on Guitar) Course | an untouched Guitar learning genre so far…Raga on Guitar is an untouched genre, as belonging to Indian music was experimented by a many but never have been applied formally on Spanish guitar.

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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Albums


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Property Mafia in Delhi-NCR, India – The concept of ‘TAANKA’ in Property


Are you buying a Property in Delhi or India? – Get ready for ‘TAANKA’ Slap

Ok, I am not on a mission to criticize the property dealers or real estate agents of Delhi or India but what If I say that most of them are official criminals then it will not be an overstatement. And the other fact is that they don’t get caught.

I have visited hundreds of agents and done equal meetings with them and bought a lots of properties in my last 5 years in India. Something that hurts me at the end is the level of ethical and professional degeneration, lowness Indian real estate industry is now at (for making money).

Who can be a Property Agent? - When you are not left with other career options – and you want to make fast money without risk, business model or investment. Come and join this mafia who specializes in victimizing and using both a needy seller and buyer.

Who are these ‘Thugs of Business’? – Just for a reference, most property dealers I saw working had no background in education. They can be anyone who failed to be someone. Most are uneducated class who first speaks big money while keeping no money. They see other pockets of hard earned sweat and dreams as their party money without sympathy. They infact cheat those who are working honestly to earn few thousands (via jobs) to run their families. Read a story on gurgaon reports three property frauds a month by hindustan times.

I see various families, who don’t travel or go to restaurants even in months because they have home installments. They have a small home and they are concerned for career investments of their kids because they have installments for next 20 years. Who say Home is an Asset? Just re-work. It’s a liability.

Today, most of local streets of Delhi/NCR has a so-called branded property agent and other small agents and both are working within a big property nexus or system backing these shops to run ‘official business of robbing’ innocent people via Real Estate.

The Funda of ‘Taanka’ in Property

Most property dealers get 2% commission on their every sale deal whereas 10% approximate (or 1 month rent) on Rental Deal.

Taanka is an additional margin you get by ‘over-pricing’ the property. Say I am the owner of flat of Rs. 50 Lakh and I want to sell my property at same price atleast. The property agents will over-pitch it to a 100%, 200% level so that there is a big ‘Taanka Margin’. They don’t allow you to bargain above 5-10% to satisfy you (as the normal tendency of buyer to feel satisfied and contented in such bargain). So the property is sold at a 90% above value and it is known as ”TAANKA’ in trade.

Well these agents make multi-millions in a deal…but just see who is the victim? :o

I have surveyed various properties and whenever I visited the agents, I can easily smell the over-pitched ‘Taanka’ value in every deal. In a last week survey – one of the 90 meters plot at my locality actually valued at Rs. 1 Lakh/Meter i.e Rs. 90 Lakh but all the property agents in my area quoted me Rs. 1.5 to 1.75 crores. And it was a marvelous experience to see their shameless ‘posture’ and ‘attitude’.

Real Ethical Property Consultants Vs. Money Minting Agents – I am not saying that there are no ‘real valued consultants’ who can be contented in 2% commission but in reality I found none so far. On the Contrary, some of my case studies have disclosed friends duping their friends for ‘Taanka’. There is no question of ‘ethics’ now when friends are duping their friends.

It’s obvious that money value taking over all other values. 

The FUNDA of asking your ‘BUDGET’ by agents -
Next time you visit a property agent to buy a flat or rental property. He will ask you What’s your budget? This is their platform and opportunity for ‘Taanka’ and if you answer this question, you are trapped. Don’t say that this is my budget. Because he will fit the low budget property in same rate. There is a common sense indeed in slapping something at overpriced value to you.

There is extra commission for them and you have to bear them for life :) – Do you see that? You are bearing the value of their ‘Taanka’ fun for your whole life?

The various traps/fundas of ‘Trapping’ customers (or prospective victims) by Property Agents -

  1. Doing a Press Release of ‘high priced deals‘ – Yes if you read in newspaper/s that ‘bla bla location property is sold at 200% or 300% high rates. Make sure it’s a trap. There is no such sale or it’s just an information/strategy to fix/create Taanka scopes and benefit the nexus.
  2. Asking a Budget from you – Nowadays dealers attract victims by pitching lowest prices in ads but when you reach there, it doesn’t exist in real. Their usual answer is – “It’s just sold” or “It’s already sold”
  3. Overpricing the Real Value – Quoting price upto 160-200% of actual value.
  4. Misleading and psychologically trapping the emotion/need of the customer with fake values – In one of incident, I wanted to sell one of my flat and when I called an agent, he just pitched the flat at less than half value and demotivated me from every dimension. The another day I got a buyer automatically at my door and he depressed me with much lower price too. But thank God I was convinced to not sell it low. I want to mention that the nexus followed me for months.
  5. The Nexus or the Property Mafia – One bigger fact is that this mafia keeps all real value or good value deals for themselves. As a client you are not going to get it at a real price anyhow. Or if there is a good deal, be assured that as a customer, you won’t get it. They break the sellers to the lowest value trap (a dirty trap indeed), stretch the time and trap another buyer at over-quoted price (Taanka) and win the margins. They never let buyers meet sellers, no matter how much compatible or responsible they are for each other as the agent will lose its ”TAANKA’. They can never be satisfied with ethical commission of 2% now.

What I Learnt?

If you have to buy a property then never go to a property dealer or local property agent because they will stop you from getting a real benefit deal. On the contrary they will get you a deal which you can get otherwise at a much economical value. Approach owners via internal networks. Run a community service/website that belongs to owners and not agents. (Most agents (in time frame) are able to trap most owners who are selling it independently but I salute all those owners who don’t prefer agents and save interest of buyer and themselves).

Real Estate planning is a sensitive decision of life where a single trap, a single bad decision and there is no recovery ever. So make your decisions for property via your real trustworthy and experienced acquaintances.

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in My Life Views..


Therapeutic Raga Album for Health

Kayotsarg Music Album

WORLD HEALTH DAY became an opportunity for my company to synthesize and compile the therapeutic ragas in one album for music listeners. This lead to bring out the release of ‘Kayotsarg – Music for Health’ album by Guitarmonk Records

The whole idea is to use music as a therapy and create a utilitarian album that can also serve health benefits to its listeners . The album comprises of 7 day playlist where each day recomend atleast 10 minutes of listening of ragas.

I invite you to use this therapeutic raga album for health and share your experience.



Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Albums


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Pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine

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Every year, around 8 million devotees trek and flock to one of the oldest and most revered shrines in India, to visit the Vaishno Devi Temple. The Holy Shrine of  Maa Vaishno Devi is settled at an altitude of 5, 200 feet above sea level and around 12 km of terrains from the base camp in Katra, within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

For more than 700 years ago, it was believed that the presence of the Goddess Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji who is the manifestation of the collective spiritual strengths of Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha Saraswatican be felt at the holy cave found in Trikuta Mountains where Vaishno Devi ran off to establish an ashram to meditate. But she was continued to be chased by a tantric, who met his ultimate fate when he intentionally disturbed her meditation. Later on, Vaishno Devi eventually assumed the face of a rock to completely immerse herself into eternal meditation. Known as the Pindies, a five and a half foot tall rock formation with three heads and these darshans embodies the Sanctum Sanctorum of the holy cave which symbolizes the Mother Goddess’ preservative, creative and destructive characters.

And being the Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata”, or the Mother who fulfills whatever Her children wish for. Anyone,  regardless of gender, faith or culture who traipse the Himalayan trail to pay homage to her will not go home empty-handed but be blessed with  Moksh (Knowledge), Dharm (righteousness) Arth (Wealth) and Kaam (Pleasure).

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in My Trips


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5 great facts about music learning


The way we learn maths and don’t become mathematicians, music is now no longer an optional hobby or made for performances or only for the joy of learning. Music is indispensable to our lives today. Let me share you 5 great facts about music that you will love to know -

Why and how music learning is more than a hobby today? 

Rethink Your Music

  1. Considered as more important than computers – It’s is now more important than computers at elementary level (in schools in USA) due to its role in better/increased academic/spatial intelligence/cognition.
  2. Majority of engineers at Silicon Valley are practicing musicians – – A part of brain as ‘cortex lobes’ is more functional/grows when you learn/perform in music.
  3. Area of benefits for music learners – Some direct areas of benefits found out in sincere & consistent music students are – coordination of mind & muscles, improved hand-eye coordination, improved motor skills, use of left & right brain, intellectual stimulation, aesthetic appreciation, shared activity, high self-esteem etc. (and various other benefits at the spiritual/consciousness level).
  4. Part of corporate employees engagements – It’s also indispensable to corporate employee’s engagements. The areas of benefits are –  improved employees engagement, reduced attrition, improved performance and enhanced quality of work, improved team interaction, better feel good factor and work culture, positivism, reduced grievances, reduced tardiness etc. 
  5. Every student must have education in arts (National School of Arts & Association (USA)) 

‎”I have said many times — if I hadn’t been exposed to music as a child I don’t think I would have been president.” ~ Bill Clinton (Ex-President of America)

So music learning is now not just limited to ‘joy of learning’ alone but it’s helpful in complete personality growth of individual and i.e. why it’s now used/applied as a therapy, life-style, recreation, talent and better personality growth tool for everyone of us.

Wish you all the best in your music journey.

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Guitar Counseling & Articles


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