Magic of Guitar Rhythms – Master Guitar Workshop Nirman Vihar, Delhi

Guitar Workshop Nirman Vihar

It was one of the Sunday morning and as usual I slept at 6 am and woke up after 2.30 hours to be ready for this master guitar workshop in Nirman Vihar, Delhi.

I started from home taking 1 hour as grace time but faced with unexpected traffic jams and festival gatherings. As soon as I reached the Nirman Vihar side, there was a great rush at Jain Mandir (some huge gathering was there in Jain Temple with hundreds of cars being parked there)  I realized that  I cannot park my car here and decided to park it 500 meters away from my centre to the nearest V3s mall. It took approximately half hour extra in all this stuff to reach back the centre.

Considering lots of traffic, lack of sleep, I started getting a feeling of sense of misery and seeing it as one of those days which I would have loved to sacrifice, no matter what, for having to relax, take a long shower, eating my favorite breakfast. But somehow I have always known and respected my commitment despite all these dreams. There is nothing harm in dreaming :-) and I am just going to be free in 2 hours, I said myself.

I reached the centre and started moving towards my classroom at 1st floor being able to hear as 10 guitars playing collective rhythms on certain chords. The sound and impact was inexpressible and you could hear it on the whole big 2000 sq yard floor. The whole energy field changed for me as soon as I was at 1st floor. It is same as we used to hear the ancient stories of a disciplined sage, who is able to change all negative intents of visitors into positive feelings as soon as one moves inside their school.

As a guitarist, I regained my powers and received a lot of positive life energy coming to me.  It was a feeling of that spiritual ritual and mental preparation before going to a battle. I entered the classroom, welcomed by all those passionate guitar lovers and players and there was no yesterday or last moment.

This is one of my real-time life experiences out of many where in the magic of guitar rhythms acted as a physical therapy in my life. I discuss all these experiences with my students always where guitar helped me overcoming back pain, insomnia, balance lot of work-pressure and the impact of Ragas on Guitar on my life.

I always suggest all my guitar students that whenever something is going bad in your life (be it psychological or physical), just pick your guitar and be it and it will do the rest to balance life.

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Workshops


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The Radiance of Rajasthan, India

The Radiance of Rajasthan

India, being the seventh-largest country in the world is a highly diversified nation with 29 states and 22 official languages spoken across the homeland and with Jaipur as the capital city. Each state is like a new country as it has its own languages or dialects, specific culture, music, garment ensemble, colorful arts, festivals and many other specialties. It has a multi-ethnic, pluralistic community. A cornucopia of culture and traditions. This diversity has made India more appealing and  famous among tourists.

Rajasthan or “the land of kings,” with its vibrant culture and exquisite heritage is one majestic place to be when you’re in India. I find this place a totally unique world of its own. Despite the crazy fad of the modern era, the people of Rajasthan still don their stylish traditional garbs with much pride and  continue to adapt and maintain their traditional lifeways to thrive in the present times.

The Rajasthani society is an interweave of predominantly Hindus and sizable minorities of Jains and Muslims and yet regardless of their religious differences, Jain, Muslim and Hindu Rajasthanis mingle socially with each other.  The costumes of Rajasthani people are very vibrant and colorful. Men traditionally wear kurta, dotis or chudidar payjama and paggar or safa (kind of turban headgear).  While women wear the kanchli or kurti (top) and the ghagra (long skirt). Their clothing varies as dependent on the weather and climate in the region. They are also big fans of ornaments, gems, golds and silver ornaments are reflection of their status in the society as well.

Rajasthani Music involves the major schools of music in Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur and has high reverence for rare ragas. Jaipur Gharana has complex and buoyant melodic rhythm, which is its most distinguishing feature. Singer Alladiya Khan was one of Rajasthan’s pride during the late 19th and early 20th century.

As to culinary expertise, each state of Rajasthan have their own style of recipes and each Rajput household have their own prized recipes that were passed on by their ancestors from generation to generation and in connection to their geographical location in the region. High protein and low-fat diet usually consists Rajasthani diet except for the Marwari cuisine, which is highly rich in its contents. You can expect a rich cuisine for both vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Distinct aroma and flavor are very evident and is achieved by blending various spices such as tamarind, coriander, garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, cumin etc.

I was able to try Rajasthan’s famous dish, called “Dal-Baati-Churma”. It is a little bread with lots of clarified butter and roasted over hot coals then served with a dry, flaky sweet made of gram flour,  along with desert fruits and beans for Ker-Songri.

Rajasthan, is on the western side and is India’s largest state by area. The climate here is so unique that at one end there’s a desert and at the other end it could be very chilly. It actually has a tropical desert climate and can be extremely cold from October to February while it can be very hot from March to September, where dust storms and hot winds can occur in the desert tract.

The Radiance of Rajasthan is not just an eye candy but it also offers the rich and magnificent history and culture of India in a fascinating light. It truly deserves to be called, “The Land of Kings.”

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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in My Trips


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A quick detour to Mukteshwar Hill Station Uttarakhand

With two days to spare for a short holiday near Delhi, I opted to head to the Mukteshwar Hill Station in Nainital, Uttarakhand with a few friends. The numerous zigzag roads from Nainitaal to Mukteshwar is  dizzying and can make you nauseous as you go higher the altitude to get to the hill stations. Despite this discomfort, the astounding sceneries will emerge to blur your worries away. As we go higher, we got to appreciate the landscape even more.

The Indian Himalayas , particularly the Nanda Devi, which is India’s second-highest peak was a scene to behold as we peek outside our car window, as we enjoy the fresh and cold breeze of nature. It took us approximately 6.5 hrs to spin around from Noida to Nainitaal and another 2 hrs to the hills of  Mukteshwar.

Mukteshwar is a town and also a popular tourist destination in the Nainitaal district, Uttarakhand. The area derived its name from a three and a half century old Shiva Temple. From  the lord of salvation, Lord Shiv- mokshya in Sanskrit which is also called mukti in local language, thus the name Mukteshwar- who provides mukti (salvation) was coined.

A few meters walk up to the Mukteshwar temple is the old Lord Shiva Temple where Shri Mukteshwar Maharaji ji lived and where his Samadhi was found too.  It was rather a small but sanctified place for those looking for some sacred and solemn meditation moments in the hills. I also played some guitar in the valley of Mukteshwar hills.

The adventurous fellows will surely  seize the day by rock climbing and rappelling the highest point in Mukteshwar, the Chauli ki Jali, a sacred hole said to be blessed by Lord Shiva, which is also  a great spot to observe eagles and other birds scoop down their prey or to simply enjoy the breathtaking landscape of Mukteshwar.

The orchard of the regional station of Central Institutes of Temperate Horticulture has wide deodar forests that are also home to various wildlife such as deers, rhesus monkeys, languor, red billed leothrix, other birds, and occasionally tigers and bears also drops a visit.

The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) have hostels or guest houses and laboratories situated in Mukteshwar as well.

Mukteshwar is indeed the ideal place to enjoy walking and being one with nature. Plus it’s close to Delhi, it’s a quick way for a sweet escape from the urban jungle. After two days, I felt energized and ready to go back to the reality, such a busy life. But I bear in mind the tranquillity and space I got when I was able to unwind in the hills of Mukteshwar.

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Posted by on October 6, 2014 in My Trips


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Travel and Musings by Kapil Srivastava

of wanderlust and nostalgia

Kapil Srivastava, also known as the Guitarmonk, has been traversing myriad trails of India. As he captures breath taking sceneries, solemn acts of devotion to Hindu gods as well as the festive atmosphere and mesmerizing culture while immersing and engaging his personhood to cultivate his own dreams and experiences, which  is now about to be shared to the world.

This travelogue is a compilation of Kapil’s more than a decade of  journeys that will guide you through the cities of Delhi, Nainital, Mussourie, Dehradun, SD Road Jollygrant, Mukteshwar, Agra, Puri, Vaishnodevi, Mathura & Vrindavan, Himachal, Kufri & Narkanda, Goa, Khajjar and Auli.  Kapil shares the remarkable nature and beauty of India through his observations, practical knowledge and photographs while he searches every nook and corner of each city  for real estate surveys or to set up a Guitarmonk venues to bring the guitar cheer to our countrymen. Find out more practical facts and discoveries from different destinations through Kapil’s perspective.

Be enthralled as we unravel the mysteries and anthropologies of our nation. Don’t be a stranger in our own land. Explore India and make memories for you to cherish and pass on to the future generations. Be proud of our own Indian heritage. As Henry Miller puts it, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Kapil Srivastava

The travel guide series for travelers by Kapil Srivastava was made possible by Abysm Publishing. The series will launch its first issue post Diwali on Mussoorie Hill Station.


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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Books, My Trips


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India’s fastest Guitar Piece Video Launch

Check out my new Guitar video launch of the song as Neele Neele Ambar Par, is recognized as one of India’s fastest guitar pieces. This is the 2nd tune of GM Tune Time Season 2, Unforgettable Bollywood.

This song is composed by duo music directors as Bappi Lahiri and Kalyanji Anandji from the movie Kalkaar in the year 1983. The song is sung by versatile singer Kishore Kumar.

In this video, I re-arranged and took the whole melody into a complete solo guitar instrumental version. I am grateful to my team that included Mr. Bal, Mr. Rajbeer, Mr. Nitin, Mr. Gaurav, Mr. Brajesh and other technicians.

Neele Neele Ambar Par, is not only one of the best Bollywood guitar pieces but an inspiring tune for every guitar academic player. It is a master piece and challenge to keep while you are learning guitar. Although I crossed this challenge a decade ago but couldn’t share the melody or record it. I thank life that I am privileged to record it and share it now with you.

You can download my my App ‘gmtunetime’ in Google Playstore as well.

I look forward to your reviews on same. Your comments are precious to me and will motivate me a lot.

Love and Regards

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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Albums


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Times of India or Times of Real Estate?


Got this interesting video made and shared by one of our volunteers at guitarmonk social.

If you see this video, you can observe a great change in approach of our media to a purely commercial media in light of cut-throat competition, growing innovation and need of more money to survive. This can be both looked from positive as well as negative perspective. And the negative aspect could be that the ‘real stories’ that ought to be covered don’t even get noticed or published by the media. They not only lose respect, mileage but the motivation in the print media when money prevails.

It is a check point for media to reflect and see what is the limit to all this? And what is the balance.  And if it’s in sync with the principles of journalism or are we need to change all that?

Why we buy regular newspaper and not just all kinds of magazines at our home? – A common man in general is sensitive to news and thing happening around him or her, and it is the reason he buys and read a newspaper every day. But when our newspaper is stuffed with so many advertisements, is it not over-using general public sentiment and emotion of trust by sending them almost 100 pamphlets sized advertisements everyday hidden behind the sentiment of PIOUS ‘NEWS or JOURNALISM’. It is irritating at times.

Time to Ponder!

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Posted by on September 27, 2014 in My Life Views..


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Neele Neele Ambar Par Guitar Video Shoot

Neele Neele Ambar Par Guitar Video Shoot

Neele Neele Ambar Par Guitar Video Shoot

It was another day of Guitarmonk Tune Time Season # 2 video shoot.  We started our day before dawn and the shooting of another song of GM Tune Time season 2 ‘Unforgettable Bollywood’.

The song was ‘Neele Neele ambar se’, one of the most complex and popular tunes of Bollywood for guitarist. The set was designed as very calm, informal with elegant sofa sets and paintings at the backdrop. Set courtesy and sponsorship by Must Arts Galleria.

Today we also called our local drum expert Mr. Bal who look alike famous singer Mr. Kailash Kher.  He is a jolly natured, professional musician and was very punctual. Rhythm Guitar and Bass Guitar is taken by Gaurav and Ashwin.

DOP Mr. Brajesh with his cameraman and light team arranged the set up very fast and very professionally.

Look forward to having another shoot this week.

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Posted by on September 23, 2014 in Albums




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