Friends,

We all have our priorities right?

But it seems that we are surrounded by people who has jobs of promoting Bollywood, Fashion, Politics only, day and night. Or the next thing they will do is share a video that they have watched. This is all time-waste today in social media. Social Media has become a lazy, time-less entertainment.

Indian economy would have been different had people spent time on thinking development and being entrepreneurs, the way they give time thinking and talking commenting about Bollywood, Actors, Politics etc while being in jobs and then drawing salary as their right. They can never know what it takes to create a project and give a salary. But creating an opinion is everyone’s right, a constitutional right to exercise, which is doing a lot of harm to our creative resources and direction than benefit.

It’s pollution of thoughts that taking lot of energy and we always blame that ‘Time is running fast’.  It has to be because we have lot of information to give time to unless we shun it. 

I just saw a MD writing an essay on Salman and Dalai Lama smile. While most of India’s population is below poverty, I consider such intellectual talks as wasting a lot of time and energy in sharing long stories and then reflecting, as a matter of perspective & contemplation. And then these stories get shared in social media by their followers and become a topics for discussion. Very soon, you will see them as hot topics and on news list. It’s not a pity if you find them part of twitter trends and even some mention in debates (and person like Rajat Sharma won’t mind asking this question in Aap Ki Adalat too on the same smile)

Sometimes I contemplate that how much could be contributed in same time by the same intellects. And the list would-be endless.

Friends,

Most Indian Wedding always have an exclusive percussion ceremony i.e. DANCE ON SOUND OF DHOL. I recently went to a marriage and recorded it for a minute for sharing it to you.

DHOL is big Drum with a very loud sound, played with sticks. The strong BASS and impact of this instrument is so wild that it intoxicates everyone who is nearby it. Actually it will steal your ability to think when it bangs on your head.

This is one reason that in Indian marriages, after having some drinks, people love to dance for hour or so on DHOL and it gives them lot of joy and release.

 

Friends, Music has been my profession and my means of success, survival for the last two decades. I have been persistent in making music and I will keep on doing so.

My this project is to represent India’s Guitar to international level. I bring this Guitar~Veena series under crowd-participation initiative and seek you support for it’s success. So help me to give this to you in return. 

Guitar & Mohan Veena Duet II

It is one of the rarest, never before, musical duet (Jugalbandi) series between two unique instruments, the Mohan-Veena and the Western Spanish Guitar, by two musicians Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and myself

To bring up Solo Guitar and represent India’s Guitar Internationally

Friends, Almost 15 years ago I first saw Pandit-ji at Hotel Asian International, Janpath, New Delhi (India). I was a budding guitarist then and had a parallel PR Job @ the same hotel. I never ever thought in my life that I would play with him a day or ever meet him again but it happened this year 2016. As it’s said ‘Life mei Kuch bhi ho sakta hai’ (anything is possible in life). And we are making the best use of this opportunity

Grammy Winner Pt VM Bhatt is the role model and face of Guitar in India. And it’s unfortunate that except him, we have none other solo performing guitarist in our country known worldwide. Most other successful guitarist be it Ehsaan, Bhupendera etc are either part of Bollywood and Band and rest are anonymous assistant to singers.

We all look up pandit ji to address and repesent India as he is the only solo guitarist living legend. It is his class, the standard, the life-style that inspire and build confidence in guitarist in India.

Why Crowd Funding for Guitar-Veena

Friends, I am not wrong if I have to say about Cricket in contrast to other Sports in India and thus our outcome in Olympics. Bollywood, Singing (reality shows) & Copycat approach have done same to Guitar and other instruments in Music in India. I am no way criticizing, I only say it because it mentions that Solo Guitarist domain is yet to be evolved and supported in our country and hopefully it will evolve in coming times with growing Guitar Lovers around.

So Crowd-funding is our only way to back these milestone concepts and crowd participation is the way to motivate solo guitar in India. It’s only unless you do it.

We released the 1st Duet during World Guitar Day this year

and we are asking for the 2nd one from you
Click here for more details >>

Friends,

Extreme pleasure to share you the release of my this new video.

Enjoy the evergreen 1966 music of OP Nayyar and re-live the melody into your modern life and in modern style after 50 years.

I re-arranged the whole melody on Guitar with digital rhythms as compared to manual rhythms, my earlier same styled piece was Arabitude.

Enjoy the journey of life and splendid musical moods and flavors. Stay Happy. I will arrange more lost pieces into modern style soon.

Watched this Hollywood Movie that I felt about TIME. It is a fiction that indirectly talks about how important time is for us. In this movie everyone stop aging after 25 years and their automatic watch starts running and they have only 1 year left.

So everybody wants to earn more time. Rich lives forever and poor dies young. The whole economy of world around is about time, to have time, to get time, to earn time, to pay with time etc.

And relate it in our life as we have abundant time in hand. We have prosperity of GIFT OF TIME by nature. But see how we loose it everyday, we don’t make most of time. Time is passing by in life.

Time is needed by those who are dying in Hospital, who got sickness or who are OLD. Time is the most important wealth and money is the cheapest reward for it. Time cannot be achieved again even after giving Lakhs of Crores of rupees for 1 second.

So Enjoy this fiction movie. It is dramatic too but the concept and theme is enlightening.

My one dialogue from the movie – 

For a Few to be Immortal, Many Must Die.

Everyone can’t live forever, Where would we put them?

Why do you think there are TIME ZONES?

Why do you think prices and taxes go up in the same day in the ghetto?

The cost of living keeps rising to make sure people keep dying.

How else could there be men with a million years while most live day to day?

But the Truth is, there’s more than enough.

No one has to die before their time.

And others must leave IN-TIME.

Friends,

There are so many oldies and beautiful Bollywood songs composed on Waltz Melody. Let me share you 5 of them of year 1960’s. You can also try them on Guitar and enjoy. Rare Guitarists are capable to play them on Guitar.

I love them and I always bring my students to perceive different melodies. As a guitarist, your music repertoire need not to be biased to this or that. Music is Music.  Sometimes certain melodies and phrases are not easy to relate for young learners but with time one can enjoy the beauty of them. I call this music maturity.

YE DUNIYA WALE POOCHENGE

This is by Kalyan ji Anand ji, sung by Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhonsle (Year 1969)


TERI ANKHON KE SIWA

This is by Madan Mohan, sung by Mohd. Rafi (Year 1969)
This beautiful composition is actually played in cycle of 6 beats  but on Guitar, you can also count it in 3.


LAG JA GALE

One of the most beautiful and evergreen melodies of Indian Cinema ever by Madan Mohan, sung by Lata Mangeshkar (Year 1964)


AGAR MUJHSE MOHABBAT HAI

Another Gem by Madan Mohan, sung by Lata Mangeshkar (Year 1964)


TERA MERA PYAR AMAR

This music is by Shankar Jaikishan, sung by Lata Mangeshkar (Year 1962)

 

 

Being Old is not a relaxation and retirement for many as it is for our parents and affluent families. Many of them have to work hard every day for few rupees to get going (to make a living).

And what to do when you find them around you?

My brother was in TCS Chennai and he shared me the story of a very old lady (nearby his house). The old lady used to make her living by making rosary from flowers. She used to work day and night and then sleep at the same place, waiting for the next day.

2 Months back, I also saw one lady at Rishikesh (Ram Jhula), was a very old lady who used to manage her shop, selling items of clay. She used to keep selling things till 9 pm and close the shop, doing all binding (securing) of items, all laborious task herself. Her shop items were also reflection of whatever she has known and learnt from life; she chose to sell. She started to make a living out of same. Unknown of the larger development of world around her, she was doing her best to meet both ends at this old age. Risking all and nothing at such an age, vulnerable from the heartless and alone.

Today I was for a shopping at Jheel, Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi and amidst the very fast moving traffic, pollution and people. I happened to see this old lady sitting at the side of main road selling ‘Neem Sticks’.  When I enquired about her, I came to know that she is selling this every day. The same theory struck in mind that whatever she knew, she is selling it every-day to make a living at such an old age, selling something at Rs. 2.50.

Old Age Delhi India

Old age is an unavoidable fact of life. It is a time where body-mind is totally tired and need to relax. Not all people are able to live this period of life gracefully and happily.

I want to advise my younger generation that our old people have seen a lot of dark life, less of advancement and development as compared to us and sometimes they are unable to pace themselves with the fast world. They may have grudges; they may have mental blocks and habits. Ignore all of them as they are old now. It is so unfortunate that they don’t have younger ones to give them comfort.

Old Age Delhi - Guitarist India

And whenever you find some old lady/man struggling hard, working hard at this old age, support her; buy her stuff, even if you don’t need it. It will give her/him relaxation and convenience at-least for that day.

Lastly if you want to work with me to gather volunteers for helping old, who are struggling in streets, we can start a campaign. Write me at kapil.guitarmonk@gmail.com