Paul Leake & Kailash Ray Interviews II of III

Video interview with Paul Leake & Kailash Ray, Part II of III; interviewer Arthur Mandelbaum; Phuket, Thailand, July 2011,  length 9:51. In this second interview Kailash Ray talks about how he came to the sarod (a lifetime love affair).

Samsara is time devouring. Everyone is busy and has obligations. It was difficult to find the time and a conducive place to interview Tabla Paul and Kailash Ray for The Flower Raj and for posterity.  The perfect circumstances for them to tell the stories of how they became musicians in the North Indian Classical tradition manifested in July 2011 in Phuket, Thailand.

I interviewed them with the small hand held Flip HD Camcorder. The voice behind the camera is mine, a long time friend of all involved.

The video has three sections.  Part I was Tabla Paul’s account of how he became a student of North Indian Classical music, who his teachers were and where he studied.

Part II (this video) is be Kailash Ray’s story of how he came to the sarod  (a lifetime love affair), who his teachers were and where he studied.

Part III will consist of repartee between Tabla Paul and Kailash Ray evoked by the ‘audience’  member Sitar Andy, who was there at the beginning [the 1960s] as well.

Paul was still recovering form a serious thumb injury and Kailash Ray’s sarod was in need of repair at the time of the interview. Hopefully, a video of them playing together as well as more stories will be forthcoming. (by Arthur Mandelbaum 2011).


Pandit Ravi Shankar A clip from “The Mahabharata” (1989). Directed by Peter Brook, adapted from his groundbreaking stage plays.

Pandit Ravi Shankar web site,.

Pandit Ravi Shankar Wikipedia entry.

Bhatkhande Music Institute University where Kailash Ray studied for Rupees 7 per month fees!

Ustad Ilyas Khan musical lineage described.

Kanailal and Brother, Calcutta “The History of an Indian Musical Instrument Maker”. Article by Steven Landsberg in Asian Art.


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