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Paul Leake & Kailash Ray Interview III of III

Video interview with Paul Leake & Kailash Ray, Part III of III; interviewer Arthur Mandelbaum; Phuket, Thailand, July 2011,  length 21:04. In this third interview Paul deals with questions about music & women; later Kailash Ray remembers the great musicians who inspired and influenced both him & Paul, the ones who have now passed beyond.

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 July2011 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.  This is Part III of III and consists first of repartee between Tabla Paul and Kailash Ray evoked by the ‘audience’ member Sitar Andy, who was there at the beginning  (1960s)  as well. Later in the video Kailash Ray pays moving tribute to those now deceased musicians who inspired & influenced him.
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).
INTERVIEW LINKS:
Sunil Bose an obituary of master vocalist Dr. Sunil K. Bose, former Director of All India Radio (1916-2007).
Nikhil Banerjee (14 October 1931 – 27 January 1986) was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar Gharana who played the stringed instrument sitar (Wikipedia).
Satyajit Ray: The Music Room – “1958’s Jalsaghar, or The Music Room, which proves beyond doubt that this writer, composer, illustrator and film-maker, who was sometimes accused of being more Western than Indian, was no such thing.” (Derek Malcolm in the Guardian).
Ustad Ayet Ali Khan (1884-1967) “musician and developer of musical instruments”. (Banglapedia).
Ustad Allauddin Khan “(c1881 – 6 September 1972),was a Bengali sarodiya and multi-instrumentalist, composer and one of the most renowned music teachers of the 20th Century in Indian classical music.” (Wikipedia).
Ustad Baba Allauddin Khan “plays raag jaijaiwanti on sarod, AIR record of 1959-60.movie made by purnabhat.”  Thirty minutes with full alap. (Youtube audio/video).
Hemen Chandra Sen Renowned Sarod Maker (died on January 2nd 2010).
Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan (1888–1972) “Even before Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan gave his Sarod his magic touch at a public performance, the atmosphere used to become electric.” (Sarod.com).
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (14 April 1922 – 18 June 2009) “often referred to as Khansahib or by the title Ustad (master), was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West…”. (Wikipedia).
Ustad Bahadur Khan (January 19, 1931 – October 3, 1989) “was a sarod player. He was the son of famous Indian classical musician Ustad Ayet Ali Khan, nephew of the Sarod legend Ustad Alauddin Khan, cousin of Sarod player Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Surbahar player Shrimati Annapurna Devi, and former cousin-in-law of Sitar legend Pandit Ravi Shankar…”. (Wikipedia).
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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).

INTERVIEW LINKS:

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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Paul Leake & Kailash Ray Interviews I of III

Video interview with Paul Leake & Kailash Ray, Part I of III; interviewer Arthur Mandelbaum; Phuket, Thailand, July 2011,  length 19:24. Tabla Paul’s account of how he became a student of North Indian Classical music, who his teachers were and where he studied.

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 (this video)  is 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 will 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 consists 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).

INTERVIEW  LINKS:

Tabla Paul Leake playing with Michael Bocian (audio with images).

The Flower Raj Original Music Sampler listen to Tabla Paul & other original music tracks (audio playlist).

Tara Bir Singh – “Nepal Sitar” (Amazon USA).

The Mind’s Ear, Larry Porter Tabla Trio (Paul Leake on tabla).

Uday Shankar Wikipedia.

Pandit Kamalesh Maitra (Culturebase).

Pandit Kamalesh Maitra (Amazon CD).

Mahapurush Mishra (Magic of Juju)

Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh (Wikipedia).

Ustad Keramat Khan (sadly no links found).

Ballygunge (Wikipedia).

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Geshe Jamspal Interviewed – Jan 2010

Arthur Mandelbaum wrote: “This interview has an introduction in it. You can say that Geshe Lobsang Jamspal is a great scholar of Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist texts. He was a teacher at the Sanskrit University, Benares, during the late sixties and early seventies. He’s been in the USA since 1974. Since getting his PhD from Columbia University, he has been teaching there and translating. He revisited the Sanskrit University in January 2009. I videoed the interview with him on 3rd February 2010 at his residence at Columbia”.

Geshe Jamspal at the Sanskrit University 2009 photos  of his return visit.

Geshe Jamspal CV/Bio (PDF view or download).

Geshe Jamspal at Columbia University, Jan 2010.

Geshe Jamspal at Columbia.

LINKS FOR GESHE JAMSPAL

Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center (seems to be offline 2014/1).

Columbia University Faculty

The Tibet Center

LINKS FOR SANSKRIT UNIVERSITY

University Web Site

Times of India – New SSU-VC Vows to End Corruption (13 Feb 2011)

Kei Kataoka – アジア研究情報ゲートウェイ (info on SSU library).

WIKIPEDIA LINKS

Sampurnanand Sanskrit University

Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Sarnath, Varanasi, India).

Sarasvati Bhavana Granthamala (Texts from Sārasvati Bhavan library, SSU).

Sarasvati Susama (Sanskrit Research Journal, SSU).

Pandit Baldev Upadhyaya (Director/Professor Emeritus, Research Institute, SSU).

Herbert Güenther (German Buddhist Scholar – Headed SSU Buddhist Dept 58/63).

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Ganesh Baba talks with Terry Clifford

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A one hour, two part, audio interview (sides A & B – 30 minutes each) digitised from the original audio cassette tape and made into high-quality (320kbps) MP3.

Ganesh Baba, ‘The Psychedelic Guru’ is talking with Terry Clifford, in Kathmandu, Nepal – 20th September 1976.

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A Side – Ganesh Baba talks with Terry Clifford (31:49  – 74,573KB).

 

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B Side – Ganesh Baba talks with Terry Clifford (31:50 – 74,642KB)

 

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Ganesh Baba:

Born around 1890 in Orissa, India, little  is known of his early life; he is said to have married and to have had financial, social, and familial success.  By the 1960s, as an old man,  he had become a renunciate spiritual seeker and he met and interacted with many Westerners over the remainder of his life. Ganesh Baba visited and taught in the USA between 1979 & 1981. He died in Nainital, India, in 1987.

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Terry Clifford:

Terry was born in New York in 1945, and after gaining a degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967, she worked first as a psychiatric nurse in New York & then headed East to India and Nepal. She became a Buddhist, learnt Tibetan and studied Tibetan Medicine, later being awarded a Ph. D and working on a Tibetan Pharmacopoeia under a grant from the Wellcome Trust.  She died tragically of cancer in 1987 at the early age of forty-two.

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Credits:

Audio tapes from the collection of Terry Clifford, courtesy Arthur Mandelbaum.

High-quality audio digitisation and editing by Charlie Martin.

Notes:

Excerpts from this were published in High Times as Terry Clifford, “Interview with a Dope Guru … Ganesh Baba,” High Times, Number 29, January 1978, pp. 78-79, 112-113.

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Paul Giraud – Memories of Jasper – Part I

Paul Giraud (aka ‘Taxi Paul’ or ‘Babes’)  interviewed by Arthur Mandelbaum in New York City, October 2009 – video length 22m:37s.

 
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Arthur Mandelbaum wrote:

Paul would like the name Paul Giraud used. His nicknames are Taxi Paul (old days) and Babes (nowadays) as he’s been calling his friends ‘babes’ for years.

Continue reading ‘Paul Giraud – Memories of Jasper – Part I’

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