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).
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).