Hello folks!

It’s been a while since I last got round to sharing any news from India as I’ve been either too busy or… not very busy at all if that makes sense! Not very busy after getting back from Nepal and landing back into the musical routine of the SRA then suddenly very busy coming to Rajasthan, spending some holiday time with my parents and organising the logistics for and partaking in a weeklong workshop in an ashram set amid the hills near Udaipur with 35 people coming from various countries in Europe, Russia and Australia!

Here are some pics from around the ashram:

 

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It will suffice to say that it has been an inspiring experience spending a week in the Mewari countryside, close to nature, following a simple rhythm of life, experiencing a side to Indian life from which much can be learnt, and most importantly spending time in great company. We were a lot of people in one place, with very basic facilities when compared with western standards but the fact that there were no complaints and that everyone left with smiles on their faces is testament to Tapovan ashram, the people there and ultimately the values which they follow.

Of course being in Udaipur for me is synonymous with getting clothes made so here is a new jacket and waistcoat with some nice materials I’d picked up on my travels:

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Udaipur is such a scenic and atmospheric place that I can’t help but include a few more ‘snaps’…

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Well it has been somewhat of a whirlwind being among so many foreign people these last days after a considerable spell away from such society in which I have adapted to my own very laid back Indian pace of life in my daily comings and goings. Thus I am just taking some time to let the dust settle and then I’m off to Varanasi for the 3 day annual dhrupad mela music festival which I am really looking forward to albeit via a not so enticing stop in Delhi which I have to endure as my Sarangi is in need of repair.

Then I’ll return to Calcutta for one last learning stint at the SRA before flying back to London on 17th March. So the end of this trip is nigh with just over a month to go and I’m determined to make the most of it whilst not denying a growing sense of anticipation and excitement for the unknown which awaits me on my return …

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