Monday, March 24, 2008

Photography on a weekend

A few attempts with my new camera. Tried some shots in Boston...thank god the weather is coming around. Today it was mid forties, so I was out taking some pictures. I also made some attempts to get picturesof a tennis ball bouncing in my room. I tried to use really fast shutter speeds (1/200S, F/5.6, IS 1600). The pictures outside in birght sunlight were mostly taken in the program mode. ( 1/25 s shutter speed, f/6.1, ISO 100-200)




The track behind MIT (right in the middle of cambridge). On a philosophical level just seems like my life. Me and Deepthi running parallel, but due to parallax error, it seems to converge at infinity.



My favorite street Mass. Ave. You can see Novartis. The huge builiding with exhausts popping out on the top.

Boston!! The sidewalk runs parallel to the Charles River. It was beautiful day today and a lot of people were taking a nice walk in the afternoon.

Boston side of charles river (a small canal). Bad shot right into the Sun.

Attempted to catch the tennis ball on a roll. This shot was taken at a much slower shutter speed (1/25 s). Check the numerous frames that the camera captured.

Here I captured the ball in mid air (in flash, shutter speed 1/100 s)



Similar attempt to capture the ball, with nuch slower shutter speed (1/10 s)

Caught the ball right at the bouncing point! See the slight change in the shape at the contact point! (1/100s shutter speed)


Caught the flame in motion ( 1/50s, flash)

Need to get more creative with the subjectds and need to work on reducing the white balance so I can capture things in day light with small aperture and slower shutter speed.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tabla Old bollywood melody (in Jhoomar: Dadra taal)



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Tabla New Roopak Taal tune



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Tabla Teen Taal and new Kaidas

Teen taal and new Kaidas

I made some mistakes during transition, but corrected later on. Nice tune on the Harmonium.

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Tabla practice 19th March 2008



Aaj Jane ki Zid (again) on a new Deepchandi (Tak tak usage)

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Kubaku Ghazal with Tabla


Check out Mr. Jalal's beautiful voice. Great song on Vilabit Dadra ( 3+3 beat)


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Unknown Song in ROOPAK (7 Beat)
Mr. Jalal Rocks with Harmonium (love this song)

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AAJ JANE KI ZIND NA KARO!!
One of the best songs sung by Farida Khanum.
(Taal: Deepchandi, 14 beat)

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Tabla Taal Roopak (With variations)

CHUPKE CHUPKE RAAT DIN



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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Excerpts from my recent practice session with my Guru Mr. Kazi Jalal.

DAM MAST QALANDAR

Sufi song in KEHERVA

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DUNIYA KISI KE PYAR

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TEEN TAL medium tempo

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KEHERVA VILAMBIT


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तुने यह फूल


My favorite number Ghazal Tune Yeh Phoole by Mehdi Hassan. This time I was practicing with my Guru Mr. Kazi Jalal. He's playing the harmonium and leading me with the various transitions on tabla. Love my practice sessions!!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

तुने यह फूल


This a great Ghazal by Ustad Mehdi Hassan. The composition is in 6 BEAT DADRA TAAL. One of my favorite ghazals.


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वैष्णव जन तो


Famous Bhajan!

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My mistakes: Tempo alteration and hand position. Watch the numerous times I lift my hand playing TIN or DHA-DHIN. This compromises my accuracy and tempo.

Friday, February 29, 2008

रागा हंसा ध्वनि

Raaga hamsadhwani is famous in both North Indian and south Indian classical music. Here is rendition with TEEN TAL (16 BEAT).

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Monday, February 25, 2008

कुछ तसवीरें

Here are a few pix from my life. Literally, I spend my 98% of my time in and around these places.
My Car! Still very reliable. A perfect example of fill it, shut it, and forget it

My street outside the house. It snowed about 4-5 inches in the weekend. Gloomy!



The street outside my work. Mass Avenue. I love the bars on this street. Check the Miracle of Science and order food from the periodic table. Try C2 from the menu... very nice.

My desk at work. As you can see it is a mess.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Yeh Hosla

Another video on the famous song "Yeh Hosla". The taal used is Roopak (7 beats). I added some variations in middle. The sarangi player is just amazing (Punjab Gharana).

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Mahaganapathim

My feeble attempt to play Bhajani (8beat) and Keherva to the carnatic kriti Mahaganpathim Bhaje.

Need to improve on maintaining the tempo.


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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Keherva taal

My affair with Tabla has been going on for about 15 years now. It is not steady, on and off thing, like the pop star relationships. For past year and a half, I have been taking training from Mr. Kazi Jalal. My guru and a great person!

Here is the basic Keherva (8 beats) with some variations. I will add more in future. In a few faster variations I'm not playing the beats clearly. More improvements in the next blog plus more variations.

Enjoi till then!

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