Dhrupad-singer Amelia Cuni, she participated on my cd Raviindra "Aswattha" (topical projects) and Ramesh Shotham, who showed me some of the basics of South Indian drumming on the ghatam; they both had such a great influence on me that I started on a journey to India in January 2000. Goa was to be my first destination.
No sooner had I arrived there when I met Gajanan Amonkar and Manab Das.
Gajanan is playing the tablas and the pakhawaj and Manab from Calcutta is playing the sitar. They are very close friends and they are teaching at Kala Academy (Goa College of Music).
The next few months it turned out that my Karma served well: Gajanan became my teacher in pakhawaj and a very good friend, too.
Thanks to Manab, I regained the sitar and indian food. spielt Sitar.
In their concerts which I could be very close I experienced the "Magic of India". Before I left, Gajanan (Gaju) invited me to play with him and his friends the pakhawaj also named "Shiva's drum" in the temple of Ribandar.
Those three months of Goa meant to me: new impulses, new friends, yoga (yoga), healthy food and many interesting compositions for a new Raviindra Cd.
India I will come back!