Guru Pournima

July 2, 2012

This is a picture of my first performance of Indian Classical music. From left to right you will see my teacher Smt. Neeraja Aptikar, Tabla-ji Ajit Betageri, and me. Akhil Jobanputra was also accompanying on Harmonium.

I have been studying music with Neeraja for approximately one year. It has been an excellent experience from which I’ve learned so much.

My initial interest in Indian Classical Music began many years ago while studying the music of minimalist composers Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and LaMonte Young. Through that experience I stumbled uponThe Raga Cyclefeaturing the music of Pandit Pran Nath, which I still often listen to for inspiration.

Often during my years studying music in university I would become very interested in Indian Classical Music, but my curriculum and responsibilities lead me toward other things. After finishing school things have changed.

Since arriving in Vancouver in the late summer two years ago my interest in Indian Classical Music began to deepen and I began to search for a teacher. I was blessed to connect with Neeraja through her website and YouTube videos.

From the very first moments of study I realized I was embarking on a beautiful and intense journey with a kind and knowledgeable guide. Day in and day out her ability to bring such feeling to music amazes me. Never holding back, she shares all of her knowledge in an open and generous manner. She is an excellent and experienced teacher that I will always admire, respect, and trust.

To all who attended and an extra special thanks to Neeraja, thank you for making this a wonderful experience!

2 Responses to “Guru Pournima”

  1. Anita said

    Excellent! Next time Timothy, let me know when you perform in this style because I would LOVE to come hear you!! It sounds like an amazing experience.

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