Farewell Sukhvinder Ji: An Evening with “Pinky”

I would normally post something here that you might actually have an opportunity to go see like an upcoming or ongoing event.  However this was truly a special experience that I would feel guilty for not sharing with you all.

I had the pleasure of spending last night with my tabla instructor, world-renowned master Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari, before he departs today for a four-month tour of India.  He prepared dinner and treated a select group of students to a private concert.  It was truly an indescribable experience to be seated in front of a man who is considered to be one of the best tabla players in the world (the Jimi Hendrix or Herbie Hancock of tabla, if you will) with an audience of only about ten peers.  He played no differently in front of us than he would have in front of an audience of thousands.  I have never seen any one or anything capable of keeping such perfect time while making so much and so many sounds with so little.  I rarely heard an instrument, especially a percussion instrument, convey so many feelings and speak so clearly.

Since this is something that I could never make anyone understand with mere words, I recorded some of his performance.  It’s not quite like being there, but it will give you a glimpse of why Suhkvinder Singh is considered one of the world’s greatest and most respected rhythm players.

Since I cannot upload audio to this blog you can hear this private concert at my blog at www.grantderigo.com

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