Most of us would agree that every teacher should practise what they preach. This becomes vital when they have an inquisitive niece like Nishka as a student. Rishii is embarking on a tabla tour, the UK leg of it starts this weekend in Leicester and Wolverhampton. After the UK dates in September and October Rishii will be going onto India. I caught up with Rishii during the week and we chatted about tour preparations and how yoga has been a godsend.
Performances involve mental and physical preparation and Rishi explained how yoga has helped him to focus his mind and body. It is not just the performances, but the individual practise preparations and rehearsals. On stage it may look effortless but often quite a show goes on behind the scenes.
Madonna has always been known for her punishing fitness regimes during tour preparations. Yoga is a very strong focus in Madonna's regime, once again marrying the disciplines of music and yoga.
This Saturday Rishii will be giving a Tabla demonstration at Beauchamp College, Oadby Leicester and talking about the health benefits of Music. Nishka and I are excited about attending this event and the next post will give full coverage . I have uploaded footage of one of Rishii's performances in San Francisco last year in front of the legendary tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Husseinji. Please refer to the previous posts for links to Rishii's work and forthcoming tour dates.