I Breath a sign of relief to say got through last week which was a challenging one. However there are some moments I would happily relive again. The “Burning a Dream” project as Mayapee and the half Moon circle nuts went down better than expected. There was amazing energy from fellow performers and such an incredible audience. We really met a talented bunch of people with so much passion for what they do.
The feedback from the audience was interesting, especially around tuning the instruments. I had Sitar and tabla accompaniment from Akash Parekh and Rishii Chowdhury. Both instruments that require a lot of tuning, especially sitar. All of us felt very touched to hear the audience say” don’t apologies for taking extra time tuning, we think it’s beautiful and quality is worth waiting for”. Very beautifully said, considering we have heard Indian audiences, criticize top artistes, for taking too much time with tuning. It was also a touching moment to receive a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Although I have performed at the Y before the structure of the feedback was different this time. We now have a better focus about the next level of this project.
For me personally it was an amazing journey where Rishii and Akash brought out the best in me. Compared to the previous performances I did at the Y, this was more challenging, in a positive way and forced me to step out of my comfort zone. It was technically more demanding and I had to go deeper within myself. There was a surreal energy between the three of us, fusing all our passions together and we had fun. This was a very innovative piece that we created ourselves and for me it was the first time I collaborated with other artistes. I walked away feeling very creatively inspired. There is a video of the performance to follow in the next few weeks; I will also post the poems I performed. Rishii Chowdhury and Akash Parekh lets continue on this journey and see where it takes us, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Om shanti