“I still fondly recall how my musical journey began – when I first heard my grandfather recite tabla kaydas. He would have me sit on his lap as I watched him play what he had recited. To this day, my “happy place” is watching my grandfather and father play music together. Music has always been a fundamental part of my life.
It was only during my college days that I was able to perceive how much emotional maturity and intellectual rigor Indian Classical music required from its performers; which to me was immediately intimidating and appealing all at the same time. With resources for Indian Classical Music being sparse at best, I taught myself how to play the Hawaiian Guitar and meticulously tried to imitate recordings, which was a slow, frustrating and arduous process. But it offered me a tool for getting a glimpse into the intricacies and beauty of our music, so I kept at it. It was only after becoming a part of SIMA that I finally had access to not just material and tutelage, but unconditional affection, encouragement and inspiration. I have recently taken a sabbatical from my 13-year engineering career to spend more time with my kids and focus on music, and am really excited about this new adventure!”