Friday, March 06, 2009

Jimi-san in Varanasi

Santoor player and old friend Jimi Miyashita was in Varanasi for a few days recently. We played a small concert at Munna House, and the following day he played at a concert at sarangi player Kanhaiya Lal Mishra's house in Kabir Chaura, the musician's district of Varanasi. It was nice to see Jimi-san again - hopefully next time will be in Japan later this year. Jimi-san is the organiser of the annual Gifu Sangeet Mela and a great contributor to Indian classical music in Japan. (Check out our CD "Rei-Mei".)

Shen and Jimi-san playing at Munna House

Tetsuya Kaneko performing pakhawaj solo, accompanied by Kanhaiya Lal Mishra (sarangi) at Kanhaiya Lal's house

Jimi-san accompanied by tabla player and Kathak dancer Mata Prasad Mishra

Mata-ji's son performing Kathak dance - accompaniment included his younger son on tabla, who I was very impressed with!

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