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  1. 1. 2013-2014 Healing Qualities of Indian Spice EXCLUSIVE!!! Life Experiences of Prema Naidoo MASTERCHEF Kamini’s Favourite Curry Music Maestro Tansen Nepaul Shares His Love for Music www.indianconnexion.co.za Photography by George Rockas Annual Indian Religious Calendars FREE COPY FREE COPY
  2. 2. From the Editor “ Indian Connexion was born in 2005. It launched an A5 black and white booklet with 12 pages of advertisements, advertisements and more advertisements. My intention however was to launch a publication that would serve as a platform for Indians in Midrand. Excitingly, our distribution quickly increased from 5000 to 16 000 copies and I realised that not only were we providing exposure to businesses, but also raising culture awareness. For this reason Indian Connection made its debut as an Indian lifestyle Newspaper in 2006. The launch took place at Midrand Academy of Indian Dance & Culture’s third annual cultural concert with more than 500 people witnessing this memorable occasion. After a few highly successful quarterly publications, the phenomenal support received from Midrand and surrounding communities gave Indian Connection its own unique flavour and niche market. In efforts to rise to even higher grounds Indian Connexion became a monthly publication - an Independent Community Newspaper supported by Vijay Maharaj and team of the Rising Sun in Durban. Initially distributed in the Midrand area only, Indian Connexion had extended circulation to the Buccleuch & Sunninghill areas where the Indian population had rapidly grown. By November 2007 the readership increased further to Centurion, Rooihuiskraal and the Reeds. Unfortunately January 2011 saw a gap in production of this unique publication as I found a personal yearning to explore the corporate world and took up employment with West Trust (a division of Investec), Volvo Trucks SA and BMW SA. In April this year I realised I was dissatisfied with my decision and had a sense of unfinished business in my quest to play a part in uplifting my Indian cultural heritage. New pitch in hand, I returned to my advertisers - essentially the anchors of any freely distributed publication. Most of them had supported my vision since 2005 and they enthusiastically received me. So Indian Connexion is back – Bigger, Better & Brighter. Indian Connexion defines the Indian South African. We strive to celebrate, rejuvenate and achieve more. Indian Connexion aims to create long term relationships and a sound platform to motivate, empower and encourage readers to stay connected to Indian heritage and culture. Indian Connexion also provides a platform for Indian South Africans to share their testimonies and experiences from personal journeys, highlighting individuals - their struggles and success stories. We encourage the embracing of our identity. We aim to capture determined talent and skill, dreams and aspirations. Articles that reflect culture, tradition, fashion, cuisine and entertainment can be accessed online at www.indianconnexion.co.za as well as in the print publication. I would like to thank all the contributors and those that have supported me right from the beginning. Thank you for you’ve helped bring my vision to life. So here’s to bringing your Connection to Indian Culture for many years to follow. Yours in Culture Prem Namaskar Yudeshnee Pillay Bechan ” Contact Me yudeshnee@indianconnexion.co.za www.indianconnexion.co.za “In the very first month of Indian Opinion, I realized that the sole aim of journalism should be service. The newspaper press is a great power, but just as an unchained torrent of water submerges whole countryside’s and devastates crops, even so an uncontrolled pen serves but to destroy. If the control is from without, it proves more poisonous than want of control. It can be profitable only when exercised from within. If this line of reasoning is correct, how many of the journals in the world would stand the test? But who would stop those that are useless? And who should be the judge? The useful and the useless must, like good and evil generally, go on together, and man must make his choice.”- Mahatma Gandhi - The Story of My Experiments With Truth
  3. 3. Union of Mind and Spirit Breathing exercises strengthen the respiratory muscles and improve breathing capacity. The spiritual side of yoga helps to nurture and calm the individual. Visualisation and meditation techniques clarify the mind and steady the emotions, thereby helping to reduce stress and tension that is prevalent in today’s society. The many benefits of this discipline will be felt almost immediately. Yoga isn’t a competitive practice and is therefore suited to all different people, young and old, male and female. Yoga is suitable for people at any fitness level, as you work to your own capacity and within your body’s capabilities. The truth is that it really doesn’t matter which style of yoga you practice, what does matter is that you do practice. When you think of yoga, do you immediately conjure up pictures of old Indian men tying their limbs into impossible pretzel-like shapes? Or maybe you picture a room full of middle aged ladies, sitting very still, breathing and AUMing. Perhaps it’s time you try out a yoga class and dispel these myths. Yoga originated in India, over 5000 years ago. The word yoga means ‘union’, ‘one’ and ‘to yoke’, referring to the union of body, mind and spirit. There are many styles of yoga. Different yoga masters and gurus formulated their own distinctive styles of yoga to suit the needs of their personal self-development. As the ancient traditions were passed down over the generations, more and more styles came into existence. The biggest misconception people have about yoga is that it is purely stretching, but although stretching is involved, yoga is about creating a state of health, balance and well being in which the body and mind can function at their best. Most yoga styles in the west have a strong Hatha yoga component, being the physical asanas or postures, practiced along with breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation. While meditation is one goal of yoga, yoga practice in the west focuses largely on the physical practice of yoga asanas. Yoga is a framework for life and the asana practice is a means to discipline our bodies. The asanas help to strengthen and tone. The muscles become flexible, joints lose their stiffness, internal organs are toned, and there is a general overall improvement in your body posture, self confidence and health. Once you find a style that resonates with you, you will begin to discover yourself, continue to learn and take your practice to a deeper level of awareness.And maybe also bend yourself into pretzel-like postures – :by Carla of Jivana Yoga Studio
  4. 4. The concept of Saree was foremost derived from Indian culture. A woman looks exceptionally elegant and graceful in this attire. However, it is a fact that a Saree is imperfect without a beautifully designed blouse pattern. Selecting a blouse pattern, the initial thing is to consider the texture and pattern of the Saree so that the Saree and blouse are i perfect match to each other. Blouses are often readily accessible stitched and unstitched, but most women prefer getting unstitched ones so that they can design the blouse according to their own personality. Every year trendy and stylish Saree blouse designs are introduced as reflected in these pictures. 2013/ 2014 Trendz Page 13
  5. 5. C rab Curry •Add the crab, bring pot to the boil and cook for 10 minutes, “My favorite food still has turning pieces over gently, so they all cook evenly. to be my mum’s delicious •Turn down heat, add lime juice and adjust seasoning. •Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with, lime wedges, crab curry” 3 T sunflower oil 1 t fenugreek seeds 2 cinnamon sticks 150 g onions, sliced finely 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise 8 medium cloves garlic, sliced into eighths 2 t ginger & garlic paste ½ t turmeric 4 t medium-hot masala/curry powder 2 x 410 g chopped fresh or canned tomato, blended till smooth 2 t palm or brown sugar 125 ml water 3 T tamarind, soaked in 60ml hot water or 2 T tamarind paste 200 ml coconut milk 12 curry leaves Salt, to taste Juice ½ a small lime 1.4 kg crab pieces (frozen is fine, they’re almost impossible to find fresh) Fresh coriander to serve. basmati rice and plenty of paper serviettes. (Cloth napkins stain and never wash out- a lesson I’ve learned the hard way) •the best result is achieved if you prepare this curry in advance, preferably the night before. Kamini’s Favourite Dish is her mum’s Crab Curry Pictured Below: Master Chef 2013 Kamini Pather Method •Heat a wide, heavy based pot on medium-high and add the oil. Once hot, add the fenugreek seeds and cinnamon and fry for a few seconds. •Add the onions and fry till translucent. Turn the heat down if they start to brown. •Add the green chillis and half the curry leaves and stir. •Add the turmeric and masala and stir briskly, as you don’t want the spices to burn. Fry for 5-10 seconds, stirring and ensure heat is low. •Add the garlic slivers and ginger and garlic paste, and stir. •Add the tomatoes and sugar, and turn up the heat to medium-high. The mixture will come to the boil. •After 1-2 minutes, turn down the heat to medium, add the tamarind water (remove the stones), remaining curry leaves and water. •Mix well and cook for a further 5-6 minutes. •Add the coconut milk, add salt, to taste. For All Kamini’s Fans: twitter handle: @KaminiPather FB: www.facebook.com/mcsa.kaminipather Blog URL: www.kamini.co.za Page 15
  6. 6. th Al-Hijra / Muharram will start on Saturday, 25 of October and will continue for 29 days nd until Saturday, the 22 November. Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Al-Hijra / Muharram on the sunset of Friday, the 24th of October. th Mawlid al-Nabi Monday, is on 13 January. Mawlid refers to the observance of the birthday of Muhammad. th Ramadan will start on Saturday, the 28 June and will continue for 30 days until Sunday, th the 27 July. A month of fasting and sacrifice for worldly possessions . th Eid al-Fitr is on Monday, 28 July. Eid al-Fitr also called Feast of Breaking the Fast is the culmination of Ramadaan, a day of celebration and joy. th Eid al-Adha is on Saturday, the 4 October. Eid al-Adha ia also called Feast of the Sacrifice. Ashura is on Monday, the 3rd of November. The historical significance of the day of 'Ashura, and how it is observed among Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. Lailat al Miraj is on Sunday, the 25th of May. Lailat al Miraj is a Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's night-time journey from Mecca to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times daily. Lailat al Bara'a is on Thursday, the 12th of June. As for the night of mid-Sha`ban, it has great merit and it is desirable (mustahabb) to spend part of it in supererogatory worship. Quds Day is on Friday, the 25th of July. Quds Day, officially in Iran known as International Quds Day ( ,)‫روز جهانی قدس‬is an annual event that began in Iran in 1979. Waqf al Arafa is on Friday, the 3rd of October. There are numerous virtues of the 9th of Dhu 'l-Hijjah which is known as yawm al- 'Arafah. This is also the day where the pilgrims assemble for specific objectives. Total Campbells’ Service Station Islamic Calendar Courtesy of: Mahomed Mahomed Atcha Cell: 082 387 4080 / Tel: 011 315 1067 Fax:086 2927946 Email: Karodiaba@vodamil.co.za Stand 333, Harry Galaun Drive, Vorna Valley Midrand Total Campbell’s New Look
  7. 7. th Thai Poosam Kavady is on 17 January 2014. Thai Poosam Kavady is a Hindu religious festival dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Murugan that is celebrated by Tamil people in South Africa. th Saraswati Puja is on Tuesday the 4 February. Saraswati Puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month Magh, the first day of spring. th Maha Shivaratri is on Friday, the 28 February. Maha Shivratri or Sivaratri (Night of Shiva or "Great Night of Shiva") is a festival celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. Hymns and praises are sung from sunset to sunrise . th Holi is on Monday, the 17 March. Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu Calendar. th Ram Navami is on Tuesday, the 8 April. Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the Hindu lunar year (thus named Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami). th Hanuman Jayanti is on Tuesday, 15 April. Prayers and Hymns are sung all day long in various Hanuman temples. In India, devotees apply red Sindur from Lord Hanuman's feet on their foreheads which is considered for good health and good luck. th Varalakshmi Vratam is on Friday 8 August. Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival to propitiate the Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity. th Raksha Bandhan is on Sunday, the 10 August. Raksha Bandhan is a festival that honours the bond between brother and sister. th Krishna Janmaashtami is on Sunday, the 17 of August. This Puja is commemorates the birth of Shri Krishna. th Ganesh Chaturthi on Friday, the 29 August. Ganesh Chaturthi is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). th th Pitr Paksh starts on Tuesday, 9 September and continues till Wednesday, 24 September. During Pitr-Paksha deceased ancestors from Lord Yamarajas’ (the lord of death) region are able to visit their homes during this time. Therefore, performing Shraaddha during this time helps to repay dept and pay thanks to ancestors to gratify their souls. th Navaratri starts on Thursday, the 25 September and will continue for 9 days until rd Friday, the 3 of October. Navratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. The festival is celebrated for nine nights once every year during the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less. rd Diwali will start on Thursday, the 23 October and will th continue for 5 days until Monday, the 27 October. Diwali is celebrated in late Ashwin (September–October) and ends in early Kartika (October–November). Page 17
  8. 8. Lent will start on Wednesday, the 5th of March. In Western Christianity Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday. The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days of lent because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter", a celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death. Easter begins on the 20th of April. The most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ. The period in which this occurs is the weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday. Good Friday is on the 20th of April. Good Friday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. Christmas is on Thursday, the 25th of December The annual Christian festival celebrating Christ's birth. Call Christa 0829077785  Human Hair Extensions  Special Occasions Make-up & Hairstyling  Microneedling & Chemical Peels  Permanent Make-up  Waxing, Pedicures & Gel Toes
  9. 9. Madhuri Dixit, who absolutely loves Diwali says she loves the crackers, the lights, and all the fun associated with the festival in Mumbai. “I love all festivals. Holi, is also one of my favourites. I try and celebrate all festivals, which even includes Onam and Baisakhi! I am a God loving person and I enjoy attending Poojas. Diwali used to be loads of fun in childhood. The entire process leading up to Diwali, of spring cleaning, making savouries and other preparations used to be so much fun. There would be festive air all over the place and the aroma of chaklis and chivdas being made still makes me feel warm inside. We as children used to visit friends and family and neighbours. Diwali was so special during childhood because it was associated with the Diwali vacation too. Diwali simply suggests unbounded joy and everything new. Happy Diwali to all of you out in South Africa and may the lights illuminate your lives now and in the future. 2013/2014 Arabic Mehndi Patterns Eid is a special religious festival for all Muslims celebrated every year after the sacred month of Ramadan. People celebrate this holy event with great zeal and zest. During Eid, Women and girls get busy in buying fashionable clothes, foot wear and other fashionable accessories. Similarly Mehndi is also an essential part of Eid. It has been very popular especially in South Asian countries. “Women and young girls apply mehndi on their hands, arms and feet to look attractive and elegant. Mehndi gives you a traditional yet beautiful look.” Tips to darken your Mehndi Apply juice of lemon mixed with sugar on your hands for atleast half a day Once the Mehndi starts to fall off, apply vicks on your hands MOST IMPORTANTLY, leave Mehndi overnight. The longer you keep away from water, the darker you mehndi will be. The application of mehndi has become a very popular and fashionable form of art in other foreign countries too. Mehndi is loved by majority girls and women all over the world. Moreover mehndi is a significant ingredient on all special events like Eid and marriage ceremonies. Page 19
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  11. 11. BY UVEKA RANGAPPA Exclusive to Indian Connexion E ither it happened overnight or I'm just slow on the uptake – but there’s a new breed of Indian woman out there and it’s difficult not to notice her. She’s the girl who is working 9 to 7, fitting Pilates or yoga in her day, doing dinners with friends, driving herself around in a top of the range German car and adopting a charity. She and her friends eat only at the best restaurants and drink the finest wines - anyone of them can afford to pick up the tab. She goes home to a townhouse or cluster home in an affluent suburb. She has a domestic worker who comes in once a week – although there’s nothing to really do because she only comes home to sleep and is there on weekends. Next to her DVD player you’ll find the box sets of grey’s anatomy, prison break and lost. Her fridge is almost empty because she doesn’t really cook but whatever’s in there is healthy - mostly fat free and taste free – but it’s also guilt free! And of course her home is testosterone and nappy free – and guess what? She‘s perfectly happy and content. The new breed of Indian woman is over 30 and not aiming to get married and have two and a half kids. She’s not afraid to say it to anyone who questions her “predicament” at her 25 year old cousin’s wedding back in Durbs. It’s not that she doesn’t want to have all of that someday – it’s just not top of her list of priorities. What is top of that list is “her”! At the risk of sounding selfish – she’s taking the time to learn and love herself. She’s managed to get past the trap – going from being someone’s daughter to being someone’s wife and mother – she’s opted to be “someone”!!!! She’s flying up the corporate ladder, admiring others who’re making names for themselves in business, in front of and behind a TV camera, behind the radio microphone or enjoying seeing their names on bylines on front page articles. Her parents speak of her with pride and have refrained from trying to get her “off the shelf” – they trust she will make the right choices when the time is right. She’s the person everyone wants at their party – not just because she brings the most expensive gifts and the best desserts – but because she’s real, fun and fabulous. She’s the person her friends call in the middle of the night when their boyfriends or husbands have broken their hearts – because she is all heart! And when she’s done being all of these things – she’s going to be a fabulous mother and wife – and any man would be lucky to have her! She’s the new breed of Indian woman – and it’s difficult not to notice her! Page 23
  12. 12. Midway Mews Shopping centre, CNR Harry Galaun & 7th Roads Midrand Tel: 011 312 5521 Dance is the form of vibration of our body and mind. It is a form of worship through which a dancer can reach the Almighty. A dancer can only reach this stage through continuous training i.e. 'Sadhana'. There are also many other benefits of Classical Indian Dance as listed below: Bharatanatyam & Kathak are forms of Indian classical dance. These popular dance forms are a combination of melody, expressions, and rhythm. The three primary elements of Bharatanatyam are Nritya Nritta, and Natya. Nritya emphasizes body movements and various dance postures. Nritta highlights rhythm and body movements. Whilst Natya gives significance to poem and drama. A perfect combination of all three elements makes a perfect dance. If performed with absolute concentration, these dance forms are as beneficial as yoga. Like many other dance forms of Indian origin classical dance also has many poses and postures. The performer needs to maintain the body balance elegantly in the entire performance. The different kinds of body movements known as Karanas help in improving the body balance. This dance form is associated with non verbal communication and facial expressions. Here facial expressions and hand gestures are the main ways to express and communicate feelings. Various Mudras including symbols and positions are a vital part of this dance form and helps to improve the flexibility of the body. Classical Dance improves the overall response of both the body and the mind. The dancer needs to remember Hastas, Mudras, and Karanas in order to give good performance. He or she also needs to remember different steps, their names, the different moves, rhythm and beats of the song and maintain the synchrony. This sharpens the mental skills, improves concentration, and develops mental alertness. Classical & Bollywood Dance Lessons Halfway House Primary School Van Heerden Road, Midrand Yudeshnee - 084 509 2244 www.maidc.cms4people.com Lessons Include Classical Dance Theory Based on the Natya Shastra Established since 2003 Page 24
  13. 13. Healing with Indian Spices Cinnamon Balances Blood Sugar & May also help prevent and treat: Cancer, cholesterol problems, food poisoning, heart disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, stroke, ulcer, vaginal yeast infection, wounds. Make spiced tea: Put a quart of brewed tea into a pot, add 2 cups of apple juice, and gently simmer with a sliced lemon and two cinnamon sticks for 10 minutes. Turmeric Reduces Inflammation Turmeric is the only readily available edible source of curcumin, so try to consume it as much as possible. Also helps prevent and treat: Acne, allergies, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, cancer, cholesterol problems, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), cystic fibrosis, depression, dermatitis, type 2 diabetes, eczema, eye infection, flatulence, gallbladder disease, gout, gum disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, itching, liver disease, macular degeneration, obesity, pain, Parkinson’s disease, pollution side effects, psoriasis, rash, scleroderma, stroke, wounds. Before sautéing vegetables or making stir-fry, heat oil in a pan and sprinkle it with turmeric, stirring for a few seconds so it toasts a bit but doesn’t burn. Add turmeric to fried onions (one study found that onions and turmeric work together, synergistically, to protect against cancer). Eat more yellow mustard, which contains turmeric. Coriander Eases Digestive Discomfort May also help prevent and treat: Bloating, cholesterol problems, colic, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, diarrhoea, eczema, flatulence, high blood pressure, IBS, indigestion, insomnia, lead poisoning, liver disease, psoriasis, rosacea, stomach ache, ulcer, vaginal yeast infection. Coarsely grind coriander and rub it into meats or fish before cooking. Add whole or ground seeds to stews, casseroles, marinades, vinaigrettes and pickled dishes. Make a classic Moroccan rub: Mix ground coriander with garlic, butter and paprika, and rub it on lamb before roasting. Fennel Seed Calms Menstrual Cramps These can help offset menstrual cramps that affect more than 50 percent of menstruating women. Fennel has also been shown to calm colic in babies May also help prevent and treat: Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), dementia, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, hirsutism (unwanted hair growth in women), stroke. Cooking tips: Dry and crush toasted fennel seeds and steep them in tea. Ginger Quiets Queasiness May also help prevent and treat: Arthritis, asthma, cancer, cholesterol problems, heart attack, heartburn, indigestion, migraine, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, stroke, elevated triglycerides. Rub into meat before grilling to help tenderize and add flavor. Sprinkle ground ginger and a little brown sugar on acorn squash or sweet potatoes before baking. STOCKISTS OF: Bakingware | Brassware | Copperware Whole and Ground Spices | Pooja Goods, Soya Products Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensils | Local & Imported Aluminium Pots | Complete Household & Wedding Groceries | Assorted Cosmetics Ayurvedic Medicines | Rice & Lentils Midrand: Shop 9, Midway Mews, Cnr Harry Galaun & 7th Rd, Halfway Gardens / Tel/Fax: 011 312 3275 Lenasia: Shop 3 & 4 Mitha’s Centre, Cnr Anemone Ave & Eland Str Ext 2, Lenasia / Tel: 011 852 6212 Fax: 011 852 4903
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  15. 15. How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Tansens’ Tunes I make mistakes all the time but an experienced musician covers his mistakes very easily. My classical training gives me a lot of confidence on stage and also allows me creativity to move freely in music passages. Tansens’s name was given by his dad who named him after the great musician TANSEN who was one of the jewels in King Akbars Court. The name Tansen comes from two words, TAANA and SEN . Taan is simply a group of musical notes and SENA is the word for army. “So my name means" An army of musical notes“, proudly says Tansen. Indian Connexion caught up with Tansen Nepaul for a special insight into his busy life schedule, here is what this talented & popular music maestro have to say... Which instruments do you play? My main instrument is the Harmonium. I play the electronic keyboards frequently. I can also play a bit of flute, tabla and percussions which I frequently do in my recordings. What was the first tune(s) you learned and what was your first instrument? The Aarthi was the first tune I played at the age of 4. I played this on my own without any tuition. My dad then decided to start teaching me. My first instrument was a guitar made out of an oil tin made by one of my cousins. Strangely, I just never took up the guitar. Thereafter I staged on a Bull Bull Tarang and then started playing my Dads harmonium. Is your family musical? Who was your first teacher? My dad and mom who are both late, were well known for their involvement in music and culture. My mom the late Subuluxmi Naidoo was well known in the Andhra circles. My dad was my first Guru. Thereafter I learnt under many teachers who all played a part in my diverse musical knowledge. Was your beginnings humbled by challenges and which famous musicians have you been inspired by? We never had easy access to world music in my young days. My main inspiration came from local musicians that I admired. I was inspired by musicians like Anil of the early Saraswathi Shenaaz, Basant Ramchanders late dad and Deepak Ram. Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous? Nervousness is perfectly normal. Also know that people are generally not critical of mistakes that a musician or singer makes. When you are on stage, go with the intention of letting the audience experience you, mistakes and all. Every thing else will fall into place. Tansen Nepaul Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones? I had a lot of recording and tape players as a kid. I used to handle them very well which is why my career was shaped in the same way. An old recording that inspired me to produce music was an orchestral recording on a long play record called Raaga Mood by V.Balsara. This encouraged me to learn Raagas and produce rich orchestral music. The Music group Shakti led by L.Shankar encouraged me to play Karnatic Fusion music. Who are your favorite musicians? Favourite musicians I listened to were, Ravi Shankar, Y.S Moolky, Enoch Danials, Pandith V. Jog, L. Shankar to name a few. Have you been in competitions? Any prizes? I won many art competitions in school as I was good at drawing. I also won many medals from silver to gold in Tamil and Telegu eistedfords. Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session? We sometimes attend impromptu sessions with musicians and this can be great fun. Unfortunately, today musicians are living further apart and the cost of transport makes these sessions difficult to experience. A good session is when some of the best musicians come together from different backgrounds and just jam. I enjoyed my jam sessions with Pops Abraham for a television program called” people of the South” How do you balance your music with other obligations - wife, children, job? Balancing my life with a family and music career as well as a full time job is not easy. People look to my name for a multitude of events and productions. Each one different from the other covering all types of music genres. I battle to find time to fit in request and find it even more difficult to administer and complete productions. But I use every little opportunity to find time to do something interesting for my wife and kids. W hat makes me survive in this game for more than 45 years has been my attitude to music and my life. I learn from every musician I come into contact with and have a good relationship with all of them. We work together on projects and I always find time to assist them with queries. I enjoy my job, my music career but it is very stressful especially when I do bigger events like the Royal Show and other Extravaganza’s on a large scale. But it all comes with just being Tansen Nepaul, who does not know if he belongs to his family or the community. Either way, he delightfully admits that he cant do without both. Page 27
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