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 Guru-shishya Parampara: I was so lucky  and blessed that Gurujee decided to renew my thread on that happy Guru Purnima day in London. My old thread from the Sacred thread Ceremony, marking my initiation into discipleship in India back in the 90's, had become very worn out and frayed and all the bright colours had run out during subsequent journeys to and from Gurujee's home in Benares.



in celebration of this auspicious day,

please enjoy the following collection of videos,

which recreates the whole of

a memorable concert at


and features

(in alphabetical order):-

gurdain rayatt (tabla)

mick taylor (sitar)

rekesh chauhan (harmonium)

sanju sahai (tabla)

sanjukta mitra (vocals)

saphwat simab (rubab)


all of the videos we have gathered together

here were published by afghanblooms

performances in order of appearance:

Mehboob Nadeem's live video stream 

from Clare Hall, Cambridge 

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Please check out Mehboob Nadeem's live performance from Clare Hall, Cambridge:-


It was great for us to watch Mehboob Ji on-line in a wonderful performance on 12 June, playing sitar, then singing and then playing sitar again and this, after such a long time of lockdown, was an enthralling performance indeed... and its beginning was marked beautifully by the sounds of a wild bird in full throat (maybe a warbler) singing gloriously in the background - a fitting introduction to Mehboob Ji's concert we feel.


Raag Gungi Kauns (composed by Pandit Arvind Parakh, combining raags Malgunji and Malkauns)

Alap, jor and a composition in Jhaptaal and Teentaal.

Raag Khamaj

Sitar and vocals in Teentaal.

Hi Guys,


Here's an exciting prospect: learn Hindustani classical singing from my Guruji's grandson, Rahul Mishra, who with his brother Rohit studied Thumri with Girija Deviji of the prestigious Banaras Gharana.


Please click on the following link to see Rahul and Rohit singing together – they're awesome:-


If you're interested in singing lessons from Rahul, please contact me (Caroline of Oxford Tabla).

A taste of our performance in the 

Ashmolean's One World Event on

28 March:-

"Tabla solo in Rupaktaal and Hindu chant"


Caroline Tapp has taught tabla in Oxford for many years. She is a disciple of the Benares tabla gharana - style of playing - which is now headed by her Guruji's son Pandit Sanju Sahai, who is the 6th generation from the founder Ram Sahai.


Neil Kensit, who accompanies Caroline on harmonium and also sings, has collaborated with Caroline for a number of musical events. Last year at the One World festival they presented various forms 

of Indian singing and tabla accompaniment, as well as an introduction to solo tabla, and ended the session with a workshop in which people tried out tablas for themselves. This year they present a tabla solo in 7 beats and a chant accompanied by the kanjira - a south Indian drum.