Saturday, December 29, 2007

Finding Yaman

One interesting thing I did this month was work on a cover of the Sitarist Vidur Mahajan's Indian Classical album Maitra Yaman. The raaga was Yaman and we were to capture it's essense visually.


It felt great working alongside an artiste who has given so many years of his life for an artform with evergrowing love for it. The best part was I was not intimidated by him but inspired by him.
Vidur is also an entreprenuer and industrialist. His passion is the Sitar. Sitting under the starry winter sky, surrounded by the hills, I sat with him at his little farm house-like place, listening to his story of how he first fell in love with the Sitar. It's a journey he started more than 2o years ago. His passion for playing the Sitar has only grown over the years...


I waited more than three weeks to write this, hoping that I would write more objectively. Without going ga-ga! But it seems I fail miserably at it. I shall just post the snap now :)



14 comments:

niveditha said...

That is a simply superb picture!
It has certainly captured the essence of the yaman raag, serene yet joyful!

Pixie said...

Lovely Pic! :-)

Good that you finally got around to writing this post....
The pic actually captures the essence of what you want to say!
:-)

Happy New Year!

Raghu said...

Hi Chaitanya, I am an illiterate in the nuances of music, so I cannot comment on that part, but without a doubt the picture is gorgeous; every time you are successful in making me squirm in my seat with jealousy :)

Have a wonderful new year.

claytonia vices said...

Thanks niveditha, pixie and raghu! :)

Wish you all a happy new year!

Cinderella. said...

Boy...!!!
That was a masterpiece Clay !!!!
Superb..simply superb !!!

Cinderella. said...

And oh, Happy new Year.
Have fun...keep healthy !

shooting star said...

wonderful picture!!....the various hues of the sky have come out beutifully in the shot and the silouhette of the sitarist and the instrument form a lovely foreground

Cinderella. said...

Howdy mate ?

Jerusha said...

I know nothing about Sitar, but I'll buy the CD if I find it because of the picture.

Jerusha said...

I meant to say 'Sitaring' if that's even a word...if not, then just plain Sitars.

claytonia vices said...

I am fine, cindi!

Jerusha, hope u can find it! I will let u know if they are available at planetM or something...

Everyman said...

hey man..long time no see...:-) sorry that i hv been away so long..

i just wont say GREAT snap..I WONT!!

Boo Boo said...

lovely capture.

moment in eternity, i'd say.

elusive said...

nice picture. As much as I adore the sitar, I love the shehnai and the joyous feeling you get listening to it.