Why isn't Indian music spreading around the world?
Shekab Wadwa, the son of the house, was Debasish's first student in Cologne and is now in international demand with his tablas on major stages.
Debasish's fate and that of Indian music culture in Cologne is also closely linked to Conny Rave, the blond, Rhineland heart of the academy. First she is a student at the Tampura, later she organizes and manages the school and the ensemble. After the academy moved to “Haus Anubhab”, she founds a house community with the Indian musicians, does the driving service for all performances and even sits here and there on stage with an instrument.
Every three months, the Anubhab Academy invites guest musicians who have already passed the master school in the Bengali equivalent or who also teach there. According to the Indian system of values, these are well-known names, because the musicians all come from families of musicians rich in tradition. At the performance, you mention which generation in your family has been the center of life for the instrument. Germany gives the teachers a three-month visa, hence the constant, costly change, which also constantly brings new motivation from India to Cologne.
The courses tabla, harmonium, sitar, tambura, dhol and singing as well as Indian dance are offered here continuously. In the event room, which can seat around 40 guests next to the stage, high-class concerts take place on a regular basis. The students here are many Indians, Afghans and Germans. Debasish's experience is that you have to start at the very beginning in order to really teach Europeans something about Indian music. The Indian music system is not based on the harmony theory we are familiar with but, like the tabla, for example, on its own language, the Bol spoken syllables. "Dha titi kite dha ge na do na dha ti dha ge dhin na ge na"
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