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Tabla VJing with artwork by the Shanti Children Project 01

This is a collabration with the Shanti Children Project.

First they were shown circle drawings by Rajinder Deo.
Here are links to his artwork:
Five Elements 2008 – 09
London 1999 – 2002
India Travelogue 1999

The children were then given a simple template to draw their circle artwork. Deo took photographs while they were drawing and had some fun with the children and took some more pictures.

Deo scanned the drawings and used the photographs he took to create the video. Using the software Max (Cycling 74) to analysis the sounds Deo played on the tabla drums to control the visuals, he recorded the video live, no editing, no post production.

Shanti Children Project was set up to help local children with their education and general well being. Many poor children in the area are not able to attend school because they can not afford even the most basic school supplies needed. Our project is based on the good will of wonderful Indian and western volunteers living in Tiruvannamalai who contribute their time and energy to our project activities. Besides supporting the children individually, we have cultural programs, fun and educational days for the street children in our area. In such days we try to bring a smile and a laughter to the face and hearts of children who experience difficulties in their daily life.

Their goal is to find individual children, orphans, semi orphans, handicapped and those who are unable to attend school for various reasons, and support them with school fees, uniforms, stationary and medical assistance where needed. The projects’ goal is to be able to support them throughout their entire schooling years. We put a special emphasis on young girls as they are generally less likely to receive education as it is the men’s job in india to financially support the family.

How to help – information on how to make donations

The British Centre website has been launched. Visit site

Students can log-in to see their group page which has their profile, timetable, news and homework. Teachers post weekly homework. Administration post news and events and update banners on the homepage.

British Centre is a new blog for tabla music and digital art. is a place for innovations and experiments involving the Indian tabla drums. This can be new contemporary music, something classical or mixing tradition techniques with new technology. It can also involve using tabla music with visuals or to create visuals, it may accompany a dance performance, basically anything which involves the Indian tabla drums.

Hathira Sama have been invited to play at the Sufi Festival of Unity in Senegal in January!  We’ll be playing our main concert on Goree Island, a 20 minute ferry ride from Dakar, at 7:00pm on Wed 5 January, with the soulful Amandou and Miriam playing at 9:00pm the same night.

Also on the festival line up are Kora master Toumani Diabate, Senegal’s favourite, Ismael Lo, and our friend Ali Keeler’s group Al Kauthara from Granada. We’re feeling very honoured to have been invited by Sidi Ibrahim Tijani, and to be in such distinguished company. We’ll be playing another gig earlier in the week at the Festival venue in Dakar. We’re looking forward to the journey – stay tuned for more news.

Premiere of ‘Ether’

I premiered my MA final project ‘Ether’ at a Yoga Center. It was an evening to celebrate the completion of the first month course. My project was relevant because it is based on one of the elements, which was discussed in the lectures. Also all the photographs were taken at the top of the local mountain.



It was great to get informal feedback. People were really impressed by the music, someone inquired about buying the album. I received positive feedback about the visuals. I was watching the audience as they were watching the video and they were all captivated by the ‘Ether’ video. A few people were inspired to climb the mountain the following morning. A few people also asked me about how I created the video. It was interesting to hear how different people interpreted the hand drawn circles in the movie. One person described what I did as ‘Tabla VJing’, I like the sound of that.