Mumbai blog 3 – Badmaash in Bombay, Ukuleles and Rickshaw driving

Badmaash is a Hindi word for Mischief. Laura came up with this name for our Badmaash. The plan is to play tunes in unusual places for a laugh. Since we are already in Mumbai, we started in the house….

For our next session we took a rickshaw to Land’s End in Bandra. A place where people go to watch the sunset and sit by the coast. There’s a good view of the sea link.

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It was Burn’s night so we played Ae fond kiss. On a high after this escapade we went for a beer and planned a list. Suggestions are welcome. We ended up going to an open mic night at the Hive and played there too.

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The next episode, “On the train” is coming soon….

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This week I visited one of Mewsic‘s Centres in the Dharavi slum area. Mahesh, a self taught musician teaches at the centre. He is from Dharavi himself. The centre has half a dozen guitars and keyboards that have been donated and is always open so even when Mahesh isn’t teaching the kids can go and play on the instruments. They are really good! Mahesh says he would like to learn staff notation, chords progressions and improvisation so I’ll be meeting him once a week to go over these things.

Aqui gave me the key to open up for my music class at Dharavi Art room. I ended up walking into someone else’s home, but found it! We sang lots of songs with movement. I bought some cheap material to make a parachute and we tried some songs with the parachute. There were a few older boys in class this week, winding each other up so it was quite a hyper class.

I was also pretty hyper myself because on route to Dharavi the Rickshaw driver asked if I wanted a shot at driving! YES

St Judes centre with Rimi was great – the kids really picked up the song, we had drums sections, ukulele sections and shakers. Everyone singing ah- wumba – way! Rimi and I have signed out a couple ukuleles from the centre to practice and work out other songs to teach them. Figured out you only really need one finger to play chords C and F. This morning I’ve been learning some reggie.

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