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In the next few weeks Aloke will begin posting compositions on his website that have not been published in any of his books. It is quite possible that these have never been documented in any tabla book, in any language! He will be describing these compositions technically and mathematically in terms that can be understood by musicians of any discipline. Please check back soon!

Aloke talks about the complex rhythms, philosophy and performance techniques of his latest recording entitled “NUDITYSUTRA.”


Oct 16 2014

A lesson with Aloke

Today tabla master Aloke Dutta released a new recording called NUDITYSUTRA. This work of art can be downloaded now from Bandcamp:

Right after finishing this recording, Aloke underwent successful heart surgery. I’m happy to report that he is currently feeling well and recovering rapidly. Soon he’ll be healthier than ever and continuing on his quest to push the boundaries of pure drum music. Please show your support and appreciation of Aloke and his great music by downloading NUDITYSUTRA.

– Alex

Here is what Aloke has to say about NUDITYSUTRA:

I was born sixty years ago as a human baby. This was the only identity badge I was wearing at that moment. I was totally naked! Soon after my arrival to this planet, however, other humans began to put labels and other stuff on me. I had to study these things with dedication and wear them with pride as the essential elements, apparently, to make my life meaningful. So, from day one of my journey I had already begun to clothe myself, and, without my awareness, I was slowly becoming disconnected from my soul. My new identity was a Brown-Skinned, Hindu, Indian, Resident Alien, Middle class, Drummer Man.

Honestly, I adored all of those identity cards. But, as a matter of fact, I suffered because I was not in touch with myself. I betrayed my soul. I was being disrespectful to the deeper and true “I”. My focus was on the tchotchke placed over me by others. It took sixty years to fully understand that my attachment to the stuff put on me by various societies was the source of my pain. I knew that detachment was necessary. It was difficult initially. Nevertheless, it had to be done if I wanted to be in touch with me, if I wanted to be true.

That was the moment of my awakening. I felt enlightened and began stripping off layer after layer of harmful labels imposed upon me, like scabs, with no fear. I felt relief immediately. No more baggage to carry around! I became free.

In this album, I present four garlands of noise as offerings to your beautiful soul as a naked man; just the way I arrived here sixty years ago!

My students, Rama Malinak and Aaron Alper spent hours recording and mixing this album. My friend and web designer Alex Crane laid out the cover and ensured that you were able to get this album trouble-free from my site, Last but not least, Ana, love of my life, did the sketch on the cover when she was five years old. She is the purest soul around in my life. My sincere blessings and love to all of them.

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