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Musician Ravi Naimpally grooms the next generation


Juno-nominated Ravi Naimpally was born in Kanpur, India, and raised in Canada and says he inherited his love for music from his parents. They moved to Canada when he was barely one and continued to organize concerts in Thunder Bay, where the family settled. Naimpally recalls Zakir Hussain and Anindo Chatterjee staying in his house. 

“In a way, my exposure to Indian classical music in Canada was better than it would have been in India – these greats would not have had to live with us were they performing in India!”

In 1999, Naimpally established Tasa, a world fusion band that seeks to create a new musical form out of the many cultures that co-exist in Canada, as a way of connecting his two worlds. 

He has explored other world music traditions and performed in a wide variety of contexts including Iranian, Turkish, Macedonian and jazz. He has done collaborative work with sarangi player Dhruba Ghosh, violinist Mark Feldman and trumpet player Kevin Turcotte. Tasa has toured Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy and in the US and their albums have won critical acclaim. 

“All I do is music – teaching, studying, performing, recording,” he says.  

Posted: Feb 4, 2014

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