Unformatted text preview: LearnEnglish Professionals INDIAN POP MUSIC AUDIOSCRIPT Listen to an interview with Mahesh Gupta, tabla player and DJ about his music. Optional exercise: Decide if these statements are true or false. (Answers below). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Mahesh thinks that the two styles of music he plays are completely different. Rhythm is something fundamental to all music. Mahesh thinks that live music doesn’t work in clubs. He thinks that it is too early to try Djing at a classical music concert. Indian audiences are f ar more liv ely than W estern ones. Mahesh is always looking f or new experiences. Interviewer (I): Mahesh, you trained as a classical Indian musician, but now you spend most of your time playing records in nightclubs…they’re two very different things! Mahesh (M): W ell, yes, they are…the two worlds are very different, but there is something that connects them… I: …and what’s that? M: Rhythm. An interest in rhythm. Rhythm is f undamental to everything that I do. W hether it’s the rhythmic section of a classical Indian raga, or some “Asian Underground” electronic beats in a club… I: And you mix the two things don’t you? M: Yes…I’v e played live tabla to electronic accompaniment in clubs in Europe. I: How has that gone down? M: Really well…I think people are getting bored of ordinary clubs and f aceless DJs. Some live music is a great addition. I: And have you tried djing for a classical Indian audience on the other hand? M: No! I’m not quite sure the world’s ready f or that yet…still, it’s an interesting idea! I: How are audiences f or your music different in India and in Europe? M: W ell, the classical audiences are f ar more sedate in Europe than in India. I: How do you mean? M: W ell, in the W est people think they have to respect the music, and to show their respect they all sit there very quietly, as if they are at a museum or something. I: And in India? M: People participate much more …they’ll clap when they appreciate something…and shout when they don’t! I: Finally Mahesh, what does the f uture hold f or you? M: A new record in the autumn, then next year I’m looking f orward to a new collaboration with some Latin American musicians…I’m always looking f or new f rontiers…! Answer s: 1F, 2T, 3F, 4T, 5T, 6T www.br itishc ouncil.or g/pr of essionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s in ternational orga nisation for educational opportunities and cu ltural relations. W e are registered in England as a charity. ...
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