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In Sanskrit, Nada is the origin of sound and Ka is the one who carries it within.

Nadaka was born in Quebec, and learned to play the guitar at an early age. At 16, his quest for life's deeper sense led him on a pilgrimage along that wondrous road which infallibly brought him to India, which he immediately adopted as his country. Dedicated to the ideals of India's great revolutionary yogi, Sri Aurobindo, he has been living in the international settlement of Auroville, in South India, since 1974.

His love of Indian culture and passion for Indian music led him to study a number of traditional music styles, both on Indian stringed instruments and vocally. He has designed and built an acoustic guitar with scalloped neck and moveable frets which is specially adapted for the subtle tones of Indian music. Skillfully blending the modal techniques of Ragas with chords and harmonies more akin to Western music, he has developed his own musical language.

Working in close collaboration with many famous and outstanding Indian musicians, Nadaka has played an active part in the contemporary movement of Indian music.

Nadaka's music is impossible to classify. While a short caption on the back of the Living Colours describes this album as "an acoustic fusion of Indian classical with a contemporary feel" it is so much more than a fusion which suggests absorption; Here we find different traditions; Hindustani, Carnatic, Jazz--meshing seamlessly without losing their distinctness. We're in a unique zone where a traditional sitar introduction leads into Western-style guitar rhythms, where the flute can be quick-flight Carnatic one moment, smoky jazz the next; where the violin and the guitar can be percussive or achingly fragile, the tabla or Mridangam an almost solid wall of sound or a solitary questing voice. The different musical textures play off one another, interweave, the musical traditions cross-pollinate, as the music builds, holds climatically, before the violin, flute or guitar once again flies free like the soul refusing imprisonment in form.

Nadaka says : As to the etymology of the word guitar, the origin of the syllable "gui" is uncertain; the syllable "tar", though often attributed to the Greek language, in fact goes further back in time to the Sanskrit word meaning string for example, ektar (with one string) or sitar (many strings). And, that was a brief description of my Indian gui-tar.

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email: nadaka@auroville.org.in