“Music with a cause”

These are turbulent times and we’re travelling in a bubbly part of the world. One day after we’d left Quetta (Pakistan) there was a severe earthquake just 70 kilometres off the city. Right now I’m watching the Indian coverage of Barack Obama winning the US elections in a hotel room in Agra, India; a special moment in history.

Travelling through Pakistan was interesting and the images were beautiful, but as we were constantly escorted by policemen it was hard to really experience the country and its people. Whereas in Pakistan there seemed to be large areas with still a hugely ‘traditional’ lifestyle, crossing the border to India we entered an eclectic world of the new and the old, the rich and the poor. Sacred cows at the motorways eating the garbage alongside the roads; tuk tuks, walkers, bicycles, fancy cars and the occasional elephant all using the same road in a dangerous driving style. Bert and I drove to Delhi (an enormous city with 16 million inhabitants) for a concert that was scheduled for November 3rd in the outside auditorium of the Vasant Valley School.

The concert was organised via Roger, the man who has lent his Landrover to us, by Round Table India (an organisation that does a lot of benefit projects) in support of their project, ‘Freedom through Education’ and they did an impressive job of organising it all. The main organiser Khushroo Kalyanwala, an Indian architect, invited us to stay at his house the first night and took us to the Delhi main TV station the next day for a live interview announcing the concert. We told about our journey and our aim to connect with people through music in all the different countries we cross and on the studio monitor I could see them broadcasting the both of us with the subtitle “Music with a cause” (quite an impressive title…). It was a nice, sparkly interview and we played two fragments of songs (“Follow the Heron” and “The snows..”). That evening we slept at the beautiful farm house of another man, by the name of Puneet Gupta, on the edge of town.

The next morning Bert and I were taken to the school site and met with three very fine musicians (mr. P. L. Dhandra: Sitar, mr. Uday Debanshi: harmonium, mr. Sukumar Kolley: tabla) with whom we rehearsed some songs for the concert later that evening (the traditional indian way, seated on the ground carpet together). And the concert was a special event…in contrasting Indian style. Bert and I played two sets of 40 minutes, joined on some of the songs by the beautiful sounds of the Indian musicians and as we played our songs about..winds, seas, love, birds and spring in the outside concert room, every 4 minutes a noisy airplane flew over after it’d just had taken off from Delhi airport. Still we played very well I think and I enjoyed it a lot. Kind of surreal was the small media hype that took place that evening. For apart from Hans recording there were many, many cameras of multiple TV stations there filming the event with its unique mix of music, travelling and the good project. We were interviewed by three national TV stations (i.e. CNN IBN) as well as some smaller ones and it was definitely one of the highlights of the journey.
The Delhi concert

The Delhi concert (see the large posters in the background! We've never had them this big before..)


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9 Responses to ““Music with a cause””

  1. Stern Says:

    Fijn te lezen en te kijken! Met die grote poster, from ” The Netherlands”, geweldig.

  2. Jørn Says:

    Goed om weer van jullie te horen, na zo’n enerverende en toch wat angstige (althans vanuit hier gezien) reis door Pakistan. “Music with a cause” – een zeer terechte omschrijving. Ere wie ere toekomt!


  3. Astrid Wevers Says:

    Wat een avontuur! We lezen/leven met jullie mee! Veel liefs uit Pieterburen, ook aan Arnold Pilon!!!

  4. Cora, Louis, Bert en Stella Says:

    Hoi Bert en Linde,

    Blij weer van jullie te horen! Ook wij zagen dat die aardbeving bij jullie in de buurt moest zijn geweest en daarbij nog het toch wat “enge” land om door te reizen; dus we hebben met spanning uitgekeken naar nieuws van jullie.
    Fijn te lezen dat alles goed is en dat jullie alweer van zulke fantastische dingen hebben meegemaakt!
    Veel plezier op de verdere reis!

    Liefs uit Rhoon.

  5. nienke Says:

    Dag laiverds, Mooie foto’s zeg, giga-deco.
    Je bent nog bekent hoor bij Annelinde. De flyertjes liggen hier nog
    (die helpen mogelijk).
    Wat stoer eigenlijk om zelf door al die landen te rijden, Gekkenhuis soms!
    Goeie reis nog en mooie optredens!
    Liefs en kus van Nienke en Annelinde

  6. Roos Says:

    Keep going. Have fun!

    Lots of love for you both,


  7. sigrid Says:

    Vreemd hoor om hier op jou kamer te zitten en jullie al die mooie avonturen zien mee te maken.
    Hardstikke gaaf!

    Dikke kus Sigrid

  8. Elien Says:

    Wat een prachtige reisverhalen! Leuk om jullie eens op deze manier te zien. Ik zit ondertussen naar jullie mooie muziek te luisteren.

    Veel plezier en een voorspoedige reis verder!

  9. Tourdion Says:

    Die foto van dat concert in Delhi met die levensgrote posters maakt de hele trip volgens mij al de moeite waard. Jullie hebben de posters toch wel meegenomen hè?

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