From November 2005 to April 2006, I traveled around India and Nepal, spending the majority of my time studying music in Mumbai with an excellent violinist named Kala Ramnath. I also brought a binaural microphone (a crappy one I put together myself) which, paired with a minidisc recorder, put me in a position to capture some very interesting sounds.
If you wish, you may download all these sounds as a single .zip file.
|"Bidi, bidi?", Esteban asks Omri. "You have bidi for me?" This is en route to Mumbai, from Varanasi. A 26-hour train ride.|
|Women on the Ganges wash saris in Varanasi. Imaginative percussionists are everywhere.|
|Bells hung on the necks of dzus (a crossbreed of yaks and cows) dingle happily in Yuksom, the ancient capital of Sikkim and coronation site of King Phuntshog Norbugang.|
|New Year's fireworks in Mumbai, exploding directly over densely populated areas. So far, the closest I've been to war.|
|Varanasi streets swarming with touts. All the English you hear is directed at you, the listener. My favorite clip of the eight.|
|Some weird bug in Sikkim. Sounds to me like a failing alternator belt.|
|Sambar Idli wallah. A neighborhood fixture, he shows up late in the morning. He is not pictured, but this is one of the streets on his route.|
|A fruit seller, similarly marking the afternoons. 20 rupees for a kilo and a half of tomatoes. Also not pictured. He is a very young guy, in his early twenties.|