Prem Joshua and His Band in Penang

I am not a regular attendee of musical nites but when an opportunity comes my way I am not the one to ignore it. The sound of dhak beats during pujas, or the tune of musicians playing nadaswaram in temples have soothed my tired nerves in same manner. If you find joy in everyday sounds of life (like the sound of laughter of your loved ones) you will agree that one doesn’t need any big depth of knowledge in music to enjoy it. At Penang Music Festival 2015, I listened to music from different countries. The beats, rhythms, lyrics all were different, yet they were all uplifting in the same manner.Though I liked listening to all, I would like to dedicate this post specifically to Prem Joshua and his band. When I first heard his name I guessed him to be an Indian, but later I was surprised to know he is a German by birth. So how did he get this Indian name? Curious me, I googled on him to find his roots. There is a lengthy wiki page on him. He came to India at the age of 18 and has since then been associated with Indian music.

Prem Joshua is a multi talented musician. I watched him wide eyed, playing his flute, his saxophone and doing the vocals while playing his sitar all in the span of one song! There standing in front of the stage, trying to photograph him performing I was mesmerized beyond words! How effortlessly he handled the instruments while delivering flawless soothing music! He sang several songs that night; each of them vibrated with an energy that got the audience on its feet, swaying to his tunes.

During the press conference when he was asked why Indian music why not German, he replied he did not know the answer himself. After a pause he said “Probably I was born in India in my previous births!”.

I have a video clipping of one his songs. It is an ‘amateurish’ attempt, in fact my first one. Please excuse the goof ups particularly in the last part of the song. Watch him how he switches to different musical instruments. It is a 5 minutes video and may take some time to get downloaded completely meanwhile make yourself a cup of tea/coffee while it downloads so that you can listen uninterrupted.As you scroll down you will see the pics of other members of his band.

 

Prem Joshua- Flutes, Sitar, Soprano Sax, Vocals

Raul Sengupta- Percussion, Vocals

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Satgyan Fukuda- Bass, Percussion, Vocals

Chintan Relenberg- Keybords, Percussion, Vocals

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19 Responses

  1. Music is always enjoyable indeed!
    Very fine sequence of pictures of Prem Joshua and his band!

  2. Nice to watch the video, Beautiful pics, Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Wonderful post and I do love music!! A great group of pics for the day and I enjoyed seeing Prem Joshua and his band! Hope you have a great new week!!

  4. Spellbinding…no other word..!

  5. I recently attended an instrumental musical concert by Maria Nemtsova. I observed that while playing the music, they musicians were completely immersed in their music, and their compositions were absolutely fabulous. In your pictures too I see the same -that Prem Joshua and His Band appear totally absorbed in their music.

  6. I have loved Prem Joshua ever since my husband introduced me to him. Then I loved my husband even more!
    This was good to read.

  7. Sounds like a fun evening! Going to explore Prem Joshua and his music now! 🙂

  8. Kirti Bali says:

    Music is always enjoyable indeed!….Thank you to share…..

  9. Gattina says:

    I really love this kind of music !

  10. he's super awesome… lucky you Indrani 🙂

  11. Nice to watch the video, Beautiful pics, Thanks for sharing…….

  12. colleen says:

    Looks like a symphony of talents.

  13. Dhiyana says:

    Thanks for sharing video and pictures Indrani! Awesome post.

  14. How interesting Prem Joshua plays Indian music even though his background is German. Well, maybe he WAS born in India in a previous life. 🙂

  15. Al says:

    He sounds very talented. I love live music, although I don't see much of it these days.

  16. Thanks for sharing. Loved the post.

  17. Different post on your blog but super exciting. Beautifully described about this gentlemen – Prem Joshua. It seems like a mesmerizing event with beats of classical Indian instruments played by the band members. Thanks for sharing his feat with us.

  18. Amy says:

    We are such music fans, and we always enjoy discovering new melodies and talents we have never heard before. This wold have been such an incredible night, and it is no wonder you were so taken by him, such talent! And I love his roots and how he is so true to himself.

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