Friday, October 30, 2009
A Slow Train to Gwalior, Poetry CD, Listen to this East London Gem - Jan Hennop
The Poetry of 'A Slow Train to Gwalior' was recorded in 2000 by Harp Studio, Johannesburg.
The CD has my poetry recitation with a backdrop of African and Indian traditional music. The music is of Louis Viljoen
The CD was launched in New Delhi by Shree Jyotiraditya Scindia, Member of Parliament.
I had the pleasure to give a performance poetry session accompanied by Louis Viljoen at the Grahamstown Festival 2009. It was a Poetry Jazz Yatra.
Jan Hennop, Senior Journalist from Daily Dispatch, premier news daily of South Africa has compared my poetry to sweet lassi in his Dispatch blog. He listens to it in his car while going and coming back from the office.
This is his writeup about the music of 'A Slow Train to Gwalior'
Every year, artists, musicians and poets from East London contribute generously to the Grahamstown Arts Festival – and this year is no exception. One of the must-see shows from our shores is a collection of love poems by renowned writer and physician Dr Amitabh Mitra. This is what he has in mind for you…
A seasoned writer, Mitra will perform poems from his DVD and CD entitled “A Slow Train to Gwalior”. It’s a collection of love poems, which takes you on a sentimental journey back in time to Mitra’s childhood in India, filled with old family homes, forts and palaces and places where he grew up.
His poetry will be accompanied by the guitar of Louis Viljoen.
Listening to Mitra’s gentle lines and voice is the artistic equivalent of slowly savouring a sweet lassi – a favourite traditional Indian milkshake… It’s highly recommended.
Or, if you’re just having a stressed out day, listen to one of Mitra’s soothing poems here.