16 thoughts on “CGCA 016 : Narayan Kumar”

  1. What an absolutely fascinating and entertaining podcast. Narayan, you are a fabulous story teller. You joined CGC, WITHOUT a guitar. I literally laughed out loud in surprise. That story is AWESOME. But my favorite story was the reason you started to play the guitar again, after all these long year (ok, ok…not tooo many years, you’re still a young pup). Oh, and a second favorite moment was how you chose your Spain guitar (Roger did a great job eekin that one out of you…well done, Rog).
    I am so glad to get to know you more. All I can say is, “The dude abides” (pop culture reference, check out the movie “the big lebowski.”

  2. That, seriously, was the most adorable interview I have ever heard in my life! Roger…what can I say! Awesome! Narayan… you are so interesting, a real Tatiana with your selfie duets and quartets. I love your history with learning western popular music and the Creedence Clearwater Revival quote was enjoyed by my whole family!

  3. Such a wonderful podcast Narayan and Roger thank you both. Seems like Serendipity has walked with you on your guitar journey Narayan. My copy of Noad cost me $1:95 AUD in 1968 and was my introduction to learning to read notation in relation to the guitar. Happy for you on your reuniting with guitar.

  4. Thanks Kari, Janie and Lynny for listening to that l-o-n-g, never-ending episode and for the kind words. It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this and I must obviously learn the art of restraint. Lynny, that’s so perceptive – you don’t know the number of times I’ve used that word ‘serendipity’ to myself by way of describing my own musical journey.

  5. What an absolutely fascinating interview! Thank you, Narayan, for being so open and willing to share your experiences. You have such a natural, easy way of sharing and telling stories! I could have listened longer! BTW my copy of the Noad book cost $2.95 USD in 1971. Times have changed!

    Thanks again for a really cool interview!

    Dave :-)

  6. Yes, it was definitely worthwhile listening! Narayan, that interview was as great as your recordings of multiple Narayans!! I loved hearing about your start with tapes of CCR, The BeeGees, etc. when you didn’t even know what on earth they were singing about! Music really is the international language!

    When are we having the CGC Mumbai Meet-Up?

    Thanks Roger for another great podcast!

  7. I listened to this interveiw while traveling yesterday, it was wonderful! Narayan, you are such a good story teller and Roger – your interveiw skills are awesome. I laughted completely out loud at your joining CGCA without a guitat and then just loved the story of getting a guitar in Spain! Thank you for another awesome interview!


  8. Haha how does Roger interview a classical guitarist from India, and end up discussing sub genres of heavy metal? I love it! That was hugely entertaining and at the same time very open and candid discussion. Thank you for sharing so much Narayan!

  9. Thanks, folks. Dave, if I get caught for some nefarious dealings, they should do well to send Roger to talk to me. I will open up and tell him everything! He is gentle, involved and skilful. And my sincere thanks to you for suggesting Amalio Burguet, I so love it.

    Judy, on the CGC Mumbai meet, I believe we have to tackle the formidable Linda who is gunning for Germany ;) Thanks.

    Donna, thank you for listening to this in all your busy scheduling.

    And Michael, you are too funny, man. Enjoyed your comment.

  10. Narayan! I loved putting your fascinating voice with the face and music we’ve all come to know and love! Such energy; such exuberance; and such wonderful stories! You are quite the raconteur my friend. I must say I was quite relieved to learn that you actually didn’t burn your classical guitar. And like Kari, I cracked up when you said you joined CGCA without a guitar! Thank you for sharing your guitar adventures with us, and thank you Roger, for another well crafted page in our collective book of special CGCA memories!

  11. Thank you John and Mark. As you well know, Mark, our friend Roger has an effective way of following up on every thread and sub-thread in the conversation with the skill of a surgeon. He put me at ease and I just went on and on and on, I really think. Must learn to shut up once in a while ;)

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