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Brief History :

  • 1972 - born in Canberra
  • 1973-76 & 84-86 - lived in England, otherwise in Australia
  • 1986 - began studies in jazz piano
  • 1989 - began studies in guitar
  • 1993 - started learning percussion, firstly Samba, then Ghanaian drumming
  • 1994 - began studies in Tabla, firstly under Sri Debu Bhattacharya in Melbourne, then under his father, Pt. Ashutosh Bhattacharya in Varanasi
  • 1994-95 - first trip to India (4 months)
  • 1995-96 - began performing in Brisbane with bands Bubada Dubada, Anahata, Soolaba, Elevation
  • 1996-97 - second trip to India (9 months); initiated as gandabandhan disciple of Pt. Kaviraj Ashutosh Bhattacharya
  • 1997-99 - created EthnoSuperLounge with regular concerts, also performed with Indian vocalists Sulagna Basu and Vijaya Visvanathan and bands Bubada Dubada, Dharma Bums, et al
  • 1999 - third trip to India (3 months), with the support of Arts Queensland Professional Development Grant
  • 1999-2000 - continued EthnoSuperLounge and other projects, recorded Indian classical CD with sitar player Matthew Weekes, compiled "EthnoSuperLounge Live! - Jay Asu Babu" CD
  • 2000-2001 - fourth trip to India (10 months), with the support of the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Performing Arts Fellowship
  • 2001-2002 - continued EthnoSuperLounge and other projects in Australia
  • 2002 - moved to Kyoto, Japan; performed Indian classical music in Buddhist temples and didj-drum fusion in Osaka nightclubs
  • 2003 - fifth trip to India (only 3 weeks)
  • 2003-2004 - sixth trip to India (10 months); Guru-ji passed away
  • 2004 - toured Japan and Australia; successful home concert series in Australia, IndoJazz4tet and Japan launch of EthnoSuperLounge - listen here
  • 2004-2005 - seventh trip to India (3 months); performed in "Ashu Babu Memorial Concert"
  • 2005 - after 3 months in Japan, returned to live in Australia (half the year anyway)
  • 2006 - eighth trip to India (3 months); performed in "Ashu Babu Memorial Concert", receiving good press reviews
  • 2006 - ten week tour of Japan: 15 concerts including Gifu Sangeet Mela; release of Rei-Mei santoor-tabla CD
  • 2006 - six months in Australia, including concert tours with Raka Mukherjee (May) and Taro Terahara (December)
  • 2007 - ninth trip to India (3 months): lessons with Govinda Chakraborty at Kathak Kendra in Delhi
  • 2007 - three month tour of Japan: 22 concerts from Niigata to Kyushu
  • 2007-08 - re-established in Australia, started more intensive tabla teaching including many kids' classes, recorded Tibet2Timbuk2's "Music is Life" CD
  • 2008 - three month tour of Japan: 25 concerts from Niigata to Kyushu
  • 2009 - tenth trip to India (2 months): lessons with Govinda Chakraborty at Kathak Kendra in Delhi
  • 2009 - 6 week tour of Japan: 18 concerts mainly around Tokyo, including 8 with Tenzin Choegyal on his first tour of Japan (blogs: 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • 2009-10 - eleventh trip to India (2 months): lessons with Govinda Chakraborty in Delhi and first lessons with Pt Nayan Ghosh
  • 2010-12 - annual trips to India and Japan
  • 2013 - daughter Saraswati Grace Flindell born, short trip to Japan late in the year
  • 2014 - two trips to India plus a brief trip to Japan, lessons with Pt Suresh Talwalkar and Sri Hari Om Hari, started annual Sangeet Mela 2014, inaugural all-day North Indian classical music and dance festival in Brisbane

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