TERRY RILEY in studio, recording "Les Yeux Fermés". Produced by Igor Wakhevitch for Warner Brothers Rec.
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KAUSHIKI CHAKRABARTY (after a memorable concert at the "Cité de la Musique" in Paris - Teental Recitals) Kaushiki visiting the Eiffel Tower with Igor !
Ustad ZAKIR HUSSAIN the legendary tabla maestro of India and also member of "SHAKTI", the band of John Mc Laughlin. The first encounter between Zakir and Igor was organized by Pandit Vijay Kichlu in Kolkata (India)
Below : Two tibetans friends from the "Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts". Migmar (golden hat) is the official performer of "the Sacred Deer's" ritual dance. Its Migmar who is inside this incredible costume ! (see photo below)
The Sacred Deer's wonderful cosmic dress.
A dance to chase the Evil
THIRTY-SIX TIBETAN ARTISTS, GUEST OF FRANCE AND FRENCH PEOPLE : ... BY BUS, TRAIN, AIRPLANE ..... FROM THE HIMALAYAS TO PARIS, SO MANY SMILING FRIENDS TRAVELLING WITH IGOR ! ( many many thanks to the French Embassy in New-Delhi-India and French Ambassador His Excellency Philippe Petit for the great help, providing travel papers for the Tibetans and his great moral support)
A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS IN PARIS AND OTHER CITIES FOR THE "TIBETAN INSTITUTE OF PERFORMING ARTS" THE OFFICIAL DANCE-THEATRE COMPANY ATTACHED TO HIS HOLINESS TENZING GYATSO THE XIVTH DALAI-LAMA OF TIBET
Spirit of Good Luck : TASHI SHOELPA
ERISSA (Taddy boy) : half Indian, half Swedish ! one of the best "smile designer"and charming person in India. Born in Africa. Great Igor's friend (always seen together), Taddy was a great poet ,,,,, a boy always magic and making the life magic. A kind of "Mowgli" ... playing electric guitar and with mongooses in his bed-room.
Taddy is found of music and nature, craking jockes with a very special typical indian-french accent even when he is speaking in english ! often he introduce some french words in his phrases ! He loves the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, rock music and he is also a fan of Igor's music !
Below : Igor's friend Taddy
ERISSA (Taddy boy) : Taddy's poetry and way of life inspired to Igor the music of "Taddy's fruit garden" dedicated to Taddy : recorded on the first side of the album "Let's Start" (EMI).
Taddy's fruit garden was existing for real : plenty of tomatoes, papayas trees, salads, carrots, jackfruits, goyavas, banana trees, grass, garlick, potatoes, topatoes, asparagus, electric guitars (home made), etc.
A joyful gathering of Igor's relatives on the beach in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, South India. Gulf of Bengal. Seen on the photo, small Parun and his helder sister Savitha (Nagappan's children)
Beautiful faces .... of India. Purusha-Shakti.
Indian Ocean, Gulf of Bengal, shores of Igor's life.
Below : CHAMPAKLAL : Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's assistant. After the departure of the Mother, Champaklal never spoke again for more than fifteen years tiil his death ....
OLIVIER MESSIAEN was Igor's teacher at the "Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance"
Olivier Messiaen's treaty of his musical language
Score of IGOR STRAWINSKY's "THE RITE OF SPRING" annoted by Igor hand in Messiaen's Analysis Class ("Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance")
Below : Score cover page of Igor Strawinsky's legendary masterpiece: "The Rite of Spring"
Nomenclature de l'orchestre. "The Rite of Spring" orchestration (list of the orchestra instruments playing in "The Rite of Spring")
IGOR CHEZ OLIVIER MESSIAEN, JOUE "LE MERLE NOIR" ("Catalogue d'Oiseaux" pour piano) SUR LE PIANO DU MAÎTRE
Igor playing on Messiaen's personnal grandpiano in Olivier Messiaen appartement in Paris, 220 rue Marcadet. Behind him, Rose-Marie Cabestany and Betty Yang from Taiwan (not anymore with us ; rest in peace, dear Betty. She was so joyful and never able to pronounce the french word "taxi")
Small "Prince Andrei", Igor's nephew in his Venice "palazzio" ....
Below : a post-card sent to Igor in India, from Carolyn Carlson in Venice
CRAIG SHEM : form Eurasian origin, Craig's smile and joyfull charachter, always laughing, was a permanent ray of sun enligthning the daily life. Basket-ball champion (despite being short), Craig was trying desperately to train Igor and explain him b-b rules ! "Arch the ball" ! (shouting every five minutes after his so bad pupil !)
CRAIG having tea in Maya tea-shop
"ARCH THE BALL !" (b-b playground, just behin Igor's house)
IGOR MARKEVITCH (the great Symphonic Orchestra Conductor) asked his young friend and student Igor "Wakhevitch" (aged of 15) to learn and play his piano pieces, a collection of compositions for piano named "STEFAN THE POET". Igor Markevitch married the daughter of Vaslav Nijinsky
Pandit HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA touring with Igor Wakhevitch for "Teentaal-Wakhevitch & Co"- today Teental Recitals (Concert in Paris at the "Musée du Quai Branly")
Below : after the immense success of the "Chaurasia Cycle" at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris (Hommage to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, bansuri bamboo flute maestro, living treasure of India), congratulation letter to Igor Wakhevitch from Mr. Stéphane Martin, President of the Paris Museum "Musée du Quai Branly"
Below : Jacques RUEFF inscription to Igor Wakhevitch. Rueff was elected to the "Académie Française" in 1964. He was an important economic advisor to President Charles de Gaulle.
Igor in the Himalayas
Below : ADHI Adhi is Adhi ! .... (Adhi means "the first", in hindi)
ADHI : Igor's heart, travelling companion. Adhi is a carpenter.
Rehearsal intermission in Paris Opera (Palais Garnier)
View on the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Bengal, from Igor's terrace in Puducherry (South India)
NAGAPPAN, always smiling and singing !
"The Sacred Drums of India" : the idea and the name of this band was initiated by Igor Wakhevitch with the great help of the famous tabla maestro Pandit Subhankar Banerjee. Here, all the musicians sitting in front of the Sri Aurobindo Theatre in Pondicherry, their first concert in India and in the world at the initiative of "Igor-ji" ! From right to left : Subhankar Banerjee (tabla), Gopal Barman (shreekhol), Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri bamboo flute), Shiv Kumar Patri (mrigandam), Suresh Vaidyanathan (gatam). All among the greatest percussionist of India. Great maestros !
Igor Wakhevitch with his great friend Mehdi El Glaoui after a "Rolling Stones" memorable concert in Brussel
MEHDI EL GLAOUI ("Mehdi", french actor, t.v. superstar ; dear to the heart of French people, Mehdi was a child actor, a little french hero playing the main role in the famous t.v. serial "Belle and Sebastian") He is the son of the famous french actress ans writer Cecile AUbry and the grand-son of the Pasha of Marrakech.
MEHDI EL GLAOUI (Igor's album "Hathor" is dedicated to Mehdi)
Igor's Enfield minibullet (at the gate of "Park Guest-House", Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry, South India)
I. W. (mutagenesis) ....
Adhi with the angels
Below: Few words to Igor written by a young couple from Israel touring in India :
Olivier Messiaen's analysis of Igor Strawinsky's score of "The Rite of Spring" : Igor's annotation during his class at the "National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris"
Igor's annotations "live" during an Olivier Messiaen's class analyzing Igor Strawinsky's score of *The Rite of Sping" at the "National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris"
Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha (the Gundecha Brothers), visiting a Ferrari shop in Venice. They are nowadays the most inspired and greatest maestros singers of "dhrupad" in India and all over the world. Great friends of Igor, they came with him and "Teentaal Recitals & Maestros" for a memorable concert in Paris at the "Cité de la Musique" and in Venice at the Cini Foundation.
Tintin (incognito behind sunglasses) and the General Alcazar (alias Igor and Alexandre Wakhevitch) in Switzerland (summer holidays)
NAGAPPAN at 17 years old
On our way to Ooty with Nagappan ...
.... encounter with Hanuman
Back side (courtyard) of Igor's first house in India (an "alien" is clrearly seen on the right side of the picture)
The alien attempt to enter inside Igor Wakhevitch physical body
Phew ! it was only a Nagappan's practical joke ! he can also be a butterfly at will !
Summer love with Igor in Switzerland, Chantal from Kingdom of Belgium and Agneta from North Pole (Sweden)
Chantal de Limelette (Sugus Novice of the 11th Dimension) from the Kingdom of Belgium ("la plus belle pour aller danser") Igor's queen of heart.
Igor's avatar selling vegetables in a market near Vilianur (Tamil-Nadu) India
The legendary mountaineer Alexandre Wakhevitch (Sugus Minor "Nullisimus" of the 11th Dimension) with the Swiss Alps in the background. In a past life he was a wine merchant and Lorenzo di Medici as well, at the same time, same moment of incarnation. (Multipersonnal soul).
GERY DE LIMELETTE (Kingdom of Belgium), "Sugus Major" of the 11th Dimension inner circle.
MANI ( visiting Patan temples in the Kathmandu valley with Igor in Nepal)
Words of thanks from Mr. François Mitterrand, President of the French Republic to Igor Wakhevitch for the gift of his music luxury edition (numbered from 1 to 1000, three LPs accompanied by a luxury libretto including many photos) for Salvador Dali's opera "Être Dieu" ( "To Be God")
Over the centuries, Venice has always been an importante place for Igor's associated family, would it be tradesmen or Doge (sometime) or even Cardinal in Roma. Memorable concerts of Indian Classical music was organized by "Igor-ji" in the Doges city. (Teental Recitals & Maestros)
Igor's very close friends, Daniel Smith with his wife and son and his mother Simmy ben in Pondichery at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
PARUN having chocolate milkshak at the restaurant "La Terrasse" in Puducherry, South India
The world of Tintin, though not an official religion, occupy an importance place in Igor's spirituality. Below : an ambush in the Sahara desert and the huge rocket for the moon : "Objective Moon" and "The Crab with the Golden Claws" by Hergé
A tricky situation for Tintin and Miloo in Chicago, Illinois.
Tintin in Tibet following the yeti's footsteps. (Yeti = l'abominable homme des neiges)
PARUN (Igor's favorite little devil)
Parun with his plastic laser-gun : a very dangerous little boy
From right to left : Parun, Leeshvanan, Savitha, Vanilla, Davesh. (Igor's family : Nagappan and Shivalingam's children)
Adhi travelling to Madya-Pradesh with Igor to pay a visit to the Gundecha Brothers, the great "dhrupad" singers
Sri Aurobindo Ashram : the street of the Darshan's balcony (rue François Martin), Pondicherry. South India.
The ashram balcony where the Mother was giving Her "Darshan" four times per year in Puducherry (Pondichery) South India
In the backgounf the "Service" tree under which is located the Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's samadhi (grave). One can guess, hidden by the branchs of tree, one of the windows of Sri Aurobindo's room. The eight small windows facing the south are those of the Mother's room (12, rue de la Marine, Puducherry, South India)
Main culture of Tamil-Nadu farmers : cashew trees in Bruno Petris's land and garden.
BRUNO PETRIS (Varuna) from Italy was a great friend of Igor and a teacher of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram International School ; a very good sanskritist and a poet. Rest in peace, dear Bruno. See you again ....
Country side around Igor's living place in India.
Just behind Marica's grave (igor and Alexandre's mother)
Entrance of Bruno Petris's garden where Marica and Bruno are both buried in the countryside of Puducherry, not far from the shore of the Gulf of Bengal, South India
Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra in concert in Paris : morning ragas (Teentaal Recitals & Maestros) Musée du Quai Branly
Pandit SHIV KUMAR SHARMA, the legendary indian maestro of the santoor (Shiv-ji inscription to Igor, with lots of love 8. 8. 08)
Kartik's magic cat ; (his name is kept secrete on internet, etc.)
נחמן מברסלב SHABBAT CUP OF REB NACHMAN OF BRESLOV
Q . D. SH. ק.ד.ש
LEARN TO SEPARATE
THIS IS JUSTICE AND JUDGEMENT
THIS IS HOLINESS AND KINGSHIP
Listen to me, my friend, who here is crossing my path :
"Separate, while Unifying,
Unify, while Separating"
THIS IS THE SUPREME SCIENCE