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Mahidra Jazz & Blues

14 February 2016

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Mahidra Jazz & Blues

Ashwin Srinivasan

Collaboration

Many moons ago, we met up with the lovely, flautist and vocalist Ashwin Srinivasan from India. Listening to Ashwin play the flute was an incredible moment for us, with his soulful melodies and a mix of Indian classical music, it was all so pleasing to the ear. Thanks for introducing us to some wonderful sounds. It was a great pleasure to meet with Ashwin. Here is the full video, we hope you enjoy.

www.ashwinsrinivasan.com

Mahidra Jazz & Blues

Mahindra Jazz & Blues, Mumbai

Gig

What a wonderful surprise to play to such a warm audience in a country that we have never played in before. Our entire visit has been filled with incredibly friendly people that are highly professional and would do anything to help anyone of us have an enjoyable stay.

If you have ever been on a tour of any kind you will know how lovely it is not to have to worry about anything, so I have to send out a big thanks to the team that work for the Mahindra blues festival. I would love to come back one day and play this festive again. The jam at the end of the gig was firstly hilarious (as none of us knew what we were doing - always a laugh when you're making it up in front of thousands of people!) and secondly a tad bit magical as it truly was a once in a lifetime experience.

I have never been onstage with that many guitar players at one time. Thanks so much to everyone that came to the festival, I really hope you had as much fun as all of us did.

Joss xxx
Photos taken by Harry Stoker using a Sony A7S

Mahidra Jazz & Blues

Drop4Drop, Mumbai, India

Charity

Our charity visit in India was with an organisation called Drop4Drop. They are a small charity that aims to bring together organisations with the sole aim of getting healthy clean water to some of the poorest parts of the world. From Africa to Asia they have already coordinated the supply of clean water to thousands of people who are in desperate need.

We met with Sam from Drop4Drop and he accompanied us to the outskirts of Mumbai to the slums of Rafiq Nagar, Deonar. Deonar’s economy relies on the 132 acre dump yard of which most of Mumbai’s rubbish ends up. 600,000 people live in Deonar and 31,000 people live in Rafiq Nagar of which 75% of them maintain a living from recycling and working on the trash pile. The life expectancy of Deonar is 39 with only 1 in 10 children making it past the age of one!

A lot of the issues these slums face come from the complete lack of clean water. We got a chance to visit the new water filtration unit in Rafiq Nagar and witness people collecting their clean water for just a few pence a litre. Sam had come along with us to see if Drop4Drop can help supply more of these units which had been supplied by a joint effort from NGO Apnalaya, Rotary Club and the Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment.

Each unit costs around £12,500 so they are not cheap, but they are a real necessity to improve the health of the area. The majority of deaths in the area come from diseases such as diarrhoea, jaundice, typhoid and cholera - all water borne, highly preventable diseases. The Jal Jeevan water filtration centre is a start, but one or two plants can supply water for well over half a million people on a daily basis.

Drop4Drop are working closely with NGO Apnalaya to try and fund the building of hundreds more of these priceless units. To find out more about other things Drop 4 Drop is doing please visit drop4drop.org Just so you are aware. When you are drinking a bottle of Evian water or Smart Water, Perrier, Highland Spring, Volvic, Buxton , or ANY bottled water… please think about choosing a bottle of ‘Life Water’.

For every bottle of water they sell Drop4Drop donate at least 1000 litres of water to those without access to clean water. In my opinion that's pretty awesome.

http://drop4drop.org/

Screenshots from footage shot by Harry Stoker using the Sony PXW-X200

Mahidra Jazz & Blues

Drop4Drop, Mumbai, India

Charity