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Online indian music store featuring harmoniums, sitars, tablas and other Indian musical instruments. Unmatched experience and quality. twenty years of unparalleled customer service.

Keshav Blog

Blog to share insights about all things relating to Indian music, Kirtan, Indian instruments and Indian culture.

About This Blog

Christian Frey

Over the last two decades Keshav Music has flourished and I have made many great friends in the community of people from all walks of life, whose common thread was Indian music and culture. I've made a good life for myself through the grace of my association with Indian culture and have whenever possible - tried to give back to the community via our free teachers referral service, free announcements for Indian music and dance events etc.

One of the most significant ways my life has been enriched - has been the sharing of experiences and insights into this culture by way of my customers. I never get tired of hearing about how people's lives have been changed for the better through practices and disciplines of music - and the pleasures of participating in live performances of the myriad permutations of the arts. So, I thought it would be fun to have a place where people could share their experiences where others could read about them and learn from them. So here now, is a forum for folks to do so.

How We Got To Now

Christian Frey

I get asked all the time, how this all started - so in a nutshell, this is the story. In the '70s and '80s - I raced motorcycles professionally. In '89 I had a career ending crash at the AMA Nationals at Loudon. It took a year for me to walk without crutches or a cane. Fellow racers warned me that I needed some form of regular exercise or I would end up walking like The Mummy (I'd sustained a broken collarbone, several fractured vertabrae in my lower back, wrists broken multiple times, and a broken hip held together with a steel plate and screws). As luck would have it, I was invited by a pretty girl to go to a yoga class at Jivamukti Yoga on 2nd Avenue and left after my first class buzzed out on endorphins. I slept through the night for the first time in 25 years, and I was hooked.

           About 6 months into my practice a quiet spoken guy with John Lennon glasses came to lead a kirtan at Jivamukti. About 7 people attended. His music just blew me away. I asked if he would want someone to play some slide guitar to back him up. I ended up playing kartals, tanpura and various small percussion for him, and toured with him on and off for 12 years. His name was Krishnadas. Everywhere we played people wanted to know where they could buy a good harmonium or proper Indian drums and I really didn't have anyone I could recommend. Eventually it dawned on me that mayhaps there was a niche for me, wherein I could make a living and not work for "the man". 

          My first customers came my way when we played at the grand opening of the new Jivamukti Yoga center on Lafayette St.  We played the show and many top musicians were there including Sting. When the show was over KD told all the musicians in the "back stage" area that Keshav was "the man" and that he was going to India to purchase first class instruments. He told all that I was very knowledgeable and I could be relied on to bring back only the best stuff.  I heard him say this and wondered who he was talking about. Nonetheless, folks lined up and gave me money to buy them sitars, tablas and harmoniums. At that point I had about $68.00 to my name, but now I had a bankroll and the seeds of a small business. I set off for India with a pocket full of cash and more than a little self doubt. I hardly dared to dream that this would all turn out well.