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Interview with JUNO & WCMA Nominated Musician Cassius Khan: Overcoming Post-Pandemic Burnout

Updated: Oct 31, 2022

In this week's episode of The Authentic You Podcast we interview an award winning and JUNO and WCMA nominated Canadian Indian classical musician and maestro known for playing the Tabla while singing Ghazal, a gift predestined for only a few souls every millennia.

Listen to Episode 15 now!

Podcast Summary: This is by far one of my favourite interviews of Season 1 because Cassius Khan is a man who shares his story, his journey, with a deep, meaningful and poetic view of life. And because we get into so many important topics like overcoming depression during the pandemic, ways to reduce post-pandemic burnout, tactics to become more resilient, where inspiration actually comes from, plus reincarnation, racism in Canada, Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, the problems with the Canadian and international music scene and music classification system, and just how sharing our lunches can help reconnect and heal the world!

The Ghazal/Tabla Wizard Cassius Khan

Producer- Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance 1995 Star of India Recipient 2005 Salute To Excellence Award recipient 2009 Juno Nomination 2011 Western Canadian Music Award nominee 2017/2018 Performing Artist for the Permanent Mission of India/WIPO in Geneva Switzerland 2019 Bernie Legge Artist of the Year Award recipient 2021 Artist Resident of the Anvil Centre, New Westminster

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Listen to Episode 15 now!

In this episode we feature two songs by Cassius Khan in collaboration with the artists and musicians listed below.

1-Tabla solo in Drut Leyh Teental of 16 Beats

Recorded at Saraswati Bhavan- Cassius Khan-Tabla

2- Ghazal in Raga Saraswati

Amika Kushwaha- Harmonium, Dr. Kaushik Sivaramakrishnan-Violin, Cassius Khan-Ghazal/Tabla

Here's a sample of the lyrics:

Dil e Nadaan tujhe huwa kya hein Aakhir iss dard ki davaa kya hein Innocent heart, what has happened to you What is the cause of your pain? Hum ko oonse Wafaa ki hein Umeed, Jo nahin jaante Wafaa kya hein I hope for love from my beloved, Who doesn't know the meaning of love Jab ke tujh bin nahin koi maujood Phir yeh Haungaama aye Khuda kya hein? When there is no one but YOU who exists Then O God what is this calamity all about? Poet: Mirza Ghalib

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Until next time take care of yourselves and each other!

Goran Yerkovich



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