With his pure loving guidance thousands of westerners not only learned how to make their own Didgeridoo, but also got an understanding of Pranayama yoga and the beneficiary usage of mantra to help find self-root while playing.
[Mukesh philosophy in a nutshell. taken from the full documentary film]
For the ones that have been lucky enough to meet him, Mukesh represents a teacher, a wise man, a welcoming and caring father, a healer and above all artist of crafts with his unique example of peaceful and harmonious way of living. From his hidden Jungle Vibes workshop, located on the banks of the Gangas river in Rishikesh, he was able to gather people from every corner of the world not only to learn about Didgeridoo and Djembe drum making, but also to absorb his art of Shanti living.
[Testing and tuning a new born Didgeridoo, Kuthli village]
When he was young, he was deeply influenced by a passing tourist from Switzerland who introduced him to the didgeridoo’s mystical sound and special breathing technique. Along with its other beneficial qualities to physical health, Mukesh realized that this instrument also encapsulates secrets of Pranayama Yoga breathing in the way it propagates deep calmness of mind.
[The Ganga river, Rishikesh]
Coming from a family with lineage of carpentry and crafts Mukesh founded the Jungle vibes workshop in his family’s backyard. Located in the old part of Rishikesh near the Ganga river the studio gradually became the focus of his art and heart - creating instruments totally by hand with no machinery.
Since then more than 30 years have passed. Little by little, with the help of Mother Ganga, the workshop began to fill with thousands of people over the years who came from all corners of the world, looking to learn from his art and simplicity.
[A traditional mud flooring at Jungel Vibes workshope in Rishikesh]
Nowadays, Mukesh represents an example to follow that keeps and maintains the traditional crafting ways while accompanying in the process of elaboration to all those who want to embark themselves on an internal transformation process.
[Hand tools used in Jungle Vibes workshop]
His dream: A mountain-workshop sanctuary
Times are changing... Emerging economic forces in India are causing the workshop in Rishikes to drown under concrete, plastic, air pollution and noise pushing artists like Mukesh to lose energy and vanish. Mukesh, faced with such pressures, decided to look for a land away from all that, closer to nature with the simplicity like the old days in order to prevail his art and his service to the world.
Today, aligning with the rise of global awareness organizations like “Slow Movement” and others, he is constructing a new studio in Kuthli, a small village in the Himalayan foothills some 2 hours drive above Rishikesh, to offer this space as a sanctuary for creativity and music away from the noises of our busy world.
[Kuthli studio bare pillars. Awaiting comletion since 2013]
That is why Mukesh, without any financial resources but with a lot of knowledge in his heart and hands, asks for our support. Construction has already begun in 2013 but got stuck and immediate funds are much needed in order to complete studio roof, walls, workshop facilities and an upper sleeping space for people who would like to go through this experience themselves. Mukesh’s dream is that this place will host musicians and artists from all over the world making their own instrument while feeling "like home" in this special corner of the world.
[Watching the view from the small hut he has build next to the upcoming studio in Kuthli]
We see ourselves as dear friends of Mukesh and his family, knowing them for almost two decades. We see this fundraising as a sacred mission: Primarily to urgently help Mukesh but nevertheless as a means to cherish the humble and rare heritage of a man who's becoming to be a living legend. Our hopes and prayers and entire effort is to keep his dreams fountain abundant. Together, with your generous support his dreams will continue to touch and inspire more people around the globe. Any support, even just a small donation, will be accepted in great gratitude and appreciation.
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[The view of Ganga river & Rishikesh city shaped as OM as seen from Kuthli village]
[Even at night it's hard to stop looking at this glorious landscape]
[Balcony view from the upcoming studio]
[Walking along village paths is like going back in time. customs and traditions kept for generations]
[Inside the small hut next to the upcoming studio in Kuthli]
[An artist in action. Kuthli village]
[Get inspired by the beauty and silence of nature in the Himalayan Foothills, Kuthli village]