PROF DEBU CHAUDHURI

Raga Desh

(India Archive Music) Used CD $5.00

Accompanied by Shafaat Ahmed Khan on table, Chaudhuri brings the “sweet, singing, ringing tone” of his Jaipur-Senia sitar-playing to this raga (Alap and Jor / vilambit and drut gasts in tintal) associated with the monsoon season, reflecting the joyful spirits as the rains bring relief from the hot, dry summer.

BUDDHADEV DAS GUPTA

Raga Jhinjhoti

(India Archive Music) Used CD $8.00

Pure energy from beginning to end by this legendary sarodist, with Samar Saha on tabla, performing Alap Jor and Jhala, and Vilambit and Drut Gasts in tintal. Complex and fascinating layakari (polyrhythmic improvisation), made all the more mind-blowing by their intricacy and the mathematical virtuosity of Gupta’s machine-gun bursts of notes. From 1991

SHYAM KANE / SHUJAAT KHAN

Raga Shahana Kanada / Raga Pahari

(India Archive Music) Used CD $5.00

The playing of Shujaat Khan extends the vocal aspects of the style innovated by his father, legendary sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan. With table-player Shyam Kane, Raga Shahana Kanada reflects the romance and beauty that enlivened the Mughal court’s grandeur. Raga Pahari continues another Vilayat Khan tradition with lyrics sung about the mischievous and flirtatious Krishna teasing an outwardly upset, but inwardly pleased, girl. From 1992