Friday, 22 April 2016

The Sitar of India - LP published in UK in 1971


Here we post a LP published in "The Living Tradition" series, recorded in India in 1968 by Deben Bhattacharya. This LP is interesting mainly because it contains one of the very few recordings of the great, but unfortunately little known Sarod player Damodarlal Kabra, the older brother of the famous Slide Guitar player Brij Bhushan Kabra. Damodarlal Kabra was the very first student of Ali Akbar Khan during the time when he was court musician in Jodhpur. That was in Ali Akbar Khan's early twenties. On Damodarlal Kabra see here.
We had already posted in 2013 a LP with one side by Damodarlal Kabra, also recorded in 1968 by Deben Bhattacharya. See here. Next we will post another LP published in Sweden, also with one side by him and Manju Bhatt, recorded at the same time as this one. 
Manju Bhatt, later after marriage known as Manju Mehta, with whom he plays here a Jugalbandi, was at that time completely unknown. She is the older sister of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and studied with Damodarlal Kabra and Ravi Shankar. In the last years a couple of CDs by her were published in India and UK. She also was the co-founder of one of the biggest festivals of Classical Indian Music in India, the Saptak Festival. 
On side B there is another important, but little known musician: Umashankar Mishra, one of the very first students of Ravi Shankar and a very fine musician. On him see here. One would have wished that Deben Bhattacharya would have recorded a solo performance by him.





Sunday, 13 March 2016

Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan - Duets - LP published in UK in 1965


This is one of the very first LPs I bought around 1970. I loved it very much, especially Ali Akbar Khan's playing, and played it many many hundreds of times. This is the UK edition. It was published the same year also in India as EASD 1296.




Sunday, 21 February 2016

Roshan Ara Begum (1917-1982) - Roshan Ara Begum Sings - LP published in 1961 in Pakistan and also in India


Here the second of the two LPs by the great singer of the Kirana Gharana published in the beginning of the 1960s. The first one we posted in July 2012. See here.
We also had posted in March 2015 four cassettes by her published in 1978. See here.

This LP we bought in the 1970s with a generic cover (see below) in a Pakistani record shop in Southall, near London. Recently we bought another copy from India with the original cover. We offer here the music from the LP we bought in the 1970s (Pakistani pressing) and the covers of the recently bought LP (Indian pressing).




The generic cover of the Pakistani pressing I bought in the 1970s:

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Mohammad Reza Shajarian - Concert Paris September 1995 - Mahour & Dashti - Cassette published for 1995 tour


Beautiful cassette of a concert by the great master of Avaz Ostad Mohammad Reza Shajarian with Parviz Meshkatian (1955-2009) on Santur and his son Homayoun Shajarian on Tombak. The cassette was produced to be sold at the 1995 tour of the musicians. I bought it at their concert in Bonn. As always, the concert was very impressive and intense. This cassette was never republished on CD.

About the artists see:

Shajarian has his own label in Iran named Delawaz (see first link above), on which he published over 30 CDs, all very traditional, except for 3 or 4 with symphonic orchestra. 
These albums can be obtained from: info@raga-maqam-dastgah.com You can request a list from them.


Friday, 15 January 2016

Barno Ishakova (Iskhakova) (1927-2001) - MP3-CD from Uzbekistan


Here a MP3-CD by the great Shashmaqam singer Barno Ishakova (also transcribed as Iskhakova or Itzhakova), considered as the greatest female singer of the 20th century in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Outside of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan she is hardly known. Only very few tracks by her have been published in two anthologies, both produced by Jean During:
1. Asie centrale - Traditions classiques, a 2 CD set, Ocora - Radio France, C 560035-36, published in 1993, unfortunately for many years out of print.
2. Echoes of Paradise - Women Voices from Central Asia - Echos du Pardis – Voix de femmes d'Asie Centrale – Avaz-e Minu, Set of 2 CDs, published in 2015. This fantastic double CD can be obtained from info@raga-maqam-dastgah.com


A couple of tracks we posted here in 2012. See, also for more information on the artist:



Again many thanks to Danny, who brought this CD from Uzbekistan and shared it generously with us.