Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Annapurna Devi & Ravi Shankar - Some rare Surbahar recordings from the 1950s

CD 1:
Annapurna Devi:
1. Raga Kaunsi Kanada
2. Raga Manjh Khamaj

CD 2:
Annapurna Devi & Ravi Shankar:

"She has not recorded any music albums. But some of her performances (notably, 1. Raga Kaushi Kanara and Raga Majh Khamaj, Surbahar recital; and 2. Raga Yaman duet Surbahar recital with Ravi Shankar) that have been secretly taped from her earlier (1950s) concerts, are non-commercially available among a percentage of music lovers in India."

For more information see:

Many thanks to KF who made a nice double CD out of these recordings.


Timmy said...

Wow! Thanx for this rare & great stuff.......

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this very much... I thank you...

Anonymous said...

super cool, i had no idea these recordings had been made, thank you!

by the way, the links for CD #1 are the same for both the wave and mp3 versions... only wave is available


Anonymous said...

reeeeeally cool for you to let us hear these -- thanks again


Anonymous said...

I was looking for Annapurna devi's concert recording from a long time.Heard a lot about her mastery over the instrument.
Thanks for sharing your treasure with us.

AmbroseBierce said...

Wow! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

hi, I thank you for half a world of good music that I learn through you. I have also a few requests.
1 how can I contact you? other than through these comments, for when I click on Tawfiq I get a contact link that does not seem to work for me.
2 I am looking for some albums on Melodiya called First Recordings from Georgia (5 seperate albums). There is a compilation cd that has not even half the music, and I am curious, hopefully you want to help. thank you.


Anonymous said...


Just don't have words to thank you for these recordings.

Will be ever grateful to you for these GEMS

GOD bless you !

Anonymous said...

Thank you SOOOO much for this. I read about her this morning and it just filled me with so much sadness and joy. Thanks so much :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this... finally get to hear her play!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post! Pity that none of the links are currently working. It says “Public
file busy due to extreme demand”, on all four links. How come? Please help!

Tawfiq said...

This is exactly the reason. Too many people are downloading it this moment. You have to be patient and try again at another time of the day or night.

Anonymous said...

Re: my last comment. Should have been just a temporary adrive maintenance side-effect.
Everything is working fine now. Thank you so much Tawfiq for the incredible stuff
you post here, and especially for these precious Annapurna recordings. I had
only heard so far a couple of snippets of her playing on YouTube, but this is the real
thing, so thanks again!

Baskaran said...

Thank you Very much for posting this...

mirrortime said...

Thank you so very much! This is such a huge gift. I am so very happy to have this beautiful music in my ears and heart.