Saturday, 30 July 2011

Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar (1927-2011) passes away.

Dhrupad maestro Fahimuddin Dagar dies

A golden voice of Indian classical music has fallen silent with the death of Ustad Rahim Fahimudddin Dagar, a doyen of the Dhrupad school who was said to be a descendent of legendary Mughal musician Tansen’s guru. He was 84.
Dagar died here Wednesday night after battling a long illness at a private hospital, dealing a blow to one of India’s oldest musical ‘gharanas’ that he and his illustrious clan were instrumental in taking to younger audiences across the country and abroad.
Dagar had been admitted to hospital April 23 after a paralytic attack.
The vocalist was a senior exponent of the Dagar Vani Dhrupad school of music. He kept the historic legacy of dhrupad alive with unforgettable performances spanning more than the last six decades.
Dagar is survived by a wife and a daughter.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2008 and was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Puraskar in 2010. He was born in Alwar, Rajasthan, in 1927.

In his memory:
Raga Bhoopali: Alap & Dhrupad in Choutal & Raga Khamaj: Dhamar (80:03) rendered by Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Khan Dagar live in Santa Fe, USA in 1985:


Original uploader: Irfan Zuberi. 

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Erguner Toplulugu: Kudsi Erguner & Suleyman Erguner - Sufi Music of Turkey - Cassette from Turkey

Side 1:
Hicaz Taksimler ve Ilahiler
Taksims & Ilahis (Sufi songs) in Makam Hicaz (25:01)

Side 2:
Segah Taksimler ve Ilahiler
Taksims & Ilahis (Sufi songs) in Makam Segah (23:39)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Azerbaijan - Zerbi-Mugams and Shikeste - Seid Shushinsky (1889-1965) - Alim Qasimov - Shovket Alekperova - Gyulkhar Gasanova - Double LP Melodiya M30-48473 005 (1989)

LP 1

Side 1:
1. Seid Shushinsky - Arazbary (12:35)
2. Seid Shushinsky - Mansuriya (4:42)

Side 2:
1. Alim Qasimov - Simai-Shems (9:56)
2. Alim Qasimov - Mani (6:52)

LP 2

Side 3:
1. Alim Qasimov - Eiraty (11:19)
2. Alim Qasimov - Ovshary (4:25)
3. Alim Qasimov - Eidari (2:54)

Side 4:
1. Shovket Alekperova - Kesme Shikeste (9:23)
2. Gyulkhar Gasanova - Karabakh Shikesti (5:03)

Zerbi-Mughams and Shikeste are rhythmic Mughams and form a small group of independent Mughams. Some Zerbi-Mughams used in the 19th century are still performed: 'Garabag shikestesi', 'Shirvan shikestesi', 'Kesme shikestesi', 'Zerbi-Samayi-Shams', 'Zerbi-Mansuriyye', 'Arazbare', 'Ovshari', 'Mani', 'Heyrati'  and some others.
In Jean During's book "La Musique traditionnelle de l'Azerbayjan et la science des Muqams" is a chpater devoted to this special form of Mugham. The book can be obtained from:

Seyid (Seid) Shushinski (Mir Movsum Aga Seyid Ibrahim Oglu’s stage name) was born in 1889 in Horadiz village of Shusha region and died there 1965. He was one of the most important Khanende (singer) in the first part of the past century. Many great singers, like Khan Shushinski and Yaqub Memmedov, were students of him. He represents the style of Qarabag.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Jagdish Prasad (1941-2011) passed away - In his memory: HMV introduces Pandit Jagdish Prasad - LP ECSD 2806 (1978) - The Gramophone Company of India

"The mesmerizing singer Pandit Jagdish Prasad has breathed his last this morning [18 July 2011] around
9:30 a.m. at Sri Aurobindo Seva Pratisthan [EEDF], Kolkata. His body will be brought to the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy tomorrow [19 July, 2011] at 11 a.m. for the music lovers and his admirers to show their last respect to this unforgettable music legend." Pt. Sanjoy Bandhopadhyay
"Sad Indeed! Just now confirmed with his son. Panditji was very critical on ventilaor for last 2 weeks. He left this world today morning leaving all the classical music lovers in deep sorrow. He was probably the most deserving Patiala follower nearest to his teacher, U. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. May his soul rest in peace !" Dr. Kashyap
Since his very first LP I was always very fond of his music. For about two weeks I had in mind to post the two LPs I have in my collection, as he was an artist who did not get at all the acknowledgement he deserved. Here in his memory his first LP:

Tabla: Ustad Nizamuddin Khan

Side 1:
Raga Bageshwari (19:55)

Side 2:
Raga Gujri Todi (10:44)
Thumri Bhairvin (8:43)

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Imrat Khan (Sitar & Surbahar) - Nordindische Ragas - Live - Double LP Harmonia Mundi (Germany) 29 22084-2 (1975)

Live Concert, München, Musikhochschule, 4. Mai 1974
Tabla: Kumar Bose

Side A:
Raga Jhinjhoti - part 1 (25:25)
Sitar & Tabla

Side B:
Raga Jhinjhoti - part 2 (20:10)
Sitar & Tabla

Side A:
Raga Yaman - part 1 (24:05)

Side B:
Raga Yaman - part 2 (10:00)
Raga Hamsadhwani (14:20)
Sitar & Tabla