Sunday, 1 December 2013

Gopal Mishra (1921-1977) - Sarangi - All India Radio broadcast

Here we present an AIR broadcast by the great Sarangi master Gopal Mishra (1921-1977), accompanied by the great Anokhe Lal Mishra on Tabla. 

1. Raga Piloo (14:41)
2. Purvi Chaiti in Raga Mishra Khamaj (13:56)
3. Raga Maru Bihag (28:02)

See the very helpful remarks by Gidi Hubbert in the comments below.

With Anokhe Lal Mishra, 1950s

About the artist:
Fondly called as 'Sarangi Magician', "King of Accompaniment", the sarangi maestro Pt. Gopal Misra was born to the family of distinguished artists of their times. In early years his training began under his father Pt. Sursahay Misra, Pt. Bade Ramdas and his elder brother Pt. Hanuman Misra. Under the meticulous guidance of these recognized musicians he acquired great mastery over the instrument and emerged as one of the prominent and leading sarangi players of Banaras Gharana. Whether accompanied or solo it was a rare possibility to find someone who could surpass Pt. Gopal Misra, who performed both within the country and abroad and won many accolades for Kashi's proud heritage through his heart warming performances.


ishu kumar said...

great sarangi sir, so soothing. keep on uploading such gems. ur's site is a treasury box

Gidi Hubbert said...

Dear Tawfiq,

First and foremost I want to say how incredible I find the rare and top quality recordings you provide here, a great big thanks!

Second, I thought I would point out that the title of the 2nd track in this post 'Raga Purvi (Chaiti)' is not exactly correct. The piece is not in (the ancient and dramatic) Raga Purvi, but is rather a light classical Purvi Chaiti - i.e. Eastern style Chaiti - in Raga Mishra Khamaj.

Many thumri style pieces that originate from Eastern Uttar Pradesh, namely Benares (Varanasi) and Lucknow, are given the forename 'Purvi' (eastern) to distinguish them from their Punjabi (and western) counterparts.

'Chaiti' simply refers to folk songs that represent the Hindu month of Chait, that runs roughly between March-April and signifies the coming of summer.

Lastly, the track is presented by the narrator as the conclusion to the broadcast and, especially considering it is a light classical piece, should probably be the last track in the set. Furthermore, Since 'Raga Piloo' is itself a light classical Raga as well, the set probably started with 'Raga Maru-Bihag', followed by 'Raga Piloo' and concluded with 'Purvi (eastern style) Chaiti'.

Thanks again for a wonderful post and blog,

Gidi Hubbert

Tawfiq said...

Dear Gidi,
thank you very much for the clarifications which are very convincing. I received the recordings in the order posted and that's why I kept them this way.
I changed the denomination of the 2nd track and made a note referring to your comment. Whoever wants it can change for himself the order of the tracks.
Thanks again

Anonymous said...

This is such a great forum for learning about music. Thank you very much for making it available!

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Anonymous said...

amazing! thank you...

Adel Decoster said...

Thanks, this is incredible music !!!