Program #2204

An Indian music sampler of folk-based and "light classical" fare is served up on this edition of New Sounds. Sitarist and vocalist Shujaat H. Khan, comes from one of the most reknowned North Indian (Hindustani) musical families - his father is sitar master Ustad Vilayat Khan. However, Shujaat’s baritone voice on “Hawa Hawa”, sings folk songs from his childhood, accompanied by sitar, tabla and other percussion. These pieces are shorter than the average raga, with a little more melody, and more rhythmic patterns, and have an overall “lighter” feel. Another Hindustani classical musician who subscribed to the idea that ragas had their origins in folk melodies is the late Pandit Kumar Gandharva. From a recent release of his previously unavailable nirguni bhajans, or non-deity specific devotional music, we’ll hear some of these intense vocal meditations, accompanied by tabla, tanpura and harmonium.

PROGRAM #2204 Folk and Light Classical Music from Central Asia (Wednesday, 10-15-03)





Ravi Shankar

Unique Ravi Shankar

Raga Bhatiyar, excerpt [1:00]

Chhanda Dhara #70991 Appears to be out of print, but try online auction sites

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party

Devotional and Love Songs

Allah Hoo Allah Hoo [7:00]

Real World #62300**

Various Artists: Bally Sagoo/Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Big Noise: A Mambo Inn Compilation

Kinna Sohna [8:00]

Hannibal #1382
Available for purchase at*

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party

Devotional and Love Songs

Sanson Ki Mala Pey [7:00]

See above.

Shujaat Husain Khan

Hawa Hawa

Mitti Da Bawa [10:00]

World Village #468022***

Pandit Kumar Gandharva

Nirguni Bhajans

Avdhuta [10:30]


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