Four Random Songs 10

This is the last part of the ‘Random Songs’ series that I started a few months ago. Most of the songs were picked up by me while surfing the web and posted here to share them with you all. This series has also given me the opportunity to introduce to you some new and upcoming artists who have but just made their presence felt in the classical music scene. In this concluding part here are four more vocalists, all women artists, whom I thought everyone would enjoy listening.

Kankana Banerjee, a veteran vocalist of the Indore Gharana, is gifted with a sweet and sonorously rich voice stretching over an amazing wide range. The legend, Ustad Amir Khan himself was her mentor during the formative period of her musical career. Her first public performance was in 1960, at the tender age of fourteen.

Manjiri Asanare, born in a traditional music family, has inherited the rich tradition of Jaipur Atrauli Gharana. Manjiri has received wide acclaim for her performances at numerous concerts. An enraptured audience at Kolkata literally gave her a standing ovation at the conclusion of a program organized by ITC Sangeet Sammelan, a rare honour indeed. Manjiri also won a contest organized by All India Radio. She is a regular ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio and has given many concert performances.

Kankana Banerjee – Bhairavi – Bhavani Dayani :  Download

Manjiri Asanare – Sohoni – Rang Na Daro Shyam Ji :  Download

Gauri Pathare was trained in music by Jitendra Abhisheki for some time. Since 1994 Gauri has been under the guidance of vocalist Padma Talwalkar. Gauri holds a degree in computer science but music has always been her primary passion. Important concerts include Sawai Gandharva music festival in 2003, Kesarbai Kerkar festival in Goa, and a live broadcast of her concert and interview on a radio channel in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Koyel Dasgupta, born in Kolkata, is a follower of Kirana Gharana. She has learnt the basics of Thumri and Dadra with sheer conviction and imagination. Presently an artist with All India Radio, Koyel gives regular performances on television and radio. She is also a lecturer at Rabindra Bharati University.

Gauri Pathare – Dadra – Koyaliya Mat Kar Pukar :  Download

Koyel Dasgupta – Multani – Mora Saiyan Re :  Download

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  1. Ishwarbhai Parekh said,

    February 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Maine Kankanaji,Manjriji, gauriji,koyel Dasgupta sabhi ko gaurse suna enjoy kiya kankanaji ko mai 20 yrs se janta hun .unki sath sangat bhi kee hai.Thnks.

  2. February 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    This site of yours is doing for Hindustani classical vocal music a service which will be remembered by several generations to come.Hindustani vocal classical has suffered so much at the hands of non-melodious singers tom-toming their ‘Gharana’ labels that the public at large had almost been weaned away from it in the belief that classical vocal is more of a complicated ‘craft’ rather than a pleasurable ‘art’.
    The four pieces that you have given hereabove and other young singers like Kaushiki Chakrabarty and Anklikar, are giving Hindustani classical vocal a new lease of life with their melodious voices and delicate artistic handling of the ragas. This surely is a music that is nectar to music lovers’ ears.All these talented artists are presenting their recitals in a very sensitively ‘artistic’ way
    instead of our earlier gharana singers’ way of giving over-riding importance to the technicalities and craftsmanship of classical singing and ignoring the melody part alltogether.
    With the examples of the melodious singers featured here in your site, the general miss- perception in the public mind, that one needs to be technically trained in order to appreciate and enjoy classical music,can be easily removed.The craft part is only a means. It is not the end.It is like the grammer of a language.The writer can not demonstrate the beauty of a language just by showing his knowledge of the grammer of that language.He must be able to use the grammer and the language to convey an idea or a sentiment.Because the end-use of any means of expression is the form and matter of its content.

  3. indianraga said,

    February 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I totally agree with you. Classical music is much more aesthetic today than say in the early part of the last century. To hear a Kaushiki Chakrabarty of today is much more pleasurable than to hear a Gangubai Hangal of yesteryear, with no dishonour intended for the deceased senior artist, of course. They, the artists of the past, had their own difficulties, mostly social.

    Just listen to Gauhar Jans and Achhan Bais of the past, on this blog or elsewhere, and even a moron will know the difference. I have deliberately put these voices here primarily to let the newbies of classical music know the beginnings of our recording history and how badly equipped our senior singers were even in their heyday. Let the listeners judge for themselves.

    Vintage classical music is good enough for historical and academic purpose only. However, same cannot be said about vintage hindi film music. I find film music of the 1940s to 1960s far more aesthetically pleasing than today’s film music.

    Thanks for visiting again. Your feedback is most valuable.

  4. anonymous said,

    February 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Fellow rasikas,
    Taste is a personal thing – if you enjoy Kaushiki more than Gangubai, that is your prerogative. However, please be aware that many others value and prefer Gangubai-ji’s gravitas, meditative singing to young people like Kaushiki. Our music is not about sweet voices alone. In fact sweet voices count for a small part only.

    Second, it is really not fair to say music is more aesthetic today. Can you really compare any current singer to Abdul Karim Khan, Faiyyaz Khan or Allauddin Khan? People talk about Moujuddin Khan as the emperor of thumris to this day.

    It may be more illustrative to hear old instrumental music because those recordings are less affected by poor technology than vocal recordings. While noise can be partially removed, there is no technology that will recreate Abdul Karim’s long alaaps from 3 minute recordings!

    I do agree that classical music is difficult and perhaps a newcomer is more attracted by voice quality because he/she may not have heard enough to distinguish the outstanding artists and renditions. To this extent artists like
    Kaushiki and others in her generation are of great value. To be fair, some of them may well be on their way to achieving Gangubai-ji’s status or higher. However, as things stand they have a long long way to go.

  5. indianraga said,

    February 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Fair enough. Everyone is welcome to express his/her opinion on this blog. On hindsight, I erred in taking a few names. I didn’t mean to be personal.

  6. anonymous said,

    February 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I apologize for a typo in the previous post. Allauddin Khan was a giant but he was not a singer. One could substitute many other giants — Alladiya Khan, V.D. Paluskar, Bhaskarbuwa Bakhle,….

  7. indianraga said,

    February 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

    No problem. Thanks for guiding me and correcting me. The Umrao Bundu Khan song was a big goof up committed by me, but thanks to you, it was corrected immediately.

  8. February 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    My dear anonymous,
    the name of Gangubaiji was mentioned by indianraga not by me, though i tend to go with indianraga’s opinion about her melodiousness.The name of the immortal Abdul Karim khan has been bracketed by you with singers Faiyyaz Khan and impliedly with Gangubaiji. In fact the mention of Abdul Karim khan in this debate on the importance of melodiousness in classical singing is most apt. I am grateful to you for mentioning it. If you kindly recall the history, Abdul Karim Khan originally was an israj player, and it was precisely as a challange and rebuke to the non-melodious singing in those days by technically over-enthusiastic ustaads which had disgusted the sensitive Abdul Karim to place his israaj aside and take up the taanpoora
    and show to the grammer-purists how exactly melodiousness can lend beauty and emotional appeal to an otherwise drab bookish rendition of ragas.
    I have no personal axe to grind by praising Kaushiki.In fact i have been able to hear only few of that golden voice’s recordings.But even the greatest living legend amongst classical vocalists Pt Bheemsen Joshi has described her as the brightest light on the horizon of Hindustani classical vocal music.
    Anyway the point that i made in my earlier comment and which i would like to emphasise further is that a lot of non-melodious singing , especially on AIR, where grades in audition of singers were given more on the basis of the ustads and the Gharanas mentioned by the candidates than on the appeal of their singing to the listener’s ears. And hearing these day and night broadcasts on the radio created an aversion in the mind of the public at large as feelingless repititions of crammed music grammer which tried the hell out of your patience.
    The potential appeal of the classical music on the other hand kept getting exposure to the general public through some film songs based on classical ragas.The new crop of singers such as have been featured on indianraga are now doing this work of popularisig classical vocal with greater success. This is what i want to say. The idea is not at all to decry or in anyway diminish the importance of old acknowledged maestroes.

  9. P S Randhawa said,

    May 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    How grateful am I to you – I cannot describe. This treasure trove of Classical Music is indeed very rich. I shall request you upload more Jugalbandies. Thank you.

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