Instrumental gems

Indian classical musicians worship their instruments as if the Goddess of knowledge, music and art, Saraswati, bestowed them to them herself. During the Monterey International Pop Festival of 1967, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix smashed his guitar all over the stage and later burned it into flames at the finale of his performance. Another guitarist, Pete Townshend, followed suit by breaking his guitar into bits and pieces. In sheer contrast, Pandit Ravi Shankar, who also participated, lifted the sitar to his forehead as a mark of respect for the art and the instrument. Recently, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was seen weeping when his sarod was damaged during a flight. Herein lies the divinity of Indian classical music.

Bismillah Khan – Raga Kedar (Shehnai) :  Download

Hariprasad Chaurasia – Raga Chandrakauns (Bansuri) :  Download

Amjad Ali Khan – Raga Subhalakshmi (Sarod) :  Download

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Raga Gorakh Kalyan (Mohan Veena) :  Download

P.S : In the last song Pandit Ronu Majumdar accompanies Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on the bansuri.

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  1. zephyr said,

    November 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful collection

  2. Gopal Bhat said,

    November 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

    A wonderful collection of soul stirring performances by maestros. Truly, our classical music has divinity in it.
    Thank you for sharing these gems and also for your erudite comments.

  3. November 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Are you sure that’s a Yaman by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan?

  4. indianraga said,

    November 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    To be frank, not very sure. I am going with the file name.

  5. Vivek Khadpekar said,

    December 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I share Rahul Bhattacharya’s doubt. I am dead certain it is not Yaman or anythig close to it, but unfortunately I cannot guess what it is.

  6. Bhargav Mistry said,

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

    It should read `Raga Shubhlakshmi’ – `Yaman’ looks like a typo error..

  7. indianraga said,

    December 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Yes, it is Raga Subhalakshmi. Thanks Bhargav ..for identifying the Raga. The name stands corrected now.

  8. sourabh chowdhury said,

    January 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    nothing like bhartiya shashtriya sangeet.
    thanks a billion for the uploads.
    we all should value immensly this
    unparalled tradition of ours.
    and make it known to all indians,
    more so today
    because of the lack of the indian texture that we see in and around us.
    i think that will be taken care of,
    if all of us does his bit & try to introduce shashtriya sangeeet to one and all……
    its divine i say.
    and until you listen you
    won’t understand what i am talking.

  9. anand said,

    May 28, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I must congratulate you for spreading Indian classical music. Keep up the good work.

  10. November 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    By chance i hit this URL today in search of some Indian classical instrumental music and found a very good collection of classical instrumental as well as vocal. although i have no knowledge of ragas but i like listening to it. i wish i could get some knowledge of ragas, how to identify them and know the difference. I hope anyone can help me here…

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