Live Concerts

The experience of attending a live concert of Indian classical music cannot be compared with any other musical experience. The accolades, the loud Wah Wahs, shouts of Kya Baat Hai may alarm a westerner who is attending an Indian concert for the first time. What lack of etiquette and shameful behavior of the audience, he may think. The travel to India guide book was true after all. Indians are really a noisy and uneducated bunch of natives. Disturbing or interrupting an artist’s live performance (of classical nature) may not seem to be a proper thing to a western eye. But classical music of India thrives on such ‘noise’. No Wah Wahs, no Kya Baat Hai, and the concert may be safely termed as a flop show. This is especially true if the performer is a vocalist. Enjoy the live concerts posted below.

Prabha Atre – Bhairavi – Bairan Ratiya Neend Churave :  Download

Arati Ankalikar – Dadra – Sajanwa Kaise Aaun Tore Paas :  Download

Kaushiki Chakrabarty – Bhairavi – Saiyan Nikas Gaye :  Download

Purvi Parikh – Kalavati – Sawan Bana Nagari :  Download


Four Songs : my Choice 12

It is now common knowledge that Indian classical music has powers that heal the cerebrum, the part of human brain that controls emotions. There are many Ragas in Indian classical music and each Raga creates a different mood. A Raga can make you so happy that you may want to dance or it can make you so sad that it may bring tears to your eyes. The Vilambit (slow) portion of the Raga has the deepest impact. Experience yourself, the magic of the Vilambits.

Kaushiki Chakrabarty – Raga Shuddh Kalyan (33:36) :  Download

Jagdish Prasad – Raga Gorakh Kalyan (45:19) :  Download

A Kanan – Raga Maru Behag (14:01) :  Download

Arati Ankalikar – Raga Nand (16:22) :  Download

.. more songs of my Choice »


Songs of the Divas 4

For hundreds of years, classical music in India appeared to have been a male dominated profession. In historical literature in which music is discussed, men have been identified as the great masters of music, men’s names dominated all the lists of performers recorded during the period from 12th to 19th century.

Women’s role in classical music throughout history, appears to have been subordinate. Women musicians seldom received the individual recognition that men did. Women have been referred to strictly as the ones whose primary artistic contribution was in dance. In North India the system of hereditary musicians excluded women by not allowing them to be either Ustads or Pandits (teachers). Women in some musician communities were used primarily to maintain a strict lineage in the family.

Arati Ankalikar – Meera Bhajan :  (Download)

Kaushiki Chakrabarty – Dadra Pahadi :  (Download)

Malini Rajurkar – Bandish Ki Thumri :  (Download)

Veena Sahasrabuddhe – Kabir (Ramaiya Ki Dulhan) :  (Download)

Fortunately, much of that has changed dramatically during the last few decades. Women classical artists of today are not only doing fabulously well in their artistic field, but many of them have proved their mettle in other areas as well. Women musicians of the modern era are thorough professionals, and a few of them are pursuing successful careers, in as diverse a field as, for example, a software consultant. Music remains their first passion, of course.

.. more Songs of the Divas »

QUIZ ANSWERS : Here are the correct answers to the two Quiz Songs posted in my previous posts :

Quiz Song 3 : Badara Ki Chhanv Tale Nanhi Nanhi Bundiyan
Male Singer : Mukesh
Female Singer : Suraiya
Film : Lekh (1949)

Quiz Song 4 : O Janewale Balamwa
Male Singer : Shyam Kumar
Female Singer : Amirbai Karnataki
Film : Rattan (1944)

Comments are welcome.