Hindustani Classical Music : 10 Gems Part 2

As promised I am once again posting 10 more songs of my liking. I hope you will like them too :

A Kanan – Hamsadhwani :  (Download)

Ajoy Chakrabarty – Abhogi :  (Download)

Ajoy Chakrabarty – Kaun Jatan Se Preet Nibhaun :  (Download)

Kishori Amonkar – Hindol Bahar :  (Download)

Parween Sultana – Malkauns (Koyaliya Bole) :  (Download)

Bhimsen Joshi – Jaunpuri :  (Download)

Pandit Jasraj – Zilaf :  (Download)

Kumar Gandharva – Dhanabasanti :  (Download)

Mallikarjun Mansur – Jogi Mat Jaa :  (Download)

Salamat Ali Khan – Zila Kafi :  (Download)

Enjoy !!

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One year of indianraga

This week this blog completes it’s one year. In fact, my other blogs on blogspot.com, myspace.com and multiply.com too completed one year of existence. When I started off, I was a novice both in my knowledge of hindustani classical music and blogging methods. I was so unsure of myself that I decided to write 4 blogs at once, believing that I could decide which ones to keep and which ones to abandon at a later stage, depending upon their popularity.

To start with I began to search for a host site that offered a good amount of space for my music files. After much thought I decided upon eSnips.com which offered 5 GB of server space and most importantly, it was totally free. It’s community flavour and interactive concept also helped me in deciding for it. At about the same time I started learning a bit of HTML and Javascript which I came to know will be essential to write my posts. On 25th of August 2007 I uploaded my first music file on eSnips and continued to do so for the next couple of months – about 3-4 files per day on an average.

It was a pleasant surprise to get an overwhelming response from other users on eSnips. In the beginning I made sure I uploaded only those songs which I liked personally. But writing on my blogs was a different deal altogether. I had to be careful not to prove a fool of myself in the age when 10 year old bloggers are common place. But after some time I discovered that it was not such a big deal after all. I started off with Blogger and soon came to know that it was easy to import blogspot blogs into wordpress.com and multiply.com (but not vice versa) and I really did not struggle too much in doing that.

One mistake I did and which was a bit jarring to most of my visitors was that I chose the mask of King Tutankhamen (Pharaoh of Egypt) as my logo. Now, Tutankhamen has nothing to do with hindustani classical music even with your furthest stretch of imagination. I soon corrected my mistake by changing my logo to that of Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Lord Krishna around whom most of our classical music is woven.

I was again overjoyed by the fantastic response to my blogs especially those on blogspot and wordpress.com. Last month I abandoned my blogs on multiply.com and myspace.com because of the lack of flexibility they offer to their users. And also because, it really does not matter how many blogs you write on. At the end of the day people who like your scribblings, almost certainly will find you, no matter where you are. The only thing that’s important is how ‘search-able‘ your articles are on the web. WordPress.com and Blogger blogs are highly ‘Search Engine‘ friendly and that has helped me in getting that important chunk of regular visitors.

Having learnt a bit of javascript, I attempted to write a piece of code that could generate the download link of eSnips files, at a time when eSnippers were having a hard time in downloading files because of the lack of the download button. It was an instant hit and is quite popular with surfers who hang around eSnips. It is popularly known as eSnips Downloader or eSnips Link Generator. To become a techie is not such an arduous task after all, I have discovered to my amusement. In my quest of building a reasonably good classical music collection I have been to every nook and corner of the web and downloaded almost everything available there. From time to time I make sure to impart that knowledge to my visitors, by posting a few tips and tricks of downloading music from various sites.

Many a times I have resisted the temptation of turning this blog into a full-fledged ‘tips and tricks‘ blog (and letting it become one of the many that are in abundance on the web). I confess, these posts have proved to be more popular than those on the main theme of my blog i.e hindustani classical music. But I assure you this will never happen. This certainly will remain a hindustani classical music blog.

Keep enjoying our musical heritage…till it is alive !!

Hindustani Classical Music : 10 Gems Part 1

From now on I have decided to post 10 of my favourite songs every few days or so and their download links as well, for your listening pleasure at a later time. This week I am posting a few gems from the wondrous duos of Nazakat & Salamat Ali Khan, Amanat & Fateh Ali Khan (Patiala Gharana) and other maestros.

A Kanan – Thumri Khamaj :  (Download)

Ajoy Chakrabarty – Thumri Kajri – Damini Damke :  (Download)

Nazakat & Salamat Ali Khan – Peelu :  (Download)

Salamat Ali Khan – Thumri Khamaj :  (Download)

Shobha Gurtu – Dadra Pilu – Hamari Atariya Pe :  (Download)

Amanat & Fateh Ali Khan – Malkauns – Koyaliya Bole :  (Download)

Amanat & Fateh Ali Khan – Yaman – Na Ja Pardes :  (Download)

Fateh Ali Khan – Jaunpuri :  (Download)

Jagdish Prasad – Khamaj :  (Download)

Latafat Hussain Khan – Patdipki :  (Download)

Enjoy !!

Hindustani Classical Music : more hot links !

Carnatic music lovers must surely have visited http://www.sangeethapriya.org/, one of the biggest archives of Carnatic music concert recordings. This is an exclusive website of classical music ‘rasikas‘, maintained and run by them purely to share the ‘live concert’ recordings owned by them with other ‘rasikas‘. Commercial (studio) recordings are not permitted on this site.

Some of the members here have uploaded many recordings of ‘hindustani classical music’ too.

Two of my favorites are :

HMG Murthy‘s folders :

http://www.sangeethamshare.org/murthy/

You will find very good recordings of Ajoy Chakrabarty, Rashid Khan, Parween Sultana and many more in live concert here.

Another one is :

Raju Asokan‘s folders :

http://www.sangeethamshare.org/asokan/

This one has an exclusive folder for hindustani classical music and is more elaborate in it’s listing. You will find most of the ‘Gharanas’ featured here. This one will keep you busy downloading for quite sometime. Again a big respite from eSnips. You will miss the ‘details’ feature of eSnips though, as none of the files have description and are listed ftp style. You could be spending much of your time in figuring out what to find where.

Classical Music : secret treasure troves

For those of you who are thinking of having a Hindustani Classical Music collection of their own, here are a few very good links to start with :

Dr. Ashfaq Ali Khan’s collection on mediafire.com :

Great collection, very rarely found private recordings included. My favorites are the Patiala-Kasur and Sham-Chaurasi Gharana folders. If deleted these files will be hard to find on the web, in the future. All classical music lovers, me included will always be indebted to Khan Sahab’s generosity in sharing them with the world. He belongs to a now very rare to find, almost instinct species of genuine ‘Rasikas‘ of hindustani classical music. An effort of a lifetime. As he has very aptly mentioned somewhere : ‘Loot Sake To Loot‘ :

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=2c219c6849e709688c9e7c56ba37815fda4affcb325a516f

Another big resource of classical music on mediafire.com is karkenhalli’s collecton:

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=c7708562ab6cd7cade385df5c3eff3abdb4e1311359a1f49

Patiala-Kasur followers must also visit this link, an exclusive collection of the Gharana :

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=edced5e6b67995428c9e7c56ba37815f746671ff324c3b32

Raj Tendulkar’s collection :


http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=fccd1065ca4a595b91b20cc0d07ba4d202addd4f5dffaa4e

More ‘non-eSnips‘ links will be posted soon.

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