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


Piano, Tabla and Indian vocals

Another good example of western bands collaborating with Indian vocalists to produce collusive music, Rag Bagashree by Larry Porter Tabla Trio is a good buy, if only for the excellent Piano played by the band leader Larry Porter. This coming-together of east and west took place when Indian vocalist Purvi Parikh and Girish Sanzgiri, vocalist and a senior accounts executive by profession, were on tour in Europe giving workshops in Indian classical music. The idea was to use the traditional North Indian style of interpreting a Raga, in this case Raga Bageshree, in bringing together the two vocalists and jazz Piano and Tabla trio. The result is rare indeed and a tribute to the openness of the musicians involved. Purists of Indian classical music may frown upon such fusions, but such are the ways of the bold and adventurous. The recording is a bit amateurish, though.

Larry Porter Trio, Purvi Parikh & Girish Sanzgiri – Alap & Gat :  Download

Larry Porter Trio, Purvi Parikh & Girish Sanzgiri – Gat in Teental :  Download

Credits :
Purvi Parikh : Vocal
Girish Sanzgiri : Vocal
Larry Porter : Piano
Henning Sieverts : Bass
Paul Leake : Tabla

Recorded at Unterfahrt, Munich, November 15, 1992.


Four Random Songs 11

As an afterthought I have decided to continue with the ‘Random Songs’ series of posts. Firstly because these posts give me the opportunity to present to you songs that I pick up from here and there, on the web, and also because I am all for introducing fresh voices to the newbies of classical music. Although Parthasarathy Desikan is not new to classical music lovers, his recordings are not as easily available as those of his wife Kaushiki Chakrabarty and father-in-law, and Guru, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. He is a marvellous singer himself and is capable of keeping his audience spellbound on his own.

Prabhakar Karekar, born in Goa, was initiated in classical music by Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki. Prabhakar Karekar has imbibed the essence of various Gharanas and has created his own style of rendering North Indian classical vocal music. He is a ‘A’ grade, All India Radio artist and has participated in many Sangeet Sammelans at various centers in India.

Parthasarathi Desikan – Basant Bahar – Bana Phool Rahi :  Download

Prabhakar Karekar – Bhairavi – Nindiya Aa Gayi :  Download

Piu Sarkhel, born in Kolkata, is considered as one amongst the very few female artists who represents the Indore Gharana of Hindustani classical vocal music. Piu has undergone a rigorous training under her father, Kamal Bandhopadhyay, who was a disciple of late Ustad Amir Khan of Indore.

Purvi Parikh is an established Khayal singer of the Kirana Gharana. As an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio, she has presented concerts all over India, in the USA, many countries of Europe and Japan. Purvi has been nurtured in the richest possible musical background, both her parents, Arvind and Kishori Parikh, being eminent musicians in their own right.

Piu Sarkhel – Shahana – Sunder Angana Baithi :  Download

Purvi Parikh – Kalavati – Sawan Bana Nagari :  Download

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