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Music Monday: Taalvadya by Maestros

For today’s Music Monday with a Maestro I would like to share a wonderful percussion piece. ¬†When various percussion instruments are played together it is called Taalvadya Kacheri. ¬†Today’s selection is a wonderful Taalvadya Kacheri that I have shared with … Continue reading

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Music Monday with a Maestro 8: Pandit Jasraj

From Pandit Divyang Vakil on today’s music monday selection: This bhajan (Mata Kalika) is one that can only be linked to Pandit Jasraj. I have heard many wonderful live renditions of this song. There was a time where no concert … Continue reading

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Music Mondays with a Maestro 3: Kaushiki Desikan

I move from the legends of Indian classical music to one of the most powerful vocalists of the new generation of India today – Kaushiki [Chakrabarty] Desikan, the daughter of Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty. In this video, she has rendered a song that was made iconic by Shreemati Shobha Gurtu. She has re-interpreted the bandish, given some beautiful taans and sung it in her own style, which in itself is praise worthy considering how closely it is associated with Shobha Gurtu. Continue reading

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Music Monday in honor of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was my hero. I have heard some of the most divine singing from him, especially his Todi, Darbari, Bhairavi, Maru Bihag. Only his physical body has left, he and his music are immortal. He is one of the greatest illustrations of what a Indian classical musician should be. Great performer, true human and real Pandit. Rest in Peace. Continue reading

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Music Mondays with a Maestro #1

Every Monday, Rhythm Riders’ director Tabla Guru Pandit Divyang Vakil will be sharing an audio/video link that he particularly enjoys. Its a great way for listeners (new and old) of Indian music to hear music curated by a maestro.

We begin the series with the legendary late Pt. Nikhil Bannerjee. The youtube video is an old recording of the maestro playing Raag Jogiya with accompaniment by a young Pt. Anindo Chatterjee on tabla. Continue reading

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