28 July 2010

The sax and violins episode, or Classical Indian music played on adopted Western-European instruments.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

*1. Entharo: [Raga] Sree

†2. Raga Malkauns
(I won't go on and on about this, but you are cognizant of my views on Malkauns.)

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. Ragamalika (Medley of Ragas)
Ananda - voice, Jana Starling - clarinet, K. S. Mani - violin, Anand Bala - mrdangam [double-sided drum]
Ananda: Treasures
Tantra, TSMV9701
(Our weekly raga guide, beginning with South Indian Shankarabharanam, which happens to share its interval structure with the Western major scale. N.B Ananda starts singing on the third degree of the scale.

Note how the mood changes from carefree to tense round about 2:24 as D and B are flattened and E and A jettisoned, turning the composition into the pentatonic ragam Revathi (C Db F G Bb). Fortunately for us Ananda sings the note names: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa (same as Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do), which facilitates following along.

At 4:35-ish the mood brightens thanks to the sudden introduction of a major 3rd above tonic C. It's the pentatonic ragam Valachi, C E G A Bb (called Kalavati in North India). Do you recognize that? It's your typical boogie woogie bass line:

Then at 6:50-ish....)

*4. Mohana Rama: [Raga] Mohana

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

†5. Raga Khamaj, Thumri

†6 . Raga Nilambari

†7. Raga Bhairavi

*8. Vathapi: [Raga] Hamsadwani

*9. Naadhaloludai: [Raga] Kalyana Vasantha

*10. Bol Shambo: [Raga] Revathy

*Tracks 1, 4, 8, 9, 10
Prasant Radhakrishnan - alto sax, Embar S. Kannan - violin, Mannargudi A. Easwaran - mrdangam, V. Suresh - ghatam [clay water jug], B. Rajashekar - morsing [jaw harp]
Swara Shuda: Carnatic Classical Album on Saxophone by Prasant Radhakrishnan
Sruthiliya, SCD 5013

†Tracks 2, 5-7
N. Rajam - violin, Akram Khan - tabla
N. Rajam: Radiant
Sense World Music, 022

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