Maestro's Choice: Best of Indians Masters (+30CDs)

Posted By MiOd On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Under , ,
[01]. Maestro's choice - Bismillah Khan
Certain instruments become indelibly linked with particular performers. In the Hindustani realm, the santoor is closely associated with Shivkumar Sharma and the rudra vina with Zia Mohiuddin Khan, but historically, perhaps the closest and most intimate association has been with Bismillah Khan and the shehnai.

Born in 1916, he has raised the status of one of India's most distinctively voiced instruments unprecedentedly. In its folk form this double-reeded instrument is used on a variety of ritual occasions but is especially associated with weddings. Bismillah Khan has recorded extensively and like many Indian classical artists most of his early work was released by EMI India or its overseas partners. His historic jugalbandi with Vilayat Khan was chosen to inaugurate the Music of India series on EMI India's parent company in Britain. This series licensed the work of masters such as Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan and Nikhil Banerjee. The debut release in the Music of India series, however, featured in the terminology of the album duettos on "Chaiti-Dhun" and "Bhairavee Thumree." The third in the series was another shehnai jugalbandi, this time with violinist V.G. Jog. It was a further indication of the esteem in which Bismillah Khan was held. Time has only reinforced that.

1. Raga Rageshwari
2. Raga Shivaranjani

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[02]. Maestro's choice - Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar is the Indian-born sitar player who helped introduce the instrument to the West. His virtuosity on the instrument has made him the musician that all other sitar players look up to.

Tutored on sitar as a young boy, Shankar began performing as a teen in the 1930s although he took further training, under Indian music maestro Allaudin Khan, from 1938 until l944. As his reputation in India grew, he wrote scores for Indian films, music for ballet and became the music director for All India Radio.

He began to tour outside India in the 50s and 60s, during which time there was a rise in interest in eastern culture in Europe and the States. George Harrison studied the sitar under him, and The Beatles had him play on “Norwegian Wood”, from the Rubber Soul album. The track has since been described as among the first world music recordings. In 1966 this greater attention led to invites to play at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock.

Shankar’s collaborations helped to introduce his music to listeners not necessarily versed in Indian traditional music. He has worked with Philip Glass, George Harrison and Russian State musicians, including a folk ensemble and the Moscow State Orchestra.

Shankar regularly tours with the cream of Indian musicians, and has worked with his daughter Anoushka, who he taught to play the sitar. He has also written work for films, and included in his credits are the Oscar nominated Ghandi and Indian film director Satyajit Ray’s Apu trilogy.

1.Raga Asa Bhairav 30:16
2.Raga Kausi Kanhra 20:40
3.Mishra Ghara Dhun 9:03

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Sitar, Other – Ravi Shankar
Tabla – Kumar Bose

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[03]. Maestro's choice - Bhimsen Joshi
Born in February 1922 in Gadag in the present-day Indian state of Karnataka, Bhimsen Joshi is one of the truly matchless male vocalists of Hindustani music: his performances are always a source of joy. From early in his life he was driven by music, a drive which led him to leave home quite young. After many adventures he settled down studying with Sawai Gandharva of the Kirana gharana and one of the foremost students of Abdul Karim Khan. Bhimsen Joshi has a rich and resonant voice which, while utterly classical in tone, has a warm, lived-in quality.

1. Raga Ramkali (Khayal Vilambit And Drut In Teentaal)
2. Raga Shuddh Kalyan (Khayal Vilambit And Druit In Teentaal)

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[04]. Maestro's choice - Gangubai Hangal
Hangal's family was considered to be of low social status and for women of her generation singing was not considered appropriate employment; Hangal struggled against this prejudice and made a career. She performed all over India and for All India Radio stations until 1945. Hangal had initially performed light classical genres, including bhajan and thumri, but concentrated on khyal. Later, however, she refused to sing light classical, saying she sang only ragas. Hangal served as honorary music professor of the Karnatak University. She gave her last concert in March 2006 to mark her 75th career year. She had overcome bone marrow cancer in 2003, and died of cardiac arrest at the age of 96, on 21 July 2009, in Hubli, where she resided. She had her eyes donated to increase awareness for organ donation.

1. Raga Bihag - Khayal Vilambit In Ektaal, Drut In Teentaal
Gangubai Hangal W. Krishna Hangal, S.K. Hangal, Appa Jalgaonkar 30:04

2. Raga Bageshree - Khayal Vilambit In Ektaal, Drut In Teentaal
Gangubai Hangal W. Krishna Hangal, S.K. Hangal, Appa Jalgaonkar 29:55

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[05]. Maestro's choice - Kishori Amonkar
Kishori Amonkar has such a well-turned, heart-felt and often sensual way of phrasing that anything by her is likely to repay investigation. Maestro's Choice -- Kishori Amonkar contains two performances -- "Raga Ahir Bhairav" and "Raga Sampurna Malkaus" -- with sarangi accompaniment by Sultan Khan and tabla accompaniment by Balkrishna Iyer. An immensely pleasurable album.

1. Raga Ahir Bhairav
2. Raga Sampurna Malkaus

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[06]. Maestro's choice - Jasraj
Born in 1930 in Hissar (Haryana), Pandit Jasraj is one of the best-known classical vocalists. He belongs to the Mewati gharana, as did his father, Pandit Motiram. One of the joys of Jasraj's music is his depiction of the unusual. He has recorded extensively, especially since the late '80s, for a number of the leading companies specializing in Indian classical music including Chhanda Dhara, EMI India, Magnasound/OMI, Moment and Navras.

1. Raga Bairagi Bhairav (Khayal Vilambit In Ektaal, Drut In Teentaal)
Pandit Jasraj W. Appa Jalgaonkar & Kedar Pandit 29:41

2. Raga Darbari Kanhra (Khayal Vilambit In Ektaal, Drut In Teentaal)
Pandit Jasraj W. Kedar Pandit, Aravind Thatte, Kala Ramnath, & Rattan Sharma 29:31

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[07]. Maestro's choice - Shivkumar Sharma
Shivkumar Sharma is one of the truly great visionaries in the Hindustani classical music firmament. His popularity has created a knotty problem for his admirers. Popularity has led to a demand for recordings by him, to a degree that having a Shivkumar Sharma album acts like a kind of validation for a label. Consequently the market is flooded with his recordings. His playing is consummate, therefore he is unlikely to produce a piece of work that is below par, which makes selecting a shortlist even more difficult.

Sharma's story is one of dedication. He was born in January 1938 in Jammu Kashmir. His father Uma Dutt Sharma asked him to pursue the development of the Kashmiri santoor. Being a dutiful son he obeyed and persevered despite private reservations. Though its Persian relative, the santur, had associations with Persian and Iranian classical music, elevating the Indian instrument to the classical concert platform was widely viewed as folly in conservative quarters. But Shivkumar Sharma persisted, experimented, restrung and reconfigured his instrument. His first major santoor recital took place in Bombay in February 1955, but it took, he reckons, until the 1970s to finally silence the querulous, "the die-hard connoisseurs of the music, musicologists and purists." Parallel with his development of the santoor he worked as a tabla player (he accompanied acts as diverse as the renowned Punjabi folksinger Surinder Kaur and sitar maestro Ravi Shankar), and his understanding of tabla playing and rhythm has immeasurably enhanced his performance style and stagecraft.

1. Raga Bhoopal 28:01
2. Raga Kirvani 29:48

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[08]. Maestro's choice - Shivkumar Sharma, Series 2
1. Raga Charukeshi - Alap, Jod And Jhala Gat Vilambit, Madhyalaya And Drut In Teentala
Shivkumar Sharma, Anindo Chatterjee, Nandkishore Mulay 59:13

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[09]. Maestro's choice - Imrat Khan
Ustad Imrat Khan is one of the world's greatest players of the surbahar, a deep-toned, sitar-like stringed instrument that was developed by his great-grandfather, Ustad Sahabdad Khan, and Ustad Imdad Khan. With its four-octave range, the instrument is used to play the ultra-strict dhrupad style of Indian classical music. Still young when his father died, Imrat Khan was taught to play the surbahar and to sing in the highly ornamental classical vocal style of khyal by his mother, Bashiran Begum, and his maternal grandfather, Ustad Bandeh Hassan. Forming one of the first sitar-and-surbahad duos with his older brother, Vilayat Khan, Imrat helped to pioneer the unique gayaki ang ("vocal manner") approach to Indian instrumental music. In 1956, the two brothers were invited to accompany the first Indian cultural delegation to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Although they elected to go their separate ways, Imrat and Vilayat have both continued to play major roles in the evolution of Indian classical music. Teaching at Dartington College of the Arts in England from 1968 to 1970, Imrat became the first Indian classical musician to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, in 1971. He received a prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the president of India in 1988. During the '90s, Imrat performed many shows and recorded with his four sons: Nishat (sitar), Irshad (sitar), Wajahat (sarod), and Shafaatullah (tabla). Imrat composed and/or performed on Satyajit Ray's Jalsaghar (Le Salon de Musique), and the soundtracks of such films as James Ivory's The Guru and the Michael Caine/Sidney Poitier-starring movie The Wilby Conspiracy.

1. Mian Ki Malahar 29:56
2. Shyam Kalyan 29:17

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[10]. Maestro's choice - Amjad Ali Khan
In a career spanning over 50 years, Amjad Ali Khan has single-handedly elevated the Sarod to one of the most popular instruments in the Northern Indian tradition. He has to his credit the creation of many new Ragas which earned him unanimous praise for successfully striking the delicate balance between innovation and respect of a timeless of tradition. His concerto for Sarod and orchestra, Samaagam, the result of an extraordinary collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, is the latest embodiment of his unique ability to give new form to the purity and discipline of the Indian classical music tradition. Samaagam was released worldwide in April 2011 on Harmonia Mundi’s World Village label.

In the season 11/12, Amjad Ali Khan will be the focus of a 4-concert residency at the Wigmore Hall in London. Other highlights include recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, a concerto tour in India with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and recitals throughout the USA and Australia.

Personnel includes: T.N. Krishnan (violin).
Personnel: Amjad Ali Khan (sarod); Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa (tabla).

1. Raga Kamalshree
2. Raga Durga

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[11]. Maestro's choice - Vilayat Khan, Series 2
1. Raga Sanjh Sarawali 9:50
2. Raga Mand Bhairav 9:20
3. Raga Pilu 10:04
4. Raga Rageshree 10:01
5. Raga Gauti 10:54
6. Raga Sughrai 9:30

Vilayat Khan - Sitar
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Sabir Khan Tabla
Hidayat Khan - Tanpura

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[12]. Maestro's choice - Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain
With the passing of Ustad Alla Rakha (born: Allarakha Kahn) on February 3, 2000, from a heart attack, India lost one of its most influential musicians. Called the "Einstein of rhythm" by Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, Rakha helped introduce Indian classical music to the western world with his tabla playing. A longtime accompanist of sitarist Ravi Shankar, Rakha is remembered for the highly melodic rhythms that he coaxed from his instrument. Shortly after his death, Indian president K.R. Narayanan announced that "an uncommon pulsation has been stilled. His wrists, palms, and fingers produced from the tabla percussion of magical quality which maintained the tenor and tempo of India's uniquely assimilative musical culture."

The son of a farmer, Rakha was born in the Phagwal village of Jammu, 80 km from Lahore. Leaving home, at the age of 12, he moved into an uncle's home in Gurdaspur. Inspired by the playing of local musicians, he convinced tabla player Mian Qader Baksh of the Punjab Gharana (school) to take him on as a disciple. He also studied with Ustad Ashiq Ali Khan, who taught him the melodic vocal style Raag Vidya.

Rakha mastered his lessons quickly. By his 15th birthday, he had begun working with a theater company. After working as an accompanist in Lahore, Rakha accepted a position with All India Radio in Delhi in 1936. He remained with the station until 1940 when he became involved with the Hindi film industry as a session musician. He eventually rose to the position of music director for Rangmahal Studios.

Moving to classical music in 1948, Rakha resumed his career as an accompanist. In addition to working with Ravi Shankar throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, he collaborated with sitarist Vilayat Khan and American drummer Buddy Rich, with whom he recorded the East-meets-West album Rich A La Rakha.

Rakha's legacy is continued by his sons Zakir Hussein and Fazal Quereshi. His beloved daughter, Razia, died of a sudden heart attack the night before his own death.

1. Matta Taal 27:49
2. Jai Taal 21:06
3. Pashto 8:29

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[13]. Maestro's choice - Zakir Hussain
The tradition of Indian percussion has been revolutionalized by tabla player Zakir Hussain. The son of Ustad Allah Rakha, the long time collaborator of Ravi Shankar, Hussain has inherited his father's quest for bringing the music of India to the international stage. His recording credits include albums with George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Saunders, Billy Cobham, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. His work with Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead have included performances and albums with the Diga Rhythm Band and Planet Drum. Hussain joined with British guitarist John McLaughlin and Indian violinist L. Shankar to form the east-meets-west supergroup, Shakti, in 1975. Although the group disbanded in 1978, they reunited to tour as Remember Shakti in 1998. Hussain has been equally successful as a bandleader. During the 1980s, he toured with Zakir Hussain's Rhythm Experience. His debut solo album, Making Music, released in 1987, was called "one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded". In 1992, Hussain launched a record label, Monument Records, that focused on Indian music. A lengthy list of awards have been bestowed upon Hussain throughout his career. In 1988, he became the youngest percussionist to be awarded the title "Padma Shri" by the Indian government. Two years later, he recieved the Indo-Ameican award in tribute to his contributions to furthering relations between the United States and India. Planet Drum, an album co-produced with Hart in 1992, received a Grammy for "best world music album", a NARM Indie Best Seller award and won the Downbeat Critics Poll for "Best world music album". Still a youngster when he began to attract attention with his virtuosic playing, Hussain began his musical career at the age of seven and was touring by the age of twelve. In 1970, he made his American debut as accompanist for Ravi Shankar. Three years later, he became the leader of the Tal Vadya Rhythm Band. The group subsequently evolved into the Diga Rhythm Band. In 1976, the band collaborated on a self-titled album with Mickey Hart. Hussain has performed on the soundtracks of numerous films including Apocalypse Now!, In Custody and Little Buddha. At the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, he was nominated for an award as composer and music director of the film, Heat And Dust.

1. Ektala
2. Teentala

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[14]. Maestro's Choice - Ajoy Chakraborty
Born in 1953 in Calcutta, Ajoy Chakrabarty is one of the finest classical vocalists of today. His style of singing follows the teachings of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, the doyen of the Patiala gharana. From 1969 he learned with Bade Ghulam Ali Khan's son, Munawar Ali Khan and he applies these lessons well. Ajoy Chakrabarty also has recorded regional and devotional song forms.

1. Raga Abhogi - Kaa Se Kahun, Vilambit Ektala; Lagan Mori Laagi, Drut Teentala
Ajoy Chakrabarty, Samar Saha, Brojo Mukhurjee, Anal Chatterjee, Bidhan Mitra 29:51

2. Raga Hamsadhwani - Tera Bhaag Jaagaa, Vilambit Ektala; Lagan Mori Laagi, Drut Teentala; Vataapi Ganapatim Bhajehum, Addha Teentala
Ajoy Chakrabarty, Samar Saha, Brojo Mukhurjee, Anal Chatterjee, Bidhan Mitra 30:05

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[15]. Maestro's Choice - Amir Khan
1. Raga Bihag 38:08
2. Raga Kalashri 15:43
3. Raga Ramdasi Malhar 10:40

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[16]. Maestro's Choice - Biswajit Roy Chowdhury
Pandit Biswajit Roy Chowdhury was born in 1956, in Deogarh, Chowdhury was initiated into music by his father Shri Ranajit Roy Chowdhary, who was teacher of chemistry by profession but, more importantly, a serious Sarod player trained under the Late Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan and others. In 1978, Roy Chowdhury's talents were spotted by the Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan accepting him as a disciple. A turning point came when Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur took an interest in young Roy Chowdhury's quest in 1982. The union of an instrument player with Pandit Mansur set the journey on the path of fulfilling this quest. Biswajit Roy Chowdhary’s tutelage with Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur was formalized in a gandhabandhan ceremony in 1985 and the intensive guidance and training lasted till the demise of the guru in 1992. He is perhaps the only Sarod player who plays the coveted compositions from the Jaipur-Atrauli tradition.

Over the years Biswajit Roy Chowdhary has performed in various locations all over India and has participated regularly in some of the prestigious concerts. These include The Tansen Festival in Gwalior, the Shankar Lal Festival, New Delhi, the Harvallabh Sangeet Samaroha in Jalundhar, the Vishnu Digambar Jayanti in Delhi, the Sankat Mochan Music Festival in Banaras, the BKF Mansur Festival in Bangalore, among others.

Biswajit Roy Chowdhary is an acclaimed artist of the All India Radio and Doordarshan and has featured in the National music concert and the annual Radio Sangeet Sammelan

Raga Gaud Malhar - Auchaar,Vilambit & Drut Compositions In Teentala
Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, Rafiuddin Sabri, Yogesh Dutt, Satyanand Parihast

Raga Mishra Kafi - Auchaar, Gat In Rupaktala
Biswajit Roy Chowdhury, Rafiuddin Sabri, Yogesh Dutt, Satyanand Parihast

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[17]. Maestro's Choice - Ghulam Mustafa Khan
1. Raga Deepak 29:55
2. Raga Megh 21:27
3. Kajri - Raga Mishra Pilu 7:28

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[18]. Maestro's Choice - Kumar Gandharva
1. Raag Bhimpalasi (Vilambit Madhyalaya)
2. Raag Shree (Madhyalaya Teentala)
3. Raag Shree (Tarana)
4. Raag Malkauns (Madhyalaya Teentala)
5. Raag Malkauns (Madhyalaya Ektala)
6. Raag Malkauns (Drut Ektala)

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[19]. Maestro's Choice - L. Subramaniam
A gifted South Indian counterpart of Jean-Luc Ponty on the electric violin, and endlessly curious about all kinds of music, Subramaniam has been a pioneer in exploring intelligent fusions between European classical music, American jazz, rock, and South Indian music. His father, a master Indian violinist, and mother, who played the Indian vina, were his first musical influences, and after abandoning a career in medicine, he formed a violin trio with his two brothers while still in India. He toured America and Europe with Ravi Shankar and ex-Beatle George Harrison in 1974, made his first fusion album in Copenhagen (Garland), and wrote material for Stu Goldberg and Larry Coryell in 1978. He settled in the Los Angeles area in the late '70s in order to earn a doctorate in Western music at the California Institute of the Arts, where he also taught South Indian music. He led a group with Coryell, George Duke, and Tom Scott in the 1980s, and recorded several fascinating LPs for Milestone -- including an LP with Stephane Grappelli -- that fused classical music, electric and acoustic jazz, and South Indian music. Subramaniam has also written works for classical orchestras; his Violin Concerto juxtaposes naïve Hollywood-ish romantic music with South Indian instruments and structures. His debut for the Erato Detour label, Global Fusion, followed in 1999.

1. Ragam Bahudari
2. Brova Barama (Kriti); Ragam - Bahaduri; Talam - Adi
3. Ragam - Kanada
4. Mamava Sada (Kriti); Ragam - Kanada; Talam - Rupakam

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[20]. Maestro's Choice - M. Balamurali Krishna
Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna is one of southern India's most influential vocalists and composers. Known for the optimism and clarity of his three-octave vocals, Balamuralikrishna has consistently displayed a mastery of classical musical traditions of India and has composed more than 400 pieces. In addition to performing more than 18,000 concerts throughout the world, Balamuralikrishna has released more than 250 cassettes in his native country. According to Swarmi Chimayanda, when you listen to Balamuralikrishna's music, "you can realize what the crazy groupies felt in their ecstasy of divine love."

A native of Sankaraguptan, a small village in Rojolu Taluk in the East Godvari District of Andhra Prodesh, Balamuralikrishna inherited his musical skills from his parents. His father, Pattabiramayya, played flute, violin, and veena, and, his mother, Suryakantamma, played veena. His mother died when he was just 15 days old, however, and he was raised as an infant by his maternal aunt, Subhamma. Relocating to Vijayawada at the age of two, he began to study music with his father. When he showed an aptitude for music, his father sent him to study with Parupalli Ramakrishna Pantulu. Balamuralikrishna made his public debut when he performed during Sadguru Arandhana Utsava at the age of eight, a felicitation to Ramakrishna's guru, Sri Susarla Dakshinamoorthy, in Vijayawada. Leaving school during the sixth grade, Balamuralikrishna began to pursue music full-time. By the age of 15, he was known throughout India and had composed 72 Melakarta ragas.

Balamuralikrishna has worked extensively with India's radio stations. In the late '60s, he served as music producer for the Vijayawada and Hyderabad All-India radio station and launched an early morning show of devotional readings, "Bhakthi Ranjani." He served, simultaneously, as the principal of the Government Music college in Vijayawada. Transferring to the All-India radio station in Madras, he settled in the city where he continues to reside.

A score of awards and titles have been bestowed upon Balamuralikrishna throughout his career. These include an honorary Ph.D., D.Sc., and D.Lit. certificates from Andhra University, Jawaharial Nehru Technological University, and Sri Verkateswara University and an honorary "first citizen" award from Vijayawad. In 1978, Balamuralikrishna was named "Sangeetha Kalanidhi." He received the award as "Wisdom man of the year" in 1992. Four years later, he was named "Naada Maharishi" by the Nrityala Aesthetics Society.

Balamuralikrishna has been equally successful with film. He received a national award as "best playback singer" for his participation in the film Hamsageeth and as "best music director" for the film Madhvacharya. Balamuralikrishna has used his influence as a musician to start several institutes including the Academy of Performing Arts and Research in Switzerland. He established the MBK Trust as a vehicle for fostering art and research in music theory. A dance and music school is operated by the MBK Trust in Vipanchee.

1. Needaya Rada - Purvikalyani 14:56
2. Vegamaya - Abhogi 14:53
3. Brihadiswara - Kanada 9:51
4. Omkara - Lavangi 9:41
5. Tillana - Behag 9:40

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[21]. Maestro's Choice - Parween Sultana
Parveen Sultana gave her first stage performance in 1962 when she was only 12 and has been recording music since 1965.

Sultana has sung for movies like Gadar, Kudrat, Do Boond Pani, and Pakeezah. Recently, she sang the theme song of Vikram Bhatt’s latest opus 1920. She also sang Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna - Kudrat 1981.

Parveen Sultana has recorded for HMV, Polydor, Music India, Bharat Records, Auvidis, Magnasound, Sonodisc, Amigo.

1. Raga Maru Bihag
2. Raga Amba Manohari
3. Raga Hansdhwani (Tarana)

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[22]. Maestro's Choice - Rajan & Sajan Mishra
'Rajan (born 1951) and Sajan Mishra' (born 1956) received their musical training from their grandfather, Bade Ram Das Ji Mishra, and also their father, Hanuman Prasad Mishra, and from their uncle, sarangi virtuoso, Gopal Prasad Mishra, and started performing while they were still in their teens, their first concert abroad, was in Sri lanka in 1978, and soon they went on to perform in many countries across the world including, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, UK, The Netherlands, USSR, Singapore, Qatar and Muscat.

Born and brought up in Varanasi, they moved to Ramesh Nagar in Delhi, in 1977, where they continue to live.

1. RAGA POORIYA
2. TARANA RAGA GURJARI TODI
3. TARANA RAGA JAUNPURI
4. TARANA RAGA BHAIRAV

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[23]. Maestro's Choice - Rashid Khan
1. Raga Hameer
2. Raga Jog Kauns

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[24]. Maestro's Choice - Satish Vyas
Pandit Satish Vyas is a widely acclaimed santoor player, blessed with formidable musical training and talent. He was initiated into vocal music at an early age by his father Pt. CR Vyas, a doyen of Hindustani classical singing. In 1978 he became the senior-most disciple of santoor maestro Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma. In this album, Pandit Satish Vyas explores two ragas in this album. Both of them - 'Dhani' and 'Chandrakauns' - are popular among classical music aficionados, and have been interpreted brilliantly by the artist, who masterfully overcomes the difficulties traditionally associated with playing Hindustani classical music on the santoor, a folk instrument from the northern regions of the subcontinent.

1. Raga Dhani - Alap And Gat In Jhaptaal
Satish Vyas, Vijay Ghate, Kunal Gunjal 24:46

2. Raga Dhani - Drut Gat In Ektaal
Satish Vyas, Vijay Ghate, Kunal Gunjal 10:03

3. Raga Chandrakauns - Alap And Vilambit Gat In Teentaal
Satish Vyas, Vijay Ghate, Kunal Gunjal 23:51

4. Raga Chandrakauns - Drut Gat In Teentaal
Satish Vyas, Vijay Ghate, Kunal Gunjal 10:20

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[25]. Maestro's Choice - Shahid Parvez
Shahid Parvez is a middle-ranking sitar player. The son of Aziz Khan and the grandson of Wahid Khan, he was performing in public before he was ten years old.

1. Raga Deshkar 15:16
2. Raga Mand 14:51
3. Raga Hansadhwani 14:40
4. Raga Tilak Kamod 15:05

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[26]. Maestro's Choice - Shubha Mudgal
Shubha Mudgal started performing as a classical singer in the 80s and gained a certain reputation as a talented singer. In the 90's, she started experimenting with other forms of music, including pop and fusion varieties. She says, "I believe in music. Khayal and thumari are my favourites, but that doesn’t mean I should not experiment with other forms, Why should I curtail my musical urges?" asks the singer and adds, "I want to allow the artist in me to come through. If you are a musician, how can you say, 'this one is from devotional poetry, so I'm not going to sing it.[8]' In addition to her recordings and concerts, she also briefly ran a website called raagsangeet.com aimed at lovers of traditional Indian music.

1. Raga Yaman (Mera Mann Bandh Leeno, Vilambit In Ektaal) 33:05
2. Raga Adana (Ram Raghubir Randhir, Vilambit In Rupak) 20:00
3. Raga Mala (Ae Mann Kalyan Hove Tero, Madhyalaya In Teetaal) 12:13

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[27]. Maestro's Choice - Sultan Khan
Emotional depth, virtuosic instrumental skills, and a passion for melody have been combined through the music of sarangi player Sultan Khan. Taught the rudiments of the sarangi by his father, Ustad Gulab Khan, Khan has continue to evolve as an instrumentalist. Performing his debut concert at the age of 11 at the All-Indian Conferences, Khan is a two-time winner of the prestigious Sangeet Natya Academy Award. He also received the gold medal award of Moharashtra and an American Academy of Artists award in 1998. Attracting international attention when he accompanied Ravi Shankar on George Harrison's Dark Horse tour in 1974, Khan has featured on the soundtracks of Gandhi and In Custody. In 1997, Khan performed at Prince Charles' 50th birthday celebration.

1. Raga Ahir Bhairav
2. Raga Patdeep
3. Thumri

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[28]. Maestro's Choice - Ulhas Kashalkar
Ulhas is a fabulous vocalist, still in his middle years and young, who has an old musical head stuffed with innumerable current and rare ragas and compositions. Like a computer he never errs in any raga or composition howsoever intertwined or tricky it may be. He, just seems to press one key and out comes a raga in the true Jaipur colours, another to obtain a melody attired in the Agra style and still another to get a raga in the Gwalior habiliments. One can only imagine Kashalkar's questionless loyalty to his various gurus, and his own prodigious capacity to assimilate and consolidate the incoming knowledge.

1. Raga Bhairav Bahar 30:06
2. Raga Nat Bihag 30:41

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[29]. Maestro's Choice - Veena Sahasrabuddhe
Veena was born in a musical family. Her father Shankar Shripad Bodas was a disciple of vocalist Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. She began her early musical education under her father, and then under her brother Kashinath Shankar Bodas. She also learned Kathak dancing in her childhood.

Veena's musical mentors include Padmashri Balwantrai Bhatt, Pandit Vasant Thakar, and Pandit Gajananrao Joshi.

She has a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance, Sanskrit Literature, and English Literature from Kanpur University (1968), a Master's degree (Sangeet Alankar) in Vocal Performance from A.B.G.M.V. Mandal (1969), and also Master's degree in Sanskrit from Kanpur University (1979). A.B.G.M.V. Mandal conferred on her a doctorate in vocal music (Sangeet Praveen) in 1988. She was the Head of the Department of Music at SNDT Pune campus.

Veena has given musical performances in India, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

1. Raga Abhogi
2. Raga Jog

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[30]. Maestro's Choice - Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Vishwa Mohan "V.M." Bhatt is one of India's most innovative musicians. The inventor of the Mohan Veena, a nineteen string modified archtop guitar with three melody strings, four drone strings and twelve sympathetic strings, Bhatt has created a sound that blends the western Hawaiian guitar with sitar, sarod and veena techniques. The first Indian musician to be awarded the "Musical Scientist award" in Banglore, India, Bhatt was praised by "Acoustic Guitar" magazine as "one of the greatest and mosty expressive slide players in the world". The "Edmonton Journal" referred to Bhatt as "an inspiration even to Western guitarists". A long time student of Ravi Shankar, Bhatt belongs to an elite group of musicians whose imeage traces back to Mughal emperor Akbar's court musician Tansen and his Hindu guru, Swarmi Haridas. In addition to six solo albums, Bhatt has recorded with Ry Cooder, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Taj Mahal and Arabian oudh player Simon Shaheen. Bhatt became the first Indian to collaborate with a Chinese musician when he toured with Erhu player Jei Bing Chen. Bhatt's collaboration with Ry Cooder, "A Meeting By The River" received a Grammy award in 1994. His collaboration with Bela Fleck and Jei Bing Chen, "Tabula Rosa", recorded in a Santa Barbara, California church in October 1994, was nominated for a Grammy. Tunes from "A Meeting By The River" and "Mumtaz Mahal", recorded with Taj Mahal, were featured on the soundtracks of films, "Two Days In The Valley" and the Oscar award-winning, "Dead Man Walking". Bhatt is a skilled composer. His composition, "Raga Ganga", was performed during celebration of India's fiftieth year of independance.

1. Raga Maru Bihag 25:57
2. Raga Maru Bihag 31:50
3. Raga Pahadi 6:12

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[31]. Maestro's Choice - Hariprasad Chaurasia Flute
Hari Prasad Chaurasia is one of the most popular contemporary flutists. The simple bamboo flute transformed by the late Pannalal Ghosh into an important instrument for interpreting the finer nuances of Indian classical music has indeed found a guardian angel in Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. At present, because of his efforts, the flute has attained a status of a high level concert instrument.He is ever eager to experiment, and has even tried out techniques employed in Carnatic music.

1. Raga Lalit
2. Raga Bhoopali

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