Hariprasad Chaurasia - Four Dhuns

Posted By MiOd On Saturday, September 21, 2013 Under
From Indian master flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia comes this album featuring, as one would expect, four dhuns. In essence, the dhun is an instrumental version of thumri: light, semi-classical music. The first to be performed is "Pahadi," perhaps the most popular dhun in existence. It is somewhat relaxed, with a soft tone taken throughout. Second is "Shivranjani," a close relative of "Bhupal." This one is somewhat more complex, with a sharper tone taken as well. Chaurasia also uses a couple of notes that don't belong in the scale on this one, adding a bit of variety. "Rag Pilu" presents itself as the third composition, and a tiny Bengali folk piece stands as the fourth, inviting Chaurasia to improvise thoroughly over a short four-note motif. Throughout, Chaurasia's tone is sweet, carefully alternating between passages of chipper work with more contemplative passages. In general, his ability to use the bansuri for a full raga is perhaps the most outstanding feature of his repertoire, but nonetheless the shorter dhun provides a worthwhile vehicle for his music. He is held less to the stricter rules of raga by the dhun format, and takes full advantage of the looser musical rules. It's an exciting album for fans of the underappreciated bansuri, as it provides yet another look at the legacy of the only major master of the bamboo flute in Indian classical music.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's bansuri playing is always worth the cost of a recording. I love his emotive technique, and can only speak praise of him.
Four Dhuns is an interesting album for the western listener, because indian art music typically expounds upon a select set of notes throughout a rendition of a raag. Dhuns, however, are a lighter (in spirit) type of classical tune, and they generally are played usuing more melodic variety than the raag form. This allows a musician to leave conventional note choices behind and give an strong effect to the mood of the song by seeming to change chordal harmony, in relation to the drone instrument.

If you have ever found indian art music a little dry for your tastes, this is a good album for you.

1. Pahadi Dhun

2. Shivranjani Dhun

3. Pilu Dhun

4. Bengali Folk Tune

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