The Raga Guide: Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas [Box Set]

Posted By MiOd On Friday, November 08, 2013 Under
"This text is an introduction to Hindustani ragas, the melodic basis for the classical music of northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is the modern reference work for listeners and connoisseurs, students and scholars.:
These four CDs tucked into a meaty, comprehensive book portray and explain the different histories, tonalities, and rhythms of 74 of Hindu's most common ragas. The raga, a musical form of ancient Hindustani prayer and poetry, has been the cornerstone of Indian music for centuries, evolving into a complex set of expressions inviting improvisation and varying according to purpose, mood, story, and ritual. Stately in their sounds, ragas are most often created with sitar, sarod, tabla, tamboura (or drone), and voice with each note functioning as an evocation of the world's sanctity. The Raga Guide offers five hours and 15 minutes of stunningly beautiful music, played by masters of the instrument and accompanied by informative description, music transcriptions, and (where applicable) texts with English translations. Lovingly recorded, carefully authored, simply laid out, this wonderful package is the essence of perfection, topped off by exquisite color plates of ragamalas, or paintings depicting the stories of the ragas. A sublime tribute to Indian classical music. --Karen Karleski

Raga Guide comes with a ~200 page book with explanation of taal and brief background on hindustani music and scores for each raag. It is a great text for beginners esp. those with exposure to reading musical scores. If you can't read music, that's okay too, there is good explanation on how the scores are written. If you followed/aware of the raag kosh for hindustani ragas, this would be the logical multimedia extension to the raag kosh. Each raag lasts only about 3mins, so these CD's (which supplement the text) are strictly for learning and not for easy listening. All in all, I think this is a wonderful piece from Nimbus records and it is about time someone took the intiative to make learning hindustani music so lucid. I give it five stars as a learning tool.

This is a solid compilation and would be a great reference or a gift. The artists featured are top-notch: Buddhadev Dasgupta, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, etc., The text is concise and helpful. The quality of the recordings is excellent and I loved the colourful booklet.
However, the 74 ragas performed are not full-fledged performances as such but more like short demo pieces, so an expert listener may not enjoy it as much - but then again the average listener probably would not appreciate a 75 minute performance of Raga Multani anyway.

Disc 1:
01. Abhogi
02. Adana
03. Ahir bhairav
04. Alhaiya bilaval
05. Asavari
06. Bageshri
07. Bahar
08. Basant
09. Bhairav
10. Bhairavi
11. Bhatiyar
12. Bhimpalasi
13. Bhupal todi
14. Bhupali
15. Bibhas
16. Bihag
17. Bilaskhani todi
18. Brindabani sarang

Disc 2:
01. Chandrakauns
02. Chayanat
03. Darbari kanada
04. Desh
05. Deshi
06. Dhani
07. Durga
08. Gaud malhar
09. Gaud sarang
10. Gorakh kalyan
11. Gujari todi
12. Gunakri
13. Hamir
14. Hansadhvani
15. Hindol
16. Jaijaivanti
17. Jaunpuri
18. Jhinjhoti

Disc 3:
01. Jog
02. Jogiya
03. Kafi
04. Kamod
05. Kedar
06. Khamaj
07. Kirvani
08. Lalit
09. Madhuvanti
10. Malkauns
11. Manj khamaj
12. Maru bihag
13. Marva
14. Megh
15. Miyan ki malhar
16. Miyan ki todi
17. Multani
18. Nayaki kanada
19. Patdip
20. Pilu

Disc 4:
01. Puriya
02. Puriya dhanashri
03. Puriya kalyan
04. Purvi
05. Rageshri
06. Ramkali
07. Shahana
08. Shankara
09. Shri
10. Shuddh kalyan
11. Shuddh sarang
12. Shyam kalyan
13. Sindhura
14. Sohini
15. Sur malhar
16. Tilak kamod
17. Tilang
18. Yaman

Flac (EAC Rip): 1.5 GB | MP3 - 320 kbs: 850 MB | Booklet Scans

Archives have 5% of the information for restoration

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9

OR MP3 320 kbps
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6


Anonymous said...

Ok, Thank you so much!

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