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Playlists 2009…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 31, 2009

Music examples (teaser) of Indian Classical Music …
Listen to and Enjoy some Raga tunes from our 2009 shows (playlists):

41st show: (1/19/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: The Talking Violin! (portrait of Dr. Kunnakudi R. Vaidyanathan)
42nd show: (2/17/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Moorchana-s – The matrix of soul…
43rd show: (3/16/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Rabindra Sangeet – A Voice for All!
44th show: (5/05/09) – special feature StudioTalk No. 5: Trilok Gurtu (percussionist)
45th show: (5/18/09) – summer break (Raga CDs of the months: Ragas & Sax)
46th show: (6/15/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Ragas, Ghazals & Goethe
47th show: (7/20/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Tradition & Modernity – A Tribute Ali Akbar Khan
48th show: (8/17/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Alankaras – Raga Ornamentic (part 1 of 2)
49th show: (9/21/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Alankaras – Raga Ornamentic (part 2 of 2)
50th show: (10/19/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Jugalbandi – duet in Indian Classics
51th show: (11/16/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Women in Indian Classics (part 1)
52nd show (21/12/09) – Raga CDs of the Month: Five minus 1 – Raga Malashree

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example of a raga form: Raga Jhinjoti
– the beauty of this melodious raga lies in its simplicity. It utilizes all the notes and use “komal Ni*.This is a supportive raga of the Thaat Khamaj*. Elaboration of this raga is normally restricted to the lower and middle octave. The play time is the second quarter of the night.

Aroha (= ascending scala): SaReGaMa Pa Dha Ni Sa;
Avaroha (= descending scala): SaNiDhaPa MaGaReSa


*)  … Thaat consists of the seven notes (SA, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni) and is designated by the change of shuddha (naturally played), komal (softly played) and teevra(hard played).

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The Talking Violin! – Dr. Kunnakudi R. Vaidyanathan. – 16th January

1. BoShambho – CD BoShambho (2005, AVM Audio)
2. Thillana – CD BoShambho (2005, AVM Audio)
3. Aandavane (Tamil) – CD Andrum Indrum (2005, AVM Audio)
4. Raga Sindhu Bairavi – CD Chitiram Pesuthadi (2005, AVM Audio)
5. Raga Kalyani – CD Violin & Thavil (2005, Inreco)
6. film: Padikkatha Methai (1960) – Ore Oru Oorilae (2004, Saregama)
7. film: Paar Magalev Paar (1963) – Aval Paranthu Ponale (2004, Saregama)
8. film: manithanum deivamagalam (1975) – Paal Pongum Paruvam (2004, Saregama)
9. Siddhi Vinayaga Nattai Adi Ramaswamy Sastry – CD Nadalyam – Violin & Thavil (2006, Geethanjali – Super Audio)

Moorchana-ss – The Matrix of Soul by Music. – 16th February

1. Pandit Jasraj (vocal) – Raga Bhinnashadja – CD Jasraj – Darbar (2003, SenseWorld Music)
2. Sanjeev Abhyankar Jasrangi & Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocals – jugalbandi) – Jasrangi (Abhogi -Kalawati, Pooriayadhanashri-Suddhabasant und Madhuwanti-Natabhairav)
3. Kavalam Sreekumar (vocal) – Moorchanakaraka Raga (Ragam Rasikapriya) – Thunchan Festival (live recording, 2007).
4. Padmashri Dr. N. Ramani & Thiagarajan Ramani (flute jugalbandi) – Raga Kambhoji – CD Carnatic Flute (RPG-EMI).
5. Veena E. Gayathri (Veena) – Nagumomu (Thyagaraja composition) – CD Veena Classical (T-Series, Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. (Noida))
6. M.S. Gopalakrishnan (violin) – Ragam Malayamarutham (Janya Raga) –  CD Master Piece – 13 / M.S.Gopalakrishnan (Vol. 2)

Rabindra Sangeet – A Voice for All! – 16th March

1. Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya (vocal) – Bhenge Mor Gharer Chabi
2. Debabrata Biswas (vocal) – Raga Desh Malhar (Emono dine Tare bola Jai)
3. Purba Dam (vocal) – Raga Tilak Kamod (Shanti Karo Borishano)
4. Suchitra Mitra (vocal) – Amay Bolo Na Gahite – CD „Songs of Suchitra Mitra
5. Indranil Sen (vocal) – Raga Manjh Khambaj (Aji jato tara tabo akashe)
6. Anjan Dutta (vocal) – Raga Yaman Kalyan (Chokher aaloye) – CD „Akash Bhara
7. Kanika Bandyopadhyay (vocal) – Raga Bhairabi (Bani Tabo Dhay)
8. Kanika Bandyopadhyay (vocal) – Ke-Boshile

„NAVA GRAHA – Ragas for 9 Planets – 20th April

1. Madurai Mani Iyer (vocal) – Sri Sukhra Bhagavantham – CD The Stalwart (1968, AVM Audio)
2. Suguna Varadachari (vocal) – Angarakam Ashrayamyaham – CD Navagraha Kritis with Mantras (2003, Gitaa Cassettes)
3. Suguna Varadachari (vocal) – Brihaspathe Tarapathe / Raga Atana
4. Suguna Varadachari (vocal) – Divakarathanujam Shanaishcharam / Raga Yadukulakamboji
5. Suguna Varadachari (vocal) – Smaramayaham sadarahum
6. Suguna Varadachari (vocal) – Mahasuram Ketumaham
7. Rajkumar Bharathi (vocal) – Budham Ashrayami – CD Navagrahas Vol 1 & 2 (2001, Music Today)
8. Suguna Varadachari (vocal) – Suryamurthe Namosthuthe / Raga Saurashtra
9. … – Chandram Bhaja Manasa / Raga Asaveri

„Ragas, Ghazals and Goethe – 15 June

1. Begum Akhtar – Aye Mohabbat Tere Anjam Pe (Raga Bhairavi)
2. Talat Mahmood – Dil-E Nadan Tujhe Hua Kya Hain – Film Mirza Ghalib, 1954
3. Iqbal Bano – Hum daikhain gay (Faiz poetry)
4. Mehdi Hassan.- Aaye Kuchh abr Kuch sharaab aaye (Faiz poetry / Urdu) – CD The finest Ghazals (2007, Saregama/RPG)
5. Ghulam Ali – Le Chala Jaan – CD For The First Time Together (Vol 3)
6. Jagjit & Chitra Singh – Hazaron Khwahishen Aiseen – Mirza Ghalib (1988, TV-Serie)
7. Nayyara Noor – Aaj bazaar main pa ba Jolan chalo CD Faiz ki Yaad Mein (2004)

„Tradition & Moderne – A Tribute to Ali Akbar Khan – 20th July

1. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) – Raga Chandranandan – CD Signatures Serie Vol. 1 (Connoisseur Society)
2. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) – The Emperor (Raga Darbari Kanra) – CD Garden of Dreams (1993)
3. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod)  – Raga Gauri Manjari – CD Sarod – Vol. 08 (T-Series, AIR –All India Radio)
4. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) – Raga Medhavi – CD Medavi & Bairagi (1967, The Grammophone Company of India)
5. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) & Nikhil Bannerjee (Sitar) – Raga Manj Khammaj – CD Signature Series – Vol. 4 (1973, Connoisseur Society)
6. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) & Dr. L. Subramaniam (violin) – Raga Sindhi Bhairavi (1996, Delos)
7. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) – Jogiya Kalengra – CD Signature Series – Vol 1 (Connoisseur Society)

„Alankara-s – 10 Types of Raga Ornamentics – 17th Aug. and 21. Sept. (part 1 & 2)

1. Milind Raikar (violin) – Raga Malkauns- CD Milap (Ninaad)
2. Shruti Sadolikar (vocalist) – Raga Bibhas – CD Shruti Sadolikar (1992, Nimbus Records)
3. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (slide guitar) – Raga Puriya Dhanashri – CD Indian Delta (2001, live (Saptak-Music-Festival) – SenseWorldMusic)
4. Manilal Nag (Sitar) – Raga Nat Bairav – CD „Manilal Nag – Surbahar/Sitar (2002, India Archives)
5. Ajoy Chakrabarty (vocalist) – Raga Megh – (1993, live – Navras Records)
6. Ulhas Kashalkar (vocalist) – Raga Darbari Kandhada – CD Mellow Moods (1996, Venus Records&Tapes)
7. Buddhadev Das Gupta (Sarod) – Raga Ahir Bairav – CD „Buddhadev Das Gupta  – Morning Concert (1990, Raga Records)
8. Manilal Nag (Sitar) & Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan (Sitar + Shehnai) – Raga Desh (2005, Rhyme Records)
9. Falguni Mitra (vocalist) – Raga Jaijaiwanti
10. Veena Sahasrabuddhe – Raga Mian Tilak Kamod – CD „Tarana – Flights of Melody – Volume 4 (2005, Music Today)
11. Ajoy Chakkrabarty (vocalist) – Thumri: Kaisee Bajaayeeri Shayam Bansuria (Raga Bhairavi) – CD Jeevan (2005, live)
12. Shweta Jhaveri (vocalist) – Raga Puriaya Dhanashree – CD Khayal-Saga (2005, 21st Century Cosmos)
13. Shweta Jhaveri (vocalist) – Raga Bhairavi – CD Khayal-Saga (2005, 21st Century Cosmos)

Jugalbandi – Twins and Syblings – Duet in Indian Classics – 19th October

1. Puranchand Wadali & Pyarelal Wadali (vocals) – „Dum-Dum Karo Farid (Qawwali) – CD Farid (2005, Music Today).
2. Nasir Moinuddin & Nasir Aminuddin Dagar (Senior Dagar Brothers) – Raga Malkauns – CD „Calcutta 1955. (2007, Raga Records)
3. Rajan & Sajan Mishra (vocals) – Kriti „Kanakanaruchira (Raga Pooriya (Puriya)) – „Maestros Choice (Music Today)
4. Bombay Sisters – Ragam Varali – CD „Sri Thyagarajas Pancharatna Krithis – Volume 3 (2002, Vani)
5. Vilayat Khan (Sitar) & Shujaat Khan (Surbahar – Bass Sitar) – Raga Shahana – DVD (1997, Navras Records)
6. Sikkil Sisters (Flute) – „Krishna Nee Begane – CD Krishna Nee Begane (2004, Saregama)
7. Nathamuni Brothers (Clarinet) – Ragamalika: Raga Anandabhairavi, Raga Kalyani, Raga Ranjani – CD Nathamuni Brothers – Madras 1974 (Fire Museum Records)

Women in Indian Classics (part 1) – 16th November

1. Rasoolan Bai (vocal) – Thumri: Ja Main Tose Naahi Bolun (Raga Bhairavi)
2. Begum Akhtar (vocal) – Ghazal: „Chaar Dinon Kii Jawaanii (1942, Megaphone Record Company)
3. Begum Akhtar (vocal) – Ghazal: „Phir Fasale Bahaar Na_ii (1942, Megaphone Record Company)
4. MS Subbalakshmi (vocal) – Thygaraja Kriti: „Pakkala Nilabadi – CD „Live at Russia – Vol. 1 (2005, Saregama)
5. Gangubai Hangal (vocal) – Raga Marwa – CD „Classical Vocal – Ustad Amir Khan & Gangubai Hangal (Inreco)
6. Badi Moti Bai (vocal) – Kanha Bikh Bhari Bansia (Raga Porvi) – CD „Golden Milestones – Melody Queens (Saregama)
7. Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal (vocal) – Raga Shree Ranjani – CD Sari Evvare (2004, The Orchard / Saregama)
8. Siddheshwari Devi – Kajari

„Five minus 1 – Raga Malashree. – 21st December

1. Timir Baran Orchestra (1943/1944).
2. Hussain Baksh (Sarangi)
3. Badar & Qamar-uz-Zaman (vocals)
4. Ali Akbar Khan (2006, live – Dover Lane Festival (Kolkata))
5. Vilayat Khan (Sitar) – Raga Shankara – CD Raga Shankara (2004, Saregama)
6. Mohammad Hussain Sarahang (vocal)


Jingle: WEST meets EAST – indian ragas on western instruments
(CDNF 150562 ADD Made in India . PKD. 12/2004)

1. MISHRA KALENGRA:
JINAN PRAKASH GHOSH (Harmonium) & V.G. JOG (Violin)
2. THUMRI in RAGA KHAMAJ in ADDHA TEEN TAAL
3. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Slide Guitar)
4. RAGA KALAVATI: Shankar Jaikishan
5. RAGA MADHUVANTI: Charanjeet SINGH (Synthethizer)

P  & C 2004 Owner, Manufacturer: SAREGAMA INDIA Ltd., 33, Jessore Road, Kolkata – 700 028. India (Original sound recording: The Gramophone Company of India Ltd.)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 ! – IMC OnAir wishes you and your family all the best.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 31, 2009

impressions of the Firework 2010 at the Harbour side

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Saptak Annual Festival 2010 – Viraasat (1st till 13th Jan 2010)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 30, 2009

The famous Russian composer and concert pianist Sergei Rachmaninov had once said that, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” To delve deeper into the world of music, a group of performers and music connoisseurs in Ahmedabad started on a journey in 1980 The quest was to connect with all those who were associated with Indian classical music – as a performer, as a student or as a rasika (listener). The initiative had the blessings of two legends of Indian Classical Music – Pt. Ravishankar and Pt. Kishan Maharaj. Nearly 30 years later, the spark of inspiration continues to burn bright, lighting up the path for newer initiatives that continue to evolve.

Saptak annual festival of music
The annual festival of music organised by Saptak from the 1st to 13th of January every year, is a musical feast that is the delight of any music connoisseur. This celebration of music is quite a unique experience in itself. The evening’s performance always begins with an emerging talent. With several luminaries in the audience, this is a grand stage for the young performer.

As the evening progresses, some of the most renowned performers in Indian classical music take the stage. The rasikas often leave in the early hours of the morning with a Raag Baghesri, Malkauns or Lalit still humming in their ears. It’s a celebration of music in its purest form. There are no tickets, no reservations, and one gets to be in the hall only through invitation. With the hall brimming over with highly knowledgeable and sensitive music connoisseurs, the performers are motivated to put forth their best performance at Saptak.

What makes the annual fare a memorable one is that it scales over popular demands to provide a rich bouquet of experience. While the audience gets treated to vintage khayal performances from the established maestros, they also have an opportunity to experience the dhrupad gayaki, thumris, rajasthani folk music, instrumental recitals of sitar, sarangi, flute, the mohan veena, rudra veena and percussion recitals on the tabla, pakhawaj and even the mridangam by the great contemporary musicians and musical experimentations of fusion . With nearly 125 top artistes and about 50 performances spread over 13 days (15 Baithaks including 2 morning baithaks), the music lovers from all over India and abroad converge at the Saptak music festival for an unparalleled experience.

No Artist Name Instrument / Vocal Event
Date
Event Time
1 Shri Bhaskar Nath Shehnai 01-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Ram Nath Shehnai
Shri Manu Maharaj Sur Mandal
Shri Kedar Nath Tabla
2 Ustad Shujat Khan Sitar
Shri Sandeep Das Tabla
3 Pandit Jasraj Vocal
Shri Ratan Mohan Sharma Vocal
Pt.Nandan Mehta Tabla
Shri Vijay Ghate Tabla
Shri Mukund Petkar Harmonium

1 Ms.Geeta Javadekar Vocal 02-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Jajwalya Shukla Tabla
Shri Raju Gandharva Harmonium
2 Jayini Shah Sitar
Aishwarya Jalnapurka Sitar
Aastha Kachchi Sitar
Kabirdan Gadhvi Tabla
3 Pt.Shounak Abhisheki Vocal
Shri Arvind Azad Tabla
Shri Sudhir Nayak Harmonium
4 Pt.Hariprasad Chaurasia Flute
Shri Vijay Ghate Tabla

1 Shri Basant Kabra Sarod 03-1-10 10:00:AM
Shri Akram Khan Tabla
2 Felicitation of Padmabhushan Dr.R.C.Mehta
3 Ms.Shubha Mudgal Vocal
Shri Aneesh Pradhan Tabla
Shri Sudhir Nayak Harmonium
4 Shreyansh Shah Tabla 08:30:PM
Rahul Kushawaha Tabla
Kalpesh Bhojak Harmonium
5 Ms.Pratima Tilak Vocal
Shri Aneesh Pradhan Tabla
Shri Sudhir Yardi Harmonium
6 Ustad Nishat Khan Sitar
Shri Fazal Qureshi Tabla
7 Pt.Ulhas Kashalkar Vocal
Shri Yogesh Samsi Tabla
Shri Sudhir Nayak Harmonium
Shri Sarwar Hussain Sarangi

1 Ms.Rujul Pathak-Pota Vocal 04-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Munjal Mehta Tabla
Shri Raju Gandharva Harmonium
2 Shri Manu Seen Sitar
Shri Himanshu Mahant Tabla
3 Shri Venkatesh Kumar Vocal
Shri Prithviraj Mishra Tabla
Shri Shishirchandra Bhatt Harmonium
Shri Moinuddin Khan Sarangi
4 Shri Amaan Ali Khan Sarod
Shri Ayaan Ali Khan Sarod
Shri Shubhanker Banerjee Tabla

1 Pt.Krishna Mohan Bhatt Sitar 05-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Shubhanker Banerjee Tabla
2 Pt.L.K.Pandit Vocal
Shri Akram Khan Tabla
Ustad Mehmood Dhaulpuri Harmonium
Shri Ikram Khan Sarangi
3 Pt.Shivkumar Sharma Santoor
Shri Yogesh Samsi Tabla

1 Ms.Sanhita Nandi Vocal 06-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Pravin Shinde Tabla
Shri Yameen Khan Harmonium
2 Ustad Ashish Khan Sarod
Pt.Pooran Maharaj Tabla
3 Ms.Jayanti Ravi Vocal
Shri Vellore Ramabhadran Mridangam
Ms.Usha Rajagopal Violin
4 Zakir Hussain Tabla
Shri Sabir Khan Sarangi

1 Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan Vocal 07-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Rafiuddin Sabri Tabla
Shri Sudhir Yardi Harmonium
2 Pt.Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Mohan Veena
Rajasthani Folk Group
Anwar Khan Manganiar Lok Geet
Gazi Khan Khadtal
Ghevar Khan Kamayacha
Firoz Khan Dholak
Barkat Khan Lok Geet
Shri Ramkumar Mishra Tabla
3 Ustad Sultan Khan Sarangi
Shri Sabir Khan Sarangi- Support
Shri Dilshad Khan Sarangi- Support
Shri Prithviraj Mishra Tabla

1 Shri Josh Bennet Sitar 08-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Jay Dabgar Tabla
2 Shri Vikas Parikh Vocal
Shri Pravin Shinde Tabla
Shri Raju Gandharva Harmonium
3 Pt.Bhajan Sopori Santoor
Shri Rafiuddin Sabri Tabla
4 Pt.Rajan Mishra Vocal
Pt.Sajan Mishra Vocal
Pt.Kumar Bose Tabla
Shri Dharmanath Mishra Harmonium

1 Shri Alla Rakha Kalavant Sarangi 09-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Prithviraj Mishra Tabla
2 Pt.Ajay Pohanker Vocal
Shri Arvind Azad Tabla
Shri Dharmanath Mishra Harmonium
Shri Alla Rakha Kalavant Sarangi
3 Ustad Shahid Parvez Sitar
Shri Shakir Khan Sitar- Support
Pt.Kumar Bose Tabla

1 Megh Vayada Vocal – Vandana 10-1-10 05:30:PM
Anushree Das Vocal – Vandana
Radhika Parikh Vocal – Vandana
Trusha Trivedi Vocal – Vandana
Shri Vasishth Shastri Tabla
2 Shri Prashant Mallik Dhrupad
Shri Nishant Mallik Dhrupad
Shri Ravishanker Upadhyay Pakhawaj
3 Dr.N.Rajam Violin
Dr.Sangeeta Shanker Violin
Kum.Ragini Shanker Violin- Support
Kum. Nandini Shanker Violin- Support
Shri RamKumar Mishra Tabla
4 Shri Ravishaker Upadhyay Pakhawaj
Shri Rishi Upadhyay Pakhawaj- Support
Ms.Mahima Upadhyay Pakhawaj- Support
Ms.Malati Upadhyay Harmonium
Shri Ikram Khan Sarangi
5 Ms.Shaswati Mandal Pal Vocal
Pt.Gopal Mishra Tabla
Shri Amit Thakker Harmonium
Shri Alla Rakha Kalavant Sarangi
6 Pt. Debu Choudhary Sitar
Shri Shubh Maharaj Tabla
7 Shri Umakant Gundecha Vocal- Dhrupad
Shri Ramakant Gundecha Vocal – Dhrupad
Shri Akhilesh Gundecha Pakhawaj

1 Saptak Instrumental Ensemble: 11-1-10 08:30:PM
Parv Tapodhan Sitar
Vinita Shukla Sitar
Hiral Shah Sitar
Bindu Patel Sitar
Bharvi Shah Sitar
Vibhavari Save Sitar
Shridevi Yajnik Sitar
Shital Patel Sarod
Adit Ravi Flute
Dr.S.B.Chakrabarty Violin
Sapan Anjaria Tabla
2 Ms.Monica Shah Vocal
Shri Nakul Mishra Tabla
Shr Kishore Kunte Harmonium
3 Shri Rahul Sharma Santoor
Shri Aditya Kalyanpur Tabla
Shri Bhavani Shankar Pakhawaj
4 Ustad Rashid Khan Vocal
Shri Vijay Ghate Tabla
Ustad Mehmood Dhaulpuri Harmonium
Shri Murad Ali Sarangi

1 Ms.Madhavi Jhala Kathak 12-1-10 08:30:PM
Shri Vasishth Shastri Tabla
Shri Mehmood Khan Sitar
Shri Prahar Vora Vocal
Shri Alla Rakha Kalavant Sarangi
Shri Shishirchandra Bhatt Pakhawaj
2 Shri Saugato Roy Chaudhary Sarod
Shri Debajyoti Sanyal Tabla
3 Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty Vocal
Shri Yogesh Samsi Tabla
Shri Ajay Joglekar Harmonium

1 Shri Devi Prasad Sitar 13-1-10 08:30:PM
Pt.Gopal Mishra Tabla
2 Ms. Uma Garg Vocal
Shri Nakul Mishra Tabla
Shri Yameen Khan Harmonium
3 Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sarod
Shri Sandeep Das Tabla
Shri Vineet Vyas Tabla

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Other Saptak Events

Apart from the annual festival, Saptak also organises a week long Saptak Sankalp Saptah Festival to showcase and promote emerging talents alongwith accomplished, senior Gurus. Shorter festivals to celebrate various seasons such as Vasant (spring) and Varsha (monsoon) are also organised by Saptak.

(Source: 12/2009 – Saptak.org)

Impressions from the Saptak 2006

Manju Mehta (Sitar) – Saptak 1999

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Bangalore: Singer C Ashwath passes away at 70/71

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 29, 2009

C. Ashwath (29 Dec 1938 - 29 Dec 2009)

C. Ashwath (29 Dec 1938 - 29 Dec 2009)

By: Shekhar H Hooli

Singer C Ashwath, a master of Kannada Sugam Sangeetha, has passed away this morning. He was 70. The Kannada musician was admitted to Columbia Asia Hospital Yashwanthpur, Bangalore after he suffered a severe stomach ache on 17 December 2009.

C Ashwath was suffering from abdominal pain and was admitted to ICU at Columbia Asia Hospital. He was being treated for liver and Kidney problem. The doctor had said that he was responding well to the treatment and soon he would be back to normal condition.

C. Aswath is a household name in Karnataka. He is, perhaps the only Music Director in Karnataka, to have carved a niche of his own in all three fields that demand music as an element of expression: Theatre, Sugam Sangeetha (‘light music’) and Film.

He was born on December 29, 1939. He was graduated in Science from Bangalore University and later worked in Indian Telephone Industries for 27 years before retiring as an Executive Engineer in 1992. He started his musical career as a disciple of Devagiri Shankararao Joshi in Hindustani Music.

However, the singer has turned 71 today (29th Decebmer). His friends and well wishers had planned to celebrate his 71st birthday in a special way. A function was to be held at Ravindra Kala Kshetra, Bangalore and Swamiji of Suttur and Virendra Hegde were to facilitate him on the occasion this evening. After this, he was expected to sing his popular songs.

But bad luck! The singer C Ashwath has breathed his last on his birthday. His death has left Kannada music lovers into the pool of tears. We at Oneindia pray that may his soul rest in peace.

(Source: 12/2009 – Tuesday, December 29, 2009,12:20 [IST] | oneindia – Entertainment – Kannada – Top-stories)

Guptha Gamini (Chandrashekhar Patil) – C. Ashwath

Ondirulu Kanasinali – C. Ashwath

TV News on 29th December…

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India: Music sales… Cabinet approves changes in Copyright Act 1957

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 25, 2009

AMENDMENTS IN COPYRIGHT ACT 1957 – Cabinet approves changes

Mumbai: With the decline in the physical sales of music CDs and cassettes the music directors, singers and lyricists don’t get their share of revenue from the digital sales of music.

However, things might change now after the Cabinet approved amendments to the Copyright Act 1957 (see original as PDF) on Thursday.

The primary source of revenue in music market is now digital sales through mobile ringtones and internet downloads but all this goes into the pockets of music company and service providers.

“This did not exist few years ago. Nobody even imagined that there will be anything like mobile or ringtones. But as the money is multiplying people are becoming more and more greedy and don’t want to part away single pie from it,” says music director Anand.

“The physical sale has come down and its more of digital sales,” says Milind.

Many won’t believe but singer and lyricist Swanand Kirkire, who sung the famous song Bawra mann dekhne chala ek sapna from Hazaroon Khawashein Aisi didn’t earn a single paisa from it.

“Because there was no contract as such and we work in a very relationship based industry where you work on your relationship and if you want to keep working for same producer you don’t discuss money,” he says.

The other surprising fact is that this year the company which declared itself the largest music seller in terms of revenue was not HMV, Saregama or Tseries but Airtel.

While efforts are on to set the imbalance right, only a united initiative from the artistes will eventually bring about a change.

(Source: 12/2009 (Fri, Dec 25, 2009 at 01:47) IBN Live – News in Entertainment section by Somen Mishra / CNN-IBN)

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special “Miles from India” – documentary of a backstage talk with John McLaughlin (Shakti/Mahavishnu)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 25, 2009

The promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classics and it’s media production IMC OnAir (IMCRadio.Net) enjoyed that the great fusion and Rock Jazz guitarist John McLaughlin followed the invitation for a unique BackStageTalk in May 2008. The production goes back to the 1st pre plannings during John’s Hamburg visit in July 2007 with “Remember Shakti” and together with Zakir Hussain (Tabla) for a Dalai Lama charity concert.

date of broadcasting: 2nd January 2010 – 03:00-03:58 p.m. (METZ)
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The 58 minutes special “Miles from India” being broadcasted on 2nd January 2010 documents the fully talk. (Rec.: The 28 minutes TV special was broadcasted on 7th July 2008 – 08:30 pm (MEST) and shows John McLaughlin & CD Floating Point (Release - April 2008)an extract.) – The BackStage Talk refers to John’s project in India “Floating Point” which was released in April 2008 and his composition of the titel song for the double CD “Miles from India” with world premiere in NewYork on 9th May 2008.Miles from India (2 CD Set)

John’s time schedule of his European Concert tour 2008 with his formation “4th dimension” since 9th May “on the road” required to set the interview beside John’s concert on 28th May 2008 in the culture and communication centre FABRIK (Hamburg-Altona), Germany’s most famous hot spot (since 1971) for unique concerts in (Rock) Jazz, Blues, Fusion, Cross over and World Music…

screen splashs out of the TV production shortly documenting the “John McLaughlin Backstage Talk

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Thank’s to all supporters…

Plus Pictures René Tenenjou Face Art Academy (Hamburg) Deghelt Productions - Christophe Deghelt

FABRIK - Communication & Culture Centre (Hamburg - Altona) TIDE TV - 96.0 - Net MediaStarz Monaco

Four Quarters Entertainment Inc. N.Y. Times Square Records - A Silva Screen Label (Logo) Das Hamburger Photoblog

Miles Davis @ ICON Collectibles Sony BMG Entertainment.... Abstract Logix (U.S.A.)

CD: Miles from India (2008)

MILES FROM INDIA concert produced by Yusuf Gandhi and Bob Belden

Miles From India (Encore Part 1) Montreal July 4, 2009

Miles From India (Encore Part 2) Montreal July 4, 2009

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Moderation Script (12/2009): Five minus 1 – Raga Malashree (Raga CDs of the Months)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 21, 2009

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Raga CDs of the months (12/09): Five minus 1 – Raga Malashree

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 18, 2009

The Ragas and Ragams of North and South Indian Classics can exhibit most diverse combinations in the ascending and descending scale. In our time the Indian music maestros, vocalists and instrumentalists present some few hundred Ragas from thousands of combinations to the audience and listeners. The 5 notes (Andav), 6 notes (Sadava) or 7 notes Ragas (Sapta) are established.

In India one meets the opinion among musicologists and musicians as facts that Ragas with at least five notes (Audav/Sanskrit = five (5)) have to be played. The last show of IMC – India meets Classic in 2009 will start the proof with rare  audio documents that it is not like that.

dates of broadcasting…
21st December 2009 – 10:00 p.m. (METZ)
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Our topic „five minus 1″ lets suspect that there must exist 4 notes ragas in Indian Classics also. The ancient Raga Malashree or Malshree is the representative of this category, a Raga of North Indian Classics, the Hindustani music. Its phonetically identical namesake Malasri is even a 3 note Raga.

Raga Malasri scala on key note C : C E G C | Sa – Ga – Pa – Sa’ ( 1 3 5 )
Raga Malashree plus 7th pitch Ni (1 3 5 7)

Raga MalaShree regularly possesses four (4) notes, Svarantara (popular type). The 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th pitch is played: SA – Ga – Pa and Ni. It is a kind of major triad with an extended 7th pitch, in Jazz a major seven (maj 7).

The name Malashri appears in India also as maiden name. Malashri originates from Sanskrit and means „marvelous garland “.

Ragamala paintings from Rajasthan (India):
Malasri Ragini – 3rd wife of male Raga Bhairava (morning raga)

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left: c. 1650, artist: unknown  (British Library) | right: c. 1605, artist: Nisaruddin (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

The „Garland of Ragas“ is illustsrated by motives and a kind of story telling in the Indian miniature painting, the Ragamala-s.  IMC – India meets Classic presented the special composition form in one of it’s former shows.

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Raga Malasri (3 notes) and Malshree (4 notes):
the selected key note is C the scale has 3 (Malasri) or 4 (Malshree) notes plus the octave
the scale is ascending
the default scale keynote is C
scale on C (see displayed graphically) : C E G (B) C
scale intervals in semitone or half steps from key note : 0 4 7 (11) 12
note to note interval : M3 m3 P4 (Malasri) or M3 (Malshree)
interval quality : dd: doubly diminished, d: diminished, m: minor, P: perfect, M: major,
A
: augmented, dA: doubly augmented
(Source: Dolmetsch.com – http://www.dolmetsch.com/pianochords.htm)

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Raga CDs des Monats (12/09): Fünf minus 1 – Raga Malashree

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 18, 2009

Die Ragas und Ragams der nord- und südindischen Klassik können in der aufsteigenden und absteigenden Skala verschiedenste Kombinationen aufweisen. In unserer Zeit präsentieren die indischen Musik-Maestros, Sänger wie Instrumentalisten dem Publikum und Zuhörer wenige hunderte Ragas aus Tausenden von Kombinationsmöglichkeiten. Etabliert haben sich die 5-Ton- (Andav), 6-Ton- (Sadava) oder 7-Ton-Ragas (Sapta).

In Indien trifft man unter Musikwissenschaftlern wie Musizierenden auf die Meinung, dass Ragas mit wenigstens fünf Noten (Audav / Sanskrit = fünf (5)) gespielt werden müssten. Die letzte Sendung von IMC – India meets Classic im Jahre 2009 tritt mit seltenen Tondokumenten den Beweis an, dass dem nicht so ist.

S e n d e t e r m i n e …

21. Dezember 2009 – 22:00 Uhr (MESTZ)
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Der Titel „Fünf minus 1“ lässt erahnen, dass es in der indischen Klassik auch 4-Ton-Ragas geben muss. Der antike Raga Malashree oder Malshree ist ein Vertreter dieser Kategorie; ein Raga der nordindischen Klassik, der Hindustani-Musik. Sein phonetisch gleichlautender Namensvetter Malasri ist sogar ein 3-Ton-Raga.

Raga Malasri-Skala auf dem Grundton C : C E G C | Sa – Ga – Pa – Sa’ ( 1 3 5 )
Raga Malashree zusätzl. mit 7. Stufe Ni (1 3 5 7)

Raga MalaShree besitzt regulär vier (4) Noten, Svarantara. Es werden die 1., 3., 5. und 7. Stufe gespielt: Sa – Ga – Pa und Ni. Eine Art Dur-Dreiklang mit einer erweiterten 7. Stufe, im Jazz ein Major seven (maj 7).

Der Name Malashri findet sich in Indien auch als Mädchenname wieder. Ursprünglich stammt Malashri aus dem Sanskrit und bedeutet „wunderbare Girlande“.

Ragamala Malereien aus Rajasthan (Indien):
Malasri Ragini – 3. Ehefrau des männl. Ragas Bhairava (Morgenraga)

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links: c. 1650, Künstler: unbekannt (British Library) | rechts: c. 1605, Künstler: Nisaruddin (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Eine „Girlande von Ragas“ motivisch und namentlich illustriert finden wir in der indischen Miniaturmalerei, den Ragamalas. Die besondere Kompositionsform der Raga-Girlanden, der Ragamalas haben wir in einer unserer früheren Sendungen vorgestellt.

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Raga Malasri (3 notes) and Malshree (4 notes):
the selected key note is C the scale has 3 (Malasri) or 4 (Malshree) notes plus the octave
the scale is ascending
the default scale keynote is C
scale on C (see displayed graphically) : C E G (B) C
scale intervals in semitone or half steps from key note : 0 4 7 (11) 12
note to note interval : M3 m3 P4 (Malasri) or M3 (Malshree)
interval quality : dd: doubly diminished, d: diminished, m: minor, P: perfect, M: major,
A
: augmented, dA: doubly augmented
(Quelle: Dolmetsch.com – http://www.dolmetsch.com/pianochords.htm)

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Grammy Nomination News: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod) and Rahim AlHaj (Oud) get the chance in a peaceful co-existence

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 10, 2009

Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan nominated for 2010 Grammy

Rahim AlHaj and Amjad Ali Khan have been honoured by the Recording Academy with a 2010 Grammy Nomination* in the Best Traditional World Music Category for their CD Ancient Sound.  The nomination makes it the second for Mr. AlHaj’s (the first was in 2008 for When the Soul is Settled: The Music of Iraq) whereas its Khan Sahab’s first nomination.

Ancient Sounds is a remarkable collaboration between these two widely acknowledged string masters – Rahim AlHaj Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Two of the world’s renowned masters of ancient stringed instruments, the Iraqi Oud (lute) and the Indian Sarod that brings together the musical heritage of their respective ancient cultures in a contemporary way resulting in a mesmerizing and harmonious dialogue. Their live duets, accompanied by Indian and Middle Eastern percussion, are sublime, powerful, passionate and extraordinarily beautiful.

(Source: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 –  IndiaGlitz | Hindi – News)

*) The 52nd Grammy awards will be presented on January 31, 2010 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Rahim Alhaj in the studio…

Some important words of Amjad Ali Khan about music…

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