The Divine Reed

Shehnai Recital Ustad Bismillah Khan and Party. EMI. Available at Ali Akbar College Store, San Rafael, CA. (800) 748-2252. www.aacm.org One of the few things that all Indians seem to share is their love for the shehnai. I have heard my Indian friends compare the sound...

Folk and Classical Together

Classically Yours. Shubha Mudgal, Vocals. Purshottam Walawlakar, Harmonium. Aneesh Pradhan, tabla. Ali More Angana. Shubha Mudgal, Vocals. Jawahar Wattal, Musical Director and composer. Ravi Pawar, arrangements. Magnasound, Mumbai, India. Available at most Indian...
East Meets East, North Meets South

East Meets East, North Meets South

FOOD FOR THE SOUL: K. Sridhar (sarod), Sopan Dev (tabla). SACEM, France. ARABANDI: Nada Productions, Israel. NADA15. www.sridhar.org/recordings.htm Krishnamurti Sridhar has lived his musical life by an important principle: If you’re true to your roots, you will...

Gandharva Music Exposed

RAIN MELODY. Amar Nath bansuri with Somnath Mukhergee tabla. MUM press. (800) 831-6523. It would be easy for anyone with an uncharitable spirit and hostility to Eastern spirituality to build a convincing case against Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music. On the CD Rain...

Cyber-Guru of the Sitar

JAFFERKHANI BAAJ: Innovation in Sitar Music by Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan. $30. Available from Amjad Noorani, 13208 Corte de Chamisal, Salinas, CA 93908. (831) 484-9188. email: alizebfar@aol.com. Westerners like to think that the West is rational and articulate, and that...

Like Father, Like Daughter

Two years ago, when Anoushka Shankar was 16, she released her first album, titled simply “Anoushka.” It showcased her ability to play fast taans and deris, tricky chand and laya patterns, and expressive meend. Her touch was relatively light and delicate...