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An Indian in Pittsburgh

UPASANA. Sanskrit Chants and Hymns by Charushree. Available at www.ragawave.com When Pittsburgh was the center of American steel production, it was famous for the ethnic diversity of the many immigrants who came to work in the steel mills. The University of Pittsburgh...
Bhansali’s Musical Heaven

Bhansali’s Musical Heaven

DEVDAS (Universal, 2002). Hindi film soundtrack. Music: Ismail Darbar. Lyrics: Nusrat Badr For perhaps the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas had to deliver a score that not only met the hype but also let Ismail Darbar...

Rebirth of an Innovative Tradition

YOUR LIFE IS BUT A MOMENT, The New Maihar Band. Available at the Ali Akbar College Store, 215 West End Ave, San Rafael, CA. 94901. (800) 748-2252, (415) 454-0581. www.aacm.org. Baba Allaudin Khan, who revolutionized Indian music in the early 20th century, was known to...
Melodious Ragas

Melodious Ragas

Annamacharya’s lyrics are set to music by Padma Bhushan Sripada Pinakapani and rendered beautifully by the Malladi brothers. Annamacharya was a saint who lived in the fifteenth century and composed several thousand kirthanas in praise of Lord Venkateswara of...
The Pagan Love Orchestra Returns

The Pagan Love Orchestra Returns

MONDO RAMA. Narada Records. Available at most record stores. www.jaiuttal.com and www.narada.com When I reviewed the Pagan Love Orchestra’s last album, I was convinced that Jai Uttal had found a musical style that he could cultivate for years. I predicted that his...
Who’s Afraid of Dhrupad?

Who’s Afraid of Dhrupad?

Dhrupad Vocal. Gundecha Brothers. Sundaram records. Available at www.dhrupad.org Hindustani musicians often speak of dhrupad the same way that jazz musicians speak of the blues: It is the root, the source from which their music springs, and to which each musician must...