Lalit is a beautiful early morning raga and a speciality of maestro Chaudhuri. In this recording he performs masitkhani (slow)and razakhani (fast) gats, compositions, in teen tal, 16 beats. Lalit is followed by raga Shahana Bahar, a late night melody. The gat is in ektal of 12 beats. Maestro Chaudhuri concludes with an evocative dhun, a light classical form, based on raga Pilu in dadra tal of six beats. Anindo Chatterjee provides brilliant accompaniment on tabla.
Winner of the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s most prestigious awards, Pandit Debu Chaudhuri, was a legendary figure in Indian classical music. He was born in 1935 in what is now Bangladesh. He took up sitar at an early age. He was a disciple of the great sitar maestro, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan of the Senia Gharana, the traditional school of Indian classical music named after Tansen, the father of Indian music. Debuji’s playing was noted for its sweetness and sensitivity. He was the long-time Dean of Fine Arts and Head of the Department of Music at Delhi University. He was the beloved guru of AR’s David Barsamian. Debuji and his son Prateek, also a noted sitar virtuoso, both passed away in New Delhi during the Covid-19 pandemic in May 2021.