Program #CULT044. Recorded in Kolkata, India on November 18, 1970.
This is a very special recording. Maestro Chaudhuri performs raga Kedara. This evening mode is a specialty of the Senia Gharana, the school of music linked to Miya Tansen, Emperor Akbar’s court musician in the 16th century. Maestro Chaudhuri draws out the deep plaintive elements of the raga. The introductory alap, solo slow passage, is marked by serenity and an understanding of the contours of the raga. Not a single note is wasted. The two gat compositions, that’s when the tabla joins in are equally brilliant with the speedier gat marked by fast and clear runs in a virtuoso display of the maestro’s command of his instrument. Kedara is followed by a marvelously evocative and haunting rendition of raga Piloo. Shyamal Bose of the Farakkabad gharana of tabla, provides excellent and spirited accompaniment.
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