Yaman & Bageshri
Yaman, an evening melody is one of the most popular of all ragas and a Debu Chaudhuri specialty. In this recording, the sitar maestro renders a delicate and detailed musical tapestry. After the alap, where the contours of raga are explored, he plays slow and fast compositions. The second performance in this recording is raga Bageshri. After an evocative alap, he plays medium and fast-tempo compositions. He is accompanied on the tabla by Nayan Ghosh, son and disciple of Pandit Nikhil Ghosh.
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.