This brilliant performance of the majestic evening raga Bageshri features sitar maestro Debu Chaudhuri at his very best. The introductory alap is measured and serene. That is followed by slow and fast gats, compositions. The fast passages are precise and clean. The speedy closing jhala is exciting. Debuji is skillfully accompanied on the tabla by Somnath Mukherjee, a disciple of Shyamal Bose. Sixty-five minutes of precious music, a jewel in our Indian music archive.
Recorded at the University of Colorado.
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.