Saturday, 23 September 2017

Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur sings rare and complex Ragas - LP published in India in 1978


Now we post two LPs by the great Mallikarjun Mansur which our blogger friend Bolingo already posted years ago. But at that time to offer also flac files was not the norm. We present here also flac files. 
Here the first of these two LPs. It was the very first LP by this artist I ever encountered and bought. I discovered it in the late 1970s in one of the 3 or 4 Indian and Pakistani record shops in Southall near London. I remember still very vividly that when I saw this record I immediately knew that I was in front of something exceptional. What first struck me was that ascetic looking intense face. I don't remember if I listened already in the shop to the LP. But what I remember is that when I listened to it at home the music took me immediately: I never had heard such beautiful music before and such a radiant voice and such rich taans. It was like eternally flowing music from another world. For many years it stayed my favorite record and still is. By now I have over two hundred recordings by the great master, but this one is still extremely dear to me.
Over the years we posted already seven LPs and cassettes by the artist. See here.



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

D.V. Paluskar (1921-1955) - Great Master, Great Music - LP published in India in 1971


Here another beautiful LP by the great artist. This one was amongst the very first vocal recordings I obtained and was for a long time one of my favorites and still is. I bought it mid 1970s in London or Southall on my first or second shopping trip to the Indian record shops there.





Monday, 11 September 2017

D.V. Paluskar (1921-1955) - Morning Melodies - An All India Radio Release - LP published in India in 1988


D.V. Paluskar (1921-1955) was one of the greatest and most popular singers of the Gwalior Gharana in mid 20th century. He passed away quite young.
On the artist see:





There are quite a number of CDs by the artist: two by Akashvani from the archives of All India Radio, a series of five CDs by Meera Music and a couple of others. As always, they can be obtained from info@raga-maqam-dastgah.com

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Sayeeduddin Dagar (20 April 1939 – 30 July 2017) passed away - May he rest in peace - In his memory two concert recordings from 1989 & 2000


Only today I received the sad news that Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar passed away on 30th of July. May his soul rest in peace. He was the last surviving representative of the 19th generation of the Dagar dynasty. 
I met him first around 2000 in Holland, I think at a concert in Amsterdam. Afterwards we met for a couple of years at a number of other concerts and developped a very warm friendship. The most beautiful concert, for me and my wife, took place in a suburb of Paris, in a small building at the back of a garden with only around 30 visitors. My wife was very fond of him and talked about this concert for many years. This concert was one of the most memorable concerts I ever experienced. It seems that the Ustad gave the most outstanding performances in front of a small public.
In the last 10 or 15 years a couple of CDs by him were released in France and UK.

On the artist see:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Sayeeduddin_Dagar
http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/inside-isha/expressions/tribute-ustad-sayeeduddin-dagar/
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/music/dhrupad-maestro-ustad-sayeeduddin-dagar-dies-aged-78/article19395864.ece

Concert in Bonn, Germany, in 1989:




Concert in Cologne at WDR in 2000:






Many thanks to KF for the recordings and the covers.


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (1902-1968) - Recordings from Radio Pakistan - LP published in Pakistan


I guess these recordings were done in the period in which he lived in Lahore, Pakistan. That was up to 1957 or 1958, when he obtained Indian citizenship.
On his excellent blog our dear friend Bolingo had posted this LP already with mp3-files. He also posted four other LPs by the artist. See here.