Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar was one of the very few from the 18th generation of the Dagars of whom quite a number of recordings exist. See the wonderful LP which Bolingo on his excellent blog posted in 2011 It also exists as a cassette. Here we present a long Raga Asavari by this outstanding Dhrupad master. We received the recording on a CD in the early 2000s from our friend DM, who also made the covers. Many thanks to him.
This Raga Asavari seems to be the same that was published, slightly edited, on the double CD "The Dhrupad of the Dagar Bani", Edizioni Musicali III Millennio, Roma, Italy, 2003. The source of our version here seems to be a cassette, as the timings suggest. Here from the CD the correct track information:
Alap nom tom madhya and drut
Dhrupad chautal "Ayo jit hi" & Dhrupad sultal "Ana sunai bansuri Kanha" (same composition that the Senior Dagar Brothers sing on the Unesco LP)
with vocal support by R. Fahimuddin Dagar
Pakhawaj: Pandit Purushottam Das
Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar is the father of Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar. See our post from 2011 here.
Next we will post some AIR broadcasts and two EPs by the great master.
The great Sarod player Buddhadev Das Gupta passed away yesterday. May he rest in peace. He was a very prominent heir to the great tradition of his guru Radhika Mohan Maitra and a true representative of the Senia Shahjahanpur Gharana. He was also an excellent teacher and left behind many outstanding disciples on both the Sarod and the Sitar. I saw him in the 1990s and the early 2000s quite a couple of times in concert. Always very impressive.
Here two more recordings by the Senior Dagar Brothers from the archives of All India Rado (AIR). I received these recordings in the late 1990s from VN, a Dhrupad collector from UK. The recordings in our previous post might also come orginally from him. Many many thanks to him. Our friend KF made a CD out of them and created a cover. Also many thanks to him.
Like the Jayjayvanti in our previous post also the Gunkali here is different from the one on the commercial CD from Akashvani. See below.
We start this year with a series of Dhrupad recordings. We had already posted in the past quite a number of Dhrupad recordings, both vocal and instrumental. Here it will be only vocal recordings.
We start with perhaps the most outstanding and beautiful recording of Dhrupad ever: a legendary LP by the Senior Dagar Brothers Moinuddin Dagar (1919-1966) and Aminuddin Dagar (1923-2000), published in the famous Unesco Collection "A Musical Anthology of the Orient" as volume 18. The recordings were done during their 1964 European tour (Berlin, Paris, Venice) in Berlin. For me it was the very first vocal Raga music I ever heard. I had listened to it many times in the end of the 1960s at the home of some friends and bought my own copy, the one we post here, in the early 1970s.
In the early 2000s there was a project to republish this whole Unesco series on CD, but unfortunately only very few volumes saw the day. I guess the label - Rounder in the US - gave up the project as the CDs didn't sell as expected. So these recordings were never republished, though there are still many copies around for sale, as one can see for example on Discogs.
In 2011 we had posted another LP by the Senior Dagar Brothers, the one originally published in India by The Gramophone Company of India in 1965. See here.
Dear visitors of this blog, I wish you all a very happy new year with good health, lots of good music and, most important, lots of love and peace in a world which gets crazier every day. It is a pleasure to share so much music dear to my heart with you. I have the intention and hope to be able to continue for a while. There is still so much beautiful and rare music I wish to share with you.
The next projects will be, God willing, first a series of Dhrupad recordings, then an introduction to some almost forgotten masters of the Delhi Gharana. Afterwards some recordings by other singers like Rajab Ali Khan etc. Then there will be a bigger project about LPs obtained from India, with some remarks on their shortcomings due to the climate in India, mostly by less known instrumental masters.
I would also like to share some interesting and astonishing points about the statistics of this blog:
Some I understand, some I find extremely astonishing, especially the Shashmaqam on position 2 and the very recent post of a box of 5 LPs of Music of Afghanistan already on position 5 (in only 10 days). That there is an almost forgotten master of Dhrupad and Rudra Veena on position one is also quite unexpected. Positions 3 and 10 are probably due to the extreme popularity of these albums or musicians in their home country.
The highest numbers of visitors come from these countries:
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5. Russia: 89438
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7. Canada: 19480
8. Italy: 18538
9. Spain: 12155
10. Japan: 11943
No big surprises here, though I hadn't expected such a big public from India and a bigger one from the United Kingdom.
The number of comments is quite low, if one takes into account the total number of visitors: just 2309.
Here I owe an excuse to the commentators. In most cases I don't respond to the comments, mostly because of lack of time, except when there are valuable contributions or questions or problems. But be sure: I appreciate them all and are often quite touched by their warmth and find them extremely encouraging. Thank you so much.
Here we present a rare gorgeous, luxurious box of 5 LPs of fieldrecordings from Afghanistan, published in 1975 in Japan. The box contains also a gorgeous booklet in the size of an LP of 56 pages with photos, texts and detailed track information. Unfortunately it is only in Japanese. Here we just present the double page giving the tracklist for the 5 LPs. It would be great if someone would be so kind to translate this into English. As the booklet is quite difficult to scan and it is a lot of work I will scan the remaining pages only step by step.
hk dutorchi came already up with a translation of the track details for the
first LP (see below) and the subjects of the remaining 4 LPs: Tajik
musicians (LPs 3 & 4), The Art of the Tanbur (from Mazar-i Sharif) (LP 5),
Mazar-i Sharif musicians (LPs 6 & 7), Hazara music (LP 8), "Echoes of
Alexandria" (Music from Kandahar and Herat) (LPs 9 & 10), Music from the
Northeastern City of Fayzabad (LP 10). Many thanks, dutorchi. Very appreciated.
For the remaining 4 LPs Kyo from Japan translated the track details. See below and comments. Regarding the names of the instruments I made some minor correction. A very big thank you for the translation to Kyo. Very much appreciated.
Side 1 – Sounds of the Mosques (Adhan chanting and Qur’an recitation)
1. Adhan (Sunni/Kabul) - Pul-e Khishti Mosque
2. Adhan (Sunni/Kabul) - Pul-e Khishti Mosque
3. Adhan (Sunni/Kabul) - Sherpur Mosque
4. Adhan (Shiite/Kabul) – Mohammadia Mosque
5. Adhan (Shiite/Kabul) – Karte Sakhi Mosque
6. Qur’an (Kabul) - Pul-e Khishti Mosque
7. Qur’an (Kabul) - Pul-e Khishti Mosque
Side 2 – Pashtun Musicians (from the capital Kabul and Jalalabad)
1. Kabul – Rubab solo
2. Kabul – Paktian folk song
3. Kabul – Sarinda & dhol
4. Kabul – Chang & zerbaghali
5. Kabul – solo tula and instrumental ensemble
6. Jalalabad – Folksong from Jalalabad (from the epic Layla & Majnun;
accompanied by rubab, tablas, and two harmoniums)
7. Jalalabad – Folksong from Jalalabad (from the epic Layla & Majnun;
accompanied by rubab, tablas, and two harmoniums)