Raga Guide: A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
This unique four-CD set is a primer in the artistry of Indian classical music, a perfect introduction for the novice. Included are 74 ragas, their major themes condensed into easily-digested miniatures. A full raga can explore a theme for hours -- this handy compendium allows the listener to fully appreciate in a matter of minutes the subtleties of development and improvisation at the heart of an Indian classical performance. An illustrated book gives notation and other info; those who can't read music will delight in the beautiful full-color plates accompanying each piece.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
This unique four-CD set is a primer in the artistry of Indian classical music, a perfect introduction for the novice. Included are 74 ragas, their major themes condensed into easily-digested miniatures. A full raga can explore a theme for hours -- this handy compendium allows the listener to fully appreciate in a matter of minutes the subtleties of development and improvisation at the heart of an Indian classical performance. An illustrated book gives notation and other info; those who can't read music will delight in the beautiful full-color plates accompanying each piece.
All Music Guide - John Vallier
In music-speak, ragas are essentially scalar melody forms -- something like scales or melodic modes in Western music. However, North Indian ragas do differ from Western modes and scales in several important ways: ragas often take on different ascending and descending forms, act as melodic armatures for vocal and/or instrumental improvisation, are frequently believed to have divine origins and characteristics, and are commonly associated with a certain season or time of the day. The Raga Guide acts an impressive introduction to the sophisticated sonic world of Hindustani ragas. In conjunction with its 184-page booklet, The Raga Guide offers narrative descriptions, musical notation, and -- most importantly -- audio examples of 74 distinct ragas. The CD's tracks are presented by four illustrious soloists: flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia, sarod player Buddhadev Das Gupta, and vocalists Vidyadhar Vyas and Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar. In short, The Raga Guide is an excellent resource for both dabblers and devotees of Hindustani music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • UPC: 710357553622
  • Catalog Number: 5536
  • Sales rank: 41,706

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Abhogi (3:02)
  2. 2 Adana (3:34)
  3. 3 Ahir Bhairav (4:35)
  4. 4 Alhaiya Bilaval - Shruti Sadolikar (4:09)
  5. 5 Asavari (5:52)
  6. 6 Bageshri (5:58)
  7. 7 Bahar (4:37)
  8. 8 Basant (5:08)
  9. 9 Bhairav (4:16)
  10. 10 Bhairavi (3:52)
  11. 11 Bhatiyar - Shruti Sadolikar (4:10)
  12. 12 Bhimpalasi - Shruti Sadolikar (3:41)
  13. 13 Bhupal Todi (3:39)
  14. 14 Bhupali (3:34)
  15. 15 Bibhas - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:33)
  16. 16 Bihag (4:13)
  17. 17 Bilaskani Todi (4:15)
  18. 18 Brindabani Sarang (5:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chandrakauns - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:33)
  2. 2 Chayanat (3:39)
  3. 3 Darbari Kanada (6:16)
  4. 4 Desh (4:40)
  5. 5 Deshi - Shruti Sadolikar (3:43)
  6. 6 Dhani - Shruti Sadolikar (3:33)
  7. 7 Durga - Shruti Sadolikar (3:31)
  8. 8 Gaud Malhar (4:31)
  9. 9 Guad Sarang - Shruti Sadolikar (3:41)
  10. 10 Gorakh Kalyan - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:50)
  11. 11 Gujari Todi - Shruti Sadolikar (3:49)
  12. 12 Gunakri - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:19)
  13. 13 Hamir (3:36)
  14. 14 Hansadhvani - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:53)
  15. 15 Hindol - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:44)
  16. 16 Jaijaivanti (5:05)
  17. 17 Jaunpuri (4:55)
  18. 18 Jhinjhoti (4:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Jog (4:46)
  2. 2 Jogiya (3:59)
  3. 3 Kafi (4:31)
  4. 4 Kamod (3:22)
  5. 5 Kedar (3:47)
  6. 6 Khamaj (4:05)
  7. 7 Kirvani (3:36)
  8. 8 Lalit (2:56)
  9. 9 Madhuvanti - Shruti Sadolikar (3:48)
  10. 10 Malkauns (2:39)
  11. 11 Manj-Khamaj (2:52)
  12. 12 Maru Bihag - Shruti Sadolikar (3:53)
  13. 13 Marva - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:27)
  14. 14 Megh - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:49)
  15. 15 Miyan Ki Malhar - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:36)
  16. 16 Miyan Ki Todi - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:22)
  17. 17 Multani - Shruti Sadolikar (3:47)
  18. 18 Nayaki Kanada - Shruti Sadolikar (3:39)
  19. 19 Patdip - Shruti Sadolikar (3:35)
  20. 20 Pilu (5:52)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Puriya - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:31)
  2. 2 Puriya Dhanashri (4:15)
  3. 3 Puriya Kalyan (4:02)
  4. 4 Purvi - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:34)
  5. 5 Rageshri (5:05)
  6. 6 Ramkali - Shruti Sadolikar (3:52)
  7. 7 Shahana (3:54)
  8. 8 SHankara - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:30)
  9. 9 Shri - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:29)
  10. 10 Shuddh Kalyãn (5:04)
  11. 11 Shuddh Sarang - Shruti Sadolikar (3:40)
  12. 12 Shyam Kalan (3:48)
  13. 13 Sindhura (4:31)
  14. 14 Sohini - Vidyadhar Vyas (4:31)
  15. 15 Sur Malhar (4:46)
  16. 16 Tilak Kamod - Shruti Sadolikar (4:06)
  17. 17 Tilang - Shruti Sadolikar (3:47)
  18. 18 Yaman - Shruti Sadolikar (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hariprasad Chaurasia Flute
Buddhadev Das Gupta Sarod
Shruti Sadolikar Vocals
Vidyadhar Vyas Vocals
Technical Credits
Ravi Shankar Composer
Jane Harvey Author
Hariprasad Chaurasia Composer
Robin Broadbank Producer, Engineer
John Mayer Composer
Joep Bor Producer
Suvarnalata Rao Author
Wim Van Der Meer Author
Lalita du Perron Text Transcription
Pablo Cueco Composer
Joep Bor Producer
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