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 Ravi Shankar - Sound Of The Sitar
Ravi Shankar - Sound Of The Sitar
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Category   Classical Hindustani Instrumental Music
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Ravi Shankar - Sound Of The Sitar

Ravi Shankar is India's most recognised and esteemed musical ambassador. SOUND OF THE SITAR is made up of four compositions:

The first, "Raga Malkauns: Alap" is a slow, reflective piece. According to Shankar, the section of a raga known as the Alap is difficult to play because it is an invocation, a prayer meant to be performed with great humility.

The second piece is, "Raga Malkauns: Jor." The Jor section of a raga is based on a rhythmic pulse and does not a have a strict rhythmic time cycle like the Alap. As this piece develops, much like Western music, it becomes more dense and climactic.

The third piece, "Tala Sawari" includes a wonderful tabla solo by Alla Rakha. This piece also uses boles, vocal mnemonics that imitate the various tones produced on the drums.

The final selection, "Pahari Dhun" is a cheerful improvisation based on the folk melodies of India.

SOUND OF THE SITAR is one of Ravi Shankar's best early albums.

Of all the Ravi Shankar recordings, this one strikes as one of the most emotional and deep. After several listens, the subtle beauty of Raga Malkauns: Alap almost pulls you into a trance, while the Jor speeds up slightly at the end to create a masterful combination. The Tala Sawari and Pahari Dhun are both livelier pieces, especially Pahari Dhun, which is based on folk melodies of India.

North Indian classical music will continue to astound us with the complex rhythmic patterns and vast array of "scales" that are used. If you are interested at all in Indian music (North Indian, classical especially), you need to check this out, along with Ravi's other recordings.
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