The Vedas one of the oldest Indian scriptures have been the seat of Indian classical Music. Indian classical Music is also said to have been influenced by Indian folk Music. Being both elaborate and highly expressive Indian classical much has withstood the onslaught of time and various cultures. The pages of history also indicate the influence of Persian music on Hindustani Classical music. Based melodically on Ragas and rhthmatically on Talas this rich legacy lays emphasis on exploring the ragas and expounding the finer nuances of the same.
The proud history of Saregama stretches back over a century to 1901. formerly known as the Gramophone company of India Ltd. And more popularly as HMV (His Master’s Voice) Saregama was established as the first overseas Indian Branch of Electrical & Musical industries limited (EMI) London, From producing the first song recorded in India in 1902 by the star of yesteryears, Gauhar Jan, today Saregama has evolved into one of India’s premier entertainment content companies. Saregama India Ltd. Is the custodian of over half of all the music ever recorded in India. Saregama has the largest music archive and catalogue in India.
Each of the artistes features in this series is a legend and has contributed greatly to putting Indian classical music on the global map. Having imbibed musical knowledge in the Guru Shishya Parampara they continued the tradition with their students too thus building on the rich cultural heritage generation after generation.
In this exclusive series aptly named the great heritage series in its own inimitable style, Saregama brings together the wealth of Indian classical music the artistes legacy and its own brand equity built over the years.
Born in 1911 into a family of musicians Pt. Pannalal Ghosh took to the flute very early in life. He also learnt to play the sitar from his father Akshay kumar Ghosh. The Bansuri as is known to us today owes its genesis to Panna Babu. His attempts at modifying it resulted in the bansuri incorporating a wider octave range with an echanced tonal quality. In 1936 he toured Europe as a music director of the Seraikella Dance Troupe. He zeal and passion drew him to the legendary Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan of the Maihar Gharana, who greatly influenced Panna Babu’s music. Besides rendering traditional ragas the genius in him found expression in creation of certain ragas some of which have been incorporated in this album. His creative spark also touched the music of the Hindi films such as Basant Andolan and Police wherein he composed music for the memorable songs. His untimely demise at the age of 48 was a great loss to the Indian music world.
Offer a bouquet of melodious renditions in various styles such as pure classical ragas as well as light melodies in the form of Dadra Thumris and kajri. The CD opens with the rare raga Chandramauli. This is followed by ragas Hansnarayini, Deepawali, Hansdhwani, Basant Mukhar and Bhupali Todi. All the musical renditions in this CD were originally recorded in 78 rpm format thus enhancing their rare quality.
Open with the evergreen evening raga Yaman. This is followed by the twilight raga shree and a night melody in raga Pilu. The CD ends with a Thumri in Raga Bhairavi.
Consists of full fledged renditions in Raga Darbari and the Seasonal Raga Basant. These are original recordings from the archives of all Indian Radio.
We at Saregama have been the custodians of some of the most enchanting musical experiences over the years. In this series we endeavor to bring tot eh listener certain compositions which have never been released in CD Format. For us reaching soulful music to the connoisseur is not just a business venture but a social responsibility.
1. Raga – Chandramauli – Vilambit (1970)
2. Raga – Chandramauli – Drut (1970)
3. Raga – Hansnarayani (1970)
4. Raga – Deepawali – Vilambit (1970)
5. Raga – Deepawali – Drut (1970)
6. Dadra (1970)
7. Raga – Hansdhwani (1970)
8. Raga – Basant Mukhari (1970)
9. Raga – Bhupali Todi (1970)
10. Thumri Khamaj (1970)
11. Thumri Piloo (1970)
12. Kajri (1970)
1. Raga – Yaman (Gat in Jhoomra & Teental)
2. Raga – Shri (Short Aalap Gat in Tilwada & Teental)
3. Raga – Pillu
4. Raga – Bhairavi Thumri
1. Raga – Darbari (1990) (Vilambit Jhoomra & Drut Teentaal)
2. Raga – Darbari (1990) (Drut Teentaal)
3. Raga – Basant (1990)