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River Yamuna
Karnataka College of Percussion
with K. Raghavendra

Eleven outstanding musicians shape multi-textured rhythms using various percussion instruments. Vina and voice lead beautiful Carnatic melodies. Konnakkol (rhythmic speaking), ghatam (clay pot), morsing (jaw harp) and kanjira (lizard skin tambourine) are featured in breathless trios and quartets. Bhajans (devotional songs) are masterfully sung by Mrs. Ramamani, and original compositions based on traditional ragas are led by the vina of K. Raghavendra, and accompanied by violin and flute. Twelve tracks, 64 minutes of mesmerizing music. (MOW 145)

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BICKRAM GHOSH
Talking Tabla One of the most sought-after tabla players today, Bikram Ghosh is an exciting and versatile percussionist. Trained under his illustrious father and guru, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Bickram received further “taalim” (rhythmic training) from the great Pandit Gyan Prokash Ghosh. Talking Tabla features a wide variety of classical Indian drumming on the North Indian tabla. Accompaniment includes sarangi (a fretless bowed instrument), santur (hammered dulcimer), and tamboura. An outstanding rhythmic performance, this is one of the few solo tabla recordings available today. (MOW 143)

“Bikram Ghosh, the brilliant tabla player from Calcutta, is one of my favorite accompanists.” Ravi Shankar

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Bansuri Bamboo Flute BANSURI BAMBOO FLUTE
Steve Gorn
This is a recording of two classical Indian ragas, Rag Malkauns and Rag Bhairav, with a mysterious and evocative sound, played on solo bansuri (bamboo) flute. These ragas, originally composed to be played in the deep night and at sunrise, are traditionally associated with contemplation, meditation and devotion. (LAT 50604)

 

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LOTUS SIGNATURES
Dr. N. Ramani & Trichy Sankaran
Lotus Signatures

Multi-textured rhythms & melodies from South India are at the heart of this recording. Dr. N. Ramani, one of the world’s most acknowledged bamboo flute players, heads the melodic section, accompanied by the renowned Nagai Muralidaran on violin. Driving each of the pieces is a talented percussion ensemble lead by Trichy Sankaran on mrdangam, with mesmerizing percussion segments featuring kanjira (lizard skin frame drum), ghatam (clay pot) and the rarely-heard morsing (jaw harp). A unique and dynamic sound with detailed liner notes. (MOW 141)

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Mandolin Dreams MANDOLIN DREAMS: INDIAN MANDOLIN & TABLA
Snehasish Mozumder

Evocative ragas and Indian folk music are performed on mandolin by Snehasish Mozumder. He plays an oversized mandolin by western standards, with thick bass strings that produce a dark yet mellow sound. He is accompanied on tabla by Subhem Chatterjee. The most famous mandolin player on the Indian music circuit, this is Snehasish’s debut album. (LAT 50605)

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SHANKAR
Raga AberiShankar

An electrifying performance. A landmark recording; graceful and passionate. Raga Aberi features three of India’s most exciting performers, each of whom was a member of John McLaughlin’s group Shakti. Featured are L. Shankar (electric violin), Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam). (MOW 131)

1996 Grammy Nominee

“A swirling tide of rhythm and melody that leaves the listener dizzy with delight.” University Reporter

“Amazing skills… incredible musical results.” News India Times

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SargamSARGAM
Tarun Bhattacharya

This fresh and vibrant recording of classical ragas and folk-inspired melodies features santur, an Indian hammered dulcimer, and shenhai, a double-reed oboe. These instruments are rarely heard together, and along with tabla, the combination is mesmerizing and beautiful. Featured artists are Tarun Bhattacharya (santur), Daya Shankar (shenhai) and Shashank Bakshi (tabla). (MOW 132)

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KirvaniKIRVANI
Tarun Bhattacharya & Bikram Ghosh

Tarun Bhattacharya is one of India’s most sensitive & innovative santur players, and has introduced techniques not previously used on this traditional Indian instrument. He is accompanied on tabla by Bickram Ghosh, one of the most highly acclaimed Indian percussionists. Winner of several awards. (MOW 139)

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YANTRA: INDIAN FLUTE & TABLA
Steve Gorn And Badal Roy

Yantra is an appealing mixture of classical and light-classical Indian ragas performed by Steve Gorn (bansuri bamboo flute) and Badal Roy (tabla). This music has a mysterious yet contemplative quality consistent with the Indian tradition, yet the pieces are short enough to be enjoyed by all listeners. (LAT 50610)

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SUNADA
K. Subramaniam, T. Sankaran

Karaikudi Subramaniam (vina), a descendent of an illustrious family of musicians, is a leading performer in South India. Trichy Sankaran (mrdangam)   is a virtuosic drummer who is respected throughout the world for his complex rhythms & extraordinary technical control. Together, they create a recording of many dimensions and textures, one which will appeal to all levels of listeners. The sound quality is superb, and extensive descriptive notes on the artists and music are included. (MOW 127)

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INDIA: JEWELS OF THE SUBCONTINENT
Various Artists

Ten compositions representing the finest musicians from both North and South India. Sensational percussion and spine-tingling virtuosity intertwine with beautiful melodies from folk and classical traditions. Instruments featured include sitar, santur, vina, violin, bamboo flute, ghatam, tabla and mandolin. An excellent introduction to music from the subcontinent.  (LAT 50702)

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LAYA VINYAS: INDIAN DRUMMING
Trichy Sankaran

Trichy Sankaran is a dazzling performer on the double-headed South Indian drum called mrdangam. The pieces on this recording highlight this versatile instrument & they also feature vina, played by Karaikkuddi Subramaniam, kanjira (frame drum), tamboura and finger cymbals. This is a highly rhythmic and pulsating music — an excellent representation of pure sound and complex South Indian drumming. (MOW 120)

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VADYA LAHARI
Vadya Lahari – South Indian Ensemble

Vadya Lahari (Waves Of Music) is a highly creative and energetic recording of traditional Karnatic music of South India, featuring A. Kanyakumari and ensemble. The pieces combine delicate and bold sounds in a way that is rarely ever done. In that sense, this recording in unique and unparalleled. The periods of interplay between the various instruments are displays of great virtuosity, and will captivate both the connoisseur and the casual listener alike. (MOW 125)

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RAG KAMBBHOJI
The Dagar Brothers

Dhrupad is one of the oldest and most respected forms of Indian classical music, and The Dagar Brothers are its internationally acclaimed master vocalists. This recording which features Ustads N. Zahiruddin & N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, is the first recording of Dhrupad vocal music ever released on an American label. (MOW 120)

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FESTIVAL OF INDIA
Various Artists
Festival of India is unique in that it combines Hindustani folk and classical music, and because it presents a sampling of leading North Indian artists in different stages of their individual careers. The variety of artists, instruments and musical textures reflect only a small part of the great North Indian music heritage, yet the recording is quite satisfying and wide in scope. Features artists include V.G. Jog (bamboo flute); Anand Gopal Banerjee (tabla); G.S. Sachdev (bamboo flute); Jitender Thakur (tabla); The Dagar Brothers (vocals); Sultan Khan (sarangi); Badal Roy (tabla); and Purna Das Baul (Bengali folk ensemble). (MOW 121)See AllMusic reviews and album creditsClick to Listen and Download Music

RAG MADHUR RANJANI
Imrat Khan
Rag Madhur Ranjani is a passionate blend of Rags Madhuvanti and Shivranjani played on sitar and tabla with tambura accompaniment. This recording has an intense depth of feeling and it is performed with great skill and mastery. (MOW 123)

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