Perhaps you’re not really into Indian classical music. Too interminable. Too obscure. Too boring.
If so, you’re probably not a regular visitor to this blog! 🙂
But hey, here is a bit of something to try.
It is a jugabandi (roughly, but not really accurately translated as ‘duet’) between sitarist Ghulam Hussain Khan and sarangi nawaz Munir Khan.
Ustad Munir Khan (1926-2011) was the son of Ustad Nazir Khan (1882-1975) from whom he learnt both sarangi and vocal music. He was born in Sikar, Rajasthan, and to my knowledge he is the eldest sarangiya of the Sikar gharana who has left solo redordings. His playing was somewhat less strident than that of other well-known Sikar players such as Sultan Khan and Liaqat Khan. He was learnt for some time from Ustad Amir Khan whose influence can be clearly heard, especially in the slowly unfolding barhat of vilambit khayal.
Munir Khan was for decades one of the most in-demand sarangiyas in Delhi, accompanying many great singers including Alladiya Khan, Vilayat Hussain Khan, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Mallikarjun Mansur, Nisar Hussain Khan Ashiq Ali Khan and Amir Khan. Munir Khan‘s younger brother was the highly-respected superb tabla artist Ustad Faiyaz Khan (1934-2014).
The repetoire here are the ragas Bhairavi, Bihag and Shankara. The reason I commend them to those who struggle with Indian classical music is the Khan sahibs run through these as though they were running to catch a bus. The pace is brisk and never slacks. But if they are somewhat unorthodox in speed they remain masterful and enjoyable players. You will find, as I constantly do, wondering how did those 40 minutes pass so quickly. While you may be left with a slight feeling of wanting more, this is a rcord I’m sure you’ll come back to again and again.
- Raga Bhairavi
- Raga Bihag and Shankara