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Girija Devi – Goddess Saraswati’s Servant

Girija Devi

Girija Devi was born on May 8, 1929, in Varanasi, to Ramdeo Rai, a Bhumihar Brahmin zamindar. Her father was the harmonium player and also taught music. She also had starred in the movie Yaad Rahe at the age of nine. Her first guru was Sarju Prasad Mishra (a high-quality singer, but mostly performed as …

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Asad Ali Khan : An Isolated Rudra Veena Player

Asad Ali Khan

When decades of ‘Riyaaz’ unite with the artist’s soul, it creates divine music. Listeners recognize the effect of pure music, when a slim and celebrated musician Asad Ali Khan plays his oversized musical instrument rudra veena with his brand beenkari style. He closes his eyes and a vertical wrinkle appears between …

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Kesarbai : The Niagara Falls of Indian Classical Music

Padharinath-Kale-harmonium-Pt.-Yeshwantrao-Kerkar-tabla-brother-of-Kesarbai

Kesarbai Kerkar (July 13, 1892 – September 16, 1977) was an Indian classical singer of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana and one of most eminent khyal singers of the 2nd half of the 20th century. She was a very famous singer in upper-class arena. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was very fond of Kesarbai’s singing. Owing to her melodious voice, she was called …

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Raga Darbari Kanada – Splendid Raga

Darbari Kanada, is also called as Darbari. It is a raga in the Kanada family, probably originated in Carnatic music. Occasionally it is called Shuddha Kanada or pure Kanada and belongs to the Asavari thaat. Frequently Raga Darbari Kanada is portrayed as the Supreme in Ragas. It was the 16th century, when Mughal Emperor Akbar’s celebrated musician Miyan …

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Indian Classical Music – An Evolving Tradition

It might seem contradictory to listen to, but the only stable factor of music is evolution. Conservative gharanas also have experienced changes in their techniques over the generations in the performances of singers or musical instrument player. A guru never likes his disciple just copying him. He accepts at as …

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Inseparable Relation of Music With Yoga

music-and-yoga

Music obviously helps to attain Yoga. Music has an undividable link with it. The word Yoga has its origin in Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, which means ‘to join’. Thus, it has a basic quality to bond with everything that is divine. So considering far-reaching divinity in Music, it is evident that …

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Pandit Bhimsen Joshi : Become a car lover

THE MERCEDES CAR WHICH PANDIT BHIMSEN JOSHI OWNED

Apart from his paramount career in music, Legendary Indian Classical singer Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi had a less known angle to his personality. He was wanderlust, an authority swimmer, a dedicated yoga enthusiast and a football player in his young days. He also had a great love for riding …

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Ustad Faiyaz Khan: The tabla Maestro

Faiyaz husain khan tabla

It was the evening with the dark clouds hovering over the heads. I was chewing the fat with a music lover friend at a small eatery in a remote village. At that time, the sky was lighted with a sudden thunderbolt. It was Ustad Faiyaz Khan’s tabla recording that was …

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Learning Indian Classical Music

Learning Indian Classical Music

Hey Classicals, Yesterday I was listening to a conversation between a mother and her teenage daughter at a bus stop, while I was waiting for a local bus. Mother said annoyingly, “Why are you so much adamant to learn Indian Classical Music? Don’t you know, it’s very difficult to learn? …

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Sangam of Kathak movements with Japanese tunes

Indian and japnese dance in pune

The last year, when I had been to Varanasi (Kashi), there were Japanese travelers in the plane from Mumbai airport. I wondered ‘what could be the reason that took them here?’ Then I started conversation with one of them, who coincidently had her seat next to me. Her name was …

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